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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  1. 9 March 2015 / 10:43 am

    Couldn't be written any better. Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!
    dekton keukenblad

  2. 9 August 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

  3. 5 August 2013 / 3:07 pm

    My perfect day involves spending time with my husband.

  4. 4 August 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! ♥

  5. 3 August 2013 / 12:54 am

    I like you a lot

  6. 2 August 2013 / 8:17 pm

    Love that hat!! Can't wait of your interview post! X

  7. 1 August 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.

  8. 1 August 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.

  9. 1 August 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!

  10. 1 August 2013 / 5:17 pm

    Looking good!

  11. 1 August 2013 / 3:23 pm

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

    Xo, Hannah

  12. 1 August 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!

  13. 1 August 2013 / 1:17 pm

    love the pattern in that dress!

  14. 1 August 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

  15. 1 August 2013 / 1:04 am

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


  16. 1 August 2013 / 12:35 am

    The dress are stunning!!


  17. 31 July 2013 / 8:15 pm

    Perfect summer dress and the perfect hat.

    x Natasha

  18. 31 July 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.

  19. 31 July 2013 / 4:52 pm

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

  20. 31 July 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)

  21. 31 July 2013 / 3:23 pm

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

  22. 31 July 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

  23. 31 July 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.

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