Last week, London was hit with another of it's usual '30 days of summer' condensed into 72 hours. The capital stripped-off in local parks, terraces, balconies and gardens as the mercury hit 29 degrees. As wonderful and very welcome the weather was, particularly after a very harsh winter, I found myself with my annual dilemma a little earlier than expected...The Summer Wardrobe.
I stood staring into the void of clothes hanging up...a dark abyss of different textures and colours trying to recall clothes I knew I had worn last year (or was it 5 years ago?)...and as I rummaged I began to find things I had no memory of wearing (possible impulse buys that never quite worked outside of the fitting room)
This dilemma was fuelled by the fact I had a meeting to go to on the other side of the City and it was scorching...so it had to be appropriate and practical. Nothing too transparent and nothing too fitted!
A few other things came to light, as they always do on that first hot day of the year, such as forgotten wears and tears (that one always had the intention of repairing but it got thrown to the bottom of the pile at the start or autumn) and the state of some of my lingerie!
Goug's suggestions were...
"These days when your bra strap shows, it doesn't matter and can be part of your outfit as in keeping with current trends...if it is showing make sure it's pretty and that it has a good colour (not faded) and not worn"
"Obviously always take care to wash your white's with only whites and be delicate with your delicates to keep them at there best for longer"
"Those fine summer dresses often needs a slip as the slip will sit on the skin and the dress will then sit on the slip...smoothing out those lumps and bumps"
I would add...Having a good set of summer lingerie pieces in your wardrobe will carry you through the season and will give your confidence to shine in freeing and cool pieces that deserve the (sun)light of day...atleast once a year.
By Celyn Cooke at Keturah Brown