Why I’m not scared of summer style now – featuring floral dresses

Floral summer dresses

Whenever summer ends and autumn arrives I always breathe a huge sigh of relief that it’s the end of not knowing what the hell to wear. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE summer as a season (as a Mum of two it’s also the best and easiest time to be a parent by a country mile) — but dressing myself for these hotter months is so tough.

In autumn it’s just jeans, boots, coat. Easy as that.

I think it’s because I have never been a huge fan of showing too much flesh (well, in my 30’s + anyway…when I was 18 I had no problem with this). I also struggle with selecting very pretty clothes and anything too flouncy, and have thus stuck only with easy summer basics.

Until now.

There are just TOO many lovely outfits and pieces around to ignore. And I have been so tempted lately to get into the swing of style properly this season. Plus, I want to feel as happy with style in the summer as I do in autumn — and not wishing it away all the time. I want to feel as confident as I do when I’m more covered up.

I’m therefore here today to talk about full-on summer style — i.e. floral dresses.

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Now two years ago there’s NO WAY I’d have worn something like this (other than to a summer wedding), but not only are they now a) beautiful yet affordable, b) completely on trend, c) perfect for festivals & holidays and d) everywhere right now, they’re also incredibly versatile too.

You can wear a dress like this Warehouse floral dress I have on in these photos on holiday, or to a party, or you could pop on some trainers and do the school run in it. You could also wear it with boots and throw over a jumper on cooler days / being out with the family.

They feel very Florence and The Machine.

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Dress, Warehouse Β£59 // Shoes, Mango Β£35.99 // Straw bag, Topshop (sold out) shop similar here

Everyone knows that I’m a shortie (I’m 5ft 2in) and so these long dresses do work better on taller women, for sure, but I think that as long as they’re not too oversized or very baggy then they look lovely on us short girls too. This one has a draw string waist, which I have pulled in, and it’s a better look for me and stops me looking like a sack of potatoes!

For colder days I would add a denim or a leather jacket. Or I’d wear it with a casual blazer and some Converse.

Find my top picks of floral dresses from the high street here:

It’s no secret that I absolutely love everything Mango are creating at the moment, they can do no wrong for me; they’re bang on trend (yet more ‘grown up’ than the likes of Topshop), and it all fits me really well. I also think that M&S are doing some brilliant pieces at the moment too that are superb quality and very stylish.

Have I sold you on this trend? Are you a fan?

Love, Jess x






Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. April 24, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Love this I’m also a more autumn kinda girl. I never really know what to wear during spring I recently bought a dress from asos that was meant to be midi length, ended up maxi!! I’m 5ft 5 so definitely checking out these recommendations.

    • Jess
      April 25, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      Thank you and go for it – definitely try them on and I am sure you’ll love them πŸ™‚ xx

  2. April 25, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    Such a pretty dress, Jess. I’m happier in jeans and a jumper because I never feel like I go anywhere smart enough to wear a dress. Plus, they don’t really work with wellies πŸ™‚

    • Jess
      April 26, 2018 / 9:37 am

      I think it would look great with wellies! Go for it! πŸ™‚

  3. April 27, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    Oh my that is the most beautiful dress but I’m with rachel I’m not sure what shoes I would wear with it, as I live in flats these days!

    • Jess
      April 29, 2018 / 1:46 pm

      Trainers look amazing and so comfy too πŸ™‚ xx

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