Up here int’ north of England, a very British summer has descended. With virtually no warning, this oh so warm arrived and with it a total quandary about what to wear. While it may be warm, it’s cloudy and overcast in Lancashire. I’m not the type of girl to whip out a summer dress, nor shorts, in my home town, choosing to hold out in jeans for as long as possible. Let’s face it, a midi skirt is a compromise. Sometimes though, you have to break out of your comfort zone and try something new. Ladies, I present you with…
Shorts. Yes, shorts. The mortal enemy of pear-shaped girls everywhere, it seems we are calling a truce…for now. You’d be forgiven for thinking, ‘how bloomin’ ridiculous, how can someone find it difficult to wear something as basic as shorts?’, because I’ve often berated myself with that point too, but I do find it tricky. Being petite, with chunky thighs and being ghostly pale too (just lucky, I guess), I’ve always sought to cover that part of my body. That was until I happened to find these amazing shorts from Oasis. Had I been shopping online, these shorts would have never seen my virtual shopping basket. I doubt I’d have given them more than a fleeting glance. Until, desperation convinced me to give them a try as I strolled past them whilst holiday shopping in Oasis.

So, here they are, making me feel comfortable and summery all at the same time. Oasis, I salute you. They are just what I was looking for to accompany this Joules blouse, which has sat in my wardrobe just waiting for its perfect partner. When the good folk over at Joules offered me this pretty floral shirt, one look at that pretty mustard shade mixed with pops of pink convinced me that it was just what my wardrobe was missing. Pretty colours in a sea of monochrome. 
I just wasn’t prepared for that length….it’s so long. Too long to wear untucked. As we know, Joules clothing can be a generous fit and as I straddle a size 10 and 12, I opted for a 10. Aren’t I glad I did! The top is a loose fit and has a bohemian feel to it, perfect for summer days. If you’re not petite, I imagine it to be festival perfect worn loose over a pair of denim hot pants. Unfortunately, I am petite meaning it can be multi-functional as a mini-dress or can only be worn tucked in. It is impractically long. Tucked in it is. That said, despite its flaws, I can’t help but like it and I can definitely see me wearing it again come autumn/winter time. 

Outfit Details 
// Floral blouse :: c/o Joules //
// Chino shorts :: Oasis //
// Rust satchel :: Brit Stitch //
// Leather sandals :: Asos (via Depop) //
// Black Fedora :: Primark //
Now that the sales have hit, I’ve found myself trying to find things that will take me into autumn/winter. Thicker materials, darker colours. I’ve found very little, but I just couldn’t resist this fedora from Primark. At the moment, the clothing in Primark is just not cutting it for me. It either feels too young or the quality is terrible. At £7, this 100% wool fedora feels like a real find and I’m sure I’ll be wearing it lots come autumn.
How do you dress for hot summer days? 
Have you found any bargains in the sales?  
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