Summer wardrobe(19 Posts)
So following on from the frugal thread, how can I create a frugal wardrobe for summer?
Is it simply a matter if using what we had or their key threads to buy into to rejig a wardrobe from last year.
I have a pinafore dress that might get an outing but fancy a pair of dungarees after reading the Sunday times style mistress at weekend.
But Am sat here listening to forecast for more sleet & snow for weekend and am dreaming of hot(ter) weather!
So give me frugal inspiration for a summer wardrobe.
I have been following the frugal thread and am determined to stick with it and mend my non-frugal ways :-)
I have had a big wardrobe clearout and seem to have less clothes for summer than for the other seasons. But bearing in mind how much summer we actually get, I don't think I need loads.
The things I already have that will come out again are:
Aqua skinny jeans
Black maxi dress
Tan leather low wedge sandals
The only 2 things I intend to buy are:
pretty cotton top
I was looking at linen t's as I think I have most things to recycle as you say for the summer we actually get we don't need much
Where's the best place for linen t's as h&m version are woeful.
To be frank ladies, most of you don't need a true summer wardrobe. Winter lite is good enough
When I returned to Northern Europe after years in hot climate, my summer clothes were absolutely redundant. Sleeveless dresses <brrr>. Sandals <goosebumps> Two merino sweaters artfully layered <ahh good> Long-sleeved tees <just right> Last summer we had just one day of bikini weather
What I suggest for summer though is having a few items in lighter colors - whites, off-whites, pastels, brights. I love a white blazer in the summer (learned to love white and khaki in the tropics). Maybe lighter/brighter denim too <white jeans on my list>. And like Issimma said, you can do that also by changing accessories a bit.
The Zara linen tees are a classic. Personally I don't do linen but it's a good classic summer material.
If it's like last summer then a good waterproof!
Are the linen tees from h&m no good? I bought one a couple of weeks ago but haven't worn it yet. I didn't get on with the Zara one last year as it was a funny shape. I have seen some others online somewhere but can't remember <helpful>. Maybe next or m&s?
I've got quite a few bits from last year as we went abroad on holiday so doubt I'll need much unless we happen to have a heatwave.
I stick to the same formula as in winter-neutral tops and coloured cardigans (3/4 length sleeves)' cropped jeans and then I have chinos and shorts.
I have updated last years summer wardrobe with new t's in white and pale grey-the laundered ones from Matalan which are a nice shape on[v and scoop necked].I figure these need replacing every year and so may as well be inexpensive.Khaki slouchy cargos with elasticated ankles [similar to hush ones]from Matalan.Silk t's [Reiss] in navy and cream from TK Maxx plus several silk scarves in summer brights -again from TK's.I bought several linen t's from Wrap last year and i'm not convinced they have retained their shape-so will abstain from buying more.Will wear more bright blue and white and cream in the summer-definitely no grey or black because i'm bored of it
I always seem to feel cold so have very few UK summer clothes as I rarely seem to need them. Off-hand, I think they consist of a blue and white striped maxi skirt, some short-sleeved block coloured silk/cotton tee shirts, a maxi dress, two cotton dresses (knee length, short sleeved), a couple of knee-length 50s style circle skirts and a pair of cut-offs. I wear the same cardigans and blazers all year round. And many of my other clothes also work in the summer; I just wear them with fewer layers under or over.
I quite like summer dressing here. It seems easier somehow, probably because I have less choice!
Finding things to wear abroad in the very hot, often humid and extremely conservative country in which I also spend some time is far more challenging for me.
I decided to stop think we'd had too much difference in the weather, it's much the same with a few colder weeks and a few hotter days. It helps. Find a few styles you like then add a jumper or cardigan in winter, take it off in summer.
Queencadbury - I bought one of h&m t shirts in a size small (usually a medium but given h&m sizes I went small) and it was huge!
Really low cut and baggy on me - would have needed an extra small!
chablis mine's xs. Don't remember it being baggy when I tried it on. I just want some warmer weather to wear it.
Issima have you found your flats? I'm still searching so if you've discovered some beauties please let me know.
Queen Cadbury might have to try a xs ( never been xs in my life!)
Issimma-love the &otherstories pumps but very £££. If you are being frugal, and you really really need these and will fill a gap in the wardrobe - have you tried new look?
Love those Other Stories ones. Matalan ones almost identical to some Kurt Geiger ones I've just returned, but about £45 cheaper. Will check them out, thanks for linking.
A maxi dress is all you need for summer with some comfy flats!! I just need money for em :'(
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