Breathe new life into well-loved classics.

If your Facebook feed is anything like mine, the last few months have been filled with fashionistas flaunting their very best frocktober outfits in the name of raising funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. For me the inspiration was two-fold: firstly to donate to a great cause (of course) and secondly to scrutinise my own wardrobe, with the aim of stretching it to its full potential for summer.

After sorting through all the shift, slip and shirt dresses, here are my top tips for making the most of what you already own this season:

Consider colour

Casual dresses in light, natural fabrics such as cotton, linen and silk are perfect candidates for dying a more festive shade. Forget what’s hot right now and choose a colour you love. You can even mix different shades of dye to create a truly unique number that’s perfect for sunny, boho-inspired weekends.

Customise your cut

If your style runs more towards tailored lines, classic cuts can be updated with some simple alterations. Shortening hems on A-line dresses can provide a more summery feel – you could even go asymmetrical or turn them into high-low dresses. Or to add a touch of elegance to more flowing, whimsical styles, try nipping them in the waist.

If you want to go even further, try transforming your dresses entirely into skirts. If you have wrap, halter, maxi or even glamourous formal frocks which just don’t fit as well around the bust as they do around the hips, a quick nip and tuck (of the dress!) can give you an all-new outfit. I find this is an excellent solution for well-worn little black dresses with which I just can’t bear to part.

Borrow from the boyfriend

Then there’s my favourite: raiding my partner’s wardrobe and his collection of rarely-worn shirts. Teamed with a belt, flats and sunglasses it’s a chic and understated way to extend your summer wardrobe.