How To Dress For The Anti-Summer01:07
Summer is a time associated with many things. Beach trips, ice cream, sunshine and shorts. But here in England there's more clouds than sunshine and more boots than sandals. Why? Because the UK is having another anti-summer. Even though the weather forecast predicts sunny days and hot weather, it always turns out to be overcast and mild. The most annoying part of the equation is that wherever we go, the shops are full of summer clothes making us all feel a bit down about the fact we can't actually wear any of it. But have no fear, this post will give all you Brits (and whoever else is in the same situation!) some tips on how to make your summer wardrobe work when it's more Inverness than Ibiza.
Pimp your jacket. Nothing says summer like a big bright and beautiful print but sometimes it's too chilly to break out the sundresses and crazy shorts. Opt for a jacket like the ones shown above (both from Zara) - the style is super easy to throw on over anything, be it a dress or a pair of jeans and flats plus it injects a bit of sunshine into your outfit on those chillier summer days.
Work a longer style. Both fluro and fresh white are popular colour choices this summertime but this doesn't mean they're limited to crop tops and short skirts. A weather appropriate way to do the trend is to wear a midi or maxi skirt, ideal if you don't want to get your legs out or if you just want to look more sophisticated. The great thing about both these skirts is they both have a fun element to them despite the more demure style - the yellow number is made of a gorgeous and unexpected lace fabric while the white maxi has a slit if you want to channel your inner Jolie.
The playsuit's older sister. Playsuits are a summer wardrobe staple - they're easy to style, quick to put on and always look amazing on holiday. A great alternative is a jumpsuit, once associated with bad 80s/90s fashion but celebrated as a styish piece for any occasion. I adore this 70s style wide legged style from Topshop, paisley is one of my favourite prints this season and I'm overjoyed to see it popping up everywhere. We all know dungarees are massive at the moment, and although they might not be for everyone these River Island ones provide a warmer alternative to the much-seen shorter version.