Almost every year without fail in Scotland, we get to enjoy the last gasp of seasonal sunshine just when we think Summer is over for another year. And while I’m (not so) secretly looking forward to jumper weather and all the Autumn delights – sartorial and otherwise – in store, I’m making the most of it and donning those Summer dresses that barely got an airing before the sunshine disappears once more!
There must be a science to our Indian Summers in Scotland? I think back to when I was at school (a wee while ago now!) and almost every year without fail we’d be coming to the end of the inevitably rainy school holidays, just as the sun finally decided to show itself! There must be few things less comfortable than wearing a wooly blazer and kilt when it’s a blazing hot day like it’s been today! But I digress – back to Summer dresses.
When the sun has been shining, a clothing combination similar to that pictured has been my unofficial uniform of the Summer. The fashion Maths is simple: vintage cotton dress + classic white sandals + straw hat = simple Summer style. On warmer days I want fuss-free and effortless dressing, letting a pretty frock do the talking along with a few retro accessories. Vintage Summer dresses are often so unique compared to their high street counterparts (I’m looking at you, dresses with cut-out and/or cropped details!) that they make a statement in themselves. Glorious days like today have been few and far between this Summer but any time the sun has shown its face, I’ve whipped this new vintage addition out of my wardrobe.
I picked up the pastel striped number at a recent edition of Judy’s Vintage Fair, whose gorgeous retro wares I’ve featured since almost the beginning of this blog – six years flies by! When busy raiding the rails at Judy’s I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous mint green hue and skinny striped pattern of this dress. I love the classic, fitted ’50s shirt dress cut, and wee details such as the button-down front and pointy collar, while subtle pleats add movement and make the most of the beautiful fabric. The modest price tag certainly helped too; £20 seems reasonable for a dress from the ’50s, especially considering what you would pay on the high street for a replica! Every time I slip it on I feel like some sort of ’50s starlet exploring some exotic location – and that’s a feeling money can’t buy.
What are you wearing during these late Summer days?