Summer in London oscillates between two extremes - the desperately hot, picnic-lunch, sweaty-Tube days, where people eat outside and make exclamations about how lovely/awful the weather is; or the cold, windy, dreary "summer" days, where people spend as little time as possible outdoors and make exclamations about how awful the weather is for June.
Right now we're experiencing a delightful mix of the two in which the mornings are absolutely freezing and the afternoons are scorching and deserving of an ice cream or two. I'm struggling with appropriate clothing for such weather, piling on layer after layer, then peeling them off as the day progresses. So when House of Fraser contacted me to see if I would be interested in styling up this spring jumper from Linea Weekend, I instantly began plotting how well this would fit into my current wardrobe!
To those of you who live in warmer, sunnier climes, a jumper in June may sound ludicrous but trust me it's not. This jumper, with its ladder insert and short sleeves, is practically perfect for chilly mornings or cooler evenings when the Pimms has been drunk and you're left reclining on the grass as the sun fades away. It was around this time six years ago that Jon and I got together over a late night barbecue, during which we drank Bacardi Breezers, debated the merits of Britney Spears' music, and Jon offered me his jacket to keep me warm. Just think, that touching gesture may never have occurred, had I only thought to keep a few summer knits on hand!
I chose to style it with a simple lace vest, my favourite warm-weather trousers (comfy as PJs, work appropriate, and covered in a pony print - perfection!) and my new sandals from New Look. A few choice pieces of jewellery, topped off by a flower crown for a touch of whimsy, and I was off, prancing around the field like the horses adorning my trousers.
I quite like the contrasts this outfit presents, with the cosy jumper offset by the flowers and sandals. Perfectly suitable for our unpredictable UK summers! I also adore the hazy sunny evenings we've been having lately - here's hoping they stick around for a bit! How are you styling yourself through this transitional weather?
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