Cath Kidston Grove Rose Dress

A new Cath Kidston dress and new (to me) vintage floral crown.

Cath Kidston shirt dress SS14

Yesterday was gloriously sunny in Edinburgh, while today it’s grey and dreary with a distinct breeze in the air. Such sartorially unpredictable Summer weather calls for a wardrobe of simple but stylish dresses that are perfect come rain or shine – and do the hard work for you. In my mind, a shirt dress is the ideal in-between number that looks as good with tights and ankle boots as it does with bare legs, sandals and a floppy hat, while a bold, summery print (I’m feeding my floral addiction) works well against a dark background for extra versatility points.

Cath Kidston shirt dress SS14

Cath Kidston shirt dress SS14

Cath Kidston shirt dress SS14

I’ve been coveting Cath Kidston’s gorgeously feminine patterned frocks since they became a regular fixture in the brand’s seasonal collections, as they strike just the right balance between girly, vintage-style prints and modern, wearable cuts. I’ve had my eye on the Grove Rose Dress all season (but its £70 pricetag was a bit much for my postgrad budget to justify) and luckily for me, our recent visit to London coincided with Cath’s epic Summer sale and I snapped it up quicker than you can say ‘how many florals does one wardrobe need?!’.

Cath Kidston shirt dress SS14

Cath Kidston shirt dress SS14

Cath Kidston shirt dress SS14

I love the retro-inspired print and relaxed fit, making it a perfect everyday option that can be dressed up or down. Its first outing was – rather appropriately perhaps – Midsummer’s Day; it was another grey day here so I plumped for the tights-and-boots option for a walk in the Hermitage, but still felt lovely and summery thanks to my gorgeous new vintage floral crown – a recent bargain find from Judy’s Vintage Fair for just £5. I could have bought the seller’s entire hat stash, she had a huge box filled with them! I wonder the stories they could tell…

Cath Kidston shirt dress SS14

Cath Kidston shirt dress SS14

Cath Kidston shirt dress SS14

My mint leather bag is another favourite recent thrifty find from a charity shop in St Andrews and cost less than a cup of coffee. I forgot how amazing the charity and vintage shops are there and came away with a fair few bargains from our recent visit I’ll be sure to share soon, including a vintage Laura Ashley table cloth, two miniature cameos and the most beautiful Liberty London polka dot dress.

Cath Kidston shirt dress SS14

What’s your go-to Summer dress? What have you been wearing recently?

5 comments

  1. char says:

    I love CK and I was sure to make time for their sale on my recent trip to London!

  2. Emilie says:

    I absolutely love that dress, it’s so you! Loving the entire outfit. Also I bought a flower crown recently while in London but despite looking at millions of photos on Pinterest I could not figure out how to wear it… thank you for the inspiration! xx

  3. […] ubiquitous feminine prints were present in abundance, but as I’ve said before, it’s Cath Kidston’s modern twist on girly and retro-inspired pieces that make them one […]

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