This is what I call my Aphrodite dress. The bright blue ombre and the floaty drape of the material make me feel like a Greek goddess, even though I’m fairly certain they wouldn’t have shopped in Primark, where I picked this up for £13. I managed not to pack the gold belt that goes with this dress, but improvised with the string of beads from my hat, and I think it looks pretty good!
I wore these sandals with everything on holiday – they’re also from Primark (£8), but they’re so comfy and cute!
This is the last of my holiday outfits, and my favourite – four outfits is not too bad for a week in the sun, hey? Which do you like the best?
This peacock feather dress from New Look is a couple of years old, and I rarely get an opportunity to wear it – but it’s perfect for warm summer evenings out, hence the attempt at a slightly more glamourous photoshoot… Although I’m not sure why I decided to do this sans makeup and with wet hair! I love the colour and pattern of this dress, and will definitely be making more of an attempt to wear it for nights out in the UK.
I adore the billow and flow of this fuchsia maxi skirt – my reservations about its being too delicate aside, this is pretty much my perfect maxi skirt. Long and elegant, but fun, too! I can’t believe what a good match the colours in the cami top are too…
This French Connection dress looks just as good in the sun as it does in the rain! This outfit requires no thought, and kept me cool in the heat, as well as meaning that I wasn’t worrying about my legs all day!
I’ll be honest with you again, I’ve guessed at a date when I’ll be wearing this… It’s certainly one of the outfits I’m taking to Malta, though!
Again, magical tech means that I bring you this outfit post from 35 degree Malta, but the photos seem to depict a garden in England plagued by rain (ooh, mysterious). Here is a pouty pouty outfit post.
Looking wistfully at the rain… Wearing my charity shop sunhat and my Kit Heath twist necklace (a birthday present from one of my aunts).
I adore this dress. I bought it in the French Connection outlet at Bicester (I think it was in this haul) and it is so perfect – a very flattering colour and shape, and again, it’s really long on my apparently freakishly-proportioned body! This is my easy summer event dress, because it needs no faffing or co-ordinating.
What’s your no-fuss summer outfit? What do you think of mine?
I say probably, because I’m writing this in advance (shock horror!). If you saw my packing post, then you know that I’ve only taken 7 items of clothing to Malta. So there’s a fair likelihood that this is what I’m wearing today, and if not, then definitely one day this week… However, with the magic of technology, these pictures were actually taken on Tuesday, in thundery, rainy old England!
Skirt: New Look
Necklace: New Look
Now, I am not excessively tall – only 5’6″ – but I find it very hard to get maxi skirts or dresses that fall to the floor and don’t hover tentatively an inch or so above my ankles. This pink silky skirt is the perfect length, but I will warn you that it doesn’t react well to water. Even a spot of clean water will leave a mark. This is actually the second of these skirts I’ve had – after hand-washing the first to get out one of the water spots, it shrunk a good couple of inches, so I took it back and got a new one. I haven’t washed this one yet, because I want to at least get a holiday’s worth of wear out of it! I’ll let you know how I get on, but just a caveat.
I spotted this top in Oasis and fell in love immediately. £16 is a little bit much for a vest top, but student discount helped slightly, and it was just so pretty I had to have it! And the pink matches this skirt perfectly. I also adore this antiqued-gold statement necklace that I picked up in the New Look January sale – every time I wear it I get compliments on it, and it goes with so many things!
So, I may well be wearing this today – what do you think?
I’ve been trying to declutter, and I ended up going through my wardrobe on Monday and ditching around two thirds of my clothes – ones I just no longer wear. I want to create something like a larger version of a capsule wardrobe: no limit on the number of things, but only things I look and feel good in, so I never have those “try-everything-on-in-a-panic-i-hate-everything” moments.
Some of the decisions I made were easy, and some were more difficult – like this one:
Excuse the weird hands, it’s hard posing!
This checked shirt was a staple of my wardrobe from about the age of 17 – worn like this over a cami with skinny jeans. It never did up (presumably the cut, because it is my size), so I always wore it like this.
So, it still fits, and it still looks nice like this – why ditch it?
Well, it’s more a question of style. Do I still want to dress like this? No, I’m trying to dress more smartly and more feminine…ly. The faded, casual thing is really not very me any more. So although I like this outfit, I don’t want to wear it. So I’m getting rid of it. Someone else can love it!
How ruthless are you with your wardrobe? I still have a long way to go – for starters, my wardrobe only had dresses and tops in, my large collection of skirts is yet to be tackled… and also, I’m now dying to fish this out of my swap bag. I know I should let it go, but I’m struggling…