The high street is currently awash with all things summery and psychedelic but you don't need to spend a fortune to update your wardrobe.
If I was to describe my style I would say I was a classic dresser with a look that's as exciting as the basics range at Gap. I like neutral colours, flattering cuts and natural materials. This is great during winter where I can happily live in a sea of navy and black, but come summer I tend to panic.
For me, summer shopping is both painful on the eyes (aztec neon - WHY?) and harrowing on the pocket.The shops are always bursting with all manner of psychedelic colours, prints and floaty little numbers that are terrifying for classic dressers like me.
Most years I panic buy and spend a fortune on clothes that don't suit me, only to be worn once and discarded.
Last year, I decided enough was enough and I'd be strong and stick to my usual style. I invested in a lot of basic items - navy blazer, denim shorts, khaki skinny jeans, white cotton tops etc, and accessorised a lot. This week however, I found myself getting sucked into the summer spin again.
I was in New Look when I almost fell off the wagon, but I reminded myself about all those unworn summer clothes, put down the floral print maxi dress and slowly backed away.
Instead, I went home and had a good old root through my wardrobe and dug out my summer favourites including a navy cotton dress and a pair of tan sandals. I then made a list of things I actually need and it turns out I don't actually need anything! It's easy to think we need new clothes but really it's very easy to update your wardrobe and work with what we already have.
If you are a fellow panicky Summer buyer, have a read through my tried-and-tested tips on how to make the transition from AW to SS - without maxing out your credit card.
- Turn up your jeans. Ankle skimming skinny jeans are the jean of the season and paired with a loose cotton top you won't get too hot and bothered.
- Neon is everywhere but instead of going full on with a dress or top why not pair a neutral outfit with a neon statement necklace? There are loads of on-trend ones at Primark for cheap as chips.
- Nothing looks worse than dull summer whites but don't replace just refresh! Soak them in a mixture of hot water and lemon slices for a few hours. Leave to dry in the sun and they'll be good as new. White vinegar also works well.
- Avoid going mental and buying loads of different colours and patterns. Stick to a basic colour palette - I like navy, brown and white - and accessorise with colourful accessories like a bright orange bag.
- Printed maxi and midi dresses are on every rail in every shop this season but patterns have a habit of dating very quickly. Choose plain dresses, that will give you a lot more wear, and accessorises with a printed scarf instead.
- If you have loads of white tops but yearn for coral or yellow why not hand-dye them with clothing dye? Multipack dye sets costs as little as £3 on ebay.
- If you invest in shoes then go for some studded flats and a pair of wedges. I promise they'll go with everything and see your feet through the Summer.
Hope these tips come in handy and remember: When in doubt, dig it out. Roll on the summer!