Summer is finally in full swing here in York after a few miserable weeks. Edit: as I typed that sentence the heavens opened again. Eugh. Meaning my winter outfits will have to be packed up for a few months before it’s socially acceptable to wear a big fluffy jumper again. This year I’ve fallen in love with trusty smock dresses, especially the midi length ones. They are perfect for a full day at work then transitioning to day or evening drink plans. Especially with 21st June just around the corner, we can finally be reunited with our favourite clubs and pubs. We need to look the part.
In recent years, I have reverted to wearing jeans and a nice tee for the most part of summer. I just hated showing my back and legs. This year I’ve had a massive confidence boost (and an ace photographer, thanks Alice) so I’m all about showing a tad more skin than usual but with class. Obviously. Embrace your imperfections I say. We’re all weird and wonderful in our own little ways, don’t follow the crowd.
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Polarising Content for the ‘Gram
This is my favourite smock dress this year from New Look, it’s really affordable and so floaty so you’re not feeling like everything is sticking to you. I suggest choosing your normal size for denim based smock dresses as they are comfortably fitted. That feeling is the worst, trust me I know. This summer I feel a lot more comfortable wearing dresses and showing my back a bit more. Dresses like these cover everything, don’t worry but I’ve just learned to embrace my body and love it the way it is.
Smock dresses are perfect worn any way but especially matched with some snazzy sunglasses. I was kindly “hashtag gifted” this pair by Sungait earlier this year when we had horrendous weather so they didn’t see much sun and have been been snuggly tucked away in my bag until it was time for them to shine. I must say they are great sunnies and they are very affordable. Grab yourself a pair from Amazon or their official site. I’ve found some close alternatives to mine from New Look & Oliver Bonas too!
Put On Your Boogie Shoes
You can’t go wrong with a pair of simple white trainers when you are wearing dresses during summer. If you’re like me and the only place you go constantly is work then grab yourself a fairly reasonably priced pair so you get some good wears out of them and you know they are good quality. I bought my trusty shoes a couple of years ago from Stradivarius and they are the comfiest trainers I have ever owned. Paired with ASOS’s trainer socks which have a cushioned pad on the sole, you’re good to go.
If you’re going for day drinks, choose wedge sandals to show off your legs and painted toes…if that’s your thing. Ooh, one tip I have learnt to avoid, soz for the gross wording, sweaty thighs is to wear legging shorts under your dress. It will also help when the wind blows and gushes your dress up. Trust me it happened to me just last week. How embarrassing. ASOS have got some dirt cheap ones and in different colours as well so grab some co-ords for under your dress.
I’ve also found these dupes to my trainers if you fancy adding a bit of leopard to your outfit!
Belt It Up Baby
Along with the dress above, I bought this white broderie dress. Without the belt it looks quite sinister. Like The Shining twins sinister. Thankfully I paired it with a black belt from last year and it looks less “REDRUM” and more “omg so cuuuuuute”. I do highly recommend sizing down with this dress if you are thinking of buying as it was MASSIVE on me in my regular size. You could have fit another me in there, I had to double check I’d got the right size. That’s the first time that’s ever happened to me so I was quite pleased with myself. I’m keeping the oversized dress anyway as it’s nice and loose to wear around the house and garden. Even if you’re belt overhangs, you can always tuck it back on itself so it’s not annoying you throughout the day.
For a matching bag, I’m currently switching between my Carvela one and my Michael Kors tote. If I only have a short shift I go with my Carvela as it’s small but it can fit my purse, keys, phone and even my lanyard in it too if I go for drinks after work. My Michael Kors tote fits everything in, I have a little pouch filled with essentials such as hand sanitiser, lip balm and hair bobbles in case I feel the need to tie my mane of hair up. I will be getting it chopped soon, it’s getting a bit too long for my liking and the amount of split ends I have is UNTRUE.
Layers, Layers, Layers
I can’t go anywhere without my trusty black cardigan. Spring, summer, autumn and winter that cardigan goes through and I’ve had it a good few years now. I must say the sleeves can be a bit of pain at work as I’m always swinging them about and knocking things over…or that could be just because I am a very clumsy person. Runs in the family mind so I’m not surprised. But back to the cardi, I strongly recommend getting one as you will get a lot of wear out of it.
Obviously don’t do a double denim disaster with your denim smock, but do keep one handy for when the evenings chill off a bit, even if it’s just for draping over your shoulders. I only tend to wear my jacket when it comes to summer, I try and match it with a hoodie during autumn and winter but I get cold quite easily so a standard big winter coat is my go-to for those months.
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