Summer Styling Made Simple #CP

Warmer climes are on the way, and it’s time to ditch the jumpers and coats. If you’re looking to invest in new clothes, or you don’t know what to wear this summer, here are some tips to make warm-weather styling a breeze. 

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Create a capsule wardrobe

The easiest and most affordable way to look good all year round is to create a capsule wardrobe for spring/summer and autumn/winter. Start to build the foundations of your spring/summer collection by investing in staples you will wear day in, day out for the next few months. Buy high-quality basics that fit perfectly and make you feel good. Choose a selection of vests, tees, lightweight shirts, shorts, jeans and casual trousers, such as chinos. Once you’ve got the essentials sorted, you can add a few on-trend pieces and accessories. Mix and match tops and bottoms and add different types of accessories to create an array of outfits without blowing the budget. If you’ve got a pair of tailored shorts, for example, you can dress them down with oversized t-shirts, trainers and shades, or dress them up with a fitted short-sleeved shirt, loafers or deck shoes and a belt. Capsule wardrobes are also ideal for summer holidays if you’re planning to travel light. 

Cater to the conditions

We all know that summer doesn’t necessarily mean bright blue skies and wall-to-wall sunshine in the UK. If you’re buying clothes, or you’re considering outfit options for a special occasion, consider the conditions. You don’t want to be too hot or too cold or trying to navigate heavy downpours in a vest and shorts. Layering is ideal when it’s muggy or there are showers forecast. Add a rain jacket, cardigans and lightweight sweaters and a throw-on mac or trench coat to your wardrobe to make sure you’re ready for the days when you experience four seasons in one day. 

Be open-minded

Many people struggle to buy clothing and put looks together because they assume that certain trends or pieces won’t suit them or they shun items that don’t complement current trends. Try to be open-minded. Try things you wouldn’t normally go for and make decisions based on what makes you feel good. You don’t have to modify or suppress your style or wear clothes that don’t feel comfortable or fit your personality because they’re not considered cool. 

Check the dress code

Summer is the season of weddings, days at the races, garden parties, barbeques and festivals. Whatever plans you have this summer, check the dress code before you go shopping. For formal occasions, you may need to wear a suit or a jacket and tie. For more casual events, you might be more comfortable in shorts, jeans or tailored chinos with a shirt or tee. If you’re going to be outside, and the forecast is mixed, add a bomber jacket, an open shirt, a shacket or a cardigan for extra warmth. 

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Summer is finally here and it’s time to dust off the shorts and t-shirts and freshen up your wardrobe with some new additions. If you’re looking for inspiration, or you want to look good with minimal hassle, take these simple styling tips on board. Create a capsule wardrobe, cater to the conditions, make sure you feel comfortable and confident in what you wear and check the dress code. 

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK

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