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Closet Additions: Summer 2017 Edition

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:

Skirts: I only added this navy drawstring pencil skirt to my stash of skirts and trousers. A very easy style in linen.

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.

As you can see everything has to be as simple as possible and washable. I’ll update further once they’re road tested! Hope you’re all enjoying your Summer home or away.

Thanks for reading!

Travel: Long Haul, Long Weekend Part 3/3

Although this was my travel outfit, I knew to wear the Marni heels for a smarter look. On this trip, knowing the material dries well, I actually washed the tee shirt the following morning after my arrival only for Housekeeping to knock on my door offering complimentary laundry service literally as I hung it up over the bath. Note to self – check the laundry provisions at check in 🙂 Continue reading