We’ve been having the most glorious sunshine in the UK these past few days, and the impact it seems to have on everyone’s mood is incredible. Happy people are bouncing down the street, hanging out in parks and demolishing as much ice cream as they can get their hands on (and wearing their best summer fashion while they’re doing it.) But with the warmer weather comes the challenge of looking good while keeping cool – especially if you’re over a certain size. In the colder weather it’s easy to cover up the bits of your body you’re not so keen on and highlight the parts you are, but the need to de-layer and expose that skin to the warmer elements can be a real challenge for many. We’re removed of our security blankets (in some cases literally) and have to find wardrobe staples that tick the boxes of looking fab, making us feel great and preventing us from overheating. That’s a struggle in itself, let alone having to deal with the judgement of others in the process; at this time of year that becomes incessant and unpleasant.
Over the last few years my body has massively changed; I’ve reached my mid thirties and things are starting to stick out, wobble and grow in places that were once taught and pert. One of my biggest insecurities is the bingo wing situation that seems to creep up on the majority of women no matter how much you try, as well as the back fat that sits proudly over the edge of some of my strappier dresses. When I put on a sundress over the bank holiday I became incredibly aware of these areas and thought about covering them up with a cardigan, but within about ten minutes it was so ruddy hot I whipped it off and lathered on some sun lotion instead. Why should I not be able to enjoy the heat of the sun on my skin as much as the next person, just because my body doesn’t necessarily fit the societal ‘norm’?
Social media provides an incredibly easy way to pick fault, make fun of and generally insult those that might choose differently to you; with the warmer weather the images of larger ladies in small pieces of clothing start to creep into my timelines, with corresponding insults and jokes about their appearance. It brings with it snarky comments about women needing to cover up or hide away, and it feeds into our insecurities when we just want to sit on the beach in peace. We’re all out there just doing out best, trying to keep cool and enjoy the sunshine – no matter our size, shape or clothing choices – so here’s a friendly reminder to not judge anyone else for what they’re wearing. Whether it’s a swimsuit with denim cut offs, a bingo-wing exposing sundress or a maxi that’s quite tight, just remember that that person is probably experiencing insecurities and you pointing them out to the wider world achieves nothing but cruelty.
So the next time you start to subconsciously pick fault with an outfit or the way a woman is presenting herself, flip that around and think about how happy she probably is enjoying a touch of sun. I’m well aware that my skin is practically see-through and that my arms have seen better days, but as long as I’m happy who else are those bingos affecting?
So with that dealt with, let’s chat about this super cute little outfit I wore over the bank holiday weekend to keep me cool and comfy. Shirt dresses are such a great summer option as they offer structure and elegance while still keeping your body feeling cool; the cotton material is perfect for sitting in a pub garden or wearing to the office, and this white number from Joanie looks effortlessly retro-chic too. The little yellow embroidered flowers add a subtle feminine detail, while the lining ensures you won’t be flashing your knickers to anyone stood behind you on the escalator! Annoyingly the waistline seems to pop out when you move and really could’ve done with an extra button (I’ll be sewing in a popper this weekend,) but the pockets more than make up for it. I’m so easily pleased.
Metallics are so hot for summer, and these gold sliders from Kurt Geiger are just the ticket. I bought them during those scorching few days a couple weeks ago as I’d yet to take out my summer wardrobe from the garage, and have been wearing them with everything from maxi dresses to jeans and tees since. They’re so comfy and really help to effortlessly update an outfit – proof that sometimes the simplest of accessories are the best! Also worth mentioning is this gorge Chloe dupe handbag from Shein which cost less than twenty quid; it’s incredibly sturdy, large enough to fit all my essentials, is the perfect shade of nude and doesn’t feel like a ‘fake’ (more like it’s been inspired by the iconic style.)
I felt happy wearing this outfit and had quite a few compliments on my dress, so that’s all that matters to me right now. That and another cold glass of rosé being delivered to me ASAP…
Joanie Embroidered Shirt Dress | £38.00 | LINK
Shein Pink Shoulder Bag | £20.00 | SIMILAR HERE
Kurt Geiger Gold Flat Sandals
| £39.00 (Currently £29.00) | LINK
Henry London Rose Gold Watch | £135.00 | LINK
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Photos Taken By Kirsty: fashionforlunch.net
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