Can you believe this weather that we are having? It’s amazing that the UK is finally getting some much needed blue skies and warm sun, but my wardrobe is so not equipped for UK hot weather. Sure, I have my long haul trip clothes, but I don’t want to be wearing the same clothes that I wear when away as I do at home. There has been only thing for it, and that has been to buy some new clothes. Luckily, there have been mid season sales on everywhere, so I have stocked up on basics, as well as some pretty new dresses and skirts. One essential item of clothing that I can’t live without is the summer maxi dress, cool enough for the day but easy to dress up ready for a night out.
I love JD Wlliams, and as a curvy girl, I find that I fit comfortably in everything from not only their designer range but their own brand range as well. I’ve got my hands on the most beautiful summer maxi dress from the Joanna Hope brand, and although it is in the sale and may not be around for much longer, the brand still has some gorgeous designs that will take you from day to night. The Joanna Hope Apricot Beaded Maxi was just what I was looking for. Elegant and stylish, the dress features some serious embellishment around the neckline. Heavily beaded did make me think that it may be too warm to wear in the summer, but the embellishment is actually lightweight sequins providing a touch of sparkle. Small sleeves cover up the tops of the arms, which is a winning factor for myself, and in keeping the neckline high, I can afford to show off a little leg.
The bottom half of the maxi dress is what really stood out for me. A short underskirt is covered by the long maxi length chiffon, with splits in the chiffon from the knew, which makes the dress have a lovely movement when walking. The underskirt is quite short, but it does sit quite well on my leg length, and as the neckline is high, the skirt can go a little shorter. It has quite an ethereal feel to the bottom of the dress and I did feel quite princessy whilst wearing it. I would like to get the dress slightly altered for future wear, as having to have a larger size to compensate for my bust means that the dress is quite large from the waist. A nip and tuck will make it sit perfectly.
I teamed my summer maxi dress with a gorgeous pair of Kurt Geiger sandals that I found in the sale at House of Fraser, through Love The Sales. This nifty little website searches all of the sales on major websites to bring them together in one place. Apart from being a genius idea, it’s also been quite addictive. Not only have I found shoes but I managed to have a huge haul on Simply Be, and stocked up my wardrobe. Happy days.
The Kurt Geiger Sale had the Delight sandals in Beige and they are just beautiful. Another shoe that I would be happy wearing during the day, or to jazz up an evening outfit without having to wear heels, the Delight sandals are an actual delight to wear. Surprisingly comfortable, the narrow beige snakeskin straps hold feet in place whilst the jewelled fronted sandals do the talking. I’ve had so many compliments on my sandals since owning them, that I have been telling everyone and anyone to buy them. They are in the sale after all!
Let’s hope this warm weather continues as I have got quite a few new outfits ready for the summer. What are your summer essentials?
*Dress provided by JD Williams