Years ago, I read an article in a magazine about seasonal style. Apparently, the way you dress can be classified by the seasons – Victoria Beckham, with her tailored dresses, coiffed hair and court shoes, is a ‘Winter’. Sienna Miller, her of flowing blonde locks and maxi dress fame, is a ‘Summer’. There was a quiz (naturally, this was the 90s and it was probably Cosmo) and my love of chunky knitwear, tights and brogues put me firmly with the Winters.
I’m just not very good at dressing for summer. I have a terrible habit of buying too-short dresses which look indecent without tights, I’ve tripped over my maxi dress hem more times than I’d like to mention and my version of a tan is a slight pink tinge, cultivated with badly-applied Dove Summer Body. By the time August rolls around, the initial novelty of not having to wear a thermal vest has worn off and I’m bloody sick of painting my toenails, so I start dreaming of my AW wardrobe… and, erm, buying it.
I ‘just popped in’ to TK Maxx one afternoon under the pretence of buying a birthday present, but came out with this instead. I’d been looking for a leather biker jacket for months and I’m now desperate for cooler weather so I can throw this butter soft beauty over a tea dress and tights. It smells DIVINE too.
I actually bought this last year – it’s my go-to dress for frosty days and looks great with bright tights and a chunky cardigan.
I bought this in the Topshop sale at the beginning of summer for a very reasonable £20. I thought it’d be a great camping cover-up (which is was, more on that tomorrow) but now I’m ready to wear it with skinny jeans and a striped tee.
My favourite vintage shop has a whole section dedicated to leather shorts – these are slightly high waisted, not too short in the leg and had a £10 price tag, so obviously they came home with me. They’re crying out for thick tights, heeled brogues and a printed blouse.
I’ve already worn these with summer dresses and bare legs, but I think their true partner is a pair of 120 deniers. They’re cute and comfy and I know I’ll wear them so often you’ll be sick of them come January.
Admittedly, it is nice to sit outside without fear of frostbite and I do like being able to just drive my car rather than dig it out of 2ft of snow first, but I really am looking forward to the colder weather. What about you – are you a ‘Summer’ or a ‘Winter’? Would you take a parka over a playsuit any day, or will you still be wearing your flip flops in October?