While by most standards today's weather would not be considered "hot", it is one of the only days that we have seen temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit here in the west of Scotland, so there is much cause for jubilation. Add to that my husband and I are planning a trip to the Med this week - something we decided to do at the last minute when it was looking like summer was just not going to happen this year. While the weather on this particular day is certainly worth celebrating, the rest of the Scottish forecast for the foreseeable future looks pretty grim, and we are both looking forward to some consistent Mediterranean sunshine, which will essentially make up our "summer".
However, those of you who are just about anywhere else on the planet will appreciate how hot the temperatures have been this summer, and will likely still be looking for ways to beat the heat without walking about the place in your actual underwear. (Unless that's your thing. Then, by all means!) Personally, I tend to go for a maximum of one or two-item dressing in hot, sticky weather. Lightweight, indestructible, natural fabrics are a must, a light jacket or cardigan will work over them easily (if you really need to), but best of all, you can literally pack a small, carry-on sized suitcase for a week and have plenty of room to spare.
This nautical stripe dress is something I got from French Connection a few years back, and it comes with me on just about every hot weather trip I go on. Okay, full disclosure - it's getting pretty old, and has really been relegated to "beachwear", as I have done on this particular occasion. Today, I'm on my way to go sit outside by the sea before all this glorious weather goes away again. That said, every once in a while I still pull this dress out of the closet and actually wear it as a dress, and not just a beach dress. It layers well under other things, and has a great crisp, nautical, summery look. Today, I've paired it with a thrifted gold bangle and my Murano glass necklace from August's Green Necklace Challenge.
One added feature of this dress is the undeniably summery smell; the scent of sunscreen is so embedded in the matrix of the fabric it announces my presence long before I arrive on the scene. But that's probably just another reason I love it all the more. Any reason to put this dress on in the Scottish climate, and I'm there.
French Connection jersey dress (old), similar / Target sandals / L.L. Bean tote / Murano glass necklace (old), similar / thrifted bangle, similar