My All Time Favourite Summer Outfits #iwillwearwhatilike

My All Time Favourite Summer Outfits: Not Dressed As Lamb

It’s no secret that summer is my FAVOURITE season.

To me there’s nothing better than sunshine, warm temperatures and just throwing on a dress and shoes in the morning – it’s the easiest of all dressing.

I’m bringing you my favourite summer outfits of the past few years due to not having shot any outfits this past week. I’m afraid I still haven’t felt like it since we lost Riley nearly two weeks ago… I thought the link up should make a reappearance, however, as I need to get back in my work routine as much as I can.

The past 10 days or so have been very, very hard and I’ve been extremely comforted by all your kind comments on the blog and on Instagram. I promise I’ll reply to them as soon as I can (every time I reply to one comment I receive three more!) – rest assured they are ALL greatly appreciated and people have said some really lovely things and are so understanding.

Amazing just how much we all treasure our furry loved ones, isn’t it…?


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So, the summer outfits: To be honest I could have chosen another 20-30 favourite outfits… these are the ones that caught my eye this time around, or maybe have me wanting to wear them again this summer. I’ll be interested to found out which are your favourites!

Enjoy, and don’t forget to link up at the end…


My All Time Favourite Summer Outfits

My All Time Favourite Summer Outfits: Boho dressing | Not Dressed As Lamb

1. Boho chic in Santorini

I don’t do boho very often, but on holiday it tends to be my go-to style. When in Santorini in 2015 I did the boho look quite often, and I still love these patterned wide leg pants with the draped scarf (for protecting shoulders from the sun) and a black vest top.

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Wide leg patterned trousers you might like…



My All Time Favourite Summer Outfits: Grey wrapover maxi dress | Not Dressed As Lamb

2. Wrapover grey maxi dress

I’m actually wearing this dress today while writing this post: it’s made of a cooling fabric by technology fabric specialists HotSquash. I loved the simplicity of how I’ve styled this dress – hair off my face, sunnies and a hat for the sun plus strappy flat sandals.

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HotSquash cooling fabric dresses (and one jumpsuit) you might like…



My All Time Favourite Summer Outfits: Floral asymmetric dress | Not Dressed As Lamb

3. Green floral asymmetric midi dress

I bought this dress last year and I’ve worn it a few times this year too – you can tell by my pale legs that I bought it right at the beginning of The Summer of 2018 (this was actually April)! The colours of the florals are delicious and the asymmetric hem and ruffle on the top half make it more than Just Another Floral Midi.

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Other green floral midi dresses you might like…



My All Time Favourite Summer Outfits: Navy sleeveless jumpsuit | Not Dressed As Lamb

4. Navy sleeveless jumpsuit with tan accessories

An oldie but a goodie: One of my first jumpsuits (since the 80s, obvs) and one I’ve worn every summer. It looks as good on its own as it does with layers for warmth. I liked it best styled like this with the all-tan accessories and some oversized sunglasses.

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You might like these navy jumpsuits…



My All Time Favourite Summer Outfits: OTS grey top and floral trousers | Not Dressed As Lamb

5. OTS ruffle top with cropped floral trousers

One of my favourite of my favourite summer outfits! I bought the trousers as soon as I saw them because I’d always loved Madonna’s similar pair she wore at Live Aid (more than 30 years previously). And the off the shoulder top was the only one that I found that suited my ample chest to date. Love the grey with the orange and blush pink.

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Shop these off the shoulder tops that I like…



My All Time Favourite Summer Outfits: Ethnic pattern maxi dress and floppy hat | Not Dressed As Lamb

6. Ethnic patterned sleeveless midi dress with floppy hat

Another dress I dig out year after year, probably because it wasn’t super on-trend at the time (I bought it in about 2013 from a pre-worn designer shop), so it just hasn’t dated. The tribal print-style colours and lightweight fabric is perfect for summer at home or a summer holiday abroad.

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A few tribal/tropical print maxi dresses you might like…



My All Time Favourite Summer Outfits: Vintage white floral dress | Not Dressed As Lamb

7. Vintage white floral midi dress

I LOVE my vintage dresses and this one doesn’t date either (I think it’s a late 70s/early 80s dress). All the colours in the flowers and fruit mean you can wear accessories in just about any colour with it.

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Some floral/fruity white midi dresses to shop…



My All Time Favourite Summer Outfits: Cream dungarees and red espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb

8. Off-white denim dungarees

Sadly I can’t quite get into these dungarees yet, but hopefully I might get one or two wears out of them by the end of the summer if I continue on my current health and fitness regime…! I love the boxy neckline and matching belt with the rough-edge cropped hems. The perfect piece for throwing on with some bright shoes on a not-boiling day.

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You might like these white and cream jumpsuits…



My All Time Favourite Summer Outfits: Vintage DVF striped jumpsuit | Not Dressed As Lamb

9. Pink and white striped vintage DVF jumpsuit

More vintage, this time in the form of my DVF striped jumpsuit. What you can’t see is that the top half is only attached at the back, so you can wear the top buttoned up and tucked in as worn here, or you can untuck it and tie it at the waist as seen here. It’s so 80s and so fun, I love it accessorised with splashes of red.

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More jumpsuits to shop: this time stripey ones…



My All Time Favourite Summer Outfits: Deep V back midi dress with flared sleeves | Not Dressed As Lamb

10. Asymmetric floral midi dress with bell sleeves

Although it’s quite a formal dress, this is so good for a summer wedding, or the races, or a summer garden party. Click through to the original post to see the deep V back and hanging down tie from the neck bit (you can just see it above) – and more shots of those goddammit-they’re-so-gorgeous bell sleeves.

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Here are some fabulous statement-sleeve dresses to shop…



My All Time Favourite Summer Outfits: White vintage summer dress | Not Dressed As Lamb

11. White vintage midi day dress

To finish off my summer outfit favourites, it really HAD to be another vintage dress, didn’t it? This is so old I can’t even begin to think when I bought it [from eBay], but I wear it every summer. It’s just so pretty with the embroidered front, the puff sleeves and the tiered, midi-length skirt.

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More white midi dresses you might like (I found so many lovely ones you’ve got eight to choose from!)…



Which is your favourite outfit? Comment below…!

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  1. 11 July 2019 / 11:08 pm

    So many fabulous outfits! It’s so difficult to pick a favourite…but I really love the OTS top with the floral print trousers and the white dress. So sorry about Riley. I can’t bear to think about life without my cat Henry, he’s been with me through so many life changes. I was gutted when four of my stick insects died this week…I never thought I could get attached to insects!

    Emma xxx

    • Catherine
      12 July 2019 / 1:49 pm

      Thank you Emma – and I’m so sorry about you losing your insects! We get so attached to our animals, don’t we x

  2. Erika
    11 July 2019 / 1:25 pm

    What a fab collection of outfits…. so hard to pick a favourite, but maybe number 11….gorgeous white dress and a whole carnival in one pair of sandals!

    Once again, so sorry about Riley, but really, you were the best parents he could have had….I will miss his Instagram though….always the first one I would look at every day! xx

    • Catherine
      12 July 2019 / 1:48 pm

      Thank you so much Erika. We’re not sure if we’ll continue his IG account yet… Keith was the one who always posted on it, I hope he takes it back up again soon x

  3. Mary Katherine
    10 July 2019 / 8:22 pm


    These outfits are SO gorgeous, and you look like the cat that got the cream in every one – and rightly so!

    I must tell you that I read about Riley last week on holiday, sitting in a cafe on top of the isle of Capri, and burst into tears! Try explaining to your husband that someone who you’ve never met has lost their beloved old dog, who they adopted when he was already old (heros in my book), and all the photos I’ve seen of him, etc. and that I’m just torn up about it! The price of great love is great grief. I know you honor him with your period of mourning, but don’t let it delay you from bringing another dog into your life – that will honor Riley too. Have faith that this will pass. Sending healing thoughts your way.

    • Catherine
      12 July 2019 / 1:47 pm

      Oh Mary Katherine I’m so sorry I made you cry…! I’ve done the same with bloggers who lost dogs that always appeared on their blogs and Instagram so I totally get it. Thank you so much for sending love, we’ll take our time and know if/when the time is right to get another xx

  4. 10 July 2019 / 7:34 pm

    I’m so sorry about Riley. The abundance of love we feel for our pets is unfathomable until their absence leaves a hole of the same size. Nothing will make you feel better but time. Don’t worry about replying to people’s posts and comments – they understand. Personally speaking, your reply is not the reason we comment. We want to pass on our love and best wishes in this horrible time and hope your pain diminishes eventually to where the memories overpower the sadness. Thank you for still opening your heart and blog to us this week. xx

    • Catherine
      12 July 2019 / 1:46 pm

      Thank you Charlie – I reply because I want to, not because I feel I have to… people have been so kind and I feel it’s the least I can do. We’re feeling very tender right now and yes, we hope the pain will pass soon. It’s very hard though, even two weeks later xx

  5. 10 July 2019 / 6:24 pm

    Ohhh soo many wonderful summer outfits. My favorite is the Ethnic patternd dress. You look stunning πŸ™‚
    I am in love with my palm print dress this summer.
    So sorry about Riley πŸ™

    • Catherine
      12 July 2019 / 1:44 pm

      Thank you Tina – and for your kind words about Riley x

  6. 10 July 2019 / 2:16 pm

    Pick a favourite?
    Are you insane!?
    11, 8, 5, 3… I just can’t choose!

    • Catherine
      10 July 2019 / 2:40 pm

      Hehe thanks Samantha – thought I’d torture you…!!! πŸ˜‰

  7. 10 July 2019 / 3:53 am

    So many great outfits, but I think the white midi dress with the fun sandals is my absolute favorite. Sending you extra love this week, and wherever he is now, I hope Riley is rolling around in the grass, picking up sticks, and sniffing to his heart’s content.
    Cheryl Shops |

    • Catherine
      10 July 2019 / 11:35 am

      Thank you Cheryl πŸ™‚

      And thank you for the extra love – we need it right now…! I hope he’s doing all those things too xx

  8. 10 July 2019 / 3:37 am

    The prints are giving me heart eyes!!!

    • Catherine
      10 July 2019 / 11:34 am

      I guess they’re my speciality, Daenel…! πŸ˜€

  9. 9 July 2019 / 9:33 pm

    I love the grey maxi dress too! Thanks for showing us your favourties Catherine. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Catherine
      9 July 2019 / 9:44 pm

      It’s a popular one, Jacqui! Thank you x

  10. 9 July 2019 / 8:41 pm

    So many great outfits. I really love that gray maxi dress and the white dress and the white jumpsuit and the striped jumpsuit…

    • Catherine
      9 July 2019 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks Julie – so you love all of them, then…?! hehe πŸ˜‰

  11. 9 July 2019 / 8:00 pm

    Loving all the inspiration! So sorry about your lovely pup. It is so sad to lose a furry member of the family.

    • Catherine
      9 July 2019 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you Jane… we’re finding it incredibly hard at the moment x

  12. Debs
    9 July 2019 / 7:51 pm

    I have only just discovered your blog. What a refreshing find, fantastic. All of the outfits are wonderful. I have a question though, in this country we have such inclement weather I am always stumped for what to wear over/under outfits to keep me warm without looking frumpy. I live in the pennines, we have a lot of rain!! Debs

  13. 9 July 2019 / 7:32 pm

    I think dresses look so good on you! I liked that maxi dress before and still love it. Although your white dress is gorgeous too.

    • Catherine
      9 July 2019 / 9:54 pm

      Thank you, I’m so surprised that it was so popular (for such a basic dress)! x

  14. 9 July 2019 / 7:29 pm

    Catherine, these are such good choices for favorites! Love them all, especially the vintage floral and the boho outfits! Once again, I am so sorry about Riley. You know I also lost my Scooter and I’m still horribly sad! These little guys become a huge part of our lives and we come to rely on their unconditional love. Nobody will love me like Scooter! Not even my husband. Lol!

    Wishing you peace and happy memories of your times together,
    xx Darlene

    • Catherine
      9 July 2019 / 9:56 pm

      Thanks so much Darlene, and thank you for your lovely comment left on my post about Riley, I did read it and will reply as soon as I can. I sometimes used to think Keith loved the boy more than he loved me, lol…! πŸ˜‰

  15. 9 July 2019 / 6:52 pm

    Such a great selection of outfits. I agree the Summer months are the easiest of all dressing. It would
    be very difficult to pick favourites from them all, as, I would love wearing all of them myself. Particularly
    loved the boho pants you had for your Santorini hols – they are so up my street!!
    Can I also mention your hair and you looked stunning on the Garnier advert. We were all watching
    something or other , then, there you were!! fabulous!

    • Catherine
      9 July 2019 / 9:56 pm

      Thanks Alison – it’s been quite funny seeing myself pop up on TV now and then! x

  16. 9 July 2019 / 6:48 pm

    My favourite is the OTS top with floral trousers but they’re all such winning outfits it was hard to choose.

    • Catherine
      9 July 2019 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you Gail – mine too! Not long to go till I can fit in the trousers again…!! #fingerscrossed

  17. 9 July 2019 / 6:31 pm

    You look gorgeous in all these get ups, but the navy jumpsuit with the natural colored belt is awesome. I love that look from your shades to your shoes – I want every piece!!!

    • Catherine
      9 July 2019 / 9:57 pm

      Chrissy thank you – I haven’t worn it in ages, must dig it out again! x

  18. 9 July 2019 / 6:25 pm

    My favorite is that grey maxi dress! Now I need to find something similar, lol!

    • Catherine
      9 July 2019 / 9:58 pm

      Thanks Mireille – I think it’s the outright winner with the most votes! πŸ˜‰

  19. 9 July 2019 / 5:54 pm

    I love your every look, Catherine! It is such an inspirational post!


    • Catherine
      9 July 2019 / 9:58 pm

      Aww thanks so much Tatiana x

  20. 9 July 2019 / 5:51 pm

    So many gorgeous outfits! I can’t choose which one I love the most! xx

    • Catherine
      9 July 2019 / 9:58 pm

      Thank you Laurie… I was hard pushed to come up with just 11! x

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