As per usual, whenever I come home on a break from university my Mum, sister and myself go on at least one major shopping trip. We are each others’ hype men and harshest critics: we build each other up when we pick out items that look fantastic, but ruthlessly tear each other down if we make a fashion faux pas.
On our latest shopping trip, we had one objective: start working on our summer wardrobes. I grew out of all of my swimming costumes last summer so I was in desperate need of a new one. Plus, rather than going on a spending spree a couple of weeks before we jet off to Spain in July, we figured that spreading the cost over multiple trips would be a little more merciful for our bank balances.
Don’t get me wrong: a number of items I purchased last summer will make do for this summer as well. As much as I wish for it, my purse has yet to become an infinite source of money. However, I was in desperate need of a summer wardrobe refresher. I decided to focus on the essentials (my new swimming costume) plus a couple of key pieces which will help to refresh last year’s wardrobe and insert some key 2015 trends.
Bikini: New Look, £17.99 for the top and £9.99 for the bottoms
Shorts: New Look, £14.99
Kimono: New Look, £14.99
Flip-flops: Primark, £3
Crop top: Primark, £3
Jim Beam t-shirt: Primark, £8
Of Mice & Men vest: Full Circle Tour merchandise, £25
As you can see, I colour coordinated many of my new purchases ready to wear on the beach this summer. I’ll be using the kimono as a cover-up whilst sunbathing in my bikini, and the flip-flops will be perfect for walking on hot sand.
I chose a neutral pair of chino shorts so they can be part of my suitcase-friendly capsule summer wardrobe, matching pretty much every t-shirt, blouse and vest I own. Plus, chinos are light and airy, perfect for humid summer days in Spain.
I don’t expect to tan this summer (that would be far too ambitious a goal), but I chose vests and short-sleeved t-shirts so I can start building up my usual covering of freckles on my arms and shoulders. They’re all made of light material, and aside from the Of Mice & Men vest everything is fairly loose-fitting. This should be more comfortable as the temperature rises.