As much as it pains us to put down in words, the end of summer is upon us; the nights are beginning to creep in and the autumn/winter collections are being peppered across shop floors.
While temperatures in the UK persist in the balmy mid-20s and many of us are still waiting to jet off on holiday, it’s already proving a tricky task to find any summer clothes in the shops.
You see, in the fashion world, August is considered to mark the onset of Autumn, so while we’re still getting to grips with warm-weather dressing, our favourite stores are already preparing for the crunchy-leaved months ahead.
The good news is that there are still plenty of summer-worthy options online, where seasonal style trends exist far beyond the tight restrictions imposed on the high street.
There is still time yet to enjoy the last vestiges of summer and clad yourself in floral floaty dresses and slingback shoes.
With the shift in seasons in mind, this month we recommend investing in pieces that will keep you cool while the warm weather continues but can also be layered and re-styled in the future.
Midi dresses in statement prints like those seen on the runway at Erdem will also prove a wise investment as they can be worn with chunky sandals now and black, block-heeled boots when temperatures start to drop.
To help make getting dressed in the coming weeks that much easier, we’ve scoured our favourite stores to find the best new pieces to complete your end-of-summer wardrobe.
Click through the gallery above to see The Independent’s high street picks for August.