For me Summer clothing is all about fun. Bright colours, fun prints, sparkles... but it's got to be comfortable too. I get uncomfortable enough in the heat already without also having to deal with clothes that constantly need adjusting or something too constrictive, especially if I'm exploring a new city or taking a walk in the countryside. This outfit would be pretty much my ideal city break outfit if I was heading for somewhere warm - a comfortable light stretch dress plus sensible but cute shoes and fun accessories, a winning combination.
The dress itself is from Simply Be, the unusual floral print caught my eye and I love the palette of pinks, purples and oranges. The hot pink waistband is a great detail and it features my favourite three quarter sleeves so I don't feel the need to wear a cardigan with it. There are also handy pockets for keeping lightweight emergency things in... like sweets!
One of my favourite things about this dress is the fabric which is soft and lightweight but with stretch and what really surprised me is that it doesn't go slightly see through in the area where it stretches such as over the chest which I find happens with lots of thin, stretchy fabrics. Truth be told, I think I should have sized up one in this style - I actually flit between a 22 and a 24 in this style of dress and went for the smaller this time so I suppose it isn't really sizing up it's just going for the higher end of my size!!! If you're well endowed in the chest department I think I would recommend sizing up though for a more flattering fit.
Isn't this necklace AMAZING? I was sent it by the lovely Sugar & Vice team and it's one of my favourite pieces of jewellery ever! S&V items are always packed beautifully and I'm always astounded by the quality of the pieces I own, if you've never checked them out I suggest you head to their site ASAP and have a browse, there's about 25 pieces I want to add to my jewellery box!
I added a little (a lot) more glitz to my outfit with my intensely glittery hair bow from Crown and Glory which I actually purchased for my sister in law's wedding earlier this year. It is seriously one of the most wonderfully spangly things ever and I'm determined to collect them in every colour - there are 30 to choose from so it may take a while, eep!
For shoesies I decided to go with these lovely peach suede babies that I got for a tenner in the Office sale a few years ago, they have a little weeny one inch heel and so are perfect for walking around in and I get so many compliments when I wear them - I wish I'd bought the mint green and lilac versions too but they only had peach in my size at the time.
I completed the outfit with my Claire Richards saddle bag from Fashion World more for practicality than style as you can fit a decent amount in it and the catch makes it fairly secure, although it does annoyingly come open of its own accord sometimes when it's full!
Multi Floral Dress with Contrast Waistband - Simply Be - £55 *gifted*
Gin or Death Necklace - Sugar & Vice - £13 *gifted*
Claire Richards Saddle Bag - Fashion World - £45 *gifted*
Peach Suede Bow Midi Heels - Office - No longer available
Medium Glitter Hair Bow in Palma Violet - Crown and Glory - £6.00