I’m really not complaining about the glorious weather we’ve been having, but it’s no doubt thrown many of us when it comes to getting dressed every morning. My looks of a usual February usually consist of jeans and jumpers, so by the time spring comes around I’m ready to shed the layers and embrace a bare leg like it’s still something scandalous; this year, however, I’ve still got a closet full of barely worn jumper dresses and heavy sweaters that haven’t seen the light of day since Christmas. Even my beloved parka jacket has barely been worn, only coming out of retirement for the short-lived snowfall! (Global warming is real folks.) So what do you wear during these ‘middle months’ without investing in short-lived choices that will be packed away again as quickly as they came out? Let me introduce you to the transitional little red dress…
Red isn’t usually a colour I go for, but as soon as I saw this on a mannequin in Zara I knew it was for me. The free-flowing layers and stretchy top keep it cool and casual, while the boldness of the print make somewhat of a statement; the cap sleeves (that just about fit over my bingo wings – damn you Zara and your inability to provide any additional arm room!) and length keep it modest enough for a summer wedding, as well as covering you up enough on those bright but chilly days to ensure a lightweight jacket and a pair of boots is all you need. It’s an easy option to chuck on when you’re not sure which way the weather is about to turn, or when you want to look like you’ve made more of an effort than you actually have. (Just me?)
The material is a little transparent so you ideally need a slip underneath it, but it’s kept me plenty warm enough even when the sun goes in. Right now I’m wearing it with cowboy boots and a leather jacket for a harder and more seasonal edge, but as soon as we hit summer it would look just as fab with a pair of sandals and a basket bag – or even heels and a clutch for a summer wedding. It’s just so versatile, and at £39.99 you really can’t complain. I’ve worn it loads already and I’ve no doubt it’ll keep me looking and feeling fabulous all the way until Autumn… A worthy use of my pennies, that’s for sure.
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