Smart Summer Shopping

Shirt dresses for work and play

I don’t know about you but come this time of year when the holidays are booked, countless events are highlighted in the diary, and bank balances are subsequently looking bleak, I seem to spend hours scouring the web for clothes and shoes that will see me through with a reasonable cost-per-wear. After a recent eBay clear out, I’ve promised myself I’d stop buying ‘one wear’ fancy dresses and instead opt for separates that can be mixed and matched for different occasions.

As much as I love a real *red dress emoji* outfit when I’m heading out for cocktails in a hot location, those kind of pieces inevitably end up in storage under my bed for 49 weeks of the year and if I try to cram anything else under there I’ll need a taller bed frame. I’d rather forgo this seasons tasseled and embroidered crop tops in favour of some key pieces I’ll wear time and time again, in the UK and abroad.

I’ve pulled together some pieces that can both work with my day-to-day workwear wardrobe (my office is very casual so workwear and weekend wear crossover for me) and still make me feel great on the trips I’ve got planned this summer. For anyone else having the same dilemma, I hope this narrows down your shopping!

Shirt dresses are a savour on sticky days in the office, and paired with a more structured sandal looks ‘put together’ and works just as well for cocktails and tapas at sundown. These are my favourites on the highstreet- and really well priced too!

Shirt dresses for work and play

White shirt dress

Beige shirt dress

Khaki shirt dress

Flat buckle sandals

Pointy patent sandals

Flatform ankle tie sandals (Sale £22!)

Paper bag waisted trousers are everywhere this season. I’ve picked up this khaki pair to wear with a white camisole and flat strappy sandals in Portugal. Swap the camisole for a more ‘office appropriate’ white shirt and they’re perfect work attire.

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Denim culottes

Black stone drop earrings

Khaki paper bag trousers

Black tailored culottes £30!

Espadrille wedges Sale!

RayBan dupes (£16!)

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