I feel as though this outfit perfectly epitomises a British Summer’s Day. The straw hat, the floral blouse, the typical rural backdrop and a pair of Converse. Ok, so maybe the latter choice doesn’t quite fit in with this scenerio but they are bloody comfy and since a day out in Cambridge the other day where we must’ve walked 374 miles, I have a ripe pair of pretty sore blisters!
Naturally, this pretty floral blouse, which is terribly reminiscent of a vintage Laura Ashley piece (it isn’t, it’s Etam – hello 90’s kid!) is a recent find in a charity shop. If I’m being completely honest, it did have that unfortunate second hand fustiness to it, but nothing a few washes didn’t solve. It’s slightly cropped and has a wonderful sailor-esque collar detail. I love wearing pieces like this – dainty and totally feminine – and teaming them with worn Converse and ripped denim shorts. That’s the beauty of fashion though really isn’t it – you could pair this blouse with a pretty tulle skirt one day and ripped jeans the next, either way it would look pretty marvellous. Oh, I think it was only £4 too.
I’m not sure how I feel about putting this hat to the back of my wardrobe as the colder months approach. It’s certainly been in my Top 3 of summer purchases this year and in my best thrifted items too – it only cost me £2 and it’s accompanied me on many a blog photo now! Don’t worry, I’ll make sure I get my wear out of it before the nights slowly start to draw in.
I feel so bittersweet about autumn – this happens to me every year – summer makes me so wonderfully happy and nostalgic and I love the freedom the long nights give you; but sometimes you want those cold days where you can look forward to a cosy night in and watch Miss Marple, (just me?) When these days do arrive however, I get terribly grumpy and pine once more for summer and bare legs (mine of course, not everyone else’s.)
For now though, I will welcome the onset of autumn by doing a little window shopping and choosing my new winter coat(s). Oh and boots, perhaps a new scarf, several faux fur items, few pairs of cosy socks… Oh dear.