Sunshine & style: How to rework your wardrobe for the new season

Summer style is synonymous with lightness, comfort and trends that can handle the heat while delivering lovely, fresh looks. In this guide, I'll explore how to make the most of your existing wardrobe to get it ready for the sunny season...

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If you’re heading away on holiday or simply want to enjoy the warmer weather at home, you’re going to need to dress appropriately for those sunny days and hotter temperatures. But not all of us can afford to buy a new summer-only wardrobe, so how can you make your existing pieces work for you?

From lightweight layers to easy outfit combos, you can definitely make the most of the wardrobe you already have to suit most activities and occasions during the warmer months. With the addition of just a few staples, you’ll be summer-ready in no time…

Everyday denim

Everybody needs a bit of denim in their summer wardrobe – it gives casual and cool vibes when the sun is shining but is also something that you’ll wear all year round. Often, when selecting denim it’s more about the shape than the colour or style so, when you choose a pair of high rise jeans for women they will work for all kinds of seasonal activities, from city sightseeing on holiday, dancing at a festival, or just hanging out in the park with friends.

The higher waistline is super-flattering because you never get that muffin-top effect and your underwear stays hidden. This silhouette has seen a resurgence in popularity because it cinches the waist and looks great with a casual tee, elegant blouse or cosy jumper tucked in, making it super-versatile for all-year wear. They also offer a slightly retro look, allowing your jeans to work with all kinds of fashion trends.

Airy tops

I think it’s important to keep your skin covered if you’re at risk of burning in the sun (like me!) but you don’t want your top to make you feel too hot. So, for light feel and laid-back look, tuck a breezy flowy blouse into your jeans. This will accentuate your waist while keeping your arms and back covered. I love colourful tops to incorporate a bit of dopamine dressing.

If you’re on holiday and want to make your packing work double-time for you, you can transition a pair of jeans from strolling through city streets during the day into a glamourous option at night with the addition of a silky cami or lace-trimmed top. Both deliver a luxurious evening look and a lightweight feel, so have a look in your wardrobe to reuse those Christmas party tops.

Choosing footwear

Footwear is so important if you want to change the feel of your whole outfit. When you switch your winter boots for open-toed sandals, any existing ensemble will instantly feel more summery. Espadrilles offer a comfortable yet holiday-ready look that would be suitable to wear during both the day and night while you’re away (again, good for packing) and they’re a summery step-up from trainers.

That said, for more active days, a pair of timeless white trainers still feel fresh and bring summer style, whilst also being the most comfy option for days out. Just remember to roll up your trousers and ditch the socks to create a breezy ankle-grazer look. Plus, those autumn ankle boots can look lovely with a pretty floral dress for a festival-inspired summer look.

Accessorising in summer

The easiest way to elevate any summer outfit is to add a few accessories. The most obvious, and the one with the most summery vibe is, of course, a pair of sunglasses. Make them as big and glamorous or as quirky and fun as you like – just make sure they’re protective to keep your eyes safe in the sunshine. Likewise, grab a hat to shade your face and neck with the brim while adding an extra layer of glam.

When dressing up for summer events like weddings or boho parties abroad, consider choosing interesting earrings to elevate your occasion outfit rather than a metal necklace or bracelet that might feel hot against your skin.

Layering up

Even in the warmer months, it can turn chilly in the evenings, especially in certain climates – or even if you’re just staying out late in the local pub’s beer garden. That’s where a lightweight jacket works perfectly as a warming layer so pick a cotton denim jacket to keep things casual or add a linen blazer for a smarter look.

I hope this has given you some ideas for reworking your existing wardrobe and pairing your jeans with some of your existing tops, accessories and shoes to create some fresh summery looks. Let me know what you pack for a holiday to make the most of your existing outfits in the comments below. I’d love to hear what tips you have for staying cool during the warmer weather.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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