A Summer Dress When It’s Hot, Hot, Hot !

As the UK begins to open, there is still a question mark over holidays abroad.  But, it doesn’t stop us from tentatively kickstarting our social lives.

Whether it is a pub lunch, a swanky garden party or meeting up with friends, now is the time – weather permitting – to venture out and feel the joy!

We Brits don’t get that much practice at hot weather dressing so, when it finally comes, I sometimes struggle with what to wear. The outfits I have for the summer months are usually packed away until the following year, hence I wear pretty much the same things, year after year, with the odd new addition.

When shopping for new additions, I look for clothes that will work for me – I also work out what I will wear the item with and for which occasions it will be suitable.  I shop in a completely different way, now.

I bought this floaty maxi dress in January of this year when it was chucking it down with sleety rain, outside.  I remember, at the time, in “lockdown”, thinking, this will be perfect for an outing in the summer months – lots of optimism, there! It was £85.00, reduced in the sale to £21.00 (Warehouse UK). What a steal, and how could I refuse!  As you can gather, I love a bargain, I am almost never extravagant. I suppose, growing up on a council estate in the North East of England has made me spend money, carefully.

Back to this dress, which has sat in my wardrobe waiting to be unleashed, now that the rain has eased (at last).  I have worn it a few times this summer.

Here is how I have styled it:

We were out for a family birthday, on Saturday evening, so I decided to wear my dress.  I wore my summer wedges to give me some height with my shapewear, underneath, to add smooth lines. This is an easy to wear summer dress and I felt super comfortable in it.

For one of my outings, I styled my dress with my tuxedo.  This one is from purse friendly Zara, and it is quite old. I always feel great in it, and it is certainly earned its keep, over the years. Casual glamour springs to mind. This is one of those items to be worn, again and again, whether it is teamed up with a floaty dress, a pair of jeans, combats and boots, or something ultra-feminine like this dress.  I don’t think you can go wrong with a tux.

For another outing, I wore my dress along with my summer shawl – which is the perfect accessory for cooler evenings.  I bought this one from Marks and Spencer, a few months ago.  A shawl is a timeless item and so handy to pop into your handbag for when the sun has disappeared. Or, for when the air conditioning has turned on, bringing in the arctic conditions.  This shawl is so handy, not only to keep me warm but it can cover arms, protecting my skin from the sun.

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Take care.

Alison x

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    • 20 July 2021 / 3:07 pm

      Thank you. I’m wearing a lot more dresses too! So easy to wear. We are experiencing
      a heat wave in the UK, so they are a perfect item to throw on. Hope the weather
      is lovely where you are.

    • 23 July 2021 / 8:33 pm

      Thank you, Amber. So pleased you like it. Have a lovely weekend!

  1. 25 July 2021 / 12:36 pm

    What a gorgeous dress, Alison! The buttons down the back are so wonderful. I love little details like that. I really like the ways you have styled it, too. I would have never thought to layer a tuxedo blazer on top, but it looks super cool styled like that! And it reminds me of a similar Zara tuxedo blazer that I picked up at the thrift shop at the very beginning of summer but it hasn’t been cool enough for blazers yet and I had quite forgotten about it until now! I need to get styling my Zara tuxedo blazer….perhaps with a floaty feminine dress! Thanks for the style inspiration!


    • 25 July 2021 / 2:48 pm

      Thank you, Shelbee. This dress was such a bargain, I couldn’t refuse. I do love my tuxedo, great item to wear with jeans or a floaty dress. Love that you’re going to wear your tux, dying to see the cool way you will style it. x

  2. 26 July 2021 / 10:00 am

    I was just writing the same ting about the weather. I wished summer would last the hole year! That’s a very pretty summer dress!

    • 30 July 2021 / 11:19 am

      Me too! It makes everything so good when the sun is shining. Thank you so much Nancy, this dress was such a bargain,I do love it.

  3. 28 July 2021 / 9:01 pm

    Yay for warmer weather for you! Love that you wore this beautiful dress for your outings, it’s quite feminine! The button detail is lovely! I do love a long dress, and both ways of styling. Glad you can enjoy some time with friends etc.
    Jess xx

    • 30 July 2021 / 11:15 am

      I was excited to wear this dress as I’d bought it at the beginning of the year. It was perfect for our little celebration dinner. Have a lovely weekend Jess, hope the sun is shining where you are. xx

  4. 29 July 2021 / 7:24 pm

    Wow, what a pretty dress, I love the button details on the reverse Thanks for sharing on the #linkup Jacqui x

    • 30 July 2021 / 11:12 am

      This dress sat in my wardrobe far too long, waiting to be worn. It was such a bargain and
      perfect for our little special outing. Enjoy your weekend.x

  5. 30 July 2021 / 1:25 am

    That is such a beautiful dress on you! And it looks amazing with the tuxedo jacket too! Great ideas for wearing it!

    • 30 July 2021 / 11:06 am

      Thank you so much, Laura. I do love wearing my tux, it’s such a versatile item – I enjoyed wearing it with this floaty dress. x

  6. 30 July 2021 / 10:37 pm

    What a bargain find. It won’t date either. I like all the ways you have styled it Alison xx

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