Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21 but I’m summer-ready already baby(!)- well, nearly!
Summer drops are happening earlier each year so I picked up some new summery pieces in time for our Easter holiday at the dreamy Pine Cliffs Resort in Portugal recently so I wanted to share them here.
I do still need lots more pieces (because a girl never has enough clothes right?) but now that the sun is popping out more often in the UK, I’m embracing summer style in May!
Below I’m sharing new dresses, and others which make the cut year after year. These are just some of my favourites and see me going through the blog archives to curate a post with my most favourite summery pieces ever.
I’m pretty ruthless when it comes to my wardrobe and I sort it, seasonally, packing up bags for charity or passing pieces onto relatives- and I’m methodical with it too (much to my family’s frustration as I’m taking over their wardrobes so I desperately need to start planning a walk-in-wardrobe, my dream) and I urge you to do the same. Make space for new items and also rediscovering old pieces you might have forgotten about, discarding pieces you never wear or don’t make you feel a million dollars. Life is too short to feel sh** in the clothes you’re in!
I’d love to know your thoughts on my faves in the comments.
OK the shots above and below are not dresses but my new Bulgari shades are so classically chic, that I had to share them first-up.
My husband immediately told me they look exactly like my monochrome (now rather scratched) Chanel’s, and the D&G’s below too (since lost-eek) yet the detailing is totally different, the Bulgari’s are not as big as the other two shades, and well, I love them so who cares what the husband thinks, right? Plus I got them discounted from the York Outlet so they’re a win in my eyes (get it)!
Admittedly, I do have a little bit of an obsession with shades and bought a bright blue pair of Chloe’s not long ago (below) although I’ve since fallen out of love with them as I’m not convinced they suit my face shape. What do you think?
I’ll still wear them because I love the metallic blue lenses, but I definitely prefer the Bulgari’s. I’m going to buy some high street shades to mix things up and keep costs down too. Having said that, I did try on a pair of tortoiseshell Prada shades the other day I loved and might have to go back for. See. I told you I have a sunglasses problem.
Now onto the dresses. This monochrome beauty is H&M last year and I love the shell print and gathering over the chest and waist. It’s got that nostalgic feel to it and reminds me of dresses I wore as a child.
The white block heels (so comfy, perfect heel) are c/o M&S when I recently modelled in a summer campaign for them (ooh la la).
Necklace was a recent purchase from Oliver Bonas bought on a whim at Kings Cross Station (couldn’t love it more), cardi is a million years old from when I did a campaign for New Look and has sheer floral detailing on the back which makes me stand out.
I really need to add more cropped cardigans to my wardrobe for summer (Precis sent me some I love) as they’re so useful, especially when the temperature drops.
This Topshop Daisy Print Ruffle Tea Dress (currently out of stock) was part of a holiday haul I did before we flew to Portugal a few weeks ago. Flattering with wide sleeves (this is a UK 10), it was just a little too low for me so I paired it with a black H&M vest but I might have it altered (I love my local tailor and I’d advise investing in one to ensure items you love, fit you perfectly).
Gold clutch of dreams is c/o M&S. Heels as before.
Another winner from Topshop (my fave high street store) was this pale blue number with lace detailing which is a large fit (this again is a UK size 10) but was perfect for holiday and the many courses at every meal! It’s the Crochet Cold Shoulder Dress and is currently in stock.
Heels as before. Shades by Chloe.
This frilly floral happy-maker of a dress is c/o M&S (again from the shoot) and can be dressed up or down.
It’s the Floral Swing Dress and I model it in green too and wore them both on holiday.
This pretty print dress below that my good friend Sharmin of Brand New Cravings gave me years ago has really gone the distance. Gathered at the waist and even worn throughout pregnancy thanks to the stretch of the material, I usually pair it with a vest and add tights in the winter. It really is the dress that keeps on giving. Thank you Shar!
Note to self, take hair bobbles off from around your wrists when shooting style pics (I do it every single time)!
Below is a denim dress c/o Phase Eight from last year.
With lots of stretch and a wide belt, this is comfy and flattering and I even wore on the sofa on Good Morning Britain when I appeared a few months ago.
This was a UK size 12 and came up a little big, bunching at the back, so it’s on the list of dresses that need alternation.
Bag was bought from a boutique in Cannes and is a favourite (pompoms, frayed edges and beading gets me every time) and wedges are Next.
The dress below cost me £4 in the sale at TU at Sainsbury’s, picked up with the weekly shop and was also taken on holiday recently. The husband quipped that it was a shame the LV bag wasn’t £4 too! Love the print, colour palette and gathered waist. When you’re hourglass with a large chest, you need the gathered waist and some leg on show for balance I feel.
Shades are Chanel and big hoops are Topshop.
The elegant number below is by designer to the stars, Lorcan Mullany for Jacques Vert and is a frock I was gifted a couple of years ago and shall keep forever. With frill detailing and the most flattering cut with front slit, it’s a show-stopper of a dress don’t you think?!
This one is a sheer spotty dress from H&M I got a few years ago, wore to a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and have taken on every holiday since. If I could only wear one dress forever, this would be it.
Shades are D&G. White bag is Osprey.
Another dress that finds itself packed for every single holiday is this floral bodycon c/o Joe Browns. Figure hugging in all the right places, bright and vivid, it’s basically sunshine in a dress!
House of Fraser sent me this floral fitted dress for our holiday in the South of France with Eurostar last summer and I’ve worn it on more occasions than I can count. Flattering, comfy, versatile, I love it.
Wedges are M&S.
This next photo makes me sad as I broke the spaghetti strap on the maxi bought in Cannes and it’s been recycled since. This is literally the only maxi that’s ever suited me too. Gutted. Jacket is Next and bag is a Mulberry Bayswater.
Lastly this dress is by Brazilian designer Lucidez and has been all over the world on trips with me, another favourite worn at the Cannes Film Festival and is one that I’m constantly complimented on. Necklace is vintage Yves Saint Laurent.
Photo by Kirsty Mattsson Photography.
So there you have it: a little mix of new with the old of some of my favourite looks.
I hope it’s inspired a little shopping spree.