I saw this printed peacoat-style spring trench in Goodwill when I was home in the US, and was drawn to it. This is not the sort of thing that I normally would go for, but I think something about the large scale of the print made it seem more graphic and less garden party fussy to me. Of course like everything else, it's all down to what you do with it. I think a hyper-girly floral piece like this needs a bit of balance. Hence the tough booties and mildly distressed jeans. Any more than that and I fear I would risk looking like some crazy old bird with thirteen cats. I have one, for the record. Just one cat.
And yes, on this, the first week of July, while the rest of you are sweltering away in the summer heat, I am wearing a jacket, jeans, booties, and a cashmere mock turtleneck. Okay, it may be a sleeveless mock turtleneck, but it's really not even warm enough for that. We have not seen the temperatures get above 60 (it's 52 now…thats 11 degrees Celsius) in weeks. It's depressing as hell. Those plants you see in the photo are gasping for some warmth, as are the people who planted them.
Sleeveless cashmere mock turtleneck (Dana Buchman via Ebay: circa 1990s)