Last September I was taking a car to Paddington station, and I managed to get stuck in traffic with a very chatty driver. Now, that wouldn’t usually be the worst thing in the world. But this driver was a climate change denier. And he spent at least 40 minutes boring me to death with his “special theory” about weather cycles. (Who needs science, when you have Addison Lee, right?).
His reasoning made absolutely no sense. But he assured me climate change was a hoax, and the UK would have glorious, tropical summers for the next four years. And although I’m disappointed summer 2019 has been a bit of a washout, so far, I’m also delighted that this serial mansplainer has been proven wrong.
OUR UNPREDICTABLE SUMMER
Recently my mum told me that the UK’s summer weather is “stuck in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, because of the current jet stream”. And apparently that means we’ll continue to have an unsettled summer. I’m not sure which newspaper she got this information from. But it sounds plausible. And it also seems fairly unjust (is anyone else’s sunshine stuck in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean? Or just us unlucky Brits?).
Still, I’m trying to make the best of the situation. Because summer is my favourite season, and I refuse to miss out on an opportunity to wear my favourite boho dresses. So I’ve come up with a solution…
MY SUMMER DRESSING FORMULA
At the start of the summer I was largely sticking to a practical combination of skinny jeans and lightweight knits. But that situation got bleak real quick.
For the most part, it hasn’t been warm enough for denim shorts and little camisole tees. Or barely-there summer dress. However, I have settled on the following dressing formula, which seems to work well whether it’s grey and rainy, or warm-ish and sunny:
A lightweight summer maxi dress (preferably something white, lacy or embroidered) + a buttery leather jacket.
A printed midi skirt + plain white T-shirt + a khaki utility jacket.
I went for lunch with Wendy and Monica, last week. And they both agreed that these two outfit combinations are the only plausible – and stylish – options for this yo-yoing weather.
My summer maxi dress of choice is currently this embroidered number from Chic Wish. I ordered it in January, because it literally made me go weak at the knees. And, although it’s now almost sold out, there are lots of other similar styles available at Chic Wish.
FYI: This was my first time shopping at Chic Wish, and I’d definitely order from the website again. The quality is in line with what you’d find at other high street brands, and the dress looks exactly as it appears online. The free shipping option took a few weeks, but as I ordered in the middle of winter I wasn’t in a rush to receive the dress anyway.
Have you come up with a summer dressing formula to survive the UK’s unpredictable weather?
Photos by Lydia Collins