Summer dressing has never been my comfort zone. Give me layers, knitwear and boots any day! However, the recent heatwave has forced me to embrace a sunnier wardrobe and I’ve developed something of a Summer uniform as a result: ’50s dirndl skirts and cotton tops have been something of a staple look these last few, busy weeks! More on what I’ve been up to later. Meanwhile, here’s some sartorial evidence from our recent staycation to make up for the recent hiatus in outfit posting:
First is this ’50s Liberty paisley print dirndl skirt – a favourite thrifting find of mine from a vintage fair three Summers ago. It’s probably one of my most-worn Summer wardrobe items, though funnily enough hasn’t featured here before! I adore the fullness of the skirt, shired waist, and most of all its deep pockets. The shades of blue and purple against the white background and midweight cotton fabric make it perfect for warmer days but still smart and dressy if you want to be. Paired with a simple round-neck T-shirt, sandals and a headscarf I felt like I’d stepped out of the set of a ’50s movie. Just on a windy Fife filmset!
You might remember this ’50s dirndl skirt I sewed a few Summers ago. I’m shopping my own wardrobe at the moment as I’m saving for my deposit, and I’d forgotten just how lovely and versatile this one is to wear! It’s lighter than the previous skirt, made from the softest chambray fabric via John Lewis, which makes it great for less dressy occasions. I’m wearing it here with my Mum’s embroidered top from the ’70s to channel Mamma Mia vibes on a recent trip to the seaside. What goes around certainly comes around as they say – and I for one am very glad she kept it all those years and will be cherishing it for years to come myself. What’s your Summer uniform?!