While I still find it difficult to shake off the ease of jeans during summer, there’s a lot to be said for a denim dress.
Even though we’ve been enjoying a slightly slower start to our days during the school holidays (I never miss the school run much), I’ve still found myself turning to a simpler, ‘grab it and go’ uniform of sorts over the summer. An outfit that feels practical, vaguely put together (“I’m in charge – no really!”), loose and floaty enough for warm weather, hardy enough for four seasons (plus several activities) in one day, is a useful one. Enter the denim dress. I have two other denim dresses; one is a shirt style which is good for work or going out, another is in a thicker weight denim and lends itself well to wooly tights in winter. This Indigo dress from White Stuff is just right for summer with its soft drape, casual t-shirt style and loose, shift-like style. No buttons, zips or ties – it really is one of those pull-it-on-and-forget-about-it pieces. If I were to make one minor addition, it would be pockets (although I have been known to keep my phone handy in that top-left one). Of course the beauty of such a simple, blank denim canvas is that it can take so many different accessories whenever you want to switch things up, depending on your mood or the occasion. Comfy Converse and a large tote are perfect for beach trips or park days or just walking to town to squeeze in a cafe treat and a scooter ride. Some days that’s just about all I can manage with three kids in tow (and that’s fine). Another time we took a day trip to Manchester and while I still wanted to feel comfy, I felt I needed to dress up a little for the city so I wore this dress with a long statement necklace, black ghillie sandals and a leather jacket (and I didn’t feel too out of place when I popped into the new And Other Stories).
White Stuff has got some cracking denim dresses this season ranging from the fitted Kinley dress (with pockets!!) to the Sabine shirt dress in a lovely faded wash. And if you’re still not convinced, hang in there for the new autumn/winter range which has some great new denim pieces, heading our way just in time for turning leaves and back to school days.