Question: When do you buy your summer clothes?

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  Late last week, we stumbled upon this little green sundress on Topshop.com. Now, granted, it's nothing particularly out of the ordinary, but it's a colour and cut we love, and so we instantly started to covet it. The problem? Well, it's a summer dress: not only is it 100% cotton, and probably not very warm, it has a cut-out detail at the back (which we could actually do without, to be honest), which adds to the "summery" feel. Sure, we could probably try to "winter" it up with boots, cardis and other warmer items, but we just know in our hearts that we'd not get any use out of it until the warmer weather arrives (if it ever does), and while we're sitting in the HQ with piles of snow outside the window, we have to admit that sundresses are the last thing we feel like buying.

This isn't the first time this has happened either: right now the stores are full of lovely summer dresses, open-toed sandals, pretty bikinis and little tops that we know we'd have to buy and then stash away for a few months before wearing them. The sensible thing to do, of course, would be to just wait, and buy them when we're more likely to wear them, but of course, as we've observed before, to do that is to run the risk of the coveted items selling out altogether – and we just KNOW that when the summer finally does arrive, the shops will be full of sale stock and the beginnings of the Autumn/Winter lines. Gah.

Our question to you today, then, is this: do you actually shop like this? Do you buy your summer clothes in February, and your winter ones in August, or do you prefer to buy your clothes when you're actually going to be able to wear them? Are you starting to stock up for summer, or are you still shopping for winter woolies?

19 Comments

  • February 17, 2009

    Mazina

    I’m already wearing my spring clothes (I don;t get cold) but I usually buy my summer clothes all through the year, but I guess I buy them in spring.

  • February 17, 2009

    gokarm

    Well, I’m cheap, so I generally buy my summer clothes IN summer, when they’re on sale. I also don’t care for delayed gratification, so I buy what I need “tomorrow”, in a sense.

  • February 17, 2009

    Carol

    If I see something I can’t live without, I buy it and put it away for later. Gives me hope that the weather will indeed turn and I’ll be ready to go the second it does.

  • February 17, 2009

    gokarm

    I am just like you, I can’t stand buying something i won’t be able to wear for months, nor do i have any desire to peruse the cute sundresses knowing when i step out the door, I’ll be frozen to the core. I generally buy what I’ll need “tomorrow”. I like the sales. I got a winter coat recently for 100 dollars less than originally marked and I love it and I’ll be able to wear it for at least another 2 months, and if not, that’s good too. I’ll take the warm weather :)

  • February 17, 2009

    Evelyn

    I have no interest in buying summer clothes right now. The only exception would be if I was heading south for a vacation!

  • February 17, 2009

    The Fashion Police

    Well, I’ve just gone to check, and as I predicted, this dress is ALREADY sold out, having never made it out of the “new in” section at Topshop. clearly there are people out there snapping up all of the summer clothes!
    (This also relates to what I was saying a couple of weeks ago about having to buy things the very second you see them or you’ll never get the chance again – aaargh!)

  • February 17, 2009

    Steph

    I’m afraid there is absolutely no logic in my shopping. I quite often buy summer dresses when it is absolutely freezing and then have to wait for months until I can wear them. It seems I’m not the only one as someone bought me a summer dress as a gift last year… for Christmas!

  • February 17, 2009

    Heather

    Well, since I like to keep just a few clothes in my closet that I actually wear and I never know what I am actually going to wear until the season arrives I don’t usually buy ahead–but then I shop almost exclusively sales and the thrift shop so I just keep in mind a general idea of what I like to wear and watch for it when the season hits.

  • February 17, 2009

    Celeste

    I don’t buy clothes unless I’m just bored of my last-years clothes. So it’s usually a few months into summer before that happens. There are a few expections… I’ll buy cotton skirts anytime, I love them. And I’m always on the look out of the right sandals.

  • February 17, 2009

    Zoe

    The first sign of spring and I am off looking at sundresses. So Marchish.

  • February 17, 2009

    Aisha

    Well I live in Houston, Texas where it pretty much feels like summer 9 months out of the year. In fact, our winters are so warm that half the time I wear summer clothes in the middle of January. So needless-to-say, I buy summer clothes year-round :)

  • February 17, 2009

    chocoholic

    Well I buy summer stuff in Feb, but then I am in the southern hemisphere enjoying a lovely summer.
    But I don’t buy in season as such. You can get some great stuff in end of season sales, and I usually can find a way to wear it. And I’m a huge fan of layering so I still wear my summer dresses in winter.

  • February 17, 2009

    annet

    i never buy winter clothes, that’s my big problem. my winter wardrobe consists of all my summer clothes on top of each other and a cardigan on it. i can’t stand wool on my skin and i have the dull color of most winter clothes. needless to say, i’m usually cold these days.

  • February 17, 2009

    SJ

    I live in Canada. Summer?
    I don’t have a summer wardrobe, really. I have a couple of sundresses if I feel like getting gussied up and the rest of the time, it’s just my winter wardrobe minus the sweater. You tend to dress in layers up here – t-shirt or blouse under sweater/blazer, so in the summer you just knock out a layer.
    I don’t even own shorts. If it’s really, really hot, I’ll wear a skirt. I have a couple of summery skirts.

  • February 18, 2009

    Kathleen

    I tend to buy in season or at the end of season when there are great sales. But if I see something I like that’s out of season and on sale, I’ll snap it up. It’s still chilly here in Boston but I just bought two spring shirts over the weekend because they were cute and on sale.

  • February 18, 2009

    Karen Buscemi

    I regularly incorporate my spring/summer clothes into my winter wardrobe. I can’t be without those cheerful dresses for all those depressing months. In fact, I just ordered my first real summer dress at Modcloth. The Elizabeth Bennet Dress: http://tinyurl.com/d6urj5. Isn’t it darling?

  • February 19, 2009

    Heather

    I’m actually quite annoyed by this phenomenon. I lost one of my favorite gloves this week, so I went back to the shop where I bought them, only to be told that it is now spring, and they no longer carry winter items like mittens and gloves. Spring? It is February, and quite cold right now! I actually tend to shop in reverse, and buy things that are on sale from last season. It works with wardrobe essentials, and then I can save my splurge money for the fantastic things that are being put out for the new season.

  • April 28, 2009

    Inga

    Summer? What do you mean? Here in Minnesota we don’t have “summer.” Our seasons are: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Construction/Mosquito.

  • April 28, 2009

    Inga Hanson

    I buy them in May