Sorry I haven’t been more use on capsule Spring/Summer wear this year. But I haven’t really changed my mind about any of it. You need jeans and t-shirts and khaki cargo trousers and one black dress. And that’s it.
But I have now decided on my summer look for this year – drumroll!! When I say that I mean I have resigned myself to an outfit that I will most probably end up wearing most days whenever it is hot. The one that I will actually wear, not the one that I think I will wear, as I am still doing that thing where I only buy clothes for my actual life, not some weird fantasy life.
And my Real-Life summer outfit this year will most probably be: denim shorts (or khaki trousers), espadrilles, a hat – and a linen shirt.
Below are some images from Pinterest for inspiration only. I know none of us looks like these girls.
I saw a lot of this on tourists in Morocco – although more with blue striped shirts than !PUT YOUR STICKY HANDS ALL OVER ME, KIDS! white shirts. It turns out Morocco and particularly the Ourika Valley is very much the place to be for the English middle class in Spring and apparently this is what we’re all wearing now.
You probably sensibly have a lot of linen shirts already. I only have one, bought on the Ile de Re last summer, which I love, but it is very billowy and the buttons are a little feeble and keep slopping open, which isn’t helpful.
It has suddenly occurred to me that I could have more linen shirts, perhaps – and even maybe something a little more structured.
I have not historically much fancied wearing shirts in the summer because there’s something about crisp cotton that makes me sweat just looking at it. I have resisted linen so far because of the creasing thing but in a shirt as opposed to trousers or a dress – and especially on holiday – does it really matter?
So I went out today and bought two linen shirts – one incredibly expensive and one incredibly cheap.
The expensive one was by the LA brand Rails, available at Trilogy– it was blue and white striped and was just exactly the thing I was looking for.
Because absolutely everyone is a bastard trying to ruin my life, the shirt is not available online in the UK, only on the American site. But I did also try on this one below, with little hearts on it, which shows you the kind of thing I mean and was also really beautiful. Size up. I got an M but an L would have been even better.
The cheap one was from Gap, one of their “fitted boyfriend” shirts – (is it time maybe to ditch the “boyfriend” prefix on every. Single. Thing?) Gap are one of the worst culprits of vanity sizing – that is, making all their clothes utterly huge so that you can take a size XXS if you are a 12 and feel really smug. Anyway I got an XS in this shirt. The difference in quality between the two shirts is only really noticeable when they are side by side. I plan to wear both into rags.
If I had a beach holiday coming up any time soon I would buy this shirt in navy blue Tall, size XL and use it as a beach cover-up. When we were in Oman there was a woman there who wore a black beach shirt like that with silver hoop earrings and black Birkies and she looked very chic.