I think it's the weather. The reason that we all So Cranky at the moment. Short of booking a flight tomorrow (and believe me, I may have spent the best part of a couple of hours the other day trying to do just that to no avail), I have instead turned my attention to full on Summer garb. Clothing that you can really only wear when the sun comes out. There is nothing intermediate about these - it needs to be sunny. I'm not saying it needs to be 30 degrees but this ridiculous rain we're having at the moment is a no go for this sort of clothing.
As the husband said when I showed him.. "what - clothing made from tea towels?". I give up. But I'll be honest, I can see where he's coming from...(weeps).... it's definitely a newer look that has gained popularity in the last couple of years (my exotic jaunts to Ireland and Suffolk last year did not inspire me to look further afield for new Summer clothes, I'm not going to lie) and one that has filtered down to the more mainstream (ie me).
Starting today with the main contenders although they are at the the toppier end price wise (but bear with me...).
Top of my pick would be Cecilie Copenhagen. Now the only downside to this is that we've left it too late to order most of the good bits. Yes, this sells out in minutes. It was on my "list of things to do once the weather got better". Well that was monumentally dumb.
But but but I have found some. Much digging and I have located some at Boutique 1 (never heard of them but an hour of my life lost, suffice to say. Good luck with that peeps). Order immediately if you want them. Free returns. Postage isn't cheap but then it's cheaper than getting a train to London...
Cecilie Copenhagen Cotton Shorts £42
And adore this dress.
Marrakech Maxi Dress £193
But I think I may prefer this one... The Shirt Dress £233 (this I would seriously consider with ankle boots...)
A different colourway now at Matches.
Scarf jacquard long sleeved dress £208
And more colour options and some different styles.
Dark Blue Printed off the shoulder top from CC at Libertys £95
Off the shoulder top £105 OK.. now from what I can see from waaaay too long perusing online and these are the same colour. (actually I'm not sure now. My eyes have gone funny and I need wine).
And I've found the matching shorts at Browns... £40 (free delivery at the moment.) I think they're matching... maybe they're not....
Love the matching culottes £105 These definitely match something!
Next up - and we're upping the ante price wise but oh my lord these are gorgeous - Dodo Bar Or, an Israeli brand.
Dodo Bar Or Plisse embroidered cotton mini dress £225
Loving the jumpsuit at Dodo Bar Or as well. Dare I go this short?
Dodo Bar Or Tasseled Jumpsuit £240
And a gorgeous top (although I have to say, in for a penny, in for a pound and why not go to the whole hog with the above jumpsuit. I personally find shorts randomly easier to wear than mini skirts).
Dodo Bar Or Tasseled Cotton Gauze Top £145 The top though, is all sorts of gorgeous.
And the matching mini skirt £180
But then there are the dresses...
Black Jacquard Nadin Tunic Dress £320
Pettra eyelet-detail dress £385
Also the Mona Maxi Dress from a great website called Modus Operandi (sign up for their email for 15% off..) £300
Or - my perfect length, the Mandy dress £220 from Avenue 32 or £200 from Matches (Except that it's not in stock, which says it all...it's coming back in though.... )
Another new brand that I came across last year was Pampelone - slightly more traditionally Boho I would say. This we should definitely be able to recreate on the high street although to be fair, the prices are much less than above - perhaps more wearable than the above newer looks.
Full length or mini - alas there seems to be nothing in the middle. For me, even I would be happy to get a *bit* of leg out...
Pameplone Voiles Maxi Dress £95 from Very Exclusive Both dresses come in the blue or red versions.
Or short - fine if you're diminutive - hedgerow on show potentially, if you're tall.
Pampelone Bardot Dress £85
This is all the top end. Top top top end. As much as we would all love to spend that much - it's a lot on High Summer clothes. Well... for one dress? I guess if you can justify gazillions of wear out them and you have the budget... I'm still trying to get my head around them - I know I love them and they tick the box for me in that they're not too colourful and over embroidered.
But I am definitely on the look out for high street versions. Get me a glass of wine and a laptop and I'm off.
So this is not what I want to be wearing in the sunshine - this is in fact my outfit from Saturday when there was actual sunshine and not monsoon like rain.