How do you do Summer?

22 April 2011

It's been a while since we've had a good old Tumblr round up.  Even though the posts for April on this blog are shockingly low, I can always rely on finding a few pictures a day to Tumblr and keep things ticking over nicely on my blog alter ego.  What I find fascinating is that you can easily see the seasons change through the pictures that pop up and my dashboard is now inundated with summer dresses, maxi skirts and sunglasses giving me far more inspiration than any magazine.  I thought I'd share a few of my favourite interpretations of warmer weather dressing I've seen recently.

topshop inside out

the coveted

I spent the earlier part of this week feeling insanely jealous of everyone at Coachella (especially this blogger) and have already been plotting as to how to get myself there next year.  It'd be a great change to go to a festival with guaranteed hot weather and I love how these two looks (from Inside Out and The Coveted) show a bit of creativity within the crazy temperatures.

style bubble


That Prada collection has a lot to answer for what with all the bold stripes and colour blocking around this season, but I think the element of fun has really resonated with people.  Colour can have such a positive effect on your mood and even though I do love my neutrals and greys, there's nothing quite like throwing on a bright dress and feeling happy to stand out.  I love how Susie has worn three skirts together to embrace the trend and I would totally try it, if I weren't afraid of the inevitable falling down scenario.  I need to get hold of the Zara striped top Mayo is wearing, which is most likely sold out and never fated to return again.

a pair and a spare

cinder and skylark


I do love a bit of controlled androgyny, to go against all the typical 'pretty' dresses and skirts.  This is best achieved with separates and a hat it seems. 

I think a slightly eccentric one-off vintage dress is perfect for Summer as this photo shows.  I have a few I need to brave and bring out of hibernation.


I know that knitwear isn't typically associated with summer, but I've still managed to find a few pictures for my knitspiration Tumblr.  With the crazy British weather, you always need another layer shoved in a bag and when the climate is at its indecisive best, a jumper or cardigan is the perfect outerwear.  I really love this chunky cabled jumper and might have to ask some of the more able hand knitters for some pattern advice.
vanessa jackman

The texture of this jumper Vanessa Jackman snapped reminds me of some knitting I once did made from plastic bags, though this looks like a possibly more comfortable ribbon alternative.  Loosely stitched knitwear is also a great Summer staple, though I don't really own much in this weight.  If I'm not too sick of knitting over come July I might try and whip one up using some tape yarn I have!

april archive
See how the archives have changed over the months

How are you interpreting Summer dressing wherever you live?  I don't have much time to take outfit pictures these days (this Easter weekend will be spent in Hermitville again while I figure out collection stuff) but I can't wait to share them with you again!

Happy Easter everyone!

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  1. Susie Bubble's style is quite mad!

  2. Great post , love the variation of summer styles.

    Suzie is always instantly recognisable... and really like the tennessee tee style shot.


  3. You picked some gorgeous outfits - pleats and tied-up cardigans are my favourites right now!

    Hope the collectionstuff is going well, and thank you for the facebook invite to the show. So sorry I won't be able to make it but I can't wait for my mug to arrive so I can sip my tea from it and imagine myself there!

  4. Definitely loving all your Summer inspirations on Tumblr. I actually love looking back at my archive and seeing how my months inspirations look like all together. Big fan of Mayo Wu, not all Hong Kongers dress like her so it's so refreshing to find a HK Blogger who is into more girly outfits outfits!

  5. I love seeing other people's inspiration! Unfortunately I am very much a pretty dresses and skirts kinds girl especially when it gets warm! :)

    Maria xxx

  6. i think a tie front shirt is allll i want to wear this summer x

  7. some lovely inspiration, i especially like frassy's outfit, she has such great style.

    i'm so glad i joined tumblr, it's a great way to see other bloggers inspirations, and is that me i spy in your archive? hehe.


  8. i love susies and the girl with the pink socks! cute outfitsss

  9. Love this summer style round-up. I'm a huge fan of the high waisted skirt, knotted top as seen in the first two looks. Frassy looks amazing too, as always.

    I love separates for summer - easy shorts, flirty skirts, oversized tees and chiffon blouses paired with flat leather sandals and a straw trilby. And the obligatory cardigan, like you say! x

  10. nice tumblr selection, i'm loving all the socks and sandals :) xx

  11. Lovely and inspiring pictures ! I love Susie Bubble !

  12. I'm loving all these pictures:) enjoyed every single one of them and loved reading all you've written. Coachella.. celebration with a lot of fashion and celebs in the mix? or chill, behind sunnies, enjoying the music?:)

  13. I love crop tops that tie up at the front <3