Summer is on the horizon and many of us are looking forward to a fun-packed few weeks of parties, bank holidays, weddings, garden gatherings, festivals, beach days and picnics in the park. If you’re planning outfits, or you’re keen to embrace new trends, here are some affordable ways to revamp your style for summer. 

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Second-hand and vintage steals

Buying new clothes for every season can be expensive. One way to reduce costs and shop more sustainably is to snap up second-hand and vintage steals. You can save money on fresh new looks while also steering clear of fast fashion. Visit vintage stores and charity shops, trawl online auction listings, or look for events that champion preloved items, such as swap shops. If you love fashion, and your friends and colleagues do too, you could also swap items between you to get more wear out of clothes and accessories you don’t want anymore and items that don’t fit or suit your style. 


Accessorising is a simple, inexpensive way to freshen up your style without buying a whole new wardrobe. Using accessories, you can create several different outfits from the same pieces, take daytime ensembles to evening or dress down smarter looks for casual wear. If you have piercings, you can buy new earrings, bars for your tongue or navel or nose rings and studs to switch up your look. On bright days, add oversized shades to inject glamour for occasion wear or make an understated daytime look feel effortlessly cool with round frames or aviators. Replace a cross-body bag, rucksack or satchel with a clutch or tote to go from the beach or park to the bar or layer bangles and stacking rings for a beautiful Boho look for festivals and concerts. 

Build a capsule collection

Building a capsule wardrobe is a fantastic way to have fun with fashion and make getting dressed every morning a breeze without spending a fortune. The aim of a capsule collection is to use key pieces to create a host of different outfits. Once you have the basics, you can mix and match and add seasonal acquisitions to stay on-trend. For summer, for example, invest in simple, well-fitted tees, vests and camis, oversized throw-on shirts, slim-fit and baggy jeans, linen, tapered trousers, jersey maxi dresses, denim shorts and midi skirts. You can mix and match the tops and bottoms, add layers to cater to the conditions and treat yourself to a couple of new purchases or vintage additions to experiment with trends that take your fancy, such as bright colours and neon, pleats, florals, chic neutrals and stripes. 

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Summer is coming, and many of us are looking forward to putting coats and jumpers away, dressing up and embracing new trends. If you’re keen to revamp your look for summer, and you don’t want to spend a fortune, there are some simple, affordable ways to freshen up your wardrobe. Shop second-hand, use accessories to add interest and colour and try out new trends and build a capsule collection you can expand and customise for every season. 

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