Summer, probably most people favourite season of the year. Some of us are lucky enough to live where the sun shines 365 days a year. The rest, like myself, has to enjoy the rare occasions that we can actually bare those legs!
When we do get the change, things might get a little tricky with the outfits. One thing I’ve learnt from Dutch summers is that you can never trust the weather forecast. Like ever. Therefore you have to master the art of predicting the weather, or more realistically; the art of layering. Most of us will have to go with the latter.
Knowing myself, layering is something I always struggle with. During summer things can get really hot and sticky, believe me no one wants that! Now layering is usually seen as throwing on basic after basic, at least that’s how I saw it. However this is far from true.
Lately there’s been an entire hype going on about the ‘French Wardrobe System’ and similar clothing/wardrobe systems to keep the number of items in your closet low, whilst still looking fashionable. Don’t get me wrong, I really admire these systems and I am trying to gradually mix them into my own wardrobe. I have to say, though, that I prefer to wear more colour during summer. Therefore, these systems aren’t really suitable for me during this season.
Hence I tried to create my own little system with some items I know I would love to wear all summer long. Although this turned out to look more like ‘lookbook’ than an actual system, I did manage to create a few lovely outfits I’d love to share with you!
All of the following outfits are based on a pink crop top from New Look. I just think that crop tops are perfect, especially for summer. They make it seem more acceptable to wear jeans when it’s hot, because you’re bearing a lot of skin already. Although this crop top doesn’t really show much more than a little mid-riff.
For this first outfit I styled the top with a white lace skirt from Zara and a denim shirt from Stradivarius. Since you’ve got your legs out, the denim shirt can act as a ‘coat’ for when it gets a bit colder. As soon as the temperature rises, all you have to do is take the denim shirt off and put in your bag (or even tie it around your waist). White is just a go-to shade for summer, especially if you wear black a lot during the other seasons. Just try changing your usual black into something white!
This outfit is a bit more daring maybe. I decided on a pair of light-wash mum jeans from Primark, the pink top and an H&M kimono. Kimonos are perfect for summer! When you’re not comfortable enough to bare your arms, or for when you just don’t really trust the weather you can just throw on one of them. Their fabric is so lightweight you will barely notice that you’re wearing anything, they also add the perfect amount of cool to any outfit. I’m obsessed!
Simple, comfy and chic. That’s all I really have to say for this outfit. Something I always tend to wear during summer, are a pair of loose printed trousers. They’re airy, without you having to bare any skin. I personally think they look so cool and laid-back at the same time. To spice this pair of trousers from Forever 21 up a little, I added the crop top. You could obviously wear these trousers with a white shirt or something like that, but this top just makes this outfit a little bit more interesting and less pyjama-like. These type of trousers can look a little like pyjama bottoms, so be careful with how you style them.
Can you tell I love floral prints for summer? It’s slowly becoming some sort of obsession… Anyways, this is an outfit I actually wore to the 1D concert. The Topshop jeans will ensure that you won’t show too much of your belly, and the kimono/blazer from Miss Selfridge covers up your arms for when it gets colder. I felt so comfy in this outfit, it’s definitely one I will wear again! The combination is perfect for those in-between days, when you don’t really know if it’s going to be hot.
So these are all my outfits, but if you need some more help with creating the perfect summer looks have a look at the farfetch website. They have some amazing new summer items on their site, and there’s a huge sale going on as well!
Lots of love,