Lately I’ve been reinventing some of my summer wardrobe with a few little styling tricks. Whether you fancy buying something new or not this season, I love the way that just a little tweak can make an outfit feel new and instantly more summery. More ideas this way.
The thing with the good old British weather is that summer (especially up north) doesn’t always feel like summer and really hot, sunny days can often be few and far between. And over the years I’ve learned, that while I love the idea of a ‘summer wardrobe’ (*laughs ironically*), the reality is that I wear a combination of autumn/spring items almost all year round. The thick jumpers and coats come out in the depths of winter of course and likewise in summer, a few special holiday style pieces are interwoven. And while I will always encourage a little retail therapy and toe-in-trend-dipping, I’ve found that this year I’ve been combining a few existing pieces that help me to navigate the four seasons in one week weather we so love and enjoy in this country.
First up, I’ve been loving the emergence of the dress over trousers / jeans trend of late (I actually remember trying this over a decade ago with varying success). But this time around, it seems to make a bit more sense. I have a few summery shirt dresses which I love but often they feel a bit too short or floaty to wear on their own yet over a pair of slim-fitting jeans they sort of work. And you don’t have to worry about revealing gapes or legs that aren’t always ‘summer-ready’, which suits me down to the ground! I might even invest in a white pair of jeans to add some variety.
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Secondly, I’ve realised that I don’t really need any more summer tops, especially of the off-the-shoulder / Bardot style, which I love on other people but I know will probably just annoy the hell out of me. So I’ve been turning to a few of my simple striped linen / denim shirts and instead of tucking in or leaving them loose (both of which can sometimes add bulk) I undo a couple of buttons and knot it at the waist. Et voila, instant Roman Holiday feeling. You could even do this with your t-shirts by knotting the bottom across to one side. Both looks work well with midi skirts and wide-legged trousers.
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And finally, that old French girl trick of adding a scarf still seems like a winner to me. Frankly, it’s the only way to accessorise the straw / basket bag of the season (by knotting a silk scarf around the handle) but I love the way it adds interest to neutrals (especially if you’re a print/colour-phobe). There are a million and one ways to tie a scarf around your neck, although I prefer a small neck-tie to a big blousey one. If you’re cooler than me you’ll be able to tie one round your head or top-knot, which looks very South of France. Or if you’re really brave, try creating a wrist or ankle decoration (just don’t let it trail on the ground as the idea makes me a bit twitchy).
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