The best part of summer is finally upon us, and while everyone heads back to work and school I have slung (too much) stuff in a suitcase and hit the road north for a bit of fun in the sun. The first outing was to Bethlehem to visit my Nana, so it was time to bust out something that a very stylish 94 year old woman with a deep love of all things Italian would enjoy – a bit of off the shoulder, shirred, polka dot goodness.
This little blob of goodness is from Ruby’s Collezione range, which is in stores, and is one of those things that you know will never get a ton of wear (because it just isn’t a work top – it would ruin the experience for me if I wore it to work) but which is so charming and enjoyable that you find a reason to justify it anyway. It won’t ever have a low cost per wear, but each wear will be a great outfit, and a real “look”.
There are so many articles about the “ten things every woman needs in her wardrobe” or “the basics no woman should be without” but obviously I would struggle with a wardrobe of grey cashmere and beige linen trousers – witness me, in this top and these wide legged gaucho pants I bought in Uniqlo because they reminded me of clown pants. A very normal reason to buy pants, I think we can all agree. I am a strong advocate for buying and wearing things just because you really like them, and if you’re in the shop and you’re not quite sure how you’ll wear it, if you feel vibrant excitement then feck it, just buy it, and figure it out when you get home.
These little red slides from Glassons have been a summer wardrobe winner, although I’ve failed to bring jandals on this holiday, so I’m afraid these are about to die a sad sand-related death very very soon. I love wearing these trousers with flats like this, to emphasise their width – while they look very nice with a heel, they’re cooler with flats. If this blog has evidenced anything, it’s that I don’t mind breaking the rules about looking even shorter than I already look, by sheer dint of being, y’know, short.
Once I had giant pants, a shirred white top and lipstick red flats on, I was dressed but I wasn’t dressed up – so it was time to accessorise. While a massive pair of earrings would have also have been excellent, these freshwater pearls were the pick of the day only because I’d had the whim to wear a long strand of pearls about a week ago. I think long strands of beads will be a good winter thing, that I will be busting out with massive jumpers and my old friend, weirdly boxy dresses and boots, but I’ll have to break my annoying habit of fiddling with them All Day Long first.
Have you ever bought something just because it made your heart flutter? Tell me in the comments below!