When the summer months roll around, you are likely to spend more time outdoors, being sociable, or perhaps even inviting people to your house for garden parties. It's a really fun time of year to be in Australia, but it can also be stressful when you feel like you don't have an epic summer wardrobe to match up with your epic summer plans. And when you'd rather not get in debt trying to keep up-to-date with the latest apparel trends, the summer can suddenly seem stressful when it should be fun.
But, actually, you can update your summer wardrobe for next to nothing. Here's how:
Update with accessories. Rather than buying totally new pieces, it can be more cost effective to invest in a handful of cheap accessories that can be used to update clothes that you already have. For example, a simple silk scarf can be found in most thrift stores, and with this one scarf, you can place it around your waist to create a new belt, you can tie it around your wrist to make a chic summer bracelet, or you can tie it in your hair to keep your hair out of your face on beach days.
Remember that footwear is key. It's so frustrating when you can't find the right shoes to go with an outfit you have put together, and this is why it's really important to think about summer shoes that can serve a lot of purposes. A simple pair of strappy black sandals are always going to be a worthwhile investment, and you can make them look somewhat dressier by simply adding stones that you can find in any craft store. These sandals will allow your feet to breathe in the summer sunshine, they can be worn from day to night, and they can be teamed with virtually any choice of clothing.
Consider cut-offs from old pants. Most people have old pairs of jeans or trousers in their wardrobe that they can't bear to throw out but, realistically, aren't going to wear again. These jeans, however, could be updated into a pair of funky cut-offs, and all you need is a pair of scissors – no sewing skills required. Simply cut the jeans a few inches south of where you want them to sit, and then you can roll up the remaining material to create a clean line. In a matter of seconds, you will have created yourself a brand new pair of denim shorts.
Keep these tips in mind as you update your wardrobe and check out local apparel retailers.