Swears by: Mumsnet recommends June
Mumsnetters are the best shoppers around, so we've tapped into their wisdom to source the stuff that really works: the comfiest summer sandals, the skincare that delivers astounding bang for your buck, the cleaning product that actually does what it says on the tin.
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H&M Elasticated Viscose Trousers, £8.99
A perfect solution for the shorts-averse this summer.
“Viscose trousers are absolutely the way forward. They are actually way cooler than wearing shorts and make you less likely to sweat and chafe than a maxi dress or skirt. I now have four pairs and rotate them in the summer. I feel comfortable in hot weather for the first time in my life.” SmellbowBuy now from H&M
Next Linen Blend Shift Dress, £26
Whatever you're doing this summer, make sure you've got one (or three) of these packed in your case.
“My mam got me two of these last year and they are so comfy. I love not having to wear a bra on holiday, and these dresses allow me to do that without anyone else knowing. They are well made from good material and will wash well. There are loads of different styles, too.” ImMeantToBeWorkingBuy now from Next
Tattershall Lakes Country Park Holidays
Explore a new part of the UK with your family this summer.
“Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire is a stunning park with lots to do, beautiful lodges and high-end caravans.” verliecBook now
Carrinet Veggio Reusable Fruit and Veg Bags (pack of five), £6.99
These mesh bags are the perfect eco-friendly alternative to the plastic ones you get from the supermarket.
“They're great for loose fruit and veg. I've had a few people come up to me and ask where I got them from.” celtiethreeBuy now from Lakeland
Tu Women's Zip-front Jumpsuit, £18
Available in lots of patterns, just add this summery jumpsuit to your online shopping basket.
“Sainsbury’s TU has some really comfy, flattering zip-up jumpsuits that are easy to just throw on. I’ve been living in mine.” HermagsjestyBuy now from Sainsbury's
Jockey Skimmies Slipshorts, from £9.98
Slip a pair of these on under all your favourite skirts this summer to keep the chafing at bay.
“After a ridiculous amount of research I have found the holy grail of chub-rub shorts. They are so lightweight and breathable you don't feel like you're wearing an extra layer. I have three pairs, which I find is enough, and if I go on holiday they can be washed in the sink and will dry overnight as they are so thin.” spugzbunny
“Jockey Skimmies are fab. I prefer the shorter length ones (people say they ride up but mine never did) as the longer ones are a little too long for most of my work dresses. I wore mine to a conference in Texas in July and they were amazing, really comfy and breathable too. Definitely recommended.” HundredMilesAnHourBuy now from Amazon
Warehouse Striped Button Midi Dress, £30
A relaxed and flattering midi dress which will look perfect with trainers and a denim jacket.
“I got this dress from Warehouse for the summer. It's very comfy and makes me feel good.” mocha78Buy now from Warehouse
Oak Canyon 6 Family Tent, £399.99 (RRP £600)
If you're heading into The Great Outdoors this summer, a good tent is an absolute necessity.
“We've just gone for a Coleman Oak Canyon with blackout bedrooms. I noticed a huge difference compared to our old tent – my son woke up at 6am as normal, but we were thinking it could have been 4am so we counted that as a win. DH is tall and can easily walk around in the living area. So far so good from us.” teaandbiscuitsforme
“If you don't want to be up at dawn, do try and get one with a blackout sleeping part.” JencottageBuy now from Go Outdoors
M&S Diamond-print A-line Maxi Skirt, £39.50
Pair with heels for a glam evening look or with trainers for a daily summer outfit.
“I bought this last week from M&S. I plan to wear it with either a navy or white vest top and blue flip-flops so it's not too dressy. It's very thin and non-crease, and will cover everything when I sit down.” octopusrusBuy now from M&S
Elbow Grease All-purpose De-greaser, £1 (RRP £6.99)
Spray this on (just about) anything for the easiest of cleaning.
“I have literally just discovered Elbow Grease spray. My cooker hood was grim, so I sprayed it on and it just wiped straight off with no mess. I've done my bathroom with it this afternoon and it is so sparkly. It gets the kids' crayon and felt-tip off the table, and gloss paint off the wood floor.” bobstersmumBuy now from Amazon
KRISP Knot Front Dress, from £8.50
Available with or without sleeves, and in a whopping 37 different colours, these dresses are a flattering summer staple.
“I live in these dresses over the summer. I have three and have just ordered a couple more. They're very flattering and suitable for work with a slip underneath too.” professionalnomadBuy now from Amazon
Kitchen Devil Knives, from £6.43
Sharp knives make cooking much easier and, counterintuitively, are actually safer to use.
“I have Kitchen Devil knives – the sharpest knives I've ever used and the block is only £25 on Amazon.” YouCantBeSadHoldingACupcake
“The best ones I have are Kitchen Devil.” DontCallMeShitley
“I have these Kitchen Devil ones and they're great. I've never had an issue.” Sweetheart1313Buy now from Amazon
Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Replenishing Hydrator, £31.95
A gel moisturiser that nourishes and brightens dull, dry skin.
“I know next to nothing about skin care but literally the day after I started using Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser I got lots of compliments on my 'glowing' skin.” happytobemrsgBuy now from Amazon
Duinrell Holiday Park
Sun, sea, and slides – this holiday park in the Netherlands has got it all.
“We are going for our tenth year! The children absolutely love it.” Paddy1234
“I love that it's just a few minutes walk from the beautiful Dutch village Wassenaar with lovely restaurants. You can hire bikes and cycle to the beach. Highly recommended.” No1HolidayPlanner
“It's brilliant. We went last August. There were no queues in the theme park and the water park is excellent.” HollowVictoryFind out more
Shock Absorber Sports Bras, from £16.80
A sports bra that keeps everything in place and lets you concentrate on what you're doing.
“Shock Absorber all the way.” Rollerbird
“Shock Absorber. I’m 38E and they do the job perfectly.” ThroughThickAndThin01
“Another vote for the Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra. Absolute game-changer of a sports bra for me. It's the only one I've never had to wear a crop top over.” TinDogTavernBuy now from Wiggle
Salux Scrubbing Wash Cloth, £6.90
Soften, smooth and buff your skin in time for summer with these exfoliating cloths – perfect for tackling dry skin and ingrown hairs.
“One beauty trick I wish I had discovered sooner is washing with a Salux cloth every day in the shower. Now my skin is always perfectly smooth." BeckyAnnLeemanBuy now from Amazon
White Stuff Maison Linen Trousers, £55
When the weather warms up, swap your jeans for a cool pair of linen trews.
“I have just bought some linen trousers from White Stuff with back elastic and pockets. I am a size 16 apple shape and they are flattering, and so comfortable. They are called Maison Trousers.” ApolloanddaphneBuy now from White Stuff
Drawstring Toiletry and Make-up Bag, £5.29
A nifty solution for all your lotions and potions this holiday season.
“I have one of these and I love it. It opens almost flat so it's really easy to find things, then you just pull the drawstrings and it closes again. Brilliant.” scarfaceace
“I've got exactly the same as scarfaceace mentioned. It is brilliant for travel in particular.” MinesaPinotBuy now from Amazon
Neato Botvac D5 Connected, £242 (was £599.99)
This robot vacuum can be controlled through your smart speaker.
“I’ve got a Neato. I chose this instead of the Roomba because of the flat edge, so it can get up to and into the edges and corners. It also tracks up and down rather than bounces around. I am very happy with it.” IdaDown
“I have a Neato D5 Botvac, and I love it. I use it every day and, to be honest, I rarely get the Dyson out anymore.” fleshmarketcloseBuy now from Amazon
Dorothy Perkins Roll-sleeve T-shirts, £6
The perfect selection of plain tees to compliment your summer wardrobe.
“I bought some paper bag trousers recently and, after much hunting, found the perfect T-shirt to go with them in Dorothy Perkins. It's slim but not tight, and has really good short sleeves which are cut on the angle so it’s super flattering. And, best of all, the white one isn’t even a bit see-through.” ArtesiaBuy now from Dorothy Perkins
Birkenstock Women's Sandals, from £45
Whether you think they're the height of fashion or not, they're undeniably a great summer sandal for both comfort and practicality.
“I’ve just taken delivery of a pair of Birkenstock Rios. They're the comfiest things I’ve ever had on my feet.” HastaLaVistaPrint
“I have a pair of trusty Birkenstocks which have come out every summer – I have never really found anything else quite so comfy.” EllapaellaBuy now from Birkenstock
Newtons Foot Therapy Chiropody Sponge, £2.50
Give your feet the TLC they need to look fab this sandal season.
“Newton Chiropody Sponges are game-changers. My feet are always sandal-ready.” IsthebigwomanhereBuy now from Amazon
Hush Alvers Dress, £65
The perfect lightweight dress to sashay around in this summer.
“This is way more flattering than it looks, doesn't crease and is so comfy. It would be lovely with a denim jacket. There's a good colour range, too.” shinysinkredemptionBuy now from Hush
Uniqlo Blocktech Hooded Raincoat, £69.90
A sleek raincoat to have on hand for inevitable summer showers.
“I love the Uniqlo Blocktech raincoats. They have a nice, minimal design and the fabric has stretch which makes them very comfortable.” JuJuMuShop now at Uniqlo
Farrow & Ball No.201 Shaded White Paint, £46.50 for 2.5L
Whatever your chosen style of decor, this neutral tone will work perfectly on the walls of any room.
“Farrow & Ball no.201 is amazing paint. I'm a convert – if we win the lottery I'll paint the whole house with it.” EllapaellaBuy now from B&Q
If you want even more recommendations, check out Swears By for May or our round-ups of Mumsnetters' top buys:
Best menstrual cups | Best leggings and jeggings | Best cleaning products | Best trainers | Best dresses | Best maternity dresses | Best trousers | Best jeans | Best raincoats | Best beauty boxes | Best beauty dupes | Best bed sheets
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