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Summer Trends: Yellow dresses, espadrilles & straw bags

sasha wilkins wearing a yellow dress, tie ribbon wedge espadrilles and a wide brim straw hat - 2Marks & Spencer M&S Collection Tiered Cuff Detail Long Sleeve Midi Dress
(All outfit details below)

Yellow. Blimey. For a woman whose wardrobe has historically only contained navy, black and grey this is *quite* the change. For one thing, I have never felt quite as conspicuous as I did in this dress. But then I decided to own it and rather enjoyed looking like a sunflower at Briony and Mark’s post-wedding picnic in the Fellows’ Garden of King’s College, Cambridge.

I’ve recently become a convert to the idea of the pretty throw-on summer dress – one that washes like a dream, doesn’t necessarily need ironing, and can be dressed up or down. This one looks as good slipped over a swimsuit with flip-flops as it does with my espadrille wedges. (I love the Liberty print ribbon ties on this pair.)

If you have a darker skin tone then this dress will look wonderful on you any day; if, like me, your natural skin tone is skimmed milk (chalk white with a hint of blue) then I advise a layer of fake tan. I got a spray tan for the wedding, due to lack of time, but for pretty much foolproof and streak-free self-tan then I recommend either using St Tropez or Madame LaLa mousse with a tanning mitt (M&S do one for a fiver here, or building up in two days with Tan Luxe The Gradual Tan from SpaceNK (slightly more colour than your usual gradual tanners, and a lovely raspberry smell).

Accessories-wise, this summer is all about straw bags and tie-ribbon espadrilles, which suits me just fine as I have a wardrobe packed with same items. If you want to make like a fashion editor this summer, then you probably need this rigid Topshop straw bucket bag – a nice nod at a trend for £24 but, for those of you looking for a more practical daytime bag, I’ve put together an edit of straw bags below, along with one for yellow dresses, one for espadrilles, and one for straw hats.

sasha wilkins wearing a yellow dress, tie ribbon wedge espadrilles and a wide brim straw hat - 2
MY OUTFIT STYLE NOTES

Marks & Spencer M&S Collection Tiered Cuff Detail Long Sleeve Midi Dress
There are a couple of deals on the M&S site at the moment: £10 beauty box when you spend £40 on clothing, beauty & homeware. Search product code T311155G & add to bag to redeem. Free standard delivery on orders over £50. Conditions apply.

Christopher Kane catseye sunglasses  (gifted)

Straw Hat  – mine was a TKMaxx bargain from Florentine milliner Memar a few years ago, but this one from ASOS is a pretty good dupe – and it’s just £16.

Liberty Print Tie Ribbon Espadrilles. These super pretty on and very comfortable ones were by Para Gabia from La Redoute last year, available this season in red and in cream colourways, but sadly sold out in navy.  (This year’s navy version is here.)
There is free delivery on everything on La Redoute until Monday.

Straw bag: A lovely gift from my friends at Trish McEvoy; sadly it’s not available in the UK, but I have put some options in the carousels below.

(If you are reading this post either on the Daily Email or on mobile, you may need to click through to the actual blog to see the product carousels.)

ESPADRILLES

STRAW BAGS

STRAW HATS

YELLOW DRESSES

With big thanks to Danielle from FashionistaBarbie for taking my pics

 

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