Now I’m not sure if you’ve noticed in the last few days, there’s been a gigantic yellow ball in the sky, I’ve heard old wives tales and folklore about it, but just in case you weren’t aware – it’s called the “sun”.
The “sun” conducts extreme heat, causing profuse sweating, numerous outfit dilemmas, dehydration, frizzy hair, melted-off make up, and men shedding their tops in public like snakes shed their skins.
Of course I jest, but we Brits are just not made for these seemingly sky-high temperatures of late. Do we don our bikinis and just go with it, because who knows when we’ll see the sun again, or do we surround ourselves with fans, munch on ice cubes and take to social media because “I’M MELTING I HAVEN’T SLEPT IN 5 DAYS”?
Alas, it being summer, my calendar is getting fuller and fuller by the day, with BBQs, weddings and day trips, so the latter, unfortunately, will need to be put on hold. So, how to combat the heat, what do I wear when it’s feels even too hot to breathe?
I have a wedding reception to go to in a few weeks, and the dreaded “I have NOTHING to wear” is plaguing me already. And while I know the bride is checking the Met Office for weather updates hourly for rain, I know on a day I want sleek hair and flawless, dewy skin – it’ll be hot, humid and I’ll be a sweaty heap in a shady corner dropping ice down my front surreptitiously in a bid to cool down while my hair gets bigger and bigger by the moment.
I’ve been on the hunt for a flowy maxi dress – not too formal, not too casual and something I feel comfortable and move in. After searching high and low, Esprit have come to the rescue, with a figurative palm leaf to fan my fevered, sweaty brow.
I think a cool, breezy fabric in this stormy blue shade will look great with a tan, and can easily be dressed up or down (as a mum, it’s a huge plus for clothes to be multi-purpose).
This floaty little number with the beaded neckline is pretty enough to go very minimal on the accessories, a big thumbs up in the heat, with less irritating trinkets and jewellery to bog you down.
Let’s get some colours happening here, shall we? No other colour says “summer” to me than this coral / watermelon shade. With some flat strappy sandals and simple gold accessories.
I know navy isn’t a typically sunny colour, but the flattering cut and fabric really speaks to me and with sunkissed skin and understated make-up, I think the dress really speaks for itself and will be perfect for a summer evening.
So now I have the dress narrowed down… I just need to sort the shoes now.
Oh. And what do I do with my hair?