As we transition into a season of sweltering heat, it’s time to put some items of clothing in storage and bring others out. It’s time to rearrange your wardrobe, reevaluate its contents and get ready for summer ’18! Being clutter-free makes getting dressed every morning so much easier, and it’s great to know that you’ll be serving seasonal looks all summer.

Here is a list of eight trends you need to let go of (for now) and eight alternatives you should be trying out:

1. Checkmate

I absolutely loved the check trend. Even though checks may have added a formal touch, an understated air of playfulness was always present.

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Now, check has met its match. A different print is here to dominate this season. Whether reptile, feline, or both, animal prints are back and there is nothing tacky or risqué about them. You can try reptile print on reptile print on reptile print. It just depends on the pieces.

The print below is in a subdued tone, so an unusual lightness is added to an often bold look. The airy material of the pleated skirt and shirt are contrasted by a chunky pair of printed boots.

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Feeling fearless? Go ahead and pair different prints. This leopard printed dress worn with snakeskin thigh-high boots is bold and will definitely turn heads.

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A more common approach is to wear animal prints with neutral pieces. This is a good place to start with this trend.

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2. From cold shoulder to the bold shoulder

It has been all about the shoulder for a while now. This is not a complaint. We started with off-the-shoulder tops that have been both flirty and fun. Plus there is no denying the sex appeal of some décolletage.

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Cue the bold shoulder – the new seasonal way to accentuate your shoulders, harness your power and boldly add some ’80s flare to your looks.

Ruffles around the décolletage is super ’80s and will add strength to the look. The touch of pink can either scare you away or make you fall in love with a bold shoulder.

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This is another ’80s inspired piece – the bodice of the jacket is fitted and padded shoulders flow into voluminous sleeves, emphasising the shoulders. The jacket is simple and stunning.

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I reckon the ’80s minidress is a fun addition to evening wear, although you can sport the look during the day too. Super short, fitted with dramatic sleeves.

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3. Crop top to bra top

We have been all about the midriff for quite some time. It started with t-shirt tops being cropped – so, short sleeves, a round neckline and a loose fit around the waist.

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For summer 2018, crop tops resemble a bra. They are smaller, form-fitting and mainly cover the breasts.

The bra top below is easy-going and playful.

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With its higher neckline, this one has more of an athletic feel.

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The bra top below is elegant and sexy.

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Essentially, the variations are plenty and it just depends on your comfort and personal style.

4. Neon green

This season’s colour is not for the faint-hearted. It is definitely less approachable than Millennial pink, Gen-Z yellow, lavender and baby blue. Neon green is electrifying; it literally shocks life into any mundane piece. The aim is to have fun and experiment with it, so add a pop of neon green until you know how to do the most with this season’s colour.

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5. Beret to bucket

In my opinion, the beret is timeless. So I am not suggesting putting it away this summer. I just think it is time to give it a bit of a break.

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The headgear for this season is the bucket hat. It will protect you from the sun and add character to your look, depending on the print, colour and material of the bucket hat you choose.

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6. Multi-chain to statement earrings

The last couple of seasons have been all about the neck, with chokers and golden minimal medallions tiered around it.

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Now it is all about the ears and the drop of your earrings:

The tiered drop.

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The ’80s-inspired drop.

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The geometric or artsy drop.

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7. Dungarees to overalls

The ’90s classic has made its comeback, but I think now we can confidently put denim dungarees away.

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This season is about utility-inspired jumpsuits. It resembles a baggy suit that you could probably conquer the world in.

Try it in white.

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Or denim.

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Or with an ’80s-inspired feel.

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Other trending shades for the utility overalls are camo green, red and black.

8. From sock boots to socks and sandals

One of the Yeezy seasons were responsible for this trend, and oh, what a trend it was. Sock boots felt futuristic and fun. Their fit was sort of athletic and they had a feminine finish.

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Now it is time to put sock boots away and invest in actual socks (sheer socks, athletic socks, happy socks, socks with logos) to pair with a strappy pair of heels. This trend is another ’80s-inspired moment in our current fashion season. It adds a fun dimension to a simple pair of heels.

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So now that you know what to put away and try on, it is time for a wardrobe detox!