If like many of us, you saw the sun come out in June and dashed out to buy a whole new wardrobe full of ditsy print dresses, short shorts and sparkles don’t despair when you look out your windows and watch as summer draws to a close.
While we may not have had much opportunity to make the most of our new wardrobe investments with the erratic British weather and your busy schedule means there’s no time for that last minute holiday to Menorca to take advantage of their long summers, that doesn’t mean our new clothes need to go to waste.
While it’s nice to buy a whole new wardrobe each season, financial constraints mean that’s just not such a viable option for many of us. With that in mind, here are some ideas on how to utilise your summer clothes for winter trends.
The sartorial saviour of any outfit! You can get much more wear out of your summer dresses if you simply team them with woolly tights, an oversized cardigan and winter boots. If you bought in to the cut-out trends and are worried about the chill getting in then simply add an extra layer. Go for a cute preppy look with a smart and crisp button down shirt or relaxed and effortless with a jersey T-shirt underneath.
The same goes for your shorts, dress them up with an oversized blazer and team with tights and loafers.
Leather is a big trend every A/W and 2013 see’s this fabric make a big comeback. However, it’s not the cheapest to buy into, but with a bit of crafty thinking you can achieve the desired effect. Adding a leather trim can jazz up any old outfit and add a tougher edge to your floral dresses. Get creative with pockets, shoulders, collars and even waistbands. If you can’t afford real leather some faux-leather is just as good and a fraction of the price, meaning you get more for your money.
Luckily this is one of those trends that just rolls on from the previous season so if you bought metallic this summer keep hold of it because it will be big in winter. It really is simply all about styling to suit the season. Juxtapose a hard shine with soft knits or toughen up delicate organza with biker jackets or oversized coats.
With the money you save by not spending on new clothes you could even book a cheap holiday to top up your tan and really make the most of your summer styles.