24 May 2010

hot, hot heat

So, wow - it's been a beautiful weekend! Especially for us pasty Scottish folk. But the hot weather got me to thinking about fashion crimes commited when the temperature soars AND those who get it right when the mercury rises.

On Saturday, I chose to rock (if I do say so myself), my gorgeous new yellow leopard print maxi dress, courtesy of H and M, belted at the waist so as not to look like a moo-moo. Fling on some gold Havaianas (the most comfortable flip flop) and I was hot to trot. Of course it was far too hot to trot anywhere, so I made do with a casual stroll.

Now, there were some lovely ladies out there working fabulous looks. I'm favouring rolled up denim cut off shorts with an oversized slouchy vest or cotton top worked with some slouchy military sandals - check out these lovelies from schuh! Anything that says casual and comfortable yet chic works for me. Sadlly, my legs are not fortunate enough to be knocking about in shorts but I just look on enviously and give silent fashion points to anyone I see doing a good job with them.

What doesn't work? Hmm - black skinnies, black top, tan leather jacket? Any other day, I'd rate it as understated chic. On a HOT day, it's a sweaty mess of a no-no! Ditto military boots. I am LOVING them and am so on for them being worked for S/S - it's schuh ones I'm feeling again - but, on a day so hot, they're all wrong. However, my pet hate is the very British, 'no idea what to do on a hot day' wearers of inappropriate-unless-in-a-gym (and even them you're pushing it) jersey leisure wear. It does no favour and makes the lithest of people look lumpy. And slobby. Oh dear. Still, maybe better that than a crispy yet wobbly overexposed torso, eh?

Ladies, if in doubt, flaunt what you got, and hide what you don't with cool cotton. God bless the maxi dress...

ps - Baz Luhrmann (or Mary Schmich) had it bang on with the sunscreen!

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