Monday, 1 September 2014

The Path of Least Resistance

I've just spent the last few days celebrating my 43rd birthday on a wee sneaky road trip out and about in Scotland with my husband. In a move that is uncharacteristic of one who loves colour as much as I do, I packed clothes that were entirely neutral - shades of black and white to be exact. I think this had less to do with the occasion and everything to do with the fact that the weather was pretty variable and, well...I took the path of least resistance. A neutral capsule wardrobe is easy and quick, and as I often do, I packed on the fly.

It is a well-documented fact that I love a nautical stripe, so naturally I had a tried and true nautical stripe shirt on hand for this trip. To say it got a lot of play time would be the understatement of the year.

We stayed in a lovely suite at the Hilton Craigendarroch, and the room was pretty darn slick.  We ate, relaxed, ate, did some sightseeing, had an afternoon snack, and ate. I'm rubbish at remembering to capture things on film while I'm in the moment, but here are a few hastily captured casual daytime outfits and highlights. See you all back here later in the week.

Happy Birthday to Me.  Let us raise a glass to the ageing process.

Picture 1: Love Moschino Waistcoat (old), similar / Michael Kors beaded tunic (old), similar / Rachel Zoe bouclé vest (old), similar

Look 1 (items seen throughout): H&M nautical stripe shirt (old), similar / Rag and Bone jeans / Stella McCartney for Adidas jacket (old), somewhat similar / Durango boots / Furla handbag (old), similar

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Transitioning a Sundress

The weather being what it is here in Scotland, I figured I would expand upon the theme I started earlier in the week and talk a little more about transitional dressing. This time of year that's the buzzword on every retailer and magazine editor's lips. I am a huge fan of transitional dressing, probably because most of the year in Scotland would be considered "transitional" by any number of measures.

I found this sundress for £15 on sale at Topshop last week, and fell in love with it. It will be perfect for our upcoming Mediterranean holiday in September, and it just so happens it fits with all of the elements that I look for when choosing something summery to transform into something slightly less summery.  To transition successfully, I do the following:
  1. Choose a sundress in a style and print that will actually translate well into the cooler months. Tribal prints (like this dress) work really well, as do some graphic prints and of course, solids. Leave Hawaiian prints, Lilly Pulitzer, or anything too overtly nautical alone. By nature these will be too summery to do much with. Save them for your next warm weather holiday.
  2. Waist definition. You need it. Even if the dress is styled to be worn loose, once you start layering for transitional weather, you are going to want that waist definition. Do it however you like, but most likely you'll be needing a belt. 
  3. Shoe choice is key. For styling a sundress in summer, I can't get enough of flat, metallic sandals. They are practically a neutral and add a bit of life without over-complicating things. For transitional weather, choose something heavier, even if it is just a chunkier open-toe sandal. If it is not warm enough for open toes, try a heeled shoe bootie (with or without tights). Tall boots are often too heavy to pair with all but the most structured of summer dresses, so tread lightly. Pun intended. 

Topshop dress (sold out), similar, similar / Sam & Libby for Target sandals (last season), similar / J. Crew cardigan (last season), similar  / H&M sandals (sold out), similar / thrifted DKNY belt, similar / gold hoop earrings (old), similar

Make it happen.