Dressing for late summer days

As predicted, as soon as the kids go back to school, the persistent rain leaves,. the clouds part and the sun comes out. Its not super warm in the mornings,it’s actually quite chilly, but by the afternoon the day has heated up and it can be quite hot.
So what to wear in this tricky weather? Good question. Honestly? I’m stumped most mornings, so my go-to formula seems to have been a maxi dress and cardigan or light jacket. Simple and easy, and as they day goes on i will shed the light layer and then re-instate it in the chill of the evening.
This dress has been on constant rotation this summer (I’m surprised it’s not been on here before now) It’s actually from last year and is still a summer favourite of mine. Paired with the slouchy cardigan it has been the perfect outfit to throw on for easy days or dates with the hubs.
So do you have a way of dealing with the late summer weather we’ve been having? Typical British summer really, rain all August and sunshine through September. I have to admit, i am so excited for when its that bit cooler and i can wear tights and chunky knitwear.. anyone else with me on that one? Crisp sunny days but with a chill in the air are my favourite!
I normally wear some simple gold hoops and a gold bangle with this outfit, but forgot to grab them off the shelf beofre leaving (d’oh!) so do me a favour and picture some pretty gold hoop earrings and a chunky gold bangle, yes? Aw thanks, you’re a good ‘un.

 Dress: River Island (last year)

Cardigan& Clutch: New Look

Sandals: F&F

So how do you dress for late summer? 
Do you cling on to your summer attire for as long as possible or are you already wearing autumns new additions?

Ps check out the gorgeous Catherine sporting Yosa today.
PPS.. Are you a shoe lover like me? Stay tuned this week as i have the best  giveaway for you!!!(free shoes anyone??woohoo!)



  1. September 7, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    I love this outfit – that dress is stunning! You look amazing! I've been moving more towards jeans and cardigans now that the weather is a little bit colder, but I do have a lovely maxi-skirt I might pull out inspired by your outfit xo

    • September 10, 2014 / 10:34 am

      Thanks Alice.. I too have been wearing a lot of jeans and cardi's (this one im wearing in this post actually more often than not!) as it's quite hard to decide what to wear when the weathers neither here nor there. dare i say it, but im actually looking forward to chillier weather!Xo

  2. September 7, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    You look gorgeous! I'm excited for tights, chunky knits and boots too! I sort of love these early autumn days.

    • September 10, 2014 / 10:37 am

      Thank you ashley! I am so excited for chillier weather that enables me to wear tights and boots.. thats not weird is it?! lol!XX

  3. September 7, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    We didn't have a lot of August rain but September's looking to be rainy most days! Sounds like you're having the typical transitional weather dilemma. I wish it was cool at all where I am. I'm very sick of the heat. I think you look awesome here and a cardigan is always a good transitional piece because it's so easy to take off. This dress is super pretty on you too.

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

    • September 10, 2014 / 10:39 am

      as much as i love autumn i can't stand persistent rain, and when it rains here in the uk it RAINS..like non stop for 10 days straight which is very meh! but thankfully right now the sun is still out which i really need to make the most of!Thanks so much Jamie, wishing you an awesome week sweetie xx

  4. September 7, 2014 / 9:09 pm

    Love this transitional look – you look fabulous. It's still summer here (in Florida) for another month or so, so no changes just yet. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

    • September 10, 2014 / 10:40 am

      Is florida fairly steady, weather wise, all year round? thanks for swinging by Patti, you are ever the wonderful hostess!XX

  5. September 7, 2014 / 9:30 pm

    Love the long dress. I look silly in them…but it looks great on you. It's still really hot here in Ottawa…but finally the mornings are cool enough for long pants and light sweaters. Now if it would just stay that way!

    • September 10, 2014 / 10:43 am

      I agree, mornings are chilly and lovely.. by mid day its so warm though that a sweater induced a sweatfest per-sues (thats a lovely picture paint isn't it,lol!) I am actually looking forward to chilly all day weather! Thanks so much for stopping by Susan xx

  6. September 7, 2014 / 10:39 pm

    Your pictures are always so beautiful, Rachel! I hope you will stop by to enter my $1000 gift card giveaway to a top clothing line!

    • September 10, 2014 / 10:46 am

      thank you Pam, i have the hubs to thank for that.. i shall be popping over right now for that wonderful giveaway!xx

    • September 10, 2014 / 10:53 am

      aw thats great Tami! so glad you like it!XXX

  7. September 7, 2014 / 11:35 pm

    I think if I owned such a beautiful dress, I would wear it summer, fall, winter and spring. Beautiful magazine-worthy pictures!

    • September 10, 2014 / 10:54 am

      Thanks so much Marea, i can't believe i haven't worn it on the blog sooner if i'm honest, its hardly left my back all summmr ;)XX

  8. September 7, 2014 / 11:57 pm

    Love your advice! This outfit is perfect for the chilly mornings but hot summers!

    • September 10, 2014 / 10:57 am

      Thanks Katherine, it gives the jeans a breather , especially as i'm really trying to enjoy the last of summer as much as possible (although im secretly wishing for chilly weather to hurry up, thats not normal is it?!lol!)xx

  9. September 8, 2014 / 4:08 am

    I just wrote a post about this in-between weather phase 🙂 Dressing can be tricky in late summer. I love your maxi and sweater idea-sounds like the perfect solution.

    • September 10, 2014 / 11:00 am

      thanks Nicki! oo i shall swing by to read your advice also xx

  10. September 8, 2014 / 4:43 am

    Absolutely adore this maxi on you… gorgeous, gorgeous! And yes, I hold onto my summer duds until it's officially cold! 😉

    • September 10, 2014 / 11:01 am

      Thanks sweet lady. I could totally imagine you wearing this very outfit! is its strange that im actually excited for chilly weather?!lol!XX

  11. September 8, 2014 / 1:28 pm

    I totally try to stretch my summer maxis as long as possible!

    • September 10, 2014 / 11:14 am

      me too.. its going to be a long winter so might as well bare the legs as much as poss right?;)XX

  12. September 8, 2014 / 1:44 pm

    This is so pretty and the perfect transition into fall! Love it!

    • September 10, 2014 / 11:15 am

      Thank You Rachel! secretly i can't wait for chilly days with big knits and coats..oh how i love coats haha!XX

  13. September 8, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    Such a pretty look! It is tricky here too Rachael, I am in Charlotte and it still mid 80s! So I look aimlessly into the closet! Love the light cardigan with this very pretty delicate floral dress.
    from the link up

    please stop by, jess


    • September 10, 2014 / 11:16 am

      sometimes (if im home) i will change 3 times a day (morning, mid day then evening) its so tricky getting it right! XX

  14. September 8, 2014 / 2:21 pm

    Such a lovely dress and perfect for this funny little burst of weather we've been having.

    • September 10, 2014 / 11:16 am

      it is a funny little burst right now isn't it! i wonder how long it will last. are you a winter or summer girl, lovely?XX

  15. September 8, 2014 / 10:36 pm

    Honestly? I am a get summer out of the way,hello autumn girl. I find it so difficult to dress in summer, this in between weather is a nightmare!

    • September 10, 2014 / 11:25 am

      thanks Amy Ann.. loving your blog lately sweetie! you are so on point!!XX

  16. September 9, 2014 / 7:22 am

    I'm also excited for chunky cardigans and tights! I think a jacket over a summer dress is the perfect transitional outfit 🙂


    • September 10, 2014 / 11:26 am

      me too! boots, tights and coats.. bring it on! haha!XX

  17. September 9, 2014 / 7:53 am

    i love everything about this outfit! where are these sunnies from? love them!

    • September 10, 2014 / 11:26 am

      thanks my love!xx
      oh and sunnies are cheapies from peacocks!

    • September 10, 2014 / 11:27 am

      yes leggings used to be my constant go to in this inbetween weather, i don't wear them much any more but think i may have to dig them out again as they can be perfect for transitioning xx

    • September 10, 2014 / 11:28 am

      thanks andrea, it is sooo comfy, only problem with the cardi is that its so drapey sometimes it gets caught on things like door handles and the likes haha!XX

  18. September 12, 2014 / 8:04 am

    You look gorgeous in this outfit! I love Autumn, and used to be very quick to get the Autumn wardrobe out. I've now learnt that if I start wearing boots in September, I'll be in them until May, so I try and hold out a bit longer and just layer up a bit more, still wearing wedge sandals if it's not too cold/wet, and I refuse to wear tights until October at least!!

    P x

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