This week, having finally beaten the jetlag which has been making everything foggy and slow, and also having finished drafting all of the new recipes for the book update I’m writing for a work thing (woohoo!), I woke up to beautiful, spring sunshine streaming through the window. I sat and had a cup of tea with the dog on my favourite blue seat in the garden and watched as my beautiful baby cherry tree shed its blossom in the breeze, like pretty pink snowfall. Oh, isn’t it glorious? As you know, I’ve been lucky enough to have had a couple of trips away so far this year, but even then, I rarely feel like I nail the effortless sunny day dressing thing. As much as I’d love to wear bright colours and prints, I just don’t feel right in them. I’m a more relaxed, monochrome dresser at heart, but feel this mostly lends itself to winter dressing: black jeans, grey cashmere and white shirts are an easy uniform, somehow, when it’s cold. So is it possible to dress for summer without opting for brights and florals (yes, I know they look lovely on some people), well, I’ve had a scout around, and here are a few of my favourite things for chic dressing for sunny days.
I might not suit a floral, but I really don’t mind a stripe. I think I mentioned that I’m currently just a little bit in love with cropped culottes. They’re light and airy and perfect for warm days. These hush culottes are my faves, but the ones I wore in Orlando recently were from Primark (here I am outside Hogwarts practicing my swish and flick – actually looking at the pic now, I wish I’d gone for a white, slightly more fitted tee but hey ho – or find similar at H&M here). The Selfish Mother t-shirt is old but find a similar one here.
I’m also a huge fan of a cute sundress. This Topshop one in a dark navy is new in this week and selling out fast so grab it while you can (I’ve just ordered this – how gorgeous?!):
Also, how much of a bargain is this black sundress from M&S? It’s very similar to one I have from hush, but about a third of the price. Easy and effortless, just add a denim jacket and you’re good to go (also perfect over your bikini for the beach bar).
You can’t beat denim for easy, chic summer dressing staples and you might be surprised to hear that I’m a bit taken with dungarees (I know, but you can blame Fran at The Fashion Lift who always looks amazing and has been rocking the dungarees recently). These hush ones are on my wishlist, being neither too tight nor too short in the leg:
Also, since we’re talking about denim, I know that unless you’re quite tiny, shorts can be hideously unflattering. I do find, however, that if you layer them with a looser, hip-skimming top or shirt, they can be a really nice addition to your sunny day wardrobe. I’m a big fan of Boden’s linen shirts and tops – they’re really nicely cut and the linen isn’t too thick. I think with this Katie linen top I might even size up to get the perfect, floaty fit to go over shorts.
Also, I’ve heard amazingly good, flattering things about these very chic, sport-luxe Tulum shorts from hush (I always check the reviews on there as people are very honest and you get a good feel for the sizing and material). They have a stretchy, drawstring waistband and they look like they hang really nicely – seriously tempted by these.
Also from Boden (and yes, I’m boring and would choose the black, but there are some other prints available), I adore this floaty, georgette Elise dress – a bit of an investment piece at £130, but perfect for summer evenings with some flat sandals.
Talking of sandals, I’m a fan of plain black or tan as they go with more things, although I’m a bit of a fan of some of the bonkers ones that River Island do every summer – I mean, check out these bad boys. Cute, right?
If you’re walking around sightseeing or schlepping the theme parks, you need something comfy and to my mind you can’t beat good old Birkies (although Next do amazingArizona dupes for £22 – they’re leather too). John Lewis do a great dupe for the single strap Madrid ones too:
For casual summer evenings I’m a firm believer in black skinnies (cropped if you fancy) and a nice top. I’ve mentioned them before, but my faves by a mile are the Levi’s 721. I tend to buy them when I’m in America as they’re so much cheaper, but you can find them in John Lewis. For summer, I pick up the shorter, ankle skimming ones. Love ’em.
And for the gorgeous, summery top? It has to be hush, who always do the most amazing camis. If you fancy a cute print, have a look at this parrot print cami. But honestly, I’m drawn to this chic Daphne top (in the ecru or the rose) – I feel it will be a proper wardrobe multi-tasker.
So there you have it. Am I boring? Yes, probably, but more and more I feel that I know what I like, and what I feel comfortable in. What about you? Have you found your go-to style?