NB: Unfortunately the green dress is no longer available online, but it is available in white. There are loads of dresses like this on the market though, and I’ve seen one almost exactly the same in Primark, so have a hunt around!
Sundresses are my go-to summer staple. I basically live in them on any day that the temperature gets above 20°c. I dabble with other combinations of tops and skirts/shorts but my rather, er, curvaceous hips mean that each year I eventually resort back to the reassuringly comfortable and flattering cut of a sundress. My preference is floaty. The more breeze I can generate whilst walking (yes, I consider 20°c basically heat wave temp), the better. I have quite a collection of options now – I tend to buy a new one each year because I get bored of rotating the same ones almost every day for the two or three weeks in the year it’s hot enough to do so!
This year my purchase of choice is a little number from Topshop. I’m in love with the colour, cut and pattern! The cut is floaty but nips in slightly under the bust so that it doesn’t fit like a bin liner – score. It’s feminine and the buttons at the back are so my style (I think about 85% of my clothing has a zip or button up back). The moment I saw it online I knew I had to have it and I knew I would love it, it was one of those ‘yeah, I won’t even need to try that on, I’ll like it’ moments. I was also in love with the feminine but not in-your-face embroidered pattern on the front, not to mention that green is one of my favourite colours to wear.
I’m currently on holiday in France, where I arrived three days ago and I can confirm that I’ve worn it at some point on all three days. Actually, I’m not sure I should be admitting that… that’s kind of gross isn’t it? In my defence I haven’t ever worn it for a whole day! That’s the other great thing about sundresses, you can just slip them on over a bikini and you’re done, dressed, fini. And then you can take them off again when tanning time recommences. So quick and simple and you don’t need to worry about what you look like, because you really only have one option, to wear the dress or not to wear the dress. No faffing around trying to decide which top would go best with those shorts etc. Here I paired the dress with my office sandals and this huge, immensely practical Pull and Bear beach bag.
P.S. Excuse the creases – it was in my suitcase and there’s no iron here!
What’s your summer clothing staple?