I am awful at packing for summer holidays. I am terribly indecisive, and therefore always end up with about ten dresses too many. This year, for example, my Amalfi coast kit consists of fifteen dresses, even after two meticulous edits.
That being said, I am learning to be a smart summertime shopper, buying pieces that will work both home and away. Sure, I love a sweeping grecian gown as much as the next girl, but try wearing said maxi in Victoria station during rush hour. You may fall down the stairs, lose a stud on your sandals and split your toenail. Not speaking from experience or anything...
A smarter option this summer is the slip dress; a foolproof summer staple. Classic, elegant and comfortable, my pick is this Whistles Nell style in silky french navy. Falling just on the knee ('cause I'm classy like that), the spaghetti strap dress skims the hips with a slightly dipped hem, making it particularly flattering for boyish frames. The colour is a welcome change from black, and the simplicity of the dress makes it perfect for work or play.
Here are my favourite ways to wear the piece, modeled rather awkwardly in my back garden. I'm not a natural in front of the camera, so please forgive my inability to "work it". And yes, I am well aware that I have been outshone by my mother's colourful collection of watering cans. Girl got gardening taste.
Bijoux Bazaar's affordable costume pieces are always a winner in my eyes. This season the founder was sweet enough to send me the Harrow style (£26.00 here), pictured above. I love the Deco-esque oblong stones and the unusual colour combination of blush, jade and mint.
The necklace is not overly fussy, sitting well with the clean lines of the slip dress. Topped off with some bright sandals and a neutral handbag, this look is ideal for summertime soirees.
The only issue with a slip dress is that it can look a little like a nightdress, or even a negligee depending on length. During the daytime, unless you are on holiday, you may find a spaghetti strap dress is a touch too bare on the decolletage. I find the best solution is to layer the slip over a simple boyfriend t-shirt or short-sleeved blouse.
I chose a striped t-shirt from ASOS, which works well with the petrol blue of the dress. Layering up gives the dress a youthful energy, but I added polish with another Boujix Bazaar necklace (The Tribeca, £26.00 here) and some tan Zara sandals. If you want to keep it totally casual try with plimsolls or Birkenstocks and layered pendants.