Layering a Rainbow-Explosion Maxi for Summer

Layering a Rainbow-Explosion Maxi for Summer: Catherine Summers AKA Not Dressed As Lamb wearing an ikat-print multi-coloured maxi with white vest top, Panama hat, navy chunky sandals and an Orla Kiely backpack | Style over 40

Oh, summer, how I love thee (and my rainbow maxi)…

I’m wearing a DRESS. I’m wearing SANDALS. I’m wearing NO SLEEVES. It’s summer at last and that’s ALL GOOD.

I love the feeling I get twice a year when I swap my summer/winter wardrobes over – and I got a warm fuzzy feeling when I saw my strappy rainbow maxi again. Layered over a white vest top, left loose without a belt (to keep cool), add sandals and a hat for shade and I’m good to go.

 

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Layering a Rainbow-Explosion Maxi for Summer: Catherine Summers AKA Not Dressed As Lamb wearing an ikat-print multi-coloured maxi with white vest top, Panama hat, navy chunky sandals and an Orla Kiely backpack | Style over 40

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The newest addition is my [PR product] Orla Kiely multi-stem backpack* – I know the classic multi-stem is the most oft-seen print but it’s my favourite (I have a floor cushion in it), and I think this backpack is going to be my go-to bag of the summer. Practical, stylish, colourful, amazing quality… it’s got it all.

What’s your current go-to for summer – and any other Orla Kiely fans out there? Comment below…!

 

Stay safe, XOXO

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Layering a Rainbow-Explosion Maxi for Summer: Catherine Summers AKA Not Dressed As Lamb wearing an ikat-print multi-coloured maxi with white vest top, Panama hat, navy chunky sandals and an Orla Kiely backpack | Style over 40
Layering a Rainbow-Explosion Maxi for Summer: Catherine Summers AKA Not Dressed As Lamb wearing an ikat-print multi-coloured maxi with white vest top, Panama hat, navy chunky sandals and an Orla Kiely backpack | Style over 40
Layering a Rainbow-Explosion Maxi for Summer: Catherine Summers AKA Not Dressed As Lamb wearing an ikat-print multi-coloured maxi with white vest top, Panama hat, navy chunky sandals and an Orla Kiely backpack | Style over 40
Layering a Rainbow-Explosion Maxi for Summer: Catherine Summers AKA Not Dressed As Lamb wearing an ikat-print multi-coloured maxi with white vest top, Panama hat, navy chunky sandals and an Orla Kiely backpack | Style over 40
Layering a Rainbow-Explosion Maxi for Summer: Catherine Summers AKA Not Dressed As Lamb wearing an ikat-print multi-coloured maxi with white vest top, Panama hat, navy chunky sandals and an Orla Kiely backpack | Style over 40
Layering a Rainbow-Explosion Maxi for Summer: Catherine Summers AKA Not Dressed As Lamb wearing an ikat-print multi-coloured maxi with white vest top, Panama hat, navy chunky sandals and an Orla Kiely backpack | Style over 40

Dress: Asos (love this pink patterned one)
Sandals: Hobbs (similar)
Hat: Hats & Caps (similar)
Backpack: Orla Kiely*
Necklace: Asos (similar)
Scrunchie: Asos (similar)

 

Other strappy maxi dresses you might like:


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Layering a Rainbow-Explosion Maxi for Summer: Catherine Summers AKA Not Dressed As Lamb wearing an ikat-print multi-coloured maxi with white vest top, Panama hat, navy chunky sandals and an Orla Kiely backpack | Style over 40
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20 Comments

  1. 18 June 2021 / 8:56 pm

    Wow, I love all of the colours, you look amazing!

    Danielle

    • Catherine
      Author
      21 June 2021 / 1:13 pm

      Thanks so much Danielle my lovely!

  2. Michelle Springer
    16 June 2021 / 10:06 pm

    You look so fabulous Catherine! I love how you styled that dress!
    I am currently living in dresses since it’s super hot here in the Chicago suburbs and I’m back at work.
    I’m also currently playing with sparkly bobby pins and updos since my hair is getting a bit longer.

    Happy Hump Day Catherine!

    • Catherine
      Author
      21 June 2021 / 1:14 pm

      Thank you Michelle… I think our summer ended this weekend, we have cold and rain now 🙁

      So I envy your hot weather and opportunities to wear dresses all the time!! x

  3. Pilar
    16 June 2021 / 8:50 pm

    Love the look!!! I am a super fan of hats yet I have none! I haven’t find one that fits or maybe the confidence to wear one.
    I used to love the tee under strappy dress back then, time to wear it again!!!
    I’ve seen the Orla stuff at Target here in the States and always liked it but never got anything because most of it is for travel.

    Is this post before or after your detox trip!? I ask because you look different, like glowing, can’t describe it…. like you make me happy because you look so happy. Have noticed that in your stories too.

    • Catherine
      Author
      21 June 2021 / 1:16 pm

      Wow thank you Pilar, what a lovely compliment… yes this was after the detox retreat trip, the fake tanning has helped with the glow I should imagine(!) – but the regular exercise and long hours of daylight have done wonders for me 😀

  4. 16 June 2021 / 4:27 pm

    I love everything about this, including how sleek and feline you look;) The dress is awesome, and over the white top too. I just got a half-tee, and I think it will mean my sundresses get a lot more wear. I also just did the summer/winter wardrobe changeover, and am so happy to see my summer duds (AND that I can still fit into them!)

    • Catherine
      Author
      21 June 2021 / 1:17 pm

      Awww that’s so lovely of you, thanks MK! Yeah I’ve always liked the t-shirts under strappy dresses thing… I’m somewhat glad that that 90s styling has come back!

  5. Erika Strachan
    16 June 2021 / 2:43 pm

    I love this…..no fussy lines just vibrant colour, and the perfect hat. As for the tee under the dress….I liked it in the ’90s and I still like it now!

    I reckon I’m an Orla Kiely fan once I count up the number of items I have !!…..I just love that stylised graphic design.

    • Catherine
      Author
      21 June 2021 / 1:17 pm

      Hehe another vote for the strappy dress with t-shirt underneath, Erika! 😉 Thanks my lovely x

  6. 16 June 2021 / 2:17 pm

    Love this dress on you! Such a beautiful print, so perfect for summer!
    Ellie

    • Catherine
      Author
      21 June 2021 / 1:17 pm

      Aww thank you Ellie x

  7. Cheryl
    16 June 2021 / 12:20 pm

    You love great in this colourful and simple combination. Your clothing combinations always ooze with confidence.

    By the way, I admired your honesty recently about how you got through lockdown.

    As for Orla Kiely, I adore her striking designs.

    I’m an Expat following you from Malaysia.

    • Catherine
      Author
      16 June 2021 / 2:11 pm

      Cheryl that’s so sweet of you, thank you – I really appreciate you coming to comment and your kind words! Much love to you xx

  8. 16 June 2021 / 12:17 pm

    Oh Catherine, I chuckled when you said you love it when you get your summer gear out TWICE a year LOL!! You need to move to Portugal 😉
    Love the dress, and that you layered it over a white vest. Great backpack too!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      16 June 2021 / 2:06 pm

      Oh no Suzy you misunderstood me…! “I swap my summer/winter wardrobes twice a year” meant I swap my summer wardrobe to my winter wardrobe once and then winter to summer about six months later, LOL!! Even the British summers aren’t THAT bad 😉

      heehee xx

  9. 16 June 2021 / 12:00 pm

    Love this gorgeous maxi. Perfect summer colours, and a great idea wearing a tee underneath, I’ll be giving that a go, looks fab on you Catherine. Enjoy the rest of your week. xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      16 June 2021 / 2:09 pm

      Thanks Alison – I guess the 90s have never quite left me!! x

  10. 16 June 2021 / 11:20 am

    Catherine, I love this colorful rainbow explosion dress! So fun and cheerful! I am all about the loose flowy maxi dresses this summer. Your backpack is really fabulous, too. I love the colors and the print on it! I is so great to see you all aglow with summertime vibes!

    Shelbee

    • Catherine
      Author
      16 June 2021 / 2:10 pm

      Thank you Shelbee… I think I’m with you on the loose flowy maxis this summer!!

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