Simply Keeping Cool | FASHION

24 Jul 2016

Summer days are here finally, after many months of dreary weather and drizzly rain we are treated to some delicious sunshine.  These photos were taken during Leah's wedding celebrations and the weather was marvellous for their day, we picnicked in a school hall's garden and enjoyed a mini wedding festival with her loved ones.  It was such an idyllic and picturesque part of the world that I took the opportunity of friends with good photography skills and amazing location to shoot my outfit of the day. 
When it comes to the hot weather I love it if I have nothing to do and I'm lying by a pool, not so much if I have to be an adult and function as a human being.  Whilst I don't drip sweat much these days I do get hot, flustered and highly irritable so it's one of my top priorities to stay as cool as possible whilst the temperature is volcanic.  The way I do this primarily is wearing airy clothes that let my skin breath, I have a post coming soon on example outfits to keep cool in coming soon so stay tuned for that!

As the occasion called for something a little more formal than shorts and t-shirt, I opted for this Grazia dress from Simply Be which I'd had my eye on for a while.  You may recognise the fabric from my vlogs as I also have a maxi shirt in this from the same range, I just love the mix of geometric shapes with the floral notes.  As I had to size up a couple of times for the shirt on my bust I thought best to do the same for this dress and I'm glad I did - two sizes up and it fit like a dream.  
Now, there is copious amounts of room in the skirt so I do think if you're not that large chested you can get away with wearing a size nearer what you normally order.  I cinched mine in my a belt because it needed a little definition on the waist.

I then teamed this with some tan sandals (again from Simply Be, similar here) and my Cambridge Satchel to complete the look, throw on some sunnies and a coral lip and I was good to go.  Simply, chic, incredibly well ventilated!

 The dress is still available in a few sizes on line and I whole heartedly recommend it if you have an event coming up this Summer, like a wedding or christening - it's perfect and I got so many compliments on the day.  Maxi's are my go to for big events in the Summer, they are easy to wear and  style up or down dependant on the occasion.

What's your Summer go to to keep cool?

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