I’m still somewhat taken aback by the sheer heat in the UK of the last few weeks, which has reduced me to a bit of a mess, quivering in the shade because I forgot to bring the factor 50 with me for top-ups. My wardrobe has always been inadequate for Summer, as I definitely prefer Autumnal fashion and it’s what I’m drawn to. I have a thousand jumpers, scarves and pairs of jeans littering the bottom of my wardrobe, half of which no longer fit, yet come anything approaching warm and I’m flummoxed.
This hasn’t been too much of a problem in the past, as I have to dress a certain way for work anyway and Summer doesn’t impact that too much thanks to the air con, and I have a tendency to stay inside Gollum-like whenever the mercury edges over 15 degrees. This year I was determined to actually make the most of the warmer weather. As I’m living with my sun-loving boyfriend, if I actually want to spend time with him I either have to keep him cooped up inside or venture out into the sun. So this year, I’ve stocked up on the sun cream and am applying it liberally, not just on my face, and have invested a little in some outfits I can wear on hot days.
I bought this little black dress from ASOS as it’s super flowy and casual, and goes with absolutely everything. Simply throwing on a pair of Converse and bag and I feel so good about myself, although as it’s short and breezy an errant wind meant I flashed most of Manchester that day. I had knickers on and better things to do so I’m okay with it. I also think this could work in Winter with a pair of opaque tights and a coat, so I suspect that I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of it. FYI I bought my normal size and it was still quite a loose fit.
Since even in Summer I love my black jeans, I figured it would be good to figure out a way to wear them for the days when it’s warm but not boiling. Black jeans and a black t-shirt are a classic for me, especially with my failsafe loafers, paired with this green Topshop bag I got from Depop. It’s the kind of outfit that I feel comfortable in without the jacket and I can get away with it to work when paired with a jacket like this.
As I’m hella sensitive to the sun a jacket seemed like a good idea for this outfit, especially since I’d run out of antihistamines, and I love this one from Monki. I bought it on the day the Manchester store opened which meant I got 20% off, and I’m a massive fan of the cropped sleeves and the yellow that’s part of the check. It looks quite beige online but in real life it’s more cool-toned; I’m wearing a medium and it fits me well as a size 16.
You’ve seen this spotty black Topshop dress many times on the blog, and since I loved wearing it last Winter I was determined to make it work for Summer. Simply adding the sandals I bought in New Zealand and a hat I picked up in M&S made all the difference, combined with that green bag again.
I bought these big round sunglasses from H&M after I broke my last pair; I’m still not sure if I look cool or ridiculous but I’m going with it regardless! These photos were from a really amazing walk to this bridge by a canal in Manchester that my boyfriend found and thought would be perfect for photos, and I have to say that I agree.
This was the outfit I planned to wear at the Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam before I was betrayed by the weather forecast! I was so glad that I finally got to wear it for a little wander around the Northern Quarter before getting a Five Guys (you may have seen the photos on my Instagram), which was a lovely morning where I met this great cat that kept staring at me and fell in love with this green and red brick building.
The hat is the same one from M&S, but unfortunately the skirt is old Urban Outfitters and the jumper is old H&M so I don’t have links for you.
I think overall I was successful in converting a few items to work for Summer by combining them with a few new pieces. I find that I really enjoy shooting fashion posts or even just photos that have me in them and the posts with my face tend to do better as well, so you’ll be seeing lots more of my silly grin. How do you make Winter oufits work for Summer?