I’m wearing yet another summer dress: I’m doing well with my promise [to myself] to wear dresses all summer long…!
So that’s five skirts or dresses in a row now, which I think is a new record here on Not Dressed As Lamb. In the past I’ve managed two, and possibly three, dresses in a row, but NEVER five. We’re still blessed with glorious weather and it’s set to get even hotter this week, so I’m a happy bunny. Bring on more dresses, I say!
The dress I’m wearing today was kindly gifted to me from Oasis, and it’s a simple blue-grey lightweight chambray dress. With stripes. And to those of you thinking, What – ANOTHER striped dress, Catherine?! I say, to be fair it’s very different from the black and white striped dress from last week and the blue, white and black striped dress from a couple of weeks before… Oh, who am I kidding: I’m addicted to striped dresses right now, and I’m not ashamed to admit it!
SHOP THE LOOK:
Although I’ve worn red shoes again this week I can safely say this is an entirely different look and feel to last week’s black stripes and leopard print look. That one was moody with its dark, mixed patterns – this one is lighter, fresher, sunnier. The weather in these photos reflect that: We could only shoot in the middle of the day which usually I would NEVER, EVER recommend. Midsummer and the middle of the day means the harshest, most unflattering shadows and blasted out highlights where the sun hits.
Normally we go for the golden hour (the hour before sunset) whenever we can – the light during that time is glorious and makes you look glowy and soft.
HOWEVER, there are two way to vastly improve photos that have to be taken at this harsh time of day, i.e. when you don’t have the luxury of shooting later on. You can either 1) Stand in the shade and shoot there (no harsh shadows but still lots of light!), or 2) Shoot INTO the sun. If you don’t believe me, check out my post explaining how to shoot outfit photos in bright sunlight – there are lots of examples there (and a few exceptions explained)!
This dress is one of those hardworking dresses that’ll see me through summer without much thought – a real throw-it-on number. As it comes with a matching belt all it really needs are shoes, but you’ve got lots of options with your accessories to style it differently each time. A change of belt, different sunglasses or hats (I adore my cream Panama hat which is an ESSENTIAL for summer, not just for style reasons but for sun safe reasons), jewellery – you can even layer blouses underneath and have the collar poking out. Or wear a collar accessory like I did with my black and white gingham dress to give it an entirely different feel.
So many options for such a simple dress… me likey.
(By the way, if you were expecting a post last Friday for the #SaturdayShareLinkUp and wondered where it went, I’m afraid I simply didn’t have time to get the post out. House moving is taking up so much time at the moment, so until we have actually moved, blog posts may not be quite as regular as I’d like… Monday’s #iwillwearwhatilike will always go out, however, so fear not!)
Do add your outfits to this week’s link up – and if you’ve added a link to here or my button to your post you may be featured next week!
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE GO-TO SUMMER DRESS THAT TAKES ALMOST NO STYLING AT ALL? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS…!
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Dress: Oasis c/o
Espadrilles: Asos (similar)
Hat: Hats & Caps
Bag: Yosa c/o (I like this one)
Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs (I like these UK ones and these US ones)
Bracelet: What Lizzy Loves c/o
Necklace set: Asos (I like this one)
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