The promise of summer is only around the corner, with restrictions gradually being lifted and the weather slowly improving. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to update your wardrobe for the summer season, the time is now! Whether you are looking for menswear, womenswear, or both, creating the ultimate summer wardrobe is easier than you might think. There is no need to replace everything. By supporting slow fashion, you will not only help to support the environment, but you will also be helping your bank balance! By simply upgrading and changing only a few pieces, you will be able to completely update your entire summer wardrobe.
We have teamed up with Whispering Smith to give their insight into how to build your summer wardrobe for the new season.
Update Your Outerwear
It’s finally time to say goodbye to your winter coat collection and bring in some new pieces to reflect the weather! Replace those parka jackets and puffer coats with lightweight styles that are more suitable for the warmer temperatures, with styles to suit both men and women like leather or denim jackets.
It’s the season for casual bomber jackets, lightweight duster jackets or even gilets as the temperatures slowly climb and we can emerge from under the faux fur and sherpa jackets that are so popular through the winter.
Include Prints And Patterns
Nothing says summer like a bright print or an eye-catching pattern. Summer is the season for colour and texture, so be sure to include some of this in your new pieces for your collection. In particular, tie-dye has seemed to make a great comeback with its retro appearance and vivid colours, making it an essential look for the summer season.
Classic prints including florals, polka dot and stripes are also making a massive comeback in summer collections for both men and women. Whether it’s a dress, blouse, skirt, jacket or trousers, prints are a guaranteed way to include a little fun for the warmer months.
Give Denim A Makeover
Whether it’s jeans or jackets, denim is a staple in many clothing collections, and it’s nearly always in the classic shade of blue. Why not include something a little different for the summer, with a denim makeover that’s sure to impress? Look for jeans in different shades, including sage green, white, coral pink or pastel shades of yellow.
Similarly, distressed jeans or denim jackets come into their own this season, so don’t forget about frayed hems and ripped knees for SS21!
The prospect of a summer holiday isn’t guaranteed this year, but that’s no reason to be unprepared. Whether your customers are looking forward to a holiday in Greece, Portugal or Cornwall, swimwear is a must-have for your summer collection. For women, be sure to include a choice of bikinis and full swimsuits to accommodate all tastes, while getting brave with your swim shorts for men with quirky prints that are sure to stand out.
Consider beach cover-ups too, from dresses to oversized t-shirts, this will ensure that you stay safe from the sun, can quickly pop into the shop from the beach and generally is just a great addition to any beachwear wardrobe.
Now as much as we love our green and pleasant land, we all know that the UK summer can sometimes be unpredictable, so for times when the sun is hiding behind a cloud, it’s important that your wardrobe gives you the chance to layer up. Lightweight knitwear, such as jumpers and cardigans, can be a lifesaver when the British weather fails us so it’s key to include accessible pieces like this alongside your summer outfits. It might also be a good idea to stock up on some light long-sleeved pieces for when it’s just not cold enough to completely cover up but you just need that extra thin layer to keep you from being chilly.
Hoodies are always a great choice as they’re easy to style and can be thrown on or taken off as the weather changes. Cropped styles are particularly popular in the summer, as are classic slogan designs for year-round wear.