In praise of the summer dress
As I, inexplicably, seem to have too many clothes for my wardrobe, I always pack the garments which are not season-appropriate into my suitcase and pop them out of the way. When I resurrected my summer wardrobe this year, I found a couple of vintage dresses in the pile, plus a casual one from H&M that is perfect for lazing around the house. For some reason I was disappointed that there were not more dresses and so resolved to acquire more.
Dresses are perfect for lazy girls like me. Especially in the summer. Choose your dress, pick your shoes and… well, that’s it! I find jumpsuits and playsuits impractical, plus also deeply unflattering on me, so the only one-piece that will ever grace my wardrobe is the dress. Having tried on a Liberty-print Jeff number at the Black Truffle boutique, I vowed to find something as perfectly cute and comfortable for half the price. A few weeks later and I found Joules’ Jennifer dress at John Lewis which ticked all the boxes. I must remind myself in future that there really is no need to buy the first thing you see. Think sensibly and do some research – there’s more out there than you think.
However, now I think about it, I also have my Vivien of Holloway summer dress. After being worn to countless weddings and photoshoots, it could perhaps be relegated to the everyday wardrobe now (without the petticoats!). And I also have a vintage maxi-dress in with the ‘posh’ frocks. Perhaps I should wear them more often now, and simply add lipstick and a hat if I need to smarten things up.