I’m back in summer dresses again, this time with a summer classic of blue and white stripe cotton.
Last week I broke my run of five summer dresses in a row with a pair of palm print culottes, but as promised this week it’s back to celebrating the stunning English summer we’re having with all the dresses, otherwise known as The Best Opportunity to Continually Wear Summer Dresses I Can Ever Remember.
I bought this dress from Mango – and not that I’m a creature of habit or anything and PLEASE don’t judge me, but yes – this is another stripe dress. A fourth, if anyone’s counting (see 1, 2 and 3 for proof)! But when your summer wardrobe – in its entirety – doesn’t fit you anymore then you have to bite the bullet and buy some new things. Unfortunately there have been so many fabulous dresses around this season that I’ve gone a bit dress-buying crazy. But I need to feel good about myself when nothing fits, and there’s no point getting depressed about it. I’m more likely to feel incentivised to get up and DO something about it when I’m feeling positive, so that’s my justification right there. (Did I convince you?! 😉 Did I convince myself, more to the point…)
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This was one of those dresses that, when it arrived, made me go, Ohhhh when I tried it on…
Shop the look:
… because it’s pretty see-through.
The fabric is a semi-sheer cotton, and whilst I adore blue and white stripes in the summer AND the wrap style AND the puffy sleeves AND the lace panel, I did think it was far too see-through to wear by itself. I decided to wear a nude slip underneath to save my blushes… good job I did as the wrap wasn’t all that secure at the hem! Next time I might wear it with a pale blue slip – I have one that came with a blue Hobbs eyelet dress but I’d lent that to my niece the day I wore this. The blue one might work a treat, we shall see.
I’ve also succumbed to the straw bag trend and bought a very plain one from Amazon. I haven’t yet tied a scarf or added pom poms or something similar to it, but I will; it needs a little accessorisation. Due to packing for the house move I have limited accessories – many of my things are already in boxes. I didn’t think that I’d be needing neck scarves for the very specific reason of tying one to a straw bag…!
And finally: check out that STUNNER of a blue Swarovski crystal ring*. It was gifted to me by my wonderful friend Lisa (AKA The Sequinist) and although I’ve had it ages and worn it several times I haven’t really featured it on the blog. I chopped off my long nails a year ago to get them back to a good condition, and finally they’re long and healthy again… I didn’t want to feature them in a mega close up before now because that ring demands great nails.
Next week: Another summer dress. I’m doing well thanks to the continuing hot weather, though it’s very hard to write posts quickly while you’re melting (sorry for the delay publishing this) AND trying to secure a house move.
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