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Date added: 06 August 2013

Making The Most of The August Summer Sun 

Lucy Gough updates her summer wardrobe at The Brunel
 
Summer fashion is all about feeling cool and comfortable, yet looking effortlessly stylish. The key to a summer wardrobe is using some winter pieces and adding a fresh bit of colour to brighten up the whole look for relatively cheap!
 
A lot of us however feel daunted by the idea of a summer wardrobe, a common myth is that to make it summery we have to have everything out, but this is not the case!
 
The British summer season is unpredictable, so itís good to be prepared for all weathers.
 
And this month, especially, The Brunel in Swindon has hundreds of great summer bargains to refresh your wardrobe in a few easy steps.
 
Here I am going to show you a few key pieces that can be interchanged throughout your wardrobe for hundreds of different looks.
 
Smart shorts 

Shorts at The Brunel Shopping Centre
For a smart summer work look, why not swap from usual denim shorts to a pair of chino shorts. These white ones available in a variety of colours are on sale in Marks and Spencer for just £9.50!
 
The smart look is easily wearable from day to night, with a shirt and flats for the work place, and by adding some jewellery and changing into heels, you get an instant evening look.
 
Summer dress

Another key piece is a good summer dress, be prepared to spend around between £20-£50 in order to get a dress that will look good and last you through the summer. Try and go for a midi dress (one that falls just around the knees). The reason for this is that nearly everybody shape looks great in it, and they are easily wearable from the office to nightlife.
 
Summer Dress at The Brunel
This gorgeous summer dress is available in Blue Banana for £29.99. The bright patterns and bold colours just scream summer.
 
Pair this with some gladiator sandals for the daytime, and add some heels and shawl for the night! A strapped dress is always a good option to go for as its wearable for the day and night by just adding on a cardigan or shawl.
 
Accessorise

The next piece, which is essential to a summer wardrobe, is a light vibrant scarf.
 
The scarf is able to mix and match with any outfit, to brighten up a boring outfit, or to have over your shoulders when it gets a bit chilly during those summer evenings. Try searching for a scarf with a fresh summery pattern.
 
Scarf at Brunel Centre
This scarf from Marks and Spencer retails at £19.50, and with its core cream colour and butterfly print, itís an essential scarf to add into your staple summer wardrobe.
 
This scarf can easily be paired with a bright camisole to brighten up the white chino shorts. The multitude of colours within the scarf also means it easy to pair with anything, just pick out what colours are in the scarf, a blue top, or some red shoes, or maybe even some yellow trousers if your feeling brave!
 
The material of the scarf as well means it easy to roll up and pop into your bag, and then use it as a shawl when the evening gets colder.
 
Summer essential
 
You cannot create any summer capsule wardrobe without the statement summer pieceÖ denim shorts.
 
Denim Shorts at The Brunel
Find a pair that fits your body shape, not what is necessarily in trend. Trying looking for plain denim but with a twist, maybe tie-dye, dip-dye or acid wash. If you go for a patterned pair, youíll find itís more difficult to pair other pieces with.
 
However the high waisted short is a great staple piece, it fits around a lot of different body shapes and accentuates all the good bits. This pair, available at Miss Selfridge, are a bargain at just £30 and they tick all the trend boxes.
 
The high waisted shape has been fashionable for a long time with trousers, skirts and this summer with shorts. It fits with most body shapes; it accentuates those with a waist, when tied with a belt of a scarf it shows a waist with women who donít have one.
 
The acid wash/faded look is also a brilliant trend to look out for this summer, itís easily dressed up with a blouse and gladiator sandals, and even easier to dress down with a boyfriend shirt and sneakers.
 
Key colours
 
Dress at The Brunel Centre
A viscose blouse is also great to fit in to your capsule summer wardrobe. Its light and airy so itís great for when the weather gets hot and itís a great material to fold up into a suitcase or overnight bag and there is no worry of it getting creased.
 
A bright summer colour is a great choice as it fits from work to evening and even from summer to winter.
 
Try this one from Evans for £35, the vibrant purple will carry you easy from day to night, and will stay on trend into autumn and summer.
 
This blouse can be worn with the white chino shorts and some silver sandals, or take the acid wash shorts and some converse trainers for a smart casual look. The stud detailing on the blouse makes it easily wearable and there is no need for any extra necklaces. Itís a versatile top that can be thrown on in a rush to jazz up a pair of casual jeans or shorts.
 
And finally...

The last accessory to any summer wardrobe is a versatile pair of sunnies!
 
Find a colour and shape that you like and you can wear them with any outfit. Just remember to take them off when you get into the shops! Either pop them on your head to scrape back your beachy hair, or find a trendy case to protect them into your handbag.
 
Sunglasses at The Brunel
 
Pair these bling aviators available from Claireís Accessories for £9, with the white chino shorts for cool L.A summer glam, or for a retro feel add these two tone round sunglasses to your staple summer dress, also available at Claireís Accessories on sale for just £4!
 
So whether you choose 1950s retro or go for cool Hollywood chic, you are able to pick up all these pieces which are on trend and available in The Brunel Centre Swindon.
 
(All images courtesy of marksandspencer.com, bluebanana.com and claires.co.uk)
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