Natural Selection

PART II: WHITE HEAT

This post is adapted from my fashion feature in    Stylist Magazine   .

This post is adapted from my fashion feature in Stylist Magazine.

Immersed, as I am, in the full heat of a London summer, I’m relieved to have packed my go-to colour of the season - WHITE! It may only be a psychological effect (scientists dispute the theory), but I truly feel cooler, lighter and fresher wearing white in the searing heat.

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Linen lovers will adore this dress! The natural creases mean less time ironing and more time enjoying your holiday! It’s a breathable, natural fabric and the loose cut and airy style allow for maximum ventilation, without exposing too much skin. The high neck and maxi length offer modesty and a level of cover that’s more cooling than dressing in barely there pieces. Essentially optional, the waist belt can be tied loosely in the high heat of midday.

~ Style Notes ~

Keep styling minimal with neutral-toned or matching white accessories. Here, I’ve mixed the two - using shell, wood, straw, tigereye and white patent leather - in a range of warm tones, textures and natural materials that harmonise to bring a subtle glamour to this summer maxi.

~ Shop the Look ~

 
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Sadly, the white linen maxi sold out before I could publish! I’ve located two gorgeous alternatives which you can click to shop, above. One is a very good, linen-mix dupe (top) and the other is a cotton off-the-shoulder dress, with a frilled hem that echoes my dress. Similarly, the little little shell-embellished bag has gone, but these 2 options are super-cute substitutes - one pearl-adorned and the other cowrie-shell-encrusted! My Gucci sandals are my own and many seasons old, so I’ve linked this year’s slider alternative for you.

Very Versatile

A white dress is the ultimate, go-anywhere option, whether staycaytioning or roaming further afield. It works equally well at the beach bar, in a searing hot city, or in when relaxing in a little village gîte in the heart of the French countryside! A great choice for summer days or nights, a bright white maxi dress is a classic that you’ll wear season after season. 


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Natural Selection ~ In Detail

~ Beauty Notes ~

 
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Given my recent revelations about my fear of flashing the flesh in summer (due to my sun damaged skin) I thought I’d add a little insight into my summer beauty favourites so you can feel as confident and glamorous as they make me feel!

Clearly, the topknot is a year-round staple, but in summer it’s a regular necessity, whether you’ve jumped out the pool to run to the shops or are going from beach to bar, tying long hair up in a knot is a chic and cool option that only takes a minute, an elastic and a couple of hair pins. Add a slick of gel for that sleek, wet look that screams “summer”!

I’ve used Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs on my upper body here - it’s waterproof on the skin, but washes off if you get it on your dress (linked below)!

Vita Liberata Trystal Mineral Powder claims to offer a ‘fake tan’ effect in a powder, and, while I think it washes off completely, it is the best bronzer I’ve found, so I still use it over my light, Almost Powder Clinique foundation to add that sun kissed glow without the UVA!

These über sexy lashes are my favourite. I found them for my wedding (4 years ago) and haven’t worn anything else since! They’re by Illamasqua and they’re linked (and on sale) above.

Finally, my lips! I’ve used a deep, chocolatey-brown, semi-matte finish lipstick by NARS for a more neutral alternative to red. I’ve linked the colour above - it’s called ‘Pigalle’.

 
 
 

This post is adapted from my fashion feature in Insight Magazine. To read the full piece, and much more besides, click these images!

 

If you missed Part I: Bohemian Rhapsody, catch up here! Part III: Tonal Texture Fest coming soon - stay tuned!

As always, I’m delighted you stopped by. Share your concerns about wearing white in summer below [or send a private message here] and I’ll be sure to get back to you with my best advice!

Thanks!

Nx