Usually, I dread summer. Mostly because I can never find anything on the high street that I like to wear so I’m stuck trying to make my winter wardrobe work for the warmer months, and also because the heat makes me irritable when I don’t have a swimming pool to cool off in, unlimited free cocktails, and the knowledge that I don’t have to go into the office for an extended period of time.
This year however, things seem to be a bit different. I’m putting that down to a few things – mostly a maturing of my personal style and therefore an acceptance of colour and stepping out of my comfort zone a little, but also I think the fact that sportswear and streetwear is on trend this season has helped me gain a lot of confidence in summer dressing and for once I am actually enjoying putting my outfits together every day – I actually have so many new pieces this season that I feel under pressure to wear them all which is a much nicer position to be in!
As I’ve briefly mentioned in recent posts, my style is changing at the moment – I still enjoy the more alternative, sports-luxe look but I’m wanting to fuse it with more classic, tailored pieces and bring that slightly more formal look to my outfits. When I shot with Sydnie recently, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to bring this vibe to my blog for the first time in a long time.
I wanted to put together a look for day to day but that I could also get away with in the evening or going to a more formal event. I’d been after a little black sundress for a while so when I spied this one in Topshop I immediately had to go for it. It was super cheap as well at just £10 so of course I couldn’t leave it in the shop. It does have a horrible habit of riding up around my bum while I walk but as long as I remember to yank it down every five minutes or so we’re fine. I paired it with my absolute ride or die trainers at the moment which are these Topshop chunky ones that used to be white…
Finally, I threw on this old Topshop blazer that I bought way back in 2014 but still adore. This kinda tied the whole look together and gave it the more formal vibe – I love that the blazer is a white and black fleck which matches both the shoes and the dress and essentially wraps the outfit up with the perfect little bow. Not literally, obviously.
The high street have the most amazing dresses available at the moment whether you’re after casual or a more formal vibe – even down to a great range of prom dresses for those of you finishing school or college. If you’re embracing the formal vibe this summer, let me know what pieces you’re loving – I wanna see!
Photos by: Sydnie Kelly
*This post is sponsored by Quiz but all opinions are my own*
Dress: Topshop | Blazer: Topshop | Trainers: Topshop