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How To Dress For The Warmer Months (When You Kinda Hate It)

Sweaty girls UNITE…

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I love the summer. I love reading a book in the sunny spot in my parent’s garden (ain’t flat living great in the hot weather? LOLZ). I love eating an ice cream/ice lolly everyday because I deem it 100% necessary to regulate my body temperature. I love cool showers and the long evenings. One thing I don’t love about the warm weather spell though is that it turns me into a pile of perspiration in approximately two minutes. I start to turn so red that people around begin to look at me shiftily because I look like my head is about to explode and I start to smell like I haven’t showered in about three weeks. It ain’t a great look. And it’s for all those reasons that summer dressing is a little problematic for me. So whilst I love the reading and ice cream consumption, I always become a bit stuck when it comes to what to wear for those activities.

This year I resolved to really, really love my summer capsule wardrobe. I’ve put the time in and done the research so that I’ve made purchases that fit well, actually keep me cool and don’t show off mammoth sweat patches. The end result is that I’ve ended up with a wardrobe full of pieces that are actually suitable for summer wearing, both on UK (kinda cool) soil and further afield too, which is something that I’ve never previously been able to manage (I used to just have a sea of shirts and heavy denim staring back at me). So here’s my guide to dressing for summer, for those who hate dressing for summer…

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GET INSPIRED

As I’ve dabbled my toe into the fashion world over the past year or two, I’ve found myself opening my eyes to a wealth of new bloggers and Instagram babes that have provided buckets of inspiration (and been terrible for my bank account). I was previously in a bit of a beauty bubble and consumed reading that focused mostly on that and fun trivia about Parks & Recreation and The Office (Fun fact about me: I LOVE reading the trivia pages on IMDB for my favourite shows). Now, I find myself liking more pictures that feature a long-line blazer than lipstick and I enjoy reading and viewing mostly fashion or lifestyle content, supplemented by beauty news and U.S late night talk show skits.

If you like slightly androgynous dressing with a Skandi flavour and a mix of high-end and high-street then I’d recommend checking out Shot From The Street, Ropes of Holland, Fashion Me Now, The Frugality and Deborah Rosa. I love them all and find myself checking their pages and blogs to see their latest outfit and how I can incorporate their favourites pieces and outfit recipes into my own style.

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IDENTIFY YOUR KEY PIECES

I’m forever someone who just feels more comfortable in trousers and a top. So for that reason I’ve been trying to find alternatives for the sweaty-bits inducing thicker fabrics that I wear for the rest of the year. I’ve found that semi-tailored trousers are a great alternative to jeans, like these Selected Femme Paper Bag Waist Trousers. The elasticated waistband also means that they’re not too clingy and you don’t start feeling like a sausage when you tuck tops into them. The other bottom half alternative I’ve found are these Urban Outfitters BDG Axyl Bleach Jeans which are in a super light and stretchy denim. A good summer choice.

For tops I’ll forever love a button-up, long-sleeve shirt and although they’re good pieces for when the weather is at ‘Should I wear a jacket, or not?‘ temperatures, they’re not so fab when it’s so boiling that you’ve got every single window in your home open and still feel like the only clothing you can physically wear is a pair of pants. So I’ve decided that I quite enjoy a cami. I’m not the biggest fan in the world of having my arms out, but if they’re nicely moisturised and have a bit of a sun-kissed appearance to them then I can accept that they’re the airiest top option out there. I find & Other Stories and ASOS have the best choice (I’ve popped some of my favourites below).

Shoe-wise I’m all about that espadrille life. I find that they go with everything, seriously everything – dresses, skirts, mid-length skirts, trousers, whatever. Plus you don’t have to have a pedicure to wear them (SCORE!) and they keep your feet cool, whilst also being extremely comfortable. I can vouch that the Selected Femme ones tick all these boxes and come in a vast range of colours.


MY KEY SUMMER PIECES


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CONSIDER YOUR FABRICS

Here is where I’ve really managed to keep my wardrobe classics and my daily uniform kinda the same, but by switching up the fabrics, have made them more suitable for summer. So instead of thick and heavy trousers, I’ve got for thinner tapered designs and lighter denim. Then instead of long-sleeve shirts, I’ve incorporated a few short sleeve wrap-blouses that get a bit of wind through them and are made of natural materials to put a halt to my leaky pitts.

Linen-blends can be a pain in the arse when it comes to creasing, but they do make for a summer-friendly fabric. I just tend to look for slightly thicker ones that are a bit more resistant to looking like they’ve been balled up in the bottom of a bag. This Madewell Linen-Blend Jumpsuit is a nifty little number that actually doesn’t crease-up too badly. I love how the wide-legs billow around and even though it might not be the most flattering item I own, it certainly keeps me cool whenever I wear it. I found this Topshop Linen Blend Paper Bag Skirt too that combines my two favourite colours in stripe-form (groundbreaking I know), and I love how it looks despite the creases. If someone could just constantly follow me around with a steamer then that would be great.

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WORK YOUR SHAPE

In the winter my silhouette tends to resemble that of a mummy. I’m a cold-blooded human with a fondness for layering. However, in the summer it’s time to embrace a more revealing silhouette and it took awhile for me to get my head around it. Now, my thinking is that I’d rather spend less time worrying about how my arms look and sweating it out in items that cover them, but make me feel like I’m wearing a greenhouse and more time feeling comfortable in what I’m wearing, giving myself some self love and eating ice cream (surely the action of getting it into your mouth counts as a bicep curl, non?).

So I’ve found some outfit formulas that work for me. When it comes to blouses I find that a waist cinch works wonders, belts help me create a bit more shape in the hip area and a cut-off trouser with a high-waist and a nude shoe elongate my legs. I’ve found that dresses work better when they’re short, skirts work better when they’re mid-length and overall I’ve just enjoyed playing around with shapes, fits and cuts in a way that I haven’t ever done before.

Speaking of that, I popped up a haul video this morning that features the results of my summer wardrobe haul and some clips of me trying everything on so you can see all these points that I’ve been waffling on about above in action. Enjoy…  

Photos by Lauren Shipley


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Comments

  • I love your advice, Anna! And your outfit is wonderful!

    I hope you have a wonderful Sunday,
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.co.uk

  • NatalieLeanne

    This outfit looks so gorgeous, Anna! xx

    http://www.natalieleanne.com

  • Must say I am in love with your current summer capsule! Loved the red bits and bobs in your video as well 🙂

    x Helen http://www.lumieredhelen.com

  • Getting ice cream to und he mouth counts as a workout for sure. Plus you usually need to walk to the ice cream place, so you got your cardio in as well.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • LOL totally agree!! Ps. LOVE all the pink in this post!

  • I love that cami and those trousers! I’m definitely more of a winter person, I hate heat!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    -Kathryn xx
    http://hellokathryn.com/

  • Dressing in the summer can be a nightmare because whatever you wear, you’ll always end up melting in the heat. If only it was acceptable to walk around in swimwear all day haha. Your key pieces are great because even though they’re summer clothes, you still look stylish and put together. Generally in the summer I just throw on the first floaty dress I find in my wardrobe and old sandals, and can’t be bothered to make much of an effort!

    Julia x
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  • Laura

    Thank you so much for sharing this post and your honest thoughts! I totally agree!! But now I have some inspirations – thanks to you 🙂

  • marblebeauty

    Ice lollies are essential in summer!! Your bag is absolutely gorgeous, ysl bags are my designer dream! I agree, much prefer dressing cool in summer
    Chloe xxx

    http://marblebeauty.co.uk

  • Erin Russell

    I must admit I hate dressing for summer, I miss knitwear. I usually opt for jeans and a tshirt still, and swap my boots for flip flops lol

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  • Love this look! Summer is great, but you’re right dressing for it can be a pain 🙂
    Kisses,
    Sarah
    EverydayStarlet

  • I love love love these photos! I’m seriously considering purchasing a pair of those trousers now too!

    Lynnsay x
    http://www.sartorialscot.com

  • Such great tips as always! As much as I try to keep to a capsule wardrobe, I always get tempted to buy more x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

  • I’ve got the same problem in Summer and it’s driving me nuts! Love this look, it looks so airy and comfortable especially if you sweat easily like moi. Thanks for sharing!

    Hannah | Stories Of A Telescope

  • Well I take offense to you saying “instagram babes “. I ‘m not all that rare you might call me one of the fashion “Queens” meaning guys who are active bloggers on women’s fashion ! I love your post darling, summer should be the most fun season for dressing . Relax ladies the best advice is to do just that . Fashion should come from joy not angst . Visit me darling leave a comment and let’s share !
    Jandrew
    Dress The Part
    http://www.jandrewspeaks.com

  • I’m exactly the same. I always want to love summer, I definitely do like the brighter days, butI just get too hot and sweaty and I hate getting my pale body out. So this has given me so much inspo

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  • Love this outfit Anna! I’ve been looking for a good pair of light trousers for the summer.
    { Katie Actually }

  • I love this anna it was really informative, we definitely have to think more about fabrics and things as they can really change an outfit and help keep cool! I love the outfit you have worn for this post and I’m a sucker for an espadrille too!
    http://www.pagesfrombeth.co.uk

  • Love this post! I always find summer dressing troublesome, because I’m so self conscious about both my thighs and my arms. But I think I’ gonna try letting all of that go this summer and play up the parts of my body that I’m more comfortable with 🙂

    http://www.pentupstyle.blogspot.com

  • Alessia

    I’m sorry but I find boring this outfit and the top looks way too oversized…

  • Love the post! I like the top you used and the loose trousers, best choice when you sweat during summer!

  • elisha mae

    Gorgeous photos and this post could not be more appropriate with this heatwave!!!

    Elisha-Maé | http://www.elisha-mae.co.uk

  • Great tips! This is a gorgeous outfit 😀

    VioletDaffodils
    xx

  • So cute! And I love your tips, ESPECIALLY the bits about the kinds of fabrics you should be looking for. I lived in Istanbul for a few years, and dressing modestly in the summer was BRUTAL. I bought every thin fabric I could find!

  • Parsimonious Penny

    Love this post! I’ve always found it so so hard to dress for summer and this year I’m gonna crack it!
    Xx Penny

    Latest post: Everything 5 Pounds – £1.99 Sale!
    http://www.parsimoniouspenny.wordpress.com

  • Lindsay Davison

    I hate dressing for summer! 😡 You look gorgeous n these pics Anna! 😍😍

    http://www.lindsaydavison.co.uk