Budget Sugarhouse summer style

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Photograph: Simas Abraškevičius

When entering the third and final term of a University year, three things come to mind: final deadlines, exam revision and summer. Whilst we might all be rotting in the library away from the UV rays at the start of the term, we’ll be looking forward towards The Sugarhouse nights out that we’ll be enjoying post-exams. For this reason, all fashionistas should start thinking about the key bargain pieces that you can buy to stay on trend in the summer season during your nights out.

Firstly, pastels! They’re here to stay in the summer months, and it’s time to start trading in those mint green sweaters and pale pink coats for pastel items suited to the warmer temperatures. Look in most high street shops and you’re sure to find a ‘basics’ section, teeming with crop tops and boyfriend vests in an array of pastel shades for you to mix and match with your best high-waisted skirts and shiny leggings. If you’ve been looking in the high street shops you’ll also have seen that tropical vibes have been hitting the rails in recent weeks. In both Primark and New Look you can snatch up a crop tops and skirts detailed with palm trees. Offset such a vibrant print with block colours for the other items in your look. The tropical trend can also be found in the kimono, an item which has been making its way quickly into the high street market. Whether its floral or basic, a kimono will add a delicate and feminine touch to an outfit.

Alongside pastels, the sports luxe trend is still going strong and American-style football and baseball jerseys, which began as more expensive vintage items, can be found in the high street shops. If you’d prefer to avoid looking too ‘sporty’, you can find baseball jersey style tops which offer the style without the garish sports team logos. These jerseys can be easily dressed up for a night out if worn with a mini skirt or disco pants and with the right accessories. Accessorise with thick 90s-style chains and red lipstick. Finally, you might have seen the Stella McCartney chunky platform heels which hit the runways last year. Fastfoward to now and lookalikes are coming out everywhere in bargain form. Purchase a pair in white and you’re looking at the perfect summer platform for a warmer evening out.

Whether you prefer floral or sporty, there are always bargain pieces to be found that will keep your looks updated from season to season. Good luck finding the summer pieces to suit your wardrobe.