Sunday, 19 July 2015

My Go-To Items this Summer



I started this post off as 'My Go-To Dress this Summer', but as i started uploading the photos i realised that actually, each piece I'm wearing here has been part of my summer uniform.  

Firstly, I'm totally crushing on orange, which i think happens every summer, so my Fossil bag has been the perfect pop of colour for every outfit. 
The shoes, well the shoes are new. £14 in the Next sale this weekend. But the style has been part of my 'go-to items' as i'm now a total mid heel convert. Move over high heels, i am allll about the mid heel. After the wedding i attended in a silver pair of mid heels and wearing them from 12 midday till 12 midnight i realised how easy and comfy they are to wear. Cue search for a tan pair. And these babies walked in to my life at less than half price at a wholesome £14.00.
As much as love my tan high heels (i have a great pair of French Connection tan heels which are gorgeous) i feel the mid heel is where i'm at right now. They can easily take you from shops to a night out all in one comfy step.
Plus being tall means i'm not towering above everyone else #tallgirlproblems solved,yay!
And then we have the dress.. Oh this dress. I have worn this dress so very very much this spring/summer.
I have been all over Whistles this season. 
The dress i wore to the aforementioned wedding was a beautiful teal Whistles dress. And now another Whistles dress i'm having a fully fledged love affair with is this one. Back a few months ago when there was a little price war going on between two rather large department stores, i took full advantage and caught myself a goodie.
The length is dignified and easy to wear, the waist tie gives me a little shape, but loose enough to still be cool and not clingy, the sleeves work both rolled up and down, great for when the weather is cool one minute and hot the next.
I have to say also, this shirt dress is the most softest, most beautiful, easy to wear, hardly creases, washes wonderfully, dress i've ever bought. The quality goes with its £80+ price tag, but, having ditched (well, mostly) my cheaper high street spends and opting for quality over quantity, I have to say this dress has most definitely worked for me. Cost per wear is already in the single figures as yep, its actually been worn that much. It's rare for me to find such a piece that makes me want to wear it time and time again as i'm so bloody fickle with my wardrobe, hence the endless amounts of cheaper pieces that have seen one wear and then tossed to the side never to be worn again.
I think spending more on a singular item that i love is working out far better for me than multiple pounds on way too many things that will never see the light of day again.
I think its official.
I'm a fully fledged grown up.
Investments people!
Investments in great pieces. 











 Dress: Whistles (about 2 months ago)
Shoes: Next Sale
Bag: Fossil (co McArthur Glen)
Necklace &Bracelets: Yosa

Do you prefer to shop for multiple things that are bargains or buy just a few investment pieces?

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20 comments

  1. Beautiful sandals! I know what you mean about finding the perfect height, a mid-heel is always a winner for me! Jane x

    http://arthursmum.com

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    1. i am new to mid heel heights and i am loving it! i believe i must now be in good company with yourself on the shoe front ;)XX

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  2. This dress looks wonderful on you and I bet it's super versatile too! The mix of black, brown, and orange going on here is fantastic too. Such a classic and pretty look.

    P.S. - definitely wish I had #tallgirlproblems sometimes. Towering over people would be awesome!

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

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    1. haha it makes it sound like a super power.. i guess us gals are never happy, i always wanted to petite, just like yourself, when i was younger
      Happy Sunday to you sweetie xx

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  3. Love that bag! Its such an effortless pop of color.

    Kristen @ Your Beauty Fix

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    1. Totally agree.. i do love an easy pop of colour and this bag provides it perfectly :D XX

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  4. Love this outfit! The dress is gorgeous and goes so well with the bag. :)
    theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank You lovely. I kinda love orange and black right now :)XX

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  5. Rachel you are by fair my favourite style blogger recently. I just want every single one of your outfits!
    Sophie
    x

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    1. Sophie sweetie, that comment just made my day.. thank you! Ps you are gorgeouys my friend and every time i see a midi skirt i think of you and how you rock them and then wish i could wear them as good as you do (which i don't, i always have an epic fail on the midi skirt front)XX

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  6. You are right; everything on your list is a 'Go-To Items for Summer'. I always like to choose investment pieces but few times, bargain items are also admirable.

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  7. I really like your style!

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  8. First off your hair look amazing in this post. Loving it. Second this shirt dress is so lovely. I like the length because so many shirt dresses I have tried (and cast aside!) have been ok in the front and back where they are longer but too short at the sides where the shirt dress cuts up. This one is so much better! Great find.

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  9. This is such a lovely look, really chic. The bag is just the right colour of orange and complements your dress beautifully. I'm not a huge lover of the mid heel myself but could possibly be persuaded by these ones. Lorraine x

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  10. This dress is just beautiful on you, I wish I could track it down in my size!

    Maria xxx

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  11. All great pieces and together...they are amazing! Love it all.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up

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  12. I love a good shirt-dress, as they are just so versatile and you can change up the look by adding different accessories, including belts. I wish we had Whistles in Norway -- they have great things at an OK price. Come to think of it, maybe I should just bring them here?!?

    Anett | Tall Girl's Fashion

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