Phew! Just editing photos that feature a buttoned up shirt are making me hot under the collar. Summer is well and truly here and has hit Bristol, and the rest of the UK, with a sledgehammer over the past couple of weeks.
I’m all for wearing teeny tiny shorts and vests while on holiday, but living in a city means that I’m surrounded by beautiful women who are able to pull off long sleeved blouses tucked into jeans and ankle boots in the height of summer, and who don’t look like they’re about to melt. I thought I’d give the look a try with this ensemble and while I couldn’t quite face skinny jeans (it is pushing 30 degrees after all) my trusty New Look shorts make an acceptable stand-in.
I picked this shirt up from Old Navy when we were in San Francisco and since it’s a little too big, I like tying it at my waist. It’s 100% cotton so it’s seriously comfortable in this weather, but it also creases like crazy. You win some, you loose some…
The shoes are from Dr Martens. When I was asked to take part in their #StandForSomething campaign, I was a little worried about how to handle thick leather boots (like my navy ones) in such hot weather, but fortunately they sell plenty of shoes and sandals too. I picked this pair of cherry red Adrian loafers from the Bristol store and the combination of classic chunky DM sole and fading red colour (a bit like the Chesterfield sofa I’m pining after for our living room) won me over in a heartbeat.
One of the things I like about Dr Martens is that you can’t be a wallflower while wearing them. They command attention and as such, my small but growing collection always pushes me to style them in interesting ways. I also feel like I could stomp around in them to my favourite music all day, which is an added bonus…
The Dr. Martens Store, 16 Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3HH
Cream and navy polka dot shirt – Old Navy / Shorts (old) – c/o New Look, Cabot Circus / Cherry red ‘Adrian’ shoes – c/o Dr Martens / Bowler hat – H&M Black bag – clothes swap