Alice Catherine Alice Catherine

The temperature is finally back under the thirty degrees mark here in Manchester (important weather update), which means I can safely resume my position as someones who’s interested in putting outfits together! 

I don’t know how people manage to look chic when the temperatures soar – I’m very much a ‘throw on whatever’s cool and comfortable/doesn’t remotely touch my skin’ kind of gal. Despite summer always being the most fun time of year for me, I’m always excited for the seasons to shift so that I can switch up my outfit combinations again and play around with layers once more…

At this point in the year, anything I’m investing in summer clothing wise has to be a timeless piece – bonus points if it’s something I can also style for the cooler months! I recently spotted this sweet little gingham top by Aniela Parys and completely fell in love. They are a conscious brand that create small batches/capsule collections from their studio in Barcelona. They work with a lot of deadstock material and I love that they include a range of different body types when it comes to shooting their collections/showcasing their pieces online. I also love that you can cater this top to fit your body because the straps are completely adjustable (such a a nice touch) – it leaves room to fluctuate and means you can alter the fit depending on your mood.

I first stumbled across them via Instagram and I think it took around a week for me to create an order! They are one of those brands that just speak to me – their use of print and colour very much appeals to my personal taste, and I love that they play around with modern elements but all their pieces still feel very classic and chic. If you’re into Paloma Wool then I feel like you might also fall in love with this brand…

I love how this top looks with white trousers or jeans for the warmer Manchester weather, but it’s also a great summer holiday top to style with shorts or a little satin midi skirt. So so easy to dress up or down because of the cute lace up back situation! However, I’m also picturing it with high waist denim, a chunky cardigan and some boots for ultimate Nineties transitional vibes. It’s really light to pack too – basically folds down to the size of a napkin! For that reason alone, I feel like it’s going to be a firm summer wardrobe favourite for many years to come. 

P.S, there’s also matching trousers! (sound the alarm) 

Thank you for reading! I hope you’re doing well & being gentle with yourself & I’ll be back with another blog post soon…

Alice x 

All outfit links/alternative pieces are below for you as always! 

Photographs taken by Catherine Booty 

Trench Coat c/o – wconcept, Top – Aniela Parys, Trousers c/o – And Other Stories, Trainers – Adidas x Wales Bonner, Tote Bag – Museum Of Peace And Quiet, Earrings – Galleria Armadoro, Necklaces – Daisy London & Buckle Bow Pearl


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  1. Immi says:

    Hey! Just found your blog and wanted to say that it is absolutely fantastic. It is wonderful to have a classic and engaging blog to read these days when everything is so Instagram/Tik Tok focused (neither of which I have). There is real charm and elegance in your words and photography, both of which are so refreshing. If you ever published a book, I’d be off to Waterstones! I’m looking forward to catching up on your posts from previous years. X

    1. alicecatherine says:

      Hey! Thank you so so much for leaving such a kind and supportive comment. It honestly means the world to me and it’s so encouraging to hear that someone might discover this blog space and enjoy it this much. This made my week.

      Sending lots of love & light to you x

  2. Jeff Laskowski says:

    Love the Adidas kickers!

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