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Your Flattering, Purse Friendly Summer Essentials

The problem with summer for me is how to dress in heat. I’m totally a layers girl and I hit my style peak in a multitude of fabrics, prints and patterns, not just a single garment.
I really struggle when it comes to summer dressing because there are just so many boxes to tick.
Like everyone, there are parts of my body I’m self conscious over and would prefer to cover up, but the clothes both on the high street and online don’t seem to take this into consideration.  
Unless you want to float round for the next few months in demin ‘shorts’ and a fringed crop top your options can seem really limited.
I’ve pulled together some budget summer pieces that will hopefully make you feel confident and cool if the hot weather ever does appear!
 
Problem area: Arms
Hate your arms? How about trying a cold shoulder style top? I don’t like my arms to the extent that I just won’t buy anything sleeveless, because I know I’ll have to wear a cardi or jacket over the top, and I’ll just spend the whole time feeling uncomfortable. A cold shoulder top changes all that for me. Most cover the more unflattering part of your arms at the top so they’re great if that’s where you’re conscious of - this one from new look is just £7.99!
 
Problem Area: Stomach?
Don’t like your tummy? High waisted is the way to go.  This gorgeous pencil skirt from George at Asda detracts away from any lumps and bumps, particularly as it has an elasticated waist (Always a win win situation!) and the bright colour and wrap detail focuses the eye away from the stomach. Another bargain at just £8.
 
Problem area? Legs or Knees?
It’s all about the Midi or Maxi skirt! Even at about 5’8 I always thought I would be too short to pull of a maxi but after trying out I realise I’m not. One of my best friends is just five foot but she looks gorgeous in one too, so if you’re shorter and hate your legs, please don’t rule them out. However, if you don’t want to go all the way to the floor, a midi is the perfect alternative. They’re great for an office environment because they can look super smart and chic, but still keep you cool. Primark Yellow Maxi Skirt - £10, New Look White Palm Midi Skirt - £24.99

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