I’ll gladly admit that I’m an outfit repeater (yes, I loved the Lizzie McGuire Movie and was desperate for a silver dress I could tear off to turn into silver flares), but I never really thought about how much I tend to repeat outfits on Instagram – after all, it’s a bit of a faux pas. A friend recently pointed out how much I re-wear certain pieces; she was saying this in a good way, making a point of the fact that I really do my best to get the most out of my clothes. It honestly hadn’t occurred to me before that this was unusual. The truth is that I don’t have that many clothes, although my boyfriend might disagree, and I rewear my favourite items constantly. I flicked back through my instagram and, lo and behold, my summer outfits this year are very similar to my summer outfits last year. It’s the time of year where I struggle the most when dressing. I struggle with heat and humidity, and summer dressing doesn’t come naturally to me. It makes sense then that when I find easy breezy summer staples I would come back to them year after year, so here are a few of my repeat outfits from previous years!
I bought this little black dress from ASOS years ago, and if I’m being honest it’s rather too big for me now. It’s also very short, so I wear some flowy black jersey shorts underneath with double up as chub rub-preventers while stopping me from flashing my knickers to the world. It’s a brilliant summer staple for me as it’s super simple and easy to throw on for even the most humid of days. I’ve worn it as a beach cover up and out and about in the city and it will no doubt be around for many more years, in fact, I just realised I featured this dress in a post about summer dressing last year!
This green dress from BooHoo has already had a lot of love on the blog; it crops up in my some of the photos in Favourite Places in Paris, and I wore it for a shoot with a fantastic group of girls that I wrote about in The Importance of Female Friendship. It’s one of those dresses that can be dressed up with a heel or seriously dressed down with a sandal or simple trainer. I sewed in a little press stud as it was extremely booby, making it much more wearable for everyday. Whenever I’m not sure what to wear and want something slightly brighter than my little black dress, this is what I reach for. Green is probably my favourite colour to wear and it always makes me feel myself on days when I’m feeling glum.
I’ve actually already written an entire blog post just about this skirt, so I won’t go on for too long here, but it’s a firm favourite in my wardrobe all year round, whether I pair it with sandals, heels or trainers, it’s truly one of the most versatile items I own, and considering it’s about eight years old, that’s not half bad.
As much as I love all of these outfits and will no doubt continue to wear them for years, I think it’s probably time I paid a bit more attention to my summer wardrobe. Perhaps the reason I’m so uninspired in summer is because my clothes are the same every year and I need to work on styling them in new and interesting ways? Either way, I’ll endeavour to make next summer a little different, although I’m sure all of these items with continue to be featured in some capacity!