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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Outfit: The Dog Days of Summer


I finally made an adult decision.

I admitted that wearing all black in the middle of summer is excessive. 

It's been the hottest summer we've had in Scotland for a fair few years; after mostly cool, rainy summers, I'm delighted, but not really designed to cope with this heat. Those closer to the equator will probably laugh at how poorly I cope with the rather meagre increase in Fahrenheit, but in a cloudy country which receives 4577mm of rain per year, this is sunbathing weather for most people - and exhaustive for me. The quality of light in summer is incredible - not to mention the length of it, which lends itself perfectly to sitting outside till late - but considering I nearly suffered from heat stroke when I visited St. Andrews several weeks back, I am forced to agree that to properly enjoy it one really shouldn't wear leather boots and black velvet.


Dressing for the heat is a delicate balance of colour, skin exposure and fabric type. Drinking lots of fluids is also important, and something I'm terrible at remembering even at the best of times. Though black can be okay to wear if you pick something breathable, I like how much cooler white makes me feel, and this dress is great for when I feel like wearing something more vintage inspired - in this case twenties. I love how popular sandals have been recently, and picked myself up a pair of elastic ones from M&S. Why don't more sandals use elastic? It's so much more comfortable than straps and doesn't rub.


Add a cardigan to stop my shoulders from getting any more burnt than they are (stay in the shade and wear sun cream regardless of what the sky looks like, kids) and a parasol (which you can see here), and I'm set for the last throes of sunshine. For the real dogs out there, I recommend a good hair cut and a cool bowl of water.


This post was part of The Curious Professor Z's Monthly Homework Assignment; photos by Ben, who I think really outdid himself on these ones (one day I'll become a model worthy of him). I may not have a wardrobe feature on the 1st, but I'm pleased at managing to take part in this challenge. Any other suggestions for summer?





Fee

13 comments:

  1. You look really retro classy! Love the big sunhat and dark lipstick!

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    1. Thank you! I love gigantic hats.

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  2. This is a great look, nothing wrong with a touch of monochrome :) but I recently made the same sacrifice by purchasing a white polka dot dress. It's hard to accept how much cooler it is and still looks good even though its not black!

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    1. Yeah, it was disturbing seeing how much cooler it is wearing light colours; I'm just too accustomed to black. My mission for next year is to find a white maxi dress and wear that all season.

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  3. looks nice! Looks very Cape Cod/New England, which makes me think of summer. If you ever visit, wear that! Also, I'm in love with your wallpaper. And is that a freestanding sink? Do you live in an adorable cottage?

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    1. I have no idea what Cape Cod/New England is like, but I'll be sure to take your advice. I live in a rambling Victorian house which hasn't been decorated for nearly forty years, and thus has accumulated some neat wallpaper.

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  4. Lovely outfit! It looks really classy and I love your dark lipstick, it makes outfit more goth-y. :)

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    1. Thanks! I will never not wear this lipstick with everything.

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  5. What a lovely and cool outfit. I really need a similar hat to get some shade to my face.

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    1. Hats are the best things; I'm currently trying to find one of these in plain black. Cheers!

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  6. You look gorgeous! Your skin is like porcelain, beautiful! I agree, it's too darned hot out there for boots and velvet. Stay cool and thanks for participating!

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    1. Haha, I wish that I could say it's looking like that right now. Thank you, and thank you also for hosting this assignment!

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