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.
What do you think of what I’ve bought? What are your summer wardrobe essentials? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.
Currently listening to: Heroes (We Could Be) – Mallory Knox (Alesso cover for the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge)