Beat summer wardrobe fatigue // Three easy style swaps

Most of us have about three interchangeable summer looks that actually look passable outside the house. Most likely these consist of denim shorts, ubiquitous tea dresses and generic jersey.

Take action now if you have the above sartorial yawns on rotation and break predictable summer dressing habits with a few easy style swaps…

Trade denim shorts for culottes

Infinitely versatile, practical culottes deliver more tailored polish than obvious scraggy denim. High-waist versions keep the silhouette chic, and are the perfect modest foil for summer’s cropped shell tops. Whilst skorts (skirt/shorts, yah?) already line the sale rails, culottes are set for fashion longevity through till next year.

Want a long-line version? Think wide leg trousers Chloe Resort 14-style (below), with classic nautical styling. YSL culottes are the ultimate summer dream. Topshop offer a great tailored black version now.

Chloe resort 14

Trade generic jersey for coordinated separates

Making a buzz for a few seasons now, coordinated pieces are a more considered choice than timid basics.  Try a short suit for the office or vintage-inspired prints off duty. This Asos skirt and shell top deliver two-piece power with easy charm.


Reclaimed vintage skirt in floral print, £35 at ASOS

Reclaimed vintage top in floral print, £30 at ASOS

Trade tea dresses for all in ones

A sleek all-in-one is a refreshing style choice. Fabric and fit are key. If you find it difficult to find a good fit off the peg, a few tweaks at your local alteration service should do the trick. Look to Zara’s AW13 collection (yay! dropping now) for a breezy navy halter neck jumpsuit. Wear with single strap sandals or leopard print accents to maximise the fashion focus.


Backless jumpsuit, £59.99 at Zara

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