UPDATE: the dresses above are the ones I ended up with … and edited out more than this from my wardrobe! I’m really pleased with this ‘set’ as it gives me a lot of versatility and they are incredibly easy to wear – a factor that’s becoming most important to me.
Far left, a denim shift still available here is a must in my dresses collection, with long sleeves and pockets as well means it’s ideal (in fact all these dresses have pockets!). The yellow linen dress is a proper curry yellow and such a flattering shape (this style seems to be come up small to size so I sized up) here on final reduction. The lovely russet red dress is even better than expected, it’s a few inches above my ankles so a great addition for me also on final sale here. Alas the green dress is sold out but the same style is available in different colours here. It’s a flattering fit and simply pops over the head.
Though Summer seems to have deserted us again, I can still wear each of the dresses layered up and/or with warmer shoes going into Autumn which can be pretty warm afterall. Yikes, can’t believe I wrote ‘Autumn’ already!
Once upon a time, when I was young, UK Summer holidays were warm and sunny, sometimes actually hot. In more recent years, it has literally rained almost the entire Summer. It didn’t matter to us so much then since we were usually away for most of it. Most recently the weather became warmer and drier again coinciding with our family’s decision to remain home and explore our own wider neighbourhood and surrounding counties rather than jet off abroad.
My holiday wear is rather covered up in comparison to those who usually visit resorts/beaches and I realised, reliant on air con somewhat. Well, this year thanks to a sustained heat wave early in the Summer, I found myself struggling to stay cool in the clothes I had and having enough to cope with up to 3 changes of outfits a day. I do not own many traditional Summer clothes because the season features so very small in my life. Summer shoes, yes, I consciously invested in those because I particularly like to change footwear often in warm weather at home and away. I had to rethink my needs in this context and of the rest of my wardrobe and shopping habits. I was able to do this in the different categories of my wardrobe:
Tops: I’ve been relying on shirts almost exclusively and they just weren’t cool enough so added these.
Lace is always a good idea. I always wore little lace tops when in my 20s and 30s during the Summer and want to do it again. Dresses: I realised my dresses needed updating again, the first round was moving away from styles that had a definite waist. Now I need sleeveless to stay cool and not worry too much about upper arm exposure.
Thanks for reading!