If you're like me, then you'll likely have booked a holiday for September and left it 'til round about now to get yourself some summery staples. You hit the shops with cash to splash only to find the dregs of summer bikinis left, almost no footwear that shoes off your tootsies and a world of scarves, coats, and thick wooly tights.
Thankfully, if you've still got more than a few days 'til you leave on a jet plane, the wonderful world of the interweb can still help. Hurrah! We've scoured the 'net and rounded up a few summery bits and bobs that'll save you dipping into last year's jaded and faded wardrobe.
Sandals are perhaps the most difficult thing to come by in the shops at this time of year, even though the weather at home still warrants flat sandals and strappy shoes, the shoe shelves are already packed with thick black boots.
For those of you (like me) who just cannot get on board with the whole plastic jelly shoe, thick platform trend, Asos.com is still your best bet for less in-your-face footwear. These two above will go with just about anything.
We love these two summery tops, also from Asos.com because they're the kind of thing you can wear with light floaty skirts on holidays but team with darker, autumnal shades for a night on the tiles as the leaves begin to fall.
Stuck for a maxi dress? Finding one that hasn't been tried on to death and smeared with other people's foundation will prove difficult. Missguided still have LOADS of summery numbers to buy online and the price range is rather pleasing to our pockets.
So whether you're after something a bit fancy or a floaty floral gúna, this is one for your bookmarks.
More sandals now, this time from Boohoo.com. The yellow will add a splash of colour to any summery number while the brown strappy sandals will work with almost anything. And if it's still warm when you return from your holibobs, they'll work wonders under bright blue jeans.
You'll probably always be able to get your hands on a decent pair of shorts, given that with thick tights, they're now worn year round, but finding a super summery pair as A/W comes along is a pain in the proverbial. Topshop are still catering to the last minute-ers among us.
These shorts will see you right through to next summer too.
Last but by no means least, you just cannot set off for the airport without a decent bikini. What you wear in the pool and in the sea will take quite a battering and the colour may fade, so your best bet is to invest in a decent bikini that won't lose shape, and go for a colour that won't feel outdated come next year. This black one from Asos will flatter most figures while the light beach dress is the ideal accessory for those lazy beach day lunches.
And if you are shopping to a budget, remember that mixing and matching bikini tops and bottoms is totally a done thing now. So, if you find a bikini top that fits you in one shop, and the bottoms that fit in another, don't have any qualms in pairing them together. Just walk with a bit of casual nonchalance in your step.And don't forget that you can match pastels with other pastels, and bright neons with the same.
Any summery items you're still stuck for? What shop offers the best bargain bin goodies? Let us know below!