[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’ve talked about this before on the blog but when my children were small, I kind of lost myself a little bit. Waist deep in nappies and CBeebies for the best part of 10 years, I didn’t have much time for myself as my priorities were very much focused on my young family. Just for the record, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
The first thing that disappeared was my fashion sense. I really didn’t know what the latest fashion trends were and looking back on photographs, I had no idea what suited me. Shopping was a luxury and if I ever did get to escape, I would gravitate towards the children’s clothes, feeling guilty if I spent money on myself.
How times have changed!
Call me shallow if you will but clothes shopping – online or in person, I’m not fussy – is one of my guilty pleasures. I love discovering what suits me and not being afraid to experiment a little with the latest trends. I might often be late to the fashion party but get there eventually, learning my limits along the way (denim shorts with the backside on show and ‘mum’ jeans really aren’t for me).
Writing this blog has encouraged me to explore my likes and dislikes which from the outset, was one of its primary purposes. I am enjoying the process, feel much more myself and have become increasingly passionate about encouraging women to find themselves after the furore of having young children. If I can inspire one woman who is feeling a bit ‘lost’ right now, then I’ll be happy.
The purpose of today’s post is to share a few of my summer essentials. I’ll admit to pretty much starting again with my wardrobe this summer but there are a few items that I have lived in year after year and others that have become a staple.
1. A Denim Jacket
If you don’t own a denim jacket, go out and buy one immediately! There are loads of sales on at the moment so you won’t have to spend the earth. My denim jacket goes everywhere with me (unless I’m wearing jeans, I’m not a fan of double denim) because it’s a fantastic throw on when the sun goes down and there’s a nip in the air.
I bought this denim jacket from Hush a couple of years ago and it really is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. It’s quite lightweight so perfect for the summer. They don’t sell this exact one any more but the one they do sell is in the sale and gorgeous for £65.00.
Here are a few options available on the high street right now…
2. A Pair of Espadrilles
If you’re as old as me, you’ll remember when espadrilles were in the first time around. What I like about this current trend is that any heel height goes. Being somewhat vertically challenged, the completely flat ones aren’t really for me but this pair from Cara has barely been off my feet since I bought them!
What I like about them is the small wedge heel which gives me a bit of much-needed height, without making them uncomfortable to walk in. I’ve worn them with white jeans and dresses alike, they really are incredibly versatile. Here are a couple of current options available on the high street. Annoyingly, my Cara ones are actually in the sale, why does that always happen?!
3. A “Floaty” Blouse
Okay I hate the word ‘blouse’ but I can’t think of any other word to describe this useful item. It’s been so hot these last few weeks and I’ve been mighty thankful that I invested in a few of these because they go with absolutely everything. I’ve worn them to work with a pair of smart trousers, out to dinner with white jeans and they even look good with a denim skirt. Most of all, they are comfortable and cool. What’s not to love?
I bought this H&M blouse in pale pink and bright orange but I’m afraid to say that they have both sold out now. I’ve linked a few below that are very similar. I also have first-hand experience *cough* of the ecru frilled blouse from Zara. Annoyingly it’s now also in the sale at a bargainous (that’s not a word but it should be) £12.99!
4. A Denim Skirt
Keep trying shorts but they just aren’t for you? Get yourself a denim skirt! I’ve ditched my faithful a-line knee-length denim skirt of old, in favour of a couple of shorter ones this summer and I haven’t looked back.
I’ve got a purse-friendly black one from New Look, a washed denim one from H&M and this slightly more expensive (and it looks it) dark denim one from Joanie Clothing. The scalloped edge on the hem and button seam really make this skirt and it’s become a firm favourite. Reckon it will look great with tights and boots in the winter too ?.
Here are a few for you to check out…
5. Aviator Sunglasses
I have a narrow face so find it incredibly difficult to find sunglasses to suit me. The huge saucers that are all the rage right now make me look like something out of A Bug’s Life and I’m not feeling the hexagonal ones that the Love Island squad are sporting – what’s that all about?
Anyhow, I went into H&M a few months ago with my daughter and tried on pretty much every style in there. At £6.99 I absolutely love these aviator sunnies, something I would never have picked up in the past – it definitely pays to experiment.
I was unsure if they would last because I’ve not got the best track record with sunglasses but surprisingly, they have even survived knocking about in the bottom of my handbag for days on end.
Here are a few options worth considering…
And that my friends, just about wraps it up. I mean I could go on and on – coloured jeans, denim dresses (did I tell you how much I love denim?), straw bags – but I want to hear what you’ve been loving this summer. What’s your ‘go to’ in the wardrobe right now?