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5 favourite things from my summer wardrobe

Summer clothes can be a challenge: trying to combine colours that suit you, with cooling fabrics and cuts that flatter in one garment is never easy. Add to that the pressure of revealing areas that have been hidden all Winter, the extra pounds you meant to lose and didn’t, and it can all feel very stressful.

I envy how easy it seems to dress in Summer for men, but I have learnt a very important clothes buying tip from Mr A – when you find something that really works, buy two, or even three. As I get older I am all about reducing the clothes I own to the ones that really work and having a ‘uniform’ so I don’t spend hours on getting dressed.

Here are 5 things that work for me in Summer.

Tropical Trend

As someone who loves Autumnal bottle greens, teal, mustard and browns, the sudden arrival of bright colours and pastels can make shopping doubly challenging. For years I thought I had to embrace it, but now I realise I can just reduce the overwhelming shopping choices by sticking to colours I know suit me, and have things I will wear in other seasons too. The last few years the tropical trend has been a lifesaver. Although, the neon vest only comes out when there is enough build up of fake tan, it’s not a colour I usually wear.

Harem pants

Jersey harem trousers in tropical prints (as close to bottle green as I can get) and vests have been a staple. I wish I had bought 3 pairs of these at the time, as Mr A told me to, as they wore really quickly as I lived in them. Great for travelling too as they are really cosy, and if you attract mosquitoes, they are an evening lifesaver for ankles!

Denim Shorts

Denim shorts mean I can just carry on wearing my normal ‘uniform’ of a top/t-shirt and jeans, knowing that everything will still match. For years I always wore floaty skirts and t shirts  in summer, but with kids, shorts are just so much more practical.



I’ve ditched a lot of my strappy summer dresses because I got fed up of having to have bras to match their silly strap configurations, and I am too concerned about sun burn to risk exposing my shoulders.

I was given a Kaftan on a press trip to Turkey and it quickly became my favourite summer holiday item. They are so cool and easy to wear, just throw it on and instantly feel holidayish. No need for a special bra, plus they take up next to no room in your case – all my favourite colours too, check!

JD Williams invited me to pick a couple of items to share here, so with a trip to Menorca on the horizon, for a travel bloggers conference, I decided to choose new things for my holiday wardrobe. I’ve never shopped with them before, but now I have clear ideas what summer colours and styles I want, I am happy to widen my search to new retailers to find them.

I fancied another Kaftan (the always have two rule) and found this one at JD Williams, which matches my swimsuit and has some pretty beading. Sometimes you want to be bold, and sometimes it’s nice to have a piece of camouflage that allows you to elegantly, subtly blend in. Obviously won’t be wearing it over my jeans on holiday, but it was a chilly day in May.


I remember reading there is a red for everyone, well tomato red is my favourite. This kimono is good for protecting the shoulders from the sun and for when you want to smarten up denim shorts and a vest top. I also love kimonos for throwing over dresses in the evening. The laddering is a nice detail.

Something for evenings, an alternative to a cardigan, a lace top. I haven’t had chance to take proper photos of this one yet, but you can read the funny story about it on my instagram. There are lots more women’s tops over at JD Williams.

What are your summer wardrobe essentials?



  1. RaisieBay
    15/05/2017 / 11:30 am

    I’ve not tried harem pants yet, maybe I should. I can’t wear jeans anymore and they used to be my staple, now I wear dresses with leggings or cropped leggings, which means I don’t have to worry about the length of the dress. I want a kaftan too now.

  2. 15/05/2017 / 8:12 pm

    Some lovely tops there, I am also a fan of kaftans as they are so loose and comfortable and they cover all of my ‘bumpy bits’ which I prefer to keep hidden at this time of year.

  3. 15/05/2017 / 8:42 pm

    I live by kaftans and harem trousers in summer. I tend to wear the same wardrobe the whole year round, mainly as I hate buying clothes for myself but also because I am a layering obsessive.

  4. 16/05/2017 / 4:45 pm

    My denim shorts are my go to every summer, I just love them – and kaftans are heaven in the hot sun. I want some harem trousers though, they look and sound amazing!

  5. pigeonpairandme
    17/05/2017 / 10:39 am

    I don’t have any kaftans and I’ve been inspired by you, Penny. I need to get a couple!

  6. 22/05/2017 / 12:31 pm

    I’ve gone a bit kaftan crazy for our Dom Rep holiday… hope I manage to use them all! hah! I love a good pair of denim shorts x

  7. 22/05/2017 / 12:40 pm

    I live in floaty dresses in the summer, but also love kaftans as they keep my shoulders covered which burn far too easily.

  8. 22/05/2017 / 2:16 pm

    I live in denim shorts and maxi dresses in the summer but need to invest in a kaftan too

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