The Last Days of Summer Dress

It’s with a rather wistful air that I write this post. I mean I don’t want to sound like a sub-standard Jane Austen or the opening page of a Mills & Boon novel, but it’s definitely there. Can you feel it? That air of bitter sweetness as we wave goodbye to what has been the most glorious summer of unbroken sunny weather the UK has seen in the long time. Global warming aside (a REAL concern of course) the end of Summer, especially if it’s been a good one (for any reason), always brings with it a sense of loss and finality, a delicious sadness that something beautiful is coming to an end. It’s a captivating state of mind you can revel in if you allow yourself. And what better way to express this than by WEARING it via a wonderful dress.

This is where the Last Days of Summer dress comes into play. It’s a boho affair of course – it HAS to be. If you are going to go all dreamy in your outlook, then the dress needs that romanticism to match. The thing about this mood is that it’s all about the empheral nature of summer, of everything. Summer is often when we most feel alive and at our best, so when it’s over, that sense of ending can be all the more potent. So the clothing is loose, free flowing , unstructured. A lot like the way Summer flutters around into September and October and then peters out.

In this post, I showcase two lovely dresses both from ASOS. One is from boutique British brand Hope & Ivy stocked on ASOS and their own website and the other is ASOS Design.

The first one (pictured above and below) is ASOS own label and is a gorgeous button down affair with bell sleeves and an empire line bust. The material is similar to cheesecloth and it’s relatively diaphanous so be sure to wear a slip underneath. I just loved the look it created here. A kind of Joni Mitchell Ladies of The Canyon feel. It’s carefree, casual and breezy – perfect for wafting around a country garden barefoot before the weather changes. Talking of which, once the cool evenings come, these dresses look lovely with roomy cardigans or even a checked blazer if you want to go all Scandi / Cophenhagen Fashion Week on us.

The second is a stunning white crepe Hope & Ivy wrap dress with the most delicate embroidery adorning it. This is more of a special occasion dress. An August wedding perhaps, a special Birthday, the end of season parties in Ibiza (I’ve never been, so wouldn’t know, but Hope & Ivy are inspired by the boho Ibiza style apparently). Whatever, it’s the perfect chance to wear white in the most flattering way before the tan fades. The coral and blue embroidery means you can pick up these hues with accessories and jewellery. I’m wearing my platform Terry De Havilland shoes here for that Studio 54 / Bianca Jagger feel. A flower behind the ear and a pendant with your birthstone on it and you’re good to go. 🙂

Enjoy those last days of Summer friends and thanks for reading. XXX


Dress 1 – ASOS.   Shoes – Kurt Kurt Geiger.   Sunglasses – Free People (sold out but find similar here )

Dress 2 – Hope & Ivy at ASOS.   Shoes – Terry De Havilland (sold out at ASOS but find similar here).   Jewellery throughout – Missoma & Stella&Dot.

Photographer – Katie Knight Adams.   Location – Fair Oak Farm




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