'Will it rain today?', 'Is this outfit windproof?'
Don't get me wrong, I appreciate every ray of sunshine we get, but true to English weather, each day brings something inconsistent and is wreaking havoc with my wardrobe choices! I don't know about the rest of you, but I wake up each morning scanning my closet in despair, launching each unsuitable item into a pile on my floor.
In need of some inspiration I turned to the net and my trustworthy glossy magazines. Feeling suitably equipped with ideas, a shopping spree was on the agenda.
I've put together my top five fail-safe garments that are worth the investment this season.
The Tailored Sleeveless Jacket
This is a great layering piece, without the heaviness of full-length sleeves, (and a great cover-up if you're wearing something white or a little sheerer when the heavens open)! Pair with skinny jeans and a basic tee for a smart-casual polished look. Embrace nude hues with Topshop's Raw Edge Sleeveless Jacket or master the soft military image with River Island's Crepe Sleeveless Trench Jacket.
Now this item I don't think I, let alone anyone else, could live without. Perfect for any season, a timeless piece, the jean can be dressed up with heels or down with Birkenstocks. Skinny, Straight, Bootcut, Boyfriend, white, grey, black or blue, these are a fabulous base for any outfit to work with. Try Gap for a vast selection of quality well-cut styles - ever so important when purchasing your new best friend.
The White Boyfriend Shirt
Comfortable, cool and classic. Flattering for almost any silhouette, the oversized shirt hides a multitude of body sins and can be worn in so many ways. Buttoned down over a little summer dress, a cover-up on the beach, or simply teamed with denim - loose, tucked in or tied at the front - for a simple but chic look. I've got my eye on Joules Longer Length Tippi Shirt.
Screaming versatile and effortless, this is an all-in-one, (literally), outfit you can throw on, walk out the door and it speaks for itself. Choose from laid-back corduroy dungarees, like this throw-back from Topshop, to office-appropriate elegant jumpsuits such as this wide-leg crepe must-have from Warehouse.
The Maxi Dress
It's hard to go wrong with this staple summer dress. Seasons later and it's still ageless and seamlessly glamorous. Chiffon, jersey, cotton, this attire can take you from day to night, from festival to wedding, with a little savvy accessorising. An absolute steal at £14.99, I'm in love with this basic A-line maxi dress from H&M in Khaki. For that special occasion, this Lilac Floral Super Full Maxi Dress from ASOS is absolutely charming.
Plus, it has the all-important advantage of not showing those lacy brazilian briefs* you so thoughtfully put on this morning, should you get caught in the breeze!
*Who am I kidding? We all reach for the extra comfy pink spotty pants we picked up from Primark.Suggest a correction