Yes, that's you lucky ones who have knees that don't look like Les Dawson's face slowly melting down your calf. Alas this is not me and my days of wearing a short dress are numbered. Numbered to the point that I wouldn't rule one out completely for holiday or a super hot day, but when it comes to occasion wear, unless the Vesuvius knees are encased in sucky-in 120 denier lycra, it's midi or maxi for me.
But we all have a cross to bear and I have to say it's pretty much my knees are the main things that I don't fancy having out on show. Ok there's also my midriff but seeing as that didn't get any exposure pre children, the chances of me shimmying out in a cropped top after having given birth to three kids are none to non existent. I do know that lots of people don't like their upper arms on show, others don't like things that are high cut, breasts out (not literally..), breasts not out - everyone has some element they want covered.
So this is for those of you who have great legs. Actually you don't even have to have great legs, you just have to not mind getting them out. I am all the envy but I'll relish in my shoulders and top arms on display which I tend to flash at any opportune moment. Not to mention wanging my boobs around braless. You probably didn't need to know that, did you? In a dress. Under fabric. Not literally wanging them around... Moving swiftly on...
Starting with black. You can't go wrong with a classic little black dress
BA&SH Tiered Dress £265
More black ruffles which somehow I think are easier to wear when it's a short dress?
Lost Ink Ruffle Dress £44
Black sleeveless at All Saints. I would team this with different shoes but this could easily be dressed up or down.
Jayda Dress £198 in black silk
If not black, how about white. Love this. A certain designer look for a fraction of the price.
Y.A.S Cap sleeve lace dress £80
And now moving into print. These colours are amazing.
Rose Print Knot Front Dress £46
Floral again at River Island which you can get from ASOS - or the River Island link here. I personally always order from ASOS as I pay for their premium delivery so get free next day delivery. Would be rude not to.
RI Studio Floral Ruffle Dress £70
Ruffles in red at Miss Selfridge.
Miss Seldfridge Dobby Mesh Ruffle Dress £42
Balloon Dress by Prints by Mochi for Topshop £95
Printed Balloon Sleeves also at Anthropologie. This is one of my favourite dresses here. To me - this satisfies my hippy vibe with not a hint of boho or embroidery about it.
Cheska Printed Swing Dress £178 Free delivery and returns at the moment.
Similar boho vibe at Ba&SH - Tiered Silk Printed Dress £180
Shirred waist again at Stevie May.
Stevie May Soft Love Mini Dress with Ruffles £150
Ruffles again (and this could so easily be worn with opaques come the Autumn) at Maison Scotch.
Maison Scotch Mixed Print Dress with Ruffle Details £180
Similar at Needle & Thread from Very Exclusive.
Needle & Thread Prairie Ditsy Print Dress in black and pink £165
And letting the assault on the senses continue with prints on speed.
Manga Print Split Sleeve A Lie Dress from Topshop £59 They also do this in a tall or a petite.
Longsleeve printed at Reiss.
Neave Bright Sapphire/Peppermint Dress £180
Frilled Collar Dress from & Other Stories £95 in a Nostalgia Rose Print
Lace Short Sleeve Shift Dress from M&S £79
Lace again at Reiss and this is completely stunning. If I had an event to go and had knees that I didn't mind flashing, I would get this one in a heartbeat.
Idie Blue/Black Lace Embroidery Dress £265
Finishing with lace and perhaps on the skimpy side for some but I have to say it's not too short and for the right occasion...
Endless Rose Two Tone Lace Dress with Frill Detail £90
So for once - there is not one thing I shall be buying from today's blog. However. However however however, it has cemented my thinking in that I need to tackle the impossible to master - those darned "go with everything" Summer shoes. Heels that will take you from the pub to a wedding. With trousers, skirts, mini, midi or maxi dresses - that elusive pair of perfect sandals. I'm on a mission.
Today - last day of the holidays. Sobs. I will miss the easy mornings and late nights, I won't miss the trying to juggle work and children, not to mention the cooking and the laundry (yes, I may have shouted on one occasion - WILL YOU STOP EATING AND STOP CHANGING CLOTHES. "Mum, can I have something to eat". GO AWAY. And the reason I may have hollered go away is because this request comes after I've cooked, they've eaten, I've tidied up and 5 seconds later, they're hungry again). Day spent with family. At my sister in law's house where she fed them. Thank you H!!
Breton top - Joseph
Blazer - Zara
Phoebe jeans - MiH
Gina shoes - Topshop
Jodie Bag - Chloe
Tomorrow back to school and I'm working in London so it's up early for everyone. Which should be interesting...seeing as my children are still running around a la Lord of the Flies, declaring that they're not remotely tired. No surprise there, seeing as they didn't get up until 9am this morning. I swear the going back to school thing has snuck up on us really quickly this holiday. Don't we get more warning or something usually?!.