8 Simple Styling Tips To Instantly Update Your Wardrobe For Summer

​Hello, heatwave

Veronika Heilbrunner

Summer is finally here, and with it the arrival of a whole host of sartorial dilemmas. But before you hit the sales, consider reworking some of the pieces you already own to give old favourites a new lease of life.


Roll down your boilersuit

This is the easiest way to transform a denim boilersuit into a summer-friendly outfit. Simply fold down the arms and knot around your waist. Roll-up the hems and team with a pair of ankle-tie sandals for added points.

Try a crop top, the grown-up way

Crop tops aren't just for teenagers, but there are rules: your top should be fittted, not tight, end no higher than 3cm above your belly button, and always paired with something high-waisted to accentuate the smallest part of your waist. Try knotting a white linen shirt just above the waist of a pair of vintage 501 Levi jeans.


Show some shoulder

This is the easiest, and most demure, way to show some skin this summer. Take your pick from the realms of off-the-shoulder tops and dresses flooding the highstreet right now.

Offset head-to-toe white with khaki

Love head-to-toe white but wandering how to make it work in the city? Well, here's the solution. Offset an all-white combo with a khaki jacket or utility shirt to make your outfit less Saint-Tropez, a little more London.


Play with proportion

A pair of high-waisted wide leg trousers are a summer essential. Loose and breezy, they will keep you cool without baring too much skin, making them a great office option. Contrast the volume with a tucked-in Nineties-style strap top.

Layer a sundress over jeans

You know all those white cotton sundresses lurking at the back of the wardrobe that you only ever wear on holiday? Try layering one over a pair of ankle-skimming jeans to extend their wear from twice -a-year to Monday-Friday in the city.


Be brave with prints

Nothing screams summer like bold, bright prints. So, dig out your jazziest prints and pile them on all together. The sun is shining, it's no time for normcore.

Lace slip + denim = failsafe summer outfit

If you've been reading ELLE then you'll know that the Nineties lace slip is one of spring/summer 16's key pieces. On trend it may be, easy to wear it is not. We suggest layering one underneath a denim jacket, or over the top of a white tee.

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