Can you wear your holiday wardrobe at home or is it destined for storage once the tan fades?
While seemingly everyone else is instagramming their hot dog legs from a poolside I am biding my time at home, trying not to succumb to holiday FOMO. I’m not complaining too much because at the end of next month I will be on a greek island holiday for the first time in years. I think that’s known as delayed gratification.
But all this waiting is playing havoc with my holiday wardrobe planning. While it’s nice to enjoy some warmer weather in the UK lately, it’s still pretty mixed (up north) and most of my summer clothes are languishing unworn. So, instead of waiting for my week in the sun I’m determined to wear some of my summer kit here and now, even if it means adapting it for the great British climate. Take these white trousers; so summery and actually really wearable but somehow I feel odd wearing them unless we’re experiencing greek island temperatures (which is rare here, as we know). In all probability, the all-white combo does look better on a summery day (and is certainly coming along with me in my suitcase next month).
But what about the rest of the time?
While I struggle to get my legs out even on a warm day (especially as that usually means I really am wearing white on white) I’m definitely not one to brave and bare them on a cooler one. So trousers with a summer vibe (and preferably not just jeans) are a bit of a must-have for me during this season. Of course the culottes trend has been a useful one and so has the cropped trousers thing; both of which I’ve embraced merrily as you can see from previous posts.But white trousers – aren’t they just the epitome of impractical (I refer you to this post I wrote recently on wearing white)!? And yet one day, I threw on a black polo neck with the same trousers and shared it to instagram. As always, I find instagram is quite an honest mirror mirror on the wall. You can usually tell when an outfit is a winner by how enthusiastic the reaction it garners on IG (and equally if the image bombs – Instagram, she’s a cruel mistress)!
So here we are; white trousers, two ways. One holiday look, perhaps better suited to the med if I’m honest and one more everyday Blighty look. The latter would mean those white trousers would still get wear during September. Swap in a deep v-neck sweater on warmer days or conversely, pull on a pair of trainers/loafers/brogues when the weather is no longer open-toe-friendly.
For more thoughts on ways to wear white, check out my guest post for the Tu clothing blog here.