..so it’s what I wore
Chambray midi shirt dress from Warehouse, charm bracelet c/o Merci Maman, bean necklace from Tiffany & Co, tan Saltwater sandals from Toast (currently in the sale) nails in Chiltern Park by Nails Inc Gel One Coat
When I lost lots of weight a couple of years ago, it meant a complete cull of my wardrobe. All those big jersey maxi dresses that I once hid behind all summer had to go and I was left with a pretty empty wardrobe. There was no way that I could have gone out and bought a whole new wardrobe (well not without selling a kidney or something first) so the last couple of summers have seen me slowly but surely build up a new wardrobe. Doing it this way has actually been a good thing because it has made me really think about the clothes that I actually need. Last summer in particular I only had a handful of dresses but I loved every single one of them and they fitted me perfectly. Anything currently hanging in my wardrobe has really earned its place there.
So this year, it has been a case of working out what I needed to add to my small summer wardrobe to fill any missing gaps. But actually what I really found lacking was outfits for those inbetweeny days. And boy oh boy are we having a lot of those inbetweeny weather days this year! Seriously June, what is going on?! I bought some white jeans which have been perfect for those days that start out sunny and end up rainy (or vice versa) and I loved them so much that I bought the same style in khaki too. They just feel so much more summery than blue jeans somehow. But the real saviour this year has been the midi dress.
I must admit that I have always steered clear of midi dresses thinking that they would make me look dumpy. At 5’6″ I am not small but I’m not tall either. I thought a dress cut off at the calf would make me look short and stumpy but I was so wrong I love them! This one is from Warehouse and is in a light chambray cotton with buttons all the way down the front and a tie waist. I’m thinking it has a vintage American mom feel about it? An off duty Betty Draper? In her middle aged rounder days maybe. Or a sightseeing in Rome kind of dress? Not that I plan to go sightseeing in Rome this summer, you are more likely to find me hiking around Lake Windermere but if I did, I would totally wear this. Anyway, I love it. Totally perfect for these inbetweeny days that we are having so many of right now.
If you follow me on Instagram, you might already be aware that the first time I wore this dress, there was a bit of a flashing incident in Homebase. (When I say a bit, I mean thank goodness I only ever wear my best pants!) But I loved the shirt style of the dress so much that I was determined to fix it so I painstakingly sewed each of the buttonholes tighter. I’m no seamstress but so far so good. Nothing has popped out yet today and I’m hoping it stays that way. Ahem. It does frustrate me when clothes aren’t very well made though. Maybe I have high expectations but a shirt dress with buttonholes that aren’t too big doesn’t seem like too much to ask, does it? It makes me want to learn how to sew properly if anything. Not that I think that I would ever be capable of making my own clothes but it must be so handy to be able to adjust or fix high street clothes to make them fit properly. Like I need a new hobby…
…Anyway, that was me! What have you been wearing this week? How are you dressing for these oh so difficult inbetweeny days?