We have just had our second to last summer bank holiday (with the remaining one of the year being Christmas), so it is mad to think about just how fast the year is flying. So as summer is basically here, although the weather might not completely agree, getting your summer wardrobe ready, for work, for everyday, or for a holiday, is a good idea right about now. So with all of that in mind, why not get a post together about composing your summer wardrobe and making sure that your style is on point this summer? Here are some ideas to get you started. Remember, that is isn’t all about the trends that you are wearing; style is eternal but trends or fashions can fade.
Switch out your wardrobe
This first point can seem like a bit of an obvious one, what with the likes of Marie Kondo on Netflix and many other YouTube videos talking about clearing out wardrobes, and getting rid of the things that don’t ‘spark joy.’ Even if you’re not quite yet on the decluttering train, it is a really good idea to be, in order to get ready for summer. You can waste a lot of money buying new things or replacing things that you forgot you had, simply because you can’t find them in your wardrobe. So it is pretty essential nonetheless.
Are you someone that sits with the same clothes in the wardrobe all year round? Living in the UK, it isn’t the craziest thing in the world to do, as you never know when you’ll need to pull out a thick jumper and Ugg boots, even in the height of the summer season. However, having a review of your wardrobe even just once a year can be really beneficial. So check what floaty summer dresses you have, skirts, tops, shorts, and vests. Then think about packing away the things you won’t really need, like thick knits, gloves, scarves, and boots. Doing so will help to get you in the mood for summer
Pulling out last year’s floaty dresses and stowing away autumn winter’s dreary, thick knits will definitely get you in the mood for the new season. Plus, you get to check what you have in already, get acquainted with some old pieces that you had forgotten about, and know what you may be in need of for the season. A wardrobe switch can also allow you to decide what items you will use and can stay and what items need to go. If you’ve still got some homemade jean short cutoffs from a couple of years ago, are they still needed and will they be worn, for example? Make a bit of room, replace what needs to be replaced, and then you know what you’re working with over summer.
Plan your outfits
Now that you have cleared out your wardrobe, you will know what you have and what you don’t. You may already be someone that plans things out, but even if that isn’t normally you, you can save a lot of money, and have pieces that all work together, if you’re able to plan your outfits out. Plus, you’ll be able to save time know what goes with what. Have you got a top that will go with most things, like a denim skirt, jeans, and a pleated midi, for example? If not, then that is something to add to your list of things to buy, leaving you with several outfits that it will work for. It can be a good idea to look at somewhere like Pinterest for outfit inspiration, as you can see a complete look, rather than individual pieces. Then if you need to go shopping, you can get the things that will help to make several outfits, rather than just one. A capsule wardrobe is often what it is called, but it does help to reduce waste, and make sure that you have always go something in that looks stylish, rather than just fashionable.
Style isn’t just about the clothes that you wear, but your accessories too. And on a shopping trip, they can often get a little overlooked and forgotten about. For instance, when was the last time that you bought yourself a new pair of everyday stud earrings or got new rook piercings? Perhaps you need a new watch, belt, or handbag? Don’t forget about your accessories as you plan your wardrobe for the summer; it is a good idea to think practically about it too. A tiny straw bag might look cute, but would one that is a little larger be more practical for all that you need to carry around in summer (hello, sunglasses)? You may even find some hidden gems that you had forgotten about when you clear out your closet and declutter.
Choose light fabrics
You might be someone that is never seen out of jeans, but when summer starts, the temperatures rise and the humidity starts, then living in jeans, especially skinnies, can be pretty unbearable. Jeans are a versatile piece of clothing, but for summer, they are simply far too thick and heavy. Instead, look for things like culottes, skirts, and dresses, in cotton, linen or rayon. Breathable fabrics like these are going to help to keep you cool, and they won’t mean that you have to compromise on style.
If you’ve got it…
Summer can feel like a bit of an awkward transition, especially if you are someone that likes to cover up and not expose your upper arms, for example. And when the weather suddenly turns hot from cold, going from ankle boots and jeans to a light and floaty dress can feel uncomfortable if you don’t feel comfortable enough. It can feel daunting to bare a little more than usual, right? But don’t overthink it, and learn to embrace it; body positivity is all about knowing your worth and knowing that you are just as worthy to wear what you want as anyone else on the street. So go into summer wearing what makes you feel confident and the items that will highlight your best features.