As I write this I am almost 12 weeks postpartum. I am also due to go on holiday in just over a week and I have NO idea (based on this years erratic weather) what Mother Nature has in store for us down in Cornwall.
There is no point in staring longingly at last year’s summer wardrobe, not much of it fits and if I have been able to get items on, they look alarmingly different to how they should. My body grew a human for the second time and it’s going to take more than a few months for it to return to “normal” (or whatever my new normal is of course).
As a result I’m looking for comfort, practicality and pieces that I feel confident and “myself” in. And I don’t want to spend a small fortune either, I have a house to extend and two daughters who seemingly grow so quickly I feel as though I’m purchasing an endless amount of shoes/sleepsuits/vests/socks every five ruddy minutes. Not that I’m complaining, I love buying clothes for Mabel and Iris – it just doesn’t leave a lot of spare spends for yours truly.
If you follow me on instagram then you may have seen some of my summer uniform already. Namely flared jeans, a cami and an espadrille wedge. Yes I am a fan of the flare, they come in and out of fashion on a regular basis but I ignore their flighty popularity and love them for all seasons regardless, they lengthen your legs like no other denim ever will. For fancy pants flares I rate FRAME, I wear their High Rise style with a side zip. And I buy them from The Outnet as they are often less than half price. For cheap (and super soft denim) I rate Zara’s skinny flares.
Let’s talk about camisoles. Let’s talk about uber flattering non-pinchy-around-your arms skim-your-mumtum camisoles in particular. The best ones are from Oasis, they are basically magical. I have navy, coral, black and pale blue. And I’ve just noticed they are now offering a pretty pale green. I promise the paltry £22 investment is worth it.
With my cami and flares I wear the “Holiday” espadrille wedges from Office. Yes they are high but my goodness they are so comfortable. I bought blush last year and have treated myself to grey this summer, I wear them loads.
When it is hot hot HOT I am a slave to the maxi dress. Clingy jersey is not my bag at all, difficult to wear generally, especially if you want to eat crisps or pasta or both, and ever so slightly sweaty. I opt for swingy chiffon or a thin cotton, gathered under the bust styles are a winner for me right now. I’ve bought the Amboseli maxi from Oasis for evenings (yes, I did a BIG online shop there – they have all my money) and you can’t beat bargainous Boohoo for the beach. I also keep putting this tile print number from ASOS in my virtual basket, only £30. I have some very old silver spangly sandals for fancier frocks but for every day maxi gowns I wear the flat versions of my espadrilles: the “Heidi” from Office.
Do you have a summer “uniform”? Or do you have a whole host of different options depending on the weather/how you feel on the day? My suitcase is going to be fairly capsule for my holiday and I’m feeling good about it, no stressing over what to wear and ALL the kettle chips.
P.S. THIS BAG.
P.P.S I included this image of Iris as never before have I received so many messages via insta stories about an item of clothing – and it wasn’t even mine! Yep, turns out my 3 month old daughter is more stylish than me. The babygro has now sold out but they do a summer version that is super cute.