I’m kicking off this post in stereotypically British fashion by talking about the weather – but really, hear me out! Living in Scotland I don’t really have a distinct ‘Winter Wardrobe’ and ‘Summer Wardrobe’. I hear of such wonders in the South as vacuum-packing knitwear, no-tights weather and relegating layers to storage but could never imagine such sartorial segregation in my own wardrobe; even in June with so-called Midsummer on the way, I awoke to torrential rain, walked home in blistering sunshine and can currently hear the wind howling round the tenements as I type. Such seasonal wardrobe organisation would prove optimistic at best and foolhardy at worst in such changeable climes.
Enter my simple early Summer staples: throw-on-and-go pastel-hued tea dresses, mushroom-coloured shoe boots and grey tights – plus umbrella and sunnies stashed in suitably large bag. Bonus points for knee-length cuts, elbow-length sleeves and bow details aplenty. Spots, stripes or ubiquitous florals keep things interesting and look just as good with a trench or denim jacket, or even – shock horror – Winter coat if you must. This pale pink number was a recent find in the Cath Kidston sale; a shorter style had sold out but with a third off the price it was too big a bargain to pass up the maxi version, which proved very maxi on me but was easily shortened to a versatile knee-length. I adore the colour and bow neckline, while the graphic pattern makes a traditional tea dress feel right for now. It’s not online any more but there are a few other Summer frocks I’ve got my eye on in Cath K’s most recent sale. On a cost-per-wear basis it would be rude not to, as this dress has rapidly become the most-worn item in my wardrobe.
What are you wearing at the moment? Are you a Cath K fan too?
What I’m wearing: Cath Kidston dress; Ray-Ban sunglasses; bag c/o The Cambridge Satchel Co; boots c/o Boden; vintage accessories.