On the radio this morning they were talking about the ‘hottest weather for 170 years’ heading our way. It was also reported that London was about to shower us with ‘a week’s worth of rain in one day’ – don’t you love these stats that get reeled out every spring?
Heatwave or downpour, it can all happen in one day here in the UK and it is impossible to predict. Even the iPhone weather app doesn’t bother to get it right until it’s actually happened and you’ve already left the house in entirely the wrong clobber. So I am taking a leaf out of my little friend Ned’s book and shall be led by the season we should be experiencing rather than the weather we are experiencing. Ned is six and takes a no-nonsense male approach to dressing in the summer months – that is to say he wears shorts and a t-shirt and his outfit is non-negotiable despite the fact that at 9am the school playground is the coldest hangout in South London.
You see the catwalks were so laden with fabulous clothes, so massive was the range of beautiful, feminine and flattering pieces that I can’t wait about for a summer that may or may not arrive. If we are going to have a shed load of water dumped on us then we might as well settle down with a cup of tea and do some internet shopping. I’ve got to be thinking about an article for a certain publication so I can claim I am doing research – you can claim you are taking part. To help us on our way I’ve earmarked the best catwalk looks and the high street and online stores to find them in.
There are some very wearable stand out trends to try this summer and the high street has an abundance of stuff to drool over. Finery and Uterque are particularly adept at translating the designer styles into more affordable versions – look out for lace, cut outs and deconstructed shapes on both websites. Meanwhile the American brands J Crew, which has an array of girly gingham and Banana Republic who has cornered the market in shirt dresses do great deals on delivery if you can’t make it to a store.
Although the midi and maxi lengths are still dominating, the newest tweek is a wraparound feature which is a great holiday staple and works just as well with flats for the day as it does heels for the evening. I am in love with this floaty white version from Uterque.
Now I really must get back to my newspaper feature which, fyi, is about the tricks retailers use to get us to spend. Feel free to add your thoughts – personally I don’t need to be tricked into shopping endlessly, I need to be tricked out of it, but there you are. And if you need any further persuading, most of these styles will hang about well into the autumn. Have a great weekend, I’m off to meet Ned and friends in my Spiderman shorts and t-shirt.
My first book ‘SHOPPED’ is available to pre-order on Amazon for £8.99