Seems strange to bring you a glorious summer outfit when it’s cold and pouring with rain outside…!
I’m sure we’ll see the sun again eventually here in the UK, but for now I just want to revel in the outfit that I wore a couple of weeks ago when we were having some warm temperatures and beautiful, sunny evenings.
I featured this beach dress* – that’s NOT been worn as a beach dress but rather for daytime or dinner – on my Insta feed but it seemed too good not to be featured here as well. Plus, I just got back from the same detox retreat I went to back in September and as part of my new overhauled lifestyle and routine I’m not working myself into the ground. A photo shoot straight after getting back is too much pressure. I’m all about the work-life balance right now!
Disclosure: I was gifted these pieces by Land’s End for a paid Instagram post but was not paid for writing or obliged to write this blog post (click here for my full disclosure). It contains some affiliate links which means if you click through and buy I may receive a small commission at no cost to you. Any items listed as* were gifted within the last 12 months.
SHOP THE LOOK:
As we’re not doing a beach holiday this year (and we haven’t for a few years, we won’t all the time we don’t want to leave Riley with anyone for longer than a day or two) then it seemed a bit counterintuitive to get a beach dress. But I loved the wrap over top and the coral colour so much that I couldn’t resist… I just needed to style it for when I’d wear it: daytime, lunch, dinner, an evening out.
I found the quickest way to get that smarter, daytime/evening look was the addition of a long waistcoat. (I guess it’s my spring-to-summer transition from wearing a longline blazer.) Take said longline blazer, chop off the sleeves [for goodness sake don’t ACTUALLY do this!], make it white and there you have a summer version. I love the mahoosive lapels on this one – with those gold buttons it has a touch of the nautical about it as well. The maxi dress/longline waistcoat combo just seems to work.
The less-beachy-more-smart casual look also comes via the accessories: smart Panama hat, statement earrings and a good quality canvas tote bag* (which Land’s End kindly embroidered with my name for me). I’ve wanted a monogrammed bag for aaaaaaaages, but I only have two initials and I feel monogramming needs three.
I thought about having “LAMB” on it, but that would confuse those who think my name is ‘Catherine Lamb’ even further…
DO YOU WEAR YOUR BEACH DRESSES AS DAYTIME WEAR? HOW DO YOU STYLE THEM? COMMENT BELOW…!
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