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Want to wear your Summer Wardrobe right now?

The shops are full of pastel colours, white dresses and gladiator sandals, but unless we're the recipients of a heatwave in the next 48 hours we won't be donning them any time soon. Rather than stocking up on summer clothing and storing it away for that one ray of sunshine in October, why not bite the bullet and wear it today? All you have to do is make sure you accessorise in the right way and you've got a wearable outfit for any time of year. Here are my top three tips as to how you can wear your summer wardrobe right now - regardless of what the weatherman tells you.


Toughen up a white dress

1. Toughen it up with texture
Summer clothes tend to come in linen, cotton and other lighter materials that let air circulate in hot weather. The problem with these textures is that they look extremely seasonal; by adding in contrasting and stronger textures such as leather, metal or perpex, you can instantly counteract the summer feeling and make the outfit feel wearable. Cotton and leather is my favourite combo as it instantly lifts an outfit and feels like you're doing the dirty on summer. If it's good enough for Kate Moss...

2. Add dark accessories
White is all very well and good, but add a pastel cardigan and some beige ballet pumps and you're ready for strawberries at Wimbledon. (Not in a good way.) There's nothing worse than feeling like you dressed totally inappropriately, especially when the heavens open and you're faced with arctic temperatures. By adding in darker accessories you can take the edge off the brightness so that the white dress isn't the complete focus of the outfit - the eye has more shades to take in, so the white blends into the overall look. It's also less scary to wear first thing in the morning, when you're not quite sure what the day's weather will bring.

3. Brighten with a pop of colour
Adding in a brighter colour to an otherwise monocrome palette will help to bring the whole look together, especially in the form of a statement necklace and oversized scarf. Try shades such as blue, green or yellow that sit mid-way in the colour spectrum and don't overpower the rest of the outfit. Avoid reds, pinks or purples as it will look too tropical against the purity of the dress - save them for when the sunshine really hits and you're sipping on a cocktail by the beach.

What are your top tips for wearing your Summer Wardrobe pre-season? 
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2 comments

  1. I'm so fed up of cold weather. I swear I meant to live in the Med or LA..

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  2. I was also fed up with the bad weather in the Netherlands and I moved to the Provence in France. One of my favorite choices is adding a jeans jacket and for instance a metal necklace. Leather is also something I like to add but mostly in other colors that black..

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