London weather is so unpredictable
One day it’s hot, and the next day it rains… Well, in this outfit I’m prepared for both. The linen shirt provides protection from both the scorching sun and the sudden drop in temperature that often accompanies showers. And the skirt looks smart enough for a visit to a museum and a casual lunch.
In my opinion, simplicity is the key for dressing for any weather,
but it is even more important when it’s getting hot. What we mean by simplicity may vary, of course…
Now, I like my clothes close to the body, with simple shapes and clean lines. And I prefer to wear as little as possible, so layering is not really my thing (my idea of layering is throwing a cardigan over a dress…).
But I do find it more challenging to adhere to these ideas in summer. I mean, wearing a fitted dress (with the shape underwear that it requires) in winter is one thing. In summer it makes me really uncomfortable. I’m not ready to experiment with muumuus and kaftans, though (way too much fabric for my liking…).
So this is a sort of compromise solution: a fitted, unlined skirt and a relatively loose-fitting linen shirt. To give the shirt a bit more definition, I tied it at the waist. Then I just added sunglasses and comfortable shoes (for walking).
linen shirt: Marks and Spencer / skirt: Hobbs / shoes: Clarks / sunglasses: Coach /
bag: Adolfo Dominguez / necklace: vintage via Hirst Antiques
This is the ‘smart casual’ version of this outfit. In my next post I will show you the ‘casual’ version…
What’s your solution for dressing for hot weather in the city?
PS: Check out the new Dilettante Artist post…
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This looks smart and comfy. Love the bag!I agree summer dressing requires simplicity. bisousSuzanne
Thanks, Suzanne! The bag has quickly become a summer favourite, it seems to go with anything.
Love this skirt….Can't wait to see the next version! jodiewww.jtouchofstyle.com
Love the colors in the skirt, and I like that you tied the chambray top, looks lovely!! Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!jess xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com
Thanks, Jessica! the colours in the skirt are certainly a bit of a departure from my usual style, but I thought I should try something new. And the chambray shirt… I've been wearing it non-stop since I got it.
This is perfect! Layering is a great idea and it doesn't have to be bulky. This outfit is simple, smart and done tastefully. It's literally an oven over here. Summer just drags me down and it affects my mood too. Bummer. Just 4 more months..
Thanks! I can't even imagine how it hot it must be where you are. Even England is getting a bit hot for me… I can certainly understand how hot weather can drag you down (well, cold weather, too, of course…), it just makes me want to stay indoors.
Your outfit looks perfect for a touch of London Summer , covering all bases. I know what you mean about caftans and maxis, I love them on others but not for me. I know everyone is struggling with Summer heat in the Northern Hemisphere but I would love some warmth right now, for us it has been a cold week.
Thanks, Jill! Both hot and cold weather are quite challenging when it comes to dressing up, I think. I often struggle to find nice things to wear in winter,and everything feels too bulky.
beautifu skirt! perfect city outfit!Irenewww.thedailylace.com
That skirt is great! Love the whole outfit, especially the tied shirt.
Thanks! The shirt is quickly becoming a favourite of mine, it's so practical.
This is such a chic summer look! Your dotted skirt is fabulous and I love the tied linen top!JillDoused In Pink
That is such a nice skirt! And I like the knotted shirt, a lovely look for summer! :)Thank you for joining the Wednesday Pants Link Up I co-hosted!Away From The Blue
Chambray looks so fresh with a patterned skirt. Pretty, Tiina!Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday and hope your weekend rocks!OXOXDawn Lucyhttp://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com
Thanks! This shirt is so practical, I'm wearing it all the time…
London is on my to-see list! 🙂 The weather here in St. Louis has been so rainy yet hot this summer… usually we don't get this much rain, tho! I really love the chambray top with the pretty patterned skirt. Carriecurlycraftymom.com
London is a very interesting place, there's something for everybody, you should definitely see it.
I adore this outfit – that skirt is just so fun. For me, when it gets really hot I love to wear maxi skirts and dresses. Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!Alicewww.happpinessatmidlife.com
Thanks, Alice! My hot-weather-outfit-of-the-moments seems to be slacks and a shirt, keeps me from getting sunburned…