WTF Do You Wear When It’s 27 Degrees Everyday?!
Summer has definitely made itself at home in the UK! It’s a little bit surreal checking the iPhone app and actually being greeted by sunshine instead of bad news and confusing symbols. I’ve also ended up getting the cost-per-wear on some of my holiday outfits right down plus anything from last year that still fits.
When I shared my Money Diary last month, someone commented asking how much I spend on clothing and to be honest I haven’t really ‘shopped’ for the past two months. My practical side is saying that I should be focusing on AW18 but in reality jumper-weather seems a long way off and I don’t want to buy things for the sake of it.
With Instagram there can be this self-induced pressure to have a new outfit in every snap, but then I have to remember that I’m the one who has to deal with the pile of clothes at the end of the day. I’m trying to stay creative, appreciate what I have and conserve funds for a certain dress I’m willing to go in the sale.
The twist with this outfit roundup is that I’m sharing the date I ordered the items mentioned and how I’m getting on with them in practical terms. Is it even a wrap dress if you don’t spend 30 minutes trying to safety pin it?
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Photos by Ejatu Shaw (looks 1 & 2) and my sister!
The Wrap Dress Of The Season
Ordered 14th June 2018
So when I say I haven’t really shopped, I am very lucky to occasionally receive a package from Boden. It’s a great chance to experiment with different shapes and when I spotted Supal in the breezy Antonia dress, I knew it was worth investigating.
It’s similar to some of the wrap midi dresses that are popular at the moment, but shows off a little more skin with a capped sleeve and high-low hem. Be prepared to receive some serious compliments. It’s a little bit retro and works well for everyday or slightly smarter occasions.
If you’re also in the F-cup club, then you may feel more comfortable safety-pinning at the bust. It’s not the end of the world of course but I’d definitely appreciate it if brands factored this into their designs and built in a clever button or two. The high-low hem also means that you may end up flashing if it’s a windy day, so cycling shorts are probably a good idea.
I think the trick is to find a brand that works in terms of this style and stick to it. I’ve had some fails at the Realisation Par pop-up and in & Other Stories but ASOS and Boden seem to suit my body better. Don’t give up! Also if anyone wants to start a petition for extra buttons at the boob, then I’m all for it.
The Cutest Co-Ord
Ordered 25th May 2018
Does anyone remember when I used to wear a different co-ord for every post? 2014 was a good year. I still like the idea of matchy-matchy looks but for every success, there seems to be about ten failed ASOS orders. My main issue is proportions. A lot of tops end up being way too long for my short torso and I probably wouldn’t touch them with a bargepole if they weren’t part of a set.
I’ve had this tropical twosome sitting on my rail for a while and was made up when the 30 degree weather finally hit. It looks a bit like a playsuit but works with a variety of body shapes, since you can adjust the tie-front to cover a bra (or wear with a bralet if you feel more comfortable). Also the fabric is a heatwave-appropriate viscose, so it keeps things nice and cool. Win!
The One That Sat In My Wardrobe For Ages
Ordered 8th August 2017 (!)
I did not follow my own advice when I made this purchase. The kind of advice that says ‘Don’t order something in the wrong size because it’s on sale’ and ‘Don’t hold onto a faulty item just because it’s now out of stock and you think you can fix it’.
Perhaps I was blinded by the fact that Grass Fields is one of those brands that’s big on Instagram. They make African-print clothing accessible and pride themselves on paying their staff a fair wage. It’s definitely an admirable point of difference, so I’m hoping that my dodgy zip situation was a one-off.
Since the dress had been hidden under the bed for the best part of a year, I finally decided to make the best of a bad situation and get it fixed. It technically made my sale purchase less of a bargain but at least I can actually wear the thing and appreciate the voluminous shape. It’s also fascinating that the wax prints you associate with Africa were actually brought over by the Dutch from Indonesia and given a completely different identity (this article goes into a little more detail). I’m hoping this will be the first of many dresses in my collection, please let me know if you have any contacts in London!
Dress – Grass Fields (old), Sandals – c/o Boden (old), Bag – Bought in Spain