Sudden Weather Confusion: What Do We Wear Now?

boden hyacinth dress

After a glorious, long spell of hot weather, temperatures have dramatically dipped in the UK, seemingly leaving half the population wondering what an earth to wear. It’s as though we’ve completely forgotten what normal dressing is. What type of footwear goes with trousers? What even are trousers?

I saw a man yesterday walking into Bath Spa station wearing chino shorts with polished black dress shoes, his briefcase bouncing off his hairy legs as he strode along. One lady was clutching both a battery-operated mini-fan and a coat in her right hand, an umbrella looped over her left, covering as many meteorological scenarios as possible. I saw someone wearing a tie with a polo shirt, another wearing a pinstriped suit with rubber flip flops.

I’ve fallen into the (not altogether displeasing) routine of wearing flimsyish summer dresses with huge, warm, fluffy cardigans over the top. It means that I can continue wearing the exact same wardrobe as during the heatwave (mostly my Whistles dresses) but keep off any brief chilly moments with a mountain of cardigan fuzz. This approach to dressing does have its disadvantages, mainly that there’s no middle ground – only lightweight dress or centrally-heated fur-suit (it’s like being a cat) but it’s convenient (what’s easier than slipping on a cardy?) and it means that I don’t have to delve into the jeans drawer.

boden hyacinth dress

I have no idea where this post is going, other than to tell you about a new dress I bought a couple of weeks ago – the Hyacincth from Boden*. I thought that the print was a bit rock ‘n’ roll – tiny stars on a green background – but on closer inspection they’re actually flowers. Still, even with the fluttery sleeves and wispy fabric, it doesn’t feel overly pretty – it lends itself very well to being toughened up with a leather jacket and some buckled boots. I couldn’t find mine (and it was still twenty four degrees outside) so I dug out some old Topshop boots.

boden hyacinth dress

I say old, but I don’t think I’ve worn these green suede beauties even once! Do you remember when I featured them, way back in 2015? I called them the “perfect autumn boots” (post here). But despite their “high end feel” and “gorgeous sexy shape” they didn’t make it out of the cupboard. Big mistake – huge! The heel is just lovely, the colour looks very expensive and the buckle is a brilliant designer detail. If Topshop ever make these again (they were called Honey) then snap them up. They’re not hugely comfy, but neither are they torturous. Selling them there, aren’t I?

boden hyacinth dress

Back to the Hyacinth dress and its flippy, lightweight fabric – this is the sort of dress you can wear immediately and layer up as the weather gets cooler. Sandals and no cardigan in August, white trainers and chunky knitwear in September, wool coat and a cashmere hat in November. You’ll have to ad lib for October, it’s always a weird month, and by December you should really have worked out how to layer stuff. It’s really as simple as just adding more clothes.

boden hyacinth dress

You can find the Hyacinth at Boden online here* – it’s £60 but I had a voucher code on the back of a flyer and got 10% off. I have the size 10, regular, and it’s satisfyingly roomy. I’m usually a large UK10/small 12, so I’d say that this dress comes up slightly large. It has quite a relaxed fit anyway – it would look very wrong if it was tight – but if you’re on the fence between two sizes I’d probably plump for the smaller one. Actually, I just order two sizes when I’m buying online and then send the wrong one back – nearly everyone has a free returns service these days…

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  1. Daniela
    August 12, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    Never mind the dress – where did you find that gorgeous table and chairs?

    • August 13, 2018 / 10:49 am

      They are Russell Woodard, we picked them up at a flea market and then looked them up on 1st Dibs and they were thousands of pounds!! Another flea market success… : )

  2. August 10, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    I am currently wearing a teddy hoodie and short floral silk shorts, the confusion has arrived in Germany too. I do work from home today though, so I think I am excused.

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

  3. Dawn
    August 10, 2018 / 9:58 am

    Terrible but true story.
    Yesterday I attended a meeting in London and as I wondered casually down Oxford street afterwards (granted, meeting nowhere remotely near Oxford Street) the heavens opened. Soaked to the skin I sought refuge. Happily Selfridges Beauty Workshop was able to accommodate me. Possibly not the cheapest way I have hidden from storms but I just wasn’t dressed for it.

  4. Hannah
    August 10, 2018 / 6:40 am

    I was almost gleeful at having to find the duvet after 6 weeks of just a sheet, Victorianesque cotton nightie (who remembers Past Times?), deskfan and strict instructions to the husband to stay on his side of the bed.

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