MINIMAL SUMMER UNIFORM | COS

If you’re anything like me, then summer dressing can leave you feeling a bit frustrated – especially when you live in a city centre. It’s hard to find that middle of the road outfit that keeps you cool whilst looking effortless and chic at the same time. In the midst of a heatwave, I remind myself of those classic wardrobe essentials that never let me down. My style relies a lot on layering, so it’s handy to have pieces that are both minimal and interchangeable…

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SUMMER STYLE IN FILM | ATONEMENT

Fashion in film is something I think about a lot – I’m a huge cinema fan, and I’ve always loved immersing myself in the storylines of different characters that interest me. You can guarantee that if I’m watching a film for the first time, the first thing I’ll comment on will be what someone’s wearing. Particularly when it comes to period dramas (or pretty much any Wes Anderson film), I think I’m most attracted to clothing that feels as though it belongs to another time entirely. Pieces that would pretty much be deemed fancy dress attire if I was to walk down the street dressed in head to toe in them…

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CHECKERED NIGHT DRESS

I’ve discovered a new combination that I’m a little bit in love with recently – slip dresses worn with shirts tied up to create a waist. It’s the best way to make the most of that tent shaped slip at the back of your wardrobe (that one that you’ve been meaning to buy a belt for). They are both pieces that a lot of us have hanging in our wardrobes, and it’s been the perfect combination for beating the heat on those hot and humid days that leave us questioning whether or not we can wear swimwear to work…

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A CLOSER LOOK AT MASCULINE & FEMININE

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved a ‘masculine’ shirt worn tied up with some variation of high waist bottoms – equally, I love a pair of strappy (some might say feminine shoes). It’s this act of dressing in opposites that really makes me feel at home. That’s why I find it so hard to pin point my personal style and explain it to other people – just like me, it’s always evolving, and always surprising me. Whenever I get asked about my style, I often say something along the lines of ‘masculine meets feminine’, and each time it leaves me feeling a little uneasy. These are labels that the fashion industry (and beyond) still utilises, but when will clothing stop being labelled in terms of who it’s intended for, and start being more gender inclusive…

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A SUMMER SUIT | WHITE LINEN

White outfits aren’t for everyone, and they certainly aren’t practical when you’re as accident prone as I am. However, there’s just something effortlessly chic about them that nobody can deny – an all white outfit can look very expensive when you find pieces that fit together perfectly. That tends to be the tricky part when prioritising one colour in your wardrobe, but once you figure out what works for you, it’s usually a look that you can rely on again and again…

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THE WHITE SUMMER DRESS

The white summer dress is something I’ve been gravitating towards every summer since the beginning of time (or just 1992). It feels light and airy, and there’s a little white dress out there for everyone. It’s rare that I do these kind of round up posts – but sometimes I find these really useful when I’m feeling overwhelmed by the high street, and just really need to find that perfect LWD that fits like a glove. This one is by Pixie Market, and I couldn’t recommend them enough if you’re looking for pieces that have a designer feel to them but without the intimidating price tag…

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KITRI SUMMER DRESSES

I recently discovered KITRI – a brand that has been increasingly present on my radar thanks to the joys of Instagram. I still get really excited whenever I discover a new brand that gives me the feeling. The feeling of which I can only describe as ‘omg, so I guess I need everything’. Of course, I never buy everything – no one person needs that amount of clothes, but it’s nice for a girl to have options. All too often, I feel as though the high street becomes a bit stagnant and I fall out of love with my once favourite shopping destinations, so it’s nice that there are still so many new brands cropping up with a new way of doing things…

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A DRESS TO WEAR FOREVER

The wrap dress is my favourite kind – endlessly flattering, ageless, and cool with whatever footwear you left at the front door. It’s also no secret that polka dots are a favourite of mine, I seem to just gravitate towards them, and they have a huge presence in my wardrobe. Last year I invested in this Realisation Par dress, and at the time, I didn’t realise (no pun intended) just how much it would become one of those basic styling pieces that I would come to rely on in times of spectacular wardrobe meltdowns… 

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STYLING FLOATY PIECES

Floaty pieces for summer? Groundbreaking, I know. The arrival of a heatwave in the UK always seems to catch everyone off guard – panic buying fans on Amazon, sleeping with a wet flannel compress in some desperate attempt to cool yourself down, and opening your wardrobe to discover that nothing you own works for temperatures beyond twenty degrees. Manchester certainly isn’t built for the hot weather, and there aren’t many ways to beat the heat unless you fancy joining the crowds of children running through the water features on Piccadilly gardens… 

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CAN A LEOPARD EVER CHANGE THEIR SPOTS?

Leopard print is slowly making a bit of a come back recently, and it’s definitely one of those prints that has people strongly divided. It’s also one of those prints that can feel a bit tacky (in the best possible way), and has somehow adopted a persona all of it’s very own. Leopard print happens to be one of those prints that for some reason allows people to make assumptions about the person underneath – overly sexy, promiscuous, works in bar, loves rock n roll music, and probably has a pair of fish net tights tucked away in their handbag somewhere…

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