I Always Plan My Summer Wardrobe In Winter—Here's What I'm Buying Now
Is it just me, or is this winter really taking its time? While I love wearing cosy coats and ankle boots throughout the chilly season, I'm a summer baby through and through. I love the ocean, the hot nights out and simply not having to wear layers. And though it might seem early to start prepping my summer wardrobe, hear me out: There's only one month left of winter, and before we know it we'll be in our swimmers all over again.
I'd love to be that girl with truly effortless style, but I also love to prepare my wardrobe months in advance and curate a certain aesthetic. Call me a dork, but I find it relaxing to create mood boards of my dream outfits—not to mention a great way to while away the hours spent hibernating in front of the heater. But rather than just plan my outfits, I truly plan my wardrobe, in the hopes that each piece will be worn over and over again. Shopping mindfully in this way helps me figure out my personal style, helps me stick to a budget (I judge everything on a cost-per-wear basis), and it stops me from making those horrible, ill-informed panic-purchases at the last minute.
Each season I start the process by taking stock of what I already have, and figure out the extra pieces I'm going to need for the season ahead. I've already got plenty of wide-leg jeans, plain tees and sandals in my wardrobe, so I'm updating it with fresh pieces that I know will look on-trend this summer, but will probably last me until the next one, too. How do I know what will be on trend? I follow over 2000 accounts on Instagram, with many of them being from the US or Europe, and you can be certain that what they're wearing now, we'll be wearing here in Australia in six months time.
So far, I've narrowed my summer aesthetic down to five key pieces. From feminine tops to gold earrings, here are the pieces I'm going to be shopping in the lead up to summer, along with the Instagram saved collection that inspired them.
There's nothing revolutionary about a cute top—they go with everything and the perfect one can improve your confidence ten-fold (well, mine anyway). This season, I'm looking for ultra-feminine options. Anything with a puffy sleeve and a little ruffle that accentuates the waist is a big yes.
Layered gold necklaces have been everywhere for a long time—but this summer what I really want is layered earrings. All gold, all dainty, all beautiful. I have two earring holes in each ear, but I plan to make use of ear cuffs to maximise my ear's jewellery potential.
Swimwear in summer is practically glued to my body—my goal is basically to be underwater as much as possible. I'm already a big fan of one-pieces (they minimise the space you need to put sunscreen, and don't fall down in the surf), so I'm really into the super simple styles I've been seeing everywhere lately. The good news is they double as a top once you leave the sand—just throw on high-waisted shorts and you're good to go.
Straw bags have been the must-have item for a few summers now, but I've held off buying into the trend because they just didn't seem versatile enough. Great for the beach, yes, but could I also wear it to the office? Turns out, 2018 has dished up a whole bunch of structured, polished options that you won't need to take off, ever.
Between white, denim and beige, my summer wardrobe is looking fairly neutral, so what it really needs is a pop of colour. I love a stand-out shoe, and this summer I'll be buying up all the pastel, sorbet-hued footwear I come across. From slides to mules and strappy sandals, I'm head over heels for this trend.