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A long winter spell followed by a rain-filled spring season can leave you feeling unprepared when the sun finally makes an appearance. Sometimes, summer creeps up on us and there is nothing worse than realizing it’s warm out and you’ve got nothing to wear. Don’t get left behind when it comes to sorting out your wardrobe, so it is ready for the sunshine. Follow these eight smart tips instead.
1. Take an Honest Look
Your top priority is figuring out what clothes you have and which pieces you need. It is possible to create the perfect summer ensembles using things you already own, so it’s helpful to take a look at everything in there and see what could work for the warmer days ahead. Don’t forget to get your bag of summer clothes out that you packed away last season, because you never know what gems you’ve forgotten about.
2. Vouchers are Your Friend
If you do decide that a shopping spree is necessary, it’s time to make a budget. It is wise to stick to a limit and purchase within your means, especially for seasonal items like this. You can spend less on fashion items by finding vouchers and taking advantage of in-store promotions too. There are loads of offers out there waiting to be found, and that is why it’s always worth checking out the bargains as well as the full-priced item options.
3. Feet Are Important Too
Forgetting about summer shoes is a common mistake, so don’t fall into this trap! A great pair of sandals, or a strong pair of espadrilles are the perfect summer shoe and will work well with most outfits.
4. Shop Smartly
Considering you’ll be shopping for warmer weather, it is crucial to get the material choices and lengths right. Regardless of your body shape or style preference, there is always a piece of clothing that will feel more comfortable than another. Some people love short shorts, and others prefer long dresses; it is all down to personal choice and what makes you feel confident.
5. Summer Material
Summer is the perfect time for linen, cotton, seersucker and even jersey too. Avoid heavier options such as denim/jeans, wool, cashmere, or even tweed because these will make you sweat, overheat and just feel wrong in the sunshine. Focus on what will keep you cool and be more breathable instead.
6. Don’t Forget About Sunglasses
Sunglasses are an undeniably essential item for bright days. They provide protection for your eyes from UV rays, look great and complement a range of outfits, make people feel more confident, and can be worn at any age for any gender.
7. Stick with Lighter Colors
The thing about darker colored clothes in the summer is that they make you feel warmer. It’s just basic science, the heat is absorbed as opposed to reflected and that is why lighter colors like pastels and warm hues are the optimal choice for feeling fresh and staying cool.
8. Power of a Great T-Shirt
T-shirts are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing out there. You can wear them short or long, baggy, or tight, patterned, or plain and they sit great with so many other fashion items like skirts and shorts and so on. If you have a raft of great tees in your wardrobe, you will feel prepared for anything.
Try to think about how the clothes on those hangers make you feel. You won’t be prepared for this season if you don’t feel confident in your clothing choice, so these two concepts have to co-exist peacefully. Make sure you remember UV protection, and the all-important swimwear, and you will feel prepared in no time.