If you think about it, mid-August is a funny time clothes wise. There are those who are willing the last rails of summer clothes out of the shops to make way for the shiny new Winter collections. And then there are those, like me, who are very happy to see what’s on its way into the stores whilst desperately hoping that we will have a last blast of summer warmth – particularly as we still have a week in the Channel Islands coming up.
The good thing about the less than perfect summer weather though, is that it gives us a chance to wear those outfits that “normal” ie non-pathetically chilly people, wear all year round. Using the above outfit as an example, this is what I mean:
- Boots without tights – a common sight at the February London Fashion Week. In reality nothing could be further from the truth for me in February. Hello corned beef legs. Well, that is if you can see them through the hair – personal grooming isn’t high on everyone’s list of priorities during the winter months;
- A shirt without a vest, or a long sleeved top (or both) underneath – not obvious to many, if any, but I know that my waistband is slightly looser because of it and it’s just a nicer, lighter, feel;
- A skirt without leggings underneath it – again a revelation. I find “the leggings under the skirt” look particularly attractive when the leggings show beneath the skirt hem (!);
- No coat or jacket – again, a rarity for me in month other than June, July or August but again, refreshing;
- A bag small enough not to take any additional layers of clothing in it, for example a thermal vest, long johns, woolly socks – you get the drift.
So rather than lamenting the colder summer weather, let’s look on the bright side, dig into our wardrobes and use it as an opportunity to re-work some pieces into lighter weight (but not full on summer) outfits. Anyone with me on it?!