|Leather jacket: Jigsaw (old but buy similar here). Dress: And Other Stories (sold out sadly). Bag: £64.50, Aurora London. Sunglasses: £118, J Crew (I bought the red ones instore). Photograph: Christopher O'Donnell|
What, the sun has slightly shown its face and I've gotten ahead of myself? How very British of me...
But I thought I'd get in quick with the summer dress post, as it will be cloudy and grey again before long. Here are 8 High Street buys that I think are worth risking the British weather for:
1. £39, Warehouse
Have you been in Warehouse lately? I must admit, I haven't....but the new look, under creative direction of Alasdhair Willis (responsible for Hunter's recent revamp) with Emma Cook as design director, has got me intrigued...this is the first of, I'm sure, many gems to come.
2. £79, And Other Stories
I have a similar one in cream from And Other Stories 2 years ago, and another similar in black from Monsoon - they are without doubt two of my favourite dresses. The sleeves make them look chic whatever the weather and no need to accessorise as the lace detail does the work. Just add a classic flat black sandal (I've just bought these) and you're good to go. On a side note, And Other Stories dress selection, in general, is second to none (I bought this in black yesterday and think it's going to be a winner).
I bought a very similar version of this in the opposite colourway last summer and it's great for those balmy evenings - especially on holiday (but not limited to, hopefully!).
4. £59, Cos
I love a boxy tunic style dress with flats and trainers, such a go-to easy classic for me. And Cos gets it right every time. I always go there to find summery yet work appropriate clothing.
5. £140, Whistles
Gingham. Apron style. It wouldn't usually be my thing but I just love it.
6. £39.99, Zara
I have a classic white shirt dress from Cos and it is so useful - it fits that minimal easy dressing we are all so fond of - great for city living or a beach holiday. I'd wear with black accessories for a perfect Aussie instagram style monochrome look.
7. £325, LK Bennett
On the higher end of the budget, this dress is ideal for those summer soiree occasions (dare I say 'weddings'). I'm really into these granny style dresses (in a good way), and friend Martha Ward looks fabulous in them always if you needed any style inspo.
8. £85, Pampelone
And lastly, perhaps not as versatile as the others...but if you're looking for the perfect holiday, beachy dresses and tops then Pampelone is your site. I have this 'Bardot' dress and it makes me feel so summery, I can't wait to bring it out again this year.