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Adapt your wardrobe for this year’s summer fashion trends

How to adapt winter clothes for a whole new look in the hotter months.


Getting started

First of all, assess what summer clothes you’ve got.

•Take out all your clothes and pack away those winter clothes that definitely won’t be worn until the weather is much colder. You’re likely to find some treasures you’d forgotten about, plus this sort out will help you home in on what can be revamped and what really needs replacing or adding to.

•Before putting these winter clothes in a vacuum bag or suitcase under the bed, wash everything to deter moths. Find great clothes care laundry tips at ariel.co.uk.

•Keep out one or two good tops you can layer with summer outfits. A soft grey cardigan will go with pale and dark clothes so it’s a versatile choice for summer, too.

Prioritise SS13 fashion trends

Bring to the front of your wardrobe clothing that reflects current fashion trends. Happily, the spring summer 2013 styles are pretty broad.

•Fashion trends include short shift skirts and dresses, skinny jeans in stripes, and a few well-positioned frills. Colours include mid-tone blues and emerald green plus for summer, soft but rich red and soft nectarine. Fabric designs include bold, contrasting graphics and patterns, pretty florals, oriental designs and for summer in particular, bright tropical looks.

•With ‘The Great Gatsby’ making a splash this season too, you could pick up on the SS13 trend for feminine, above-the-knee dresses in soft pale neutrals (camel, beige), then add a string of beads to complete the look.

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Adapting your clothing for summer

Devise new clothing combinations that could work for summer.

•If you have comfortable, short dresses you usually wear with tights, try them with three-quarter leggings and sandals. This can look great in warmer months.

•A black cardigan can be a versatile godsend but counter the black with a colourful brooch or fabric flower decoration in the brighter summer colours of the dress you’re wearing.


Savvy fashion tip

Work with scarves. If you think the SS13 colours aren’t quite you enough to justify a whole new outfit, scarves that echo this season’s shades and patterns can brighten up your regular denims (threaded through the belt loops on jeans, even), soften the lines of a pale jacket, or dress up a bag. Be inventive – tie a knot in a scarf using a pretty old necklace looped round itself several times.

Pass it on – evergreen style essentials

Check out these 5 tips for the perfect summer wardrobe that will keep you well-dressed year in year out.

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