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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: Linen Ts White cardigan Aqua skinny jeans Black maxi dress Black havaianas Tan leather low wedge sandals
The only 2 things I intend to buy are: Boyfriend jeans pretty cotton top
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.
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.