Hello from my hometown of Bristol. Apologies for the lack of blog and Instagram posts last week but the last ten days have been some of the worst of my whole life. I received some devastating news about someone very close to me, which meant taking a last minute plane back to the UK from Canada. I don’t think I am quite ready to speak about this in depth but I am sure I will one day so please bear with me. But, when tragedy strikes, as it does in someone’s personal life every day, sometimes all we can do is try to bring a sense of normality to our life and for me that is creating outfits and writing about them.
I call this look “British Summer In The City”. Although it has been absolutely glorious for most of the last week or so here in the UK, with temperatures reaching well above 25 degrees (pass me the fan!), most of the time British summer weather is rather up and down. One minute the sun is shining and the next minute a cloud covers it and it can feel rather chilly once again. So getting dressed can be quite a challenge, never knowing what Mr Weatherman might throw at us that day or how much skin we should bare.
Enter the shorts and long sleeve shirt combination – the perfect British summer outfit for a sunny afternoon in the city of Bristol, showing just enough skin to keep me cool but not feeling overexposed in this lovely loose fitting shirt. To be honest, I have no qualms with wearing short shorts and a cami on a hot British summer day spent in the city – when it’s hot, it’s hot and I think we need to wear whatever we want to feel comfortable. But for those days of unpredictable weather or for those of you who prefer to keep the skin bearing for holidays only, this look is a great compromise.
If you read my last outfit post on WHITE JEANS, you will not be surprised to see the first outfit styled from my “home wardrobe” features this amazing pair of white denim cut off shorts. I am so happy to be reunited with them, as they are a great alternative from the usual blue ones, and are definitely coming back to Montreal with me. I bought this white shirt off a friend in Paris but have never gotten round to styling it properly, until now. To create an interesting silhouette, I tucked it into the shorts on one side – and this ensures people know I was wearing shorts as this shirt is at that awkward length that could leave people guessing!
I really like this simple white look. Recently I have been enjoying putting together relatively basic outfits, leaving the cut, styling and, most importantly, the accessories, to do the talking. This vintage tan leather cat bag is another item with which I have been reunited in England and I bloody love it. I bought it years ago in Paris for €5 just because I love cats but have never really worn it. It adds a touch of fun to the outfit and its colour is a nice contrast to the all white ensemble and compliments my beloved red Nike Cortez perfectly. I finished off the look with a red lip, my round beige sunglasses and these oval gold hoops. I'm getting more and more into earrings as it's such a simple way of updating an outfit and these are one of the most recent additions to my growing statement earring collection.
Wow that felt good to get back in the blogging game and write some nonsense about fashion! My next post will probably be next week because I am going to a spa in Devon today and then…I’M GOING THE GLASTONBURY! That’s right, I somehow managed to secure myself a last minute Glastonbury ticket so I’ll be heading down to Worthy Farm for the eighth time on Friday and I cannot wait! Make sure to follow my adventures over on INSTAGRAM @izziehardy – business is back up and running – and thank you for reading ☺