A silky, floaty sleeveless dress with side-splits might not be the obvious choice for a cold, blustery Yorkshire day I grant you but bear with me on this. Let’s just focus on that colour for now and dream about the blue skies and even bluer seas that are in our future. Better days are coming and they are called spring breaks and summer holidays. But back to the here and now and I have to keep reminding myself to be patient and that it is only February after all. The influx of beautiful spring/summer clothing is starting to get me twitchy and the weather gods are taking the mick (bright, warm sunshine is currently streaming through my window, yet there’s still a smattering of snow on the ground from last night).
So here’s the thing. As with my last ‘Buy now, wear later’ post, you need to play the long game with items like this dress. Yes, it looks diaphanous but it’s not as flimsy as it first appears and when worn layered up with a long sleeved top and tights, it’s warmer than you think.
Outfit details: Dress: c/o Baukjen / Polo neck: Boden / Bag: past season (similar here) / Jacket: bought in Palma (similar here) / Boots: past season (similar here).The longer length makes it tricky to match your coat so go for a shorter jacket, if you’ll take my advice. Ankle or even higher boots work well too but make sure they have a little bit of a heel – the smarter feel of this dress demands it, especially in winter I think (plus y’know, boots are warmer). More importantly, I reckon this dress is pretty flexible and could work well for the office or even a night out (I wore it here for a lunch date and it felt neither over nor under dressed).
Now come summer of course it’ll be a totally different story. The slightly longer length suits me down to the ground on days when I want to get my legs out but still feel relaxed and will look great with flats: sandals, sliders, maybe even the new Gucci-style slip-on loafer?
Okay, enough dress talk now. I’ll just add that if you like the look of that blue fabric (it’s sort of a bright navy, which I love), then Baukjen has also done a lovely culotte-style jumpsuit in it, which would also see you right through the season.
Roll on summer!