There are two types of people: The ones that cannot wait for winter to come around so they can layer up oversize jumpers with pretty collars, skinny jeans and Chelsea boots, and the ones that embrace the few days of proper summer that we get, slip into the lightest summer dress they own and spend the day working out the prime position to get a good tan.
No matter which season you prefer, summer is here, and we have 10 top fashion tips to keep you cool, comfortable and on-trend throughout the season…
#1. Choose Light Fabrics in Pastel Shades
Cotton and jersey are the most comfortable materials to choose during the summer, and there are always a huge array of dresses and tops in the shops this time of year, no matter what the current trends are. Chiffon and crepe fabrics are also fantastic for the summer, but choose a floaty style with slouchy sleeves to keep cool, like this J. Lindeberg Nesta Com Crepe Rose Dress.
#2. Layer Up
Layering is not just for colder months. You can save a fortune by mixing and matching key pieces in your wardrobe to create a combination of different outfits. Wear a t-shirt under a strappy dress, tuck tops that you’d usually wear with jeans into skater skirts and layer plain dresses with patterned kimonos for a laid back look. If you want to buy a more expensive piece in the summer, think of ways you can also wear it in the winter. Would it work with a shirt underneath and a thick cardigan? See it as an investment then!
#3. Mix White And Floral
Whites and floral scream summer. Invest in a couple of pieces each year and build up a timeless collection that you can come back to every summer. Patterned dresses, whether they’re ditsy prints or larger floral, never go out of fashion, such as this Love Moschino striped dress.
White clothes are perfect for accentuating a tan, so if you’ve caught the sun, embrace your glow by teaming a pretty white dress with rose gold jewellery and tan colour accessories.
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#4. Patterned Trousers
Patterned trousers are everywhere at the moment and can be dressed up or down when teamed with a cream or black camisole and the right accessories. Try a large floral print for a slimming effect or go for a patterned jean to ease you into the trend, like these Michael Kors skinny jeans with a dark indigo print that would look great teamed with a plain white top.
#5. Embrace The SS15 Trends
Khaki and hippy-inspired pieces are all over the high street but you don’t have to overhaul your entire wardrobe each season to keep up with the trends. Don’t feel like you HAVE to wear that trend, but if you genuinely do like it, invest in a couple of key pieces that you can team with the rest of your wardrobe. A khaki dress would look great with black, white or tan, so you can mix and match your accessories to create new looks. A hippy-inspired off the shoulder top can be teamed with jeans or skirts to take your look from day to night.
#6. Wide Brimmed Hats And Oversize Accessories
If you’re looking for a fashionable way of protecting yourself from the sun, try a large floppy hat with a summery dress or jeans and a cami in the evening. They keep your face protected from the harmful rays if you’re prone to burning and look super glamorous from day to night.
#7. Take Summer Into The Office
Summer style doesn’t stop at the weekend. Team tailored city shorts with heels and sheer blouses for a summery office look that is not only cool enough for the commute, but smart enough for meetings. You could also team summery white dresses like this Alexander McQueen draped pleat dress with a fitted blazer and statement necklace for a look that can take you straight from the office to the beer garden.
#8. Accessories With Colour
No matter how plain, dark or basic your outfit is, it can be made into a summer look with a splash of colour. Team pastel or neon bags, sandals and jewellery together to make anything colourful and stylish.
#9. Denim Is Your Best Friend
If you’re having a ‘I have absolutely nothing to wear and want to buy a whole new wardrobe but have no room for anything new’ day: Go for denim! Whether you choose classic shorts, jeans with rolled up hems, a skater skirt or a floaty dress, denim comes in every colour and is always a ‘go to’ outfit choice for any occasion. Whether you’re going to a festival, the beach, shopping, for a picnic or to a beer garden, denim is a summer staple.
#10. Above All… Be Body Confident
Summer can be a scary time for women when they are surrounded by advertisement campaigns asking if they’re ‘beach body ready’ and telling them to ‘shed the pounds for summer’. Embrace your best bits and forget about the parts of your body that you hate. If you don’t like your arms, it doesn’t matter; no one will look at you thinking ‘she shouldn’t have her arms out’! If you have legs to die for, summer is the perfect opportunity to flaunt them whenever you can. Don’t let your body hang-ups stop you from embracing the summer style that you love!
What summer wardrobe staples do you love to wear? Let us know in the comments below!