But if i think about it it's not just that. My whole outlook on dressing as definitely simplified, or streamlined shall we say. Having previously had a wardrobe filled with pieces that were not the easiest to remix (read: nye on impossible) i have started to build a wardrobe that i go to each morning and i'm happy to choose my outfit. And with it being summer ( i say that loosely, its been sunny for 3 days here in Wales, i fear this may be our summer) there is nothing i love more than throwing on a sweet dress and calling it an outfit.
The peripherals are important too; great sandals, the odd jacket and some lovely finishing touches with the accessories all to complete the summer look.
Here's my edit of things i can't do without this summer
Starting at the bottom ;
All from Clarks
Simple but great shoes. One tan, one black and one leopard print. Flats, mid heels and a higher heel. I find these are perfect for covering off all eventualities of the foot variety. The black block heels are perfect for smarter occasions, the tan are great for both smart and causal and the flats are great everyday wear but with the added pizazz of the leopard print (my all time favourite print!)
Next up we have
I could literately live in this handful of dresses. It would pretty much cover off all eventualities of my life (bar wedding guest.. but as i've experienced lately, that's a whole other field of speciality shopping that i can't say i've enjoyed.. gimme smart-casual anyday!)
All these dresses are from Esprit, i could easily just kit myself out for the dress season with all of their marvellous frocks. I've mentioned it before, but i just love their selection this season.
From casual little black dresses and stripes, to maxis or patterns and embroidery. These 6 dresses are all this girl needs all.summer.long
Then we go on to
Jackets and cover ups
All available from New LookI have a lot of blazers/jackets/cardigans. But to simplify there are really only a few i need for summer.A denim jacket is a summer must. For those casual days, perfect with dresses, shorts and tee's and pretty much anything. I don't think i could go through summer without a denim jacket.
A navy blazer is also a must have for me. As good as a denim jacket but that little more smart, perfect for lunch dates and such.
For smarter occasions i can't help but love a cream (or white) blazer. so smart straight off the bat. Put a smart tuxedo jacket or blazer with anything and you just look the biz.
And then finally a pretty floaty kimono, perfect causal throw on, i love the lentgh of this one. Great with shorts or floaty boho dresses.
Finishing off with some
All available here
I am a huge lover of accessories, as you probably already know. With simplifying my wardrobe, i have found adding in great statement necklaces and accessories can really mix things up and keep them from looking plain. Just at the hairdressers today i had so many comments on the necklace i was wearing (this one incidentally), they really can make all the difference. My key pieces this summer season are bright and fun. I am in love with orange this summer, and the contrast it brings between say the green Espirt dress above. Great combo that's easy to wear. I really do swear by statement accessories. They add that individual element that is much needed with a simpler outfit.
So that would be my summer edit, a capsule of things i want to wear all summer long.
What would you put in your summer edit? Could you limit it down to just a few items?