Let's start with the shoes. Summer is fading fast (does anyone else feel like it only just got here?) and I'm not sure I'll have many opportunities left to wear them. Nevertheless, I've certainly been getting plenty of use out of them this past couple of weeks. (Check out my Instagram if you want to see what they look like with jeans.)
I bought them on a total whim. I've been trying to start gearing my mind towards autumn/winter clothes, so I wasn't really looking for sandals at all. But they looked so nice with the dress that I just couldn't help myself. They're also super comfortable. I don't know if I should admit this but my main outdoor activity is shopping, so I love shoes that look good but that I can also pound the streets in. (Although don't wear these if you are planning on trying on other shoes. The laces will drive you nuts.)
Then there's the bag. Ah, the bag. It makes me feel all grown up and put together. It's from Zara, which is my absolute favourite place to buy bags at the moment and has been for some time. I honestly think they do the "could be designer" thing like no other store on the high street. I love everything about this one - the shape, the size, the gold zip. It's got a long strap you can attach when you need your hands free (for ease of shopping, obvs) and little gold feet so that the bottom doesn't get dirty when you put it on the ground. A small detail, but so important! There's a similar (though not identical) black version, which I clearly need as well.
So, onto the dress. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it in the window of my local H&M. I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but all my dresses tend to be either evening wear or massively inappropriate outside a beach holiday environment. I could see immediately that this one was different. It's a lovely length, stopping just above the knee, and the high neckline and modest sleeves make it so easy to wear when I'm out and about.
I could also see straight away that this dress is a perfect "transitional piece". It's light and floaty enough to wear with sandals and bare legs while the weather is still warm, but because it's fairly "covered up" and has a dark base colour, I can see it working just as well with tights, boots and a leather jacket. Since buying it, I've noticed that H&M have introduced another colourway, black with a cream print, which is equally lovely. Do we think I should get it? At £19.99 it would be rude not to, no?!
One little pointer in case you're interested in the dress - I usually wear a size 8 in H&M but got this in a 6 as it's generously cut.
What do you think of this dress? Are you thinking about new season clothes yet or are you still in full-on Summer mode?