As we sprint towards mid-August and ‘back to school’ signs replace ‘summer sale’ signs I am feeling suddenly very hard done by. Did we have better summers in the 90s when I was a child or is it just my imagination running wild. Overnight lows have dipped to 6 degrees in recent days and I’m craving some heat on my bones. While the rest of Europe is steaming hot, we are anything but. For the past fortnight I have been trudging to work in a massive fur-lined Parka and have had a hot water bottle in my bed for the entire ‘summer’. Anyway more and more of our upcoming style posts will focus on Autumn threads so I thought I’d stick up a post on my favourite summer buys. Not that I’ve had that many opportunities to wear them. Perhaps we’ll get an Indian summer.
Maje dress (€295 in BT2) This dress is versatile. It is full length with thigh-high splits and is low in the front with beautiful bat-wing sleeves. I can also wear this in the winter with runners and a fur coat. I wore it to my friends Sarah’s wedding and I was very comfortable.
A beautiful Trilby from Penneys (€10) brown Sandals from Zara (€49.95) Red M&S platforms (€60) and a silk corset from Topshop (€50) which is lovely with baggy jeans and an animal print clutch from an Indian shop in Tavira, Portugal.
These Red pants are from Forever 21 (€30) and the sliders are from River Island (€40) these pants are a bit on the bright side but are nice teamed with flats and a plain black top but will be far too light come October.
I love this River Island top (€22) it’s loose, light and great over a bikini or lace bra.
Russian Style sleeveless jacket (vintage shop in Capetown €20) and high-waist denim shorts Zara (€25), colourful and casual.
I adore Maje. My friend Charlotte asked me to be Maid of Honour at her wedding and she liked the idea of me wearing white so with her blessing i purchased this lace number (€250 BT2) and added a wine silk slip underneath just so I didn’t look like I was trying to run off with her partner.
My Stella McCartney Adidas trainers (€65) are one of my favourite summer buys and my luminous pink running shoes have also had lots of dressy and casual outings.
I am happy this photo is blurry, but for the purpose of talking swimwear I thought I’d post this picture. For swimsuits I usually reach for Topshop, Seafolly or Speedo because they have lots of support and last for ages but mostly I wear bikinis. But this lovely striped one was €20 euro in Penneys and did not get destroyed after one swim or fade and is surprisingly flattering for a striped swimsuit.
This is another item I bought in the pre-autumn drop in Zara (€29.95) and is nice with bare legs and hi-tops or jeans and heels.
I love this black embroidered top from Zara (€29.95) and these elephant shorts from Urban Outfitters (€25). Great with flip-flops to dinner.
This RVCA top, Folkster trousers (€15), Jimmy Choo Gladiators (a gift) and Gucci Bum Bag (from the 90s) were my attempt at Safari chic. Comfy at least.
I picked this Kaftan up in the Massimo Dutti sale in London. It was under €30 and is backless and just very easy to throw on.
This top is cropped and from Bershka (€25) and the silk trousers are from Hobbs – they add some Riviera chic to an otherwise tomboy wardrobe. Lovely with navy suede platforms, sliders or strappy sandals.
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I won this Asos mini-dress at a ball in June and although it’s very feminine it’s comfortable too and great with flip-flops.