top – primark via charity shop / skirt – river island / sandals – new look / brooch – custom made
even though summer this year hasn’t really felt like ‘proper’ summer, it is still reasonably warm (and humid, ugh) enough to wear summery clothes. shame we haven’t had a proper length of sun though. i really, really am not a summer person but the one thing i like about summer is the bright, light days ..just not the heat.
to help towards keeping myself cool, i find simple outfits are best, as well as ones that are a bit adjustable. this top is great because it’s crop length, but it also has a button back so you could wear it the other way round, undo a couple of the lower buttons and tie the fabric together to make it even more cropped. also, would you believe it was originally from primark? i love the pattern. i pretty much never buy clothes from the shop new, but from time to time i find some nice pieces in charity shops.
the skirt is one that is a total regular in my wardrobe all year round, a jersey fabric pencil/tube skirt. you can wear it full length (a bit below the knees on a short girl like me) or you can fold it over at the top to shorten it when you just need a bit more air on those legs!
you may think this is a pretty ordinary outfit, but i have to say, this is not something i would have been ‘brave’ enough to wear many years ago. i was SO self conscious about the tops of my arms that i would neverrrr have them out, even if i was unbearably hot. the skirt i would have always worn with tights, but now i embrace my milky white legs. it feels good to not always be hyper aware and ashamed of my body (as much as i used to, anyway).
dress – charity shop (originally new look) | bracelet -℅ aliquo | shoes – primark
i seem to be having a thing for 90’s-esque floral patterns at the moment. the pattern has a slight 90’s feel to it, right? but it also looks vintage-y (late 40’s, early 50s?), helped by the shape of the dress.
obviously the pattern is what i was first drawn to, but i like the tunic-shape of the dress, as well as the sheer material, and the little details like the keyhole back and waterfall style sleeves.
perfect for this sort of dress (and my tastes) is some dainty jewellery, and this sweet bracelet from aliquo with it’s opal cabochons reflect the cream colours in the dress whilst the drop shape mirrors the keyhole cutout in the back of it. i don’t normally wear brass or gold jewellery but this is so pretty and minimal that it’s a joy to wear. infact i’ve barely taken it off.
on this occasion i wore the dress bare legged with ankle socks and sandals, but i think it’d transition well to evening or semi formal wear too, with some heeled shoes.
dress – debenhams (via charity shop)
in an effort to share more fashion based content here, i felt i needed to find a way to take photos that was easy and made the clothes look ..at least semi decent, ha! maybe one day i’ll get back to sharing them ‘modelled’ on myself, but i just find it awkward, time consuming and i’m just not good at taking photos of myself.
i did try flat lay photos for a while but (in terms of clothes) i don’t feel my talents lie there either. though this is something i can improve with a bit more practice. so, anyhow…
i figured just hanging them on a clothes rail would be a good idea, and i can keep it nice and simple. after all, that’s what shops do right? i would love a vintage clothes mannequin but i don’t see that happening anytime soon.
ramble over, onto the dress. one of my absolute favourites. i bought this early last year in one of my favourite charity shops in whitchurch village. as soon as i saw it i knew it had to be mine and was so, so relieved when i tried it on and it fit like a glove.
pretty sure it’s from the late 90’s judging from the style of it and the old debenhams label, though may be a little earlier than that. love the bold roses and the fact that they’re on black. really makes them stand out.
on me the dress falls below my knees, but due to it being a good fit and the material being quite fine, it doesn’t feel frumpy or ‘unflattering’. it makes me feel good and that’s what matters, right? it has a fabric tie at the back which i mostly use, but if i want to show my shape a little more i wear a black waist belt.
this dress is best in spring and summer with bare legs and cute sandals, but i love wearing it in the colder months too with opaque tights, ankle boots and a nice thick cardie.