Is Your Wardrobe Ready for Summer?

Is your wardrobe equipped with everything you'll need to look your best this as the weather heats up?

The sun is well and truly shining and temperatures are heating up across Australia. Before you reach for your worn-out thongs and oversized tank top, have a think about shaking up your summer wardrobe this year.

Start by thinking about your summer wardrobe's colour scheme. If you usually stick to basic black and neutrals all year long, why not add a few hints of colour this year?

Take inspiration from the Pantone Fashion Colour Report, which highlights placid blue, cayenne and radiant orchid as colours to watch out for in 2014.

If you're hesitant to wear bright colours, introduce them slowly by way of jewellery, silk scarves and straw handbags. Before too long you'll be brave enough to step out in a full on multi coloured outfit!

Wardrobe essentials

If your budget doesn't quite stretch to a complete wardrobe overhaul, stick with the basics. All Australian summer wardrobes need a good pair of thongs, a pair of denim shorts and a failsafe barbecue outfit.

Women may want to incorporate a floaty summer dress and a pair of wedge heels to navigate more sophisticated affairs, whereas men can often make do with a short-sleeved collared shirt and some dressier shorts for those occasions where a little class is called for.

Don't neglect your beachwear, either. The perfect swimsuit is hard to find, so hit the shops now to make sure you're covered for Christmas cavorts in the surf.

Footwear

As much as we Australians love our thongs, sometimes a restaurant, wedding or party calls for something a little more upmarket. The sweltering heat at this time of year may mean socks and dress shoes are out of the question, so men could investigate a stylish pair of leather sandals or some on-trend boat shoes.

Want more? We thought you might like this video.