Oh the glorious weather – so lovely, and I think mood-advancing in these troubled times and yet…. still so weird that it feels like we can’t quite take full advantage of it in seeing our friends and loved ones, and to do things as we did in it. Curious….
Whilst I’m, without a shadow of a doubt bored, with what I’m wearing generally at the moment (beyond first world problems I know) – which has consisted of something comfy/wrestle-proof to do homeschooling with the Reluctant One in the morning, it often then shifts to a old paint splattered and battered pair of jeans and an old t-shirt for DIY escapades early afternoon. Blahhhh.
I want to wear summer dresses, I really do, I see other women wearing them with ease (I think), and wish I could just be a ‘oh-I-just-threw-this-on type dress wearer as well.
I realise I have numerous dresses hanging up in my wardrobe that have been worn to weddings and events and such, but they are not really everyday type dresses; they don’t feel quite fitting for heading to the supermarket, which granted is ‘an event’ these days (though generally on the whole I find I require fewer sequins for Sainsburys). But also, in thinking should I ever go back to work after the lock down has eased – what would I wear to the office?
In these uncertain times in not knowing when, or how, or if we’re going to return to the same job post lock down, it is… unsettling to say the least, therefore clothing wise anything we do invest in, in my book has to be multi-tasking – to coin a favourite phrase it has to be ‘dress up and dress down-able’ – good for being in the garden, for street-side gin & tonic, a supermarket event and going to the office.
Diving in, naturally, I’m drawn to the versatility of black. I love this dress. A fine opportunity also to wear some jazzy coloured shoes/sandals/trainers as well.
Monki Long Button up shirt dress £35
Uh – this! So effortlessly cool. But to keep it white and clean? Mere details I know. (This is perhaps slightly less garden-proof, but. Whatever.)
Zara Denim Midi Dress £49.99
This dress reminds me of black Jigsaw dress I bought perhaps 20 years ago, it did some weddings, meetings, a funeral and everything in between. What I love about this dress below, is it’s absolute simplicity… fabulous colour too. (It is available in black as well… phew.)
Arket Long T-shirt dress £55
Staying with simplicity. A shorter denim dress. Sleeves!
Cos Organic Cotton-Hemp Dress £48.30, was £69
Hello. Sleeves again. Super flattering wrap. Also available in lilac. And black. (This could look fabulous worn over slim fitting trousers too.)
& Other Stories Kimono Wrap Mini Dress £75
Still short with a v-neck. Wafty. Add big earrings + sandals = winner.
H&M V-neck dress £17.99
Black, button through.
Next Utility Dress £38
I think this could be a dress up-able and dress down-able dress as well. On the website the dress is also shown worn over jeans = versatile.
Zara Striped Shirt Dress £59.99
H&M Crinkled Dress £12.99
It’s also available in white and mustard. Maybe a bit casual for work? Ticks the garden, street side gin and supermarket boxes though. And at this price…?
Kitri Lenora Saffron Midi Dress £125
Gorgeous. I’d wear this to any event.
Jigsaw Scribble Tea Dress £165
White again. I know.
Cos Cotton Dress with Pleated Detail £59
Arket Long Silky dress £125
And finally. This doesn’t quite fit my original brief, but is SO GORGEOUS. Not sure on the practicalities – but what does that matter? A hint of a French maid too. What more could we ask for?
H&M Broiderie Anglais dress £59.99
Ah, but finally finally… talking practicalities and solution type underwear… lets be frank, for those of us blessed with thighs which could be considered juicier than some, summer + dresses + heat = uncomfortable thigh rub-age.
1 – check out ‘The Supermarkets’ lingerie solutions offers. Often they are just about the same product as branded goods, but at a snip of the price.
2 – M&S have these… limited choice of sizes across the colours now but worth a look – they have them in black, almond and white.
M&S Cotton Rich High Rise Longline shorts £8
Or these… slightly longer and smoother…
H&M Light shaping bikers £9.99
As you were.