Summer Dressing | Tribal Maxi Dress At The Quay

Tribal print maxi dress & Panama hat
I love the clash of two opposing cultures in this outfit: a tribal print (makes me think exotic African cultures) and a Panama hat (makes me think Englishmen watching cricket). This gorgeous dress was a purchase from designer resale boutique Grace & Ted in Bath in April and it’s now my go-to for scorching hot days because it needs so little accessorising… it’s a statement all by itself.

The day these were taken was spent lounging on a friend’s boat down on the south coast; gorgeous sunny weather, being out on the sea and great company is my idea of a perfect day… it’s a shame life gets in the way to stop us doing this all the time…!


What would be your perfect day? Most people suggest something during the summer but I’m interested in how everyone’s idea of a perfect day varies 🙂



Tribal print maxi dress & Panama hat
Tribal print maxi dress & strappy flats
Tribal print maxi dress & Panama hat

(BTW if you’re expecting my interview with Gok Wan, it’ll be up on Friday – it’s taken much longer than planned to get it written up. It may even have to be in two parts, it’s all such interesting stuff I don’t want to cut it down too much!)

Catherine x
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31 Comments

  1. July 31, 2013 / 2:35 pm

    I like how you look "accidentally" gorgeous. LIKE ALL THE TIME. What a great, good looking outfit- perfect for a day on the water.

  2. July 31, 2013 / 2:53 pm

    Wow that dress is truly amazing, love the prints! And the hat is perfectly, with the bag complimenting beautifully! Love this look Catherine and love the photos 🙂

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

  3. July 31, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    I love the cut and length (and print!) of this dress. So pretty xoxoxoxo

  4. July 31, 2013 / 4:36 pm

    I passed up a tribal print dress over the weekend…now you're making me regret it! I am picturing you on a boat in that outfit, how you must have turned heads!

    A perfect day involves Adventure, and adventure can be found just about anywhere! But I must say, rainy days seem to draw adventure like a magnet. :o)

    http://www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

  5. July 31, 2013 / 4:52 pm

    What an amazing dress! I love how it compliments your hair color.

  6. July 31, 2013 / 7:24 pm

    Perfect. Again. You look the picture. Even your flat sandals are different from other sandals, nice and modern. The panama looks very good on you, so you are right in using that often.
    Love the bag too.
    My idea of a perfect day is when I laugh my head of with friends.

  7. July 31, 2013 / 8:15 pm

    Perfect summer dress and the perfect hat.

    x Natasha

  8. August 1, 2013 / 1:04 am

    I'm so loving this dress, Catherine!! The print is gorgeous! (I'm such a sucker for tribal print!!)

    April

  9. August 1, 2013 / 7:21 am

    Beautiful dress, Catherine! I love your whole look, the prints and colours are fabulous.
    Can't wait for the interview with Auntie Gok!!

    Annette | Lady of Style

  10. August 1, 2013 / 3:05 pm

    what a beautiful dress! I love the cut on it and the fun print! and those sandals are darling! You look beautiful as always!
    kelseybang.com

  11. August 1, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    What a stunning maxi dress! You look gorgeous, and I love your sandals too!

    Xo, Hannah

    sweetsweetnoir.net

  12. August 1, 2013 / 5:25 pm

    Catherine I love the juxtaposition of cultures in this outfit… you look amazing as always! I rediscovered your stylish blog when Adrienne of the Rich Life on a Budget mentioned her award from you. The photo of your HIWM casual party outfit… street style perfection!

    I look forward to coming back to spend time with your amazing and generous photo tips! Thanks so for sharing!

  13. August 1, 2013 / 7:28 pm

    Katherine, your panama hat looks stunning with the tribal print. You are always gorgeous, no matter what you wear. Thank you so much for linking up with Hat Attack.

  14. August 1, 2013 / 8:42 pm

    Catherine, Love this tribal dress, it doesn't get better than a dress that speaks for itself. The mixture of cultures was a perfect idea.
    A perfect day to me is time spent with friends and family, doesn't need to be anything spectacular event just time.

  15. August 3, 2013 / 12:54 am

    I like you a lot

  16. August 4, 2013 / 2:43 pm

    This a fabulous maxi! I love the print!
    Thanks for linking up for Passion For Fashion! Hope to see you back next week! ♥
    *pinning*

  17. August 5, 2013 / 3:07 pm

    My perfect day involves spending time with my husband.

  18. August 9, 2013 / 9:49 am

    did i not comment on this gorgeous dress catherine? Naughty me! I love it (needless to say) and the hat tips it off perfectly. Thanks so much for linking and tweeting Passion for Fashion, hope you can join in again today sweetie xxx

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