I am very strict about what I buy - I have neither the budget nor the inclination to buy great swathes of clothes with no prospect of wearing them. And so, with two summers-that-weren't in '11 and '12, I have a casual summer wardrobe that consists, on the whole, of one ageing maxi dress and a pair of shorts that are never seen outside of a campsite.
Thanks to a couple of judicious purchases (taking my own advice to clients of buying things that are perfect for you when you see them, rather than compromising on something less perfect when you need them) I am currently limping through on my Zara skort, a handful of Kettlewell t-shirts, one pair of flip flops and my Splendid tube skirt (which, incidentally, my mother took one look at the other day and felt moved to enquire whether I had forgotten to put my actual skirt on top of my slip. My inner teenager is pleased to be so misunderstood).
Of course, just as I decide that really I could use some more clothes, the shops are selling off summer stock and are steadily filling up with winter boots, coats and knitwear. Have I mentioned that I loathe sales shopping with a passion? I am basically really lazy, and the idea of trawling through sales (online or instore) fills me with a particular kind of horror.
However, lesson learned - it's worth buying the odd perfect bit of summer wear when you see it. That way, you won't go out looking like you forgot your actual skirt...