I’ve previously ranted about the difficulties of dressing for unpredictable summer weather. But what about those summer days that start with lunchtime drinks in a park and carry on right through the day and to a bar at night?
Wearing the same clothes all day and going from a park to a trendy East London bar is a sartorial challenge, but since summer days are all about fun it’s good to get outfit stresses out of the way beforehand so you can focus on the more important things like sun, snacks and booze.
How to dress for an all dayer…
Dress for the evening – You’re going to care a lot more about your appearance when you’re out at night, so think of an outfit you want to wear in the evening then work on pairing it down for the day. Try removing jewellery and other accessories, changing shoes and even playing with the waistline as I’ve done to make the look more relaxed. There’s no logic behind the hat, I just bought it and I like it.
Coverage – It might be too hot for jeans but this isn’t California – short shorts are great in the day but wearing them out at night could give out the wrong message. A skirt or dress is a much better option. Remember to ensure you’re wearing adequate undergarments. Please.
Shoes – No matter how chunky, you’re going to look pretty stupid in a park wearing heels. Remember Victoria Beckham at the Dodgers game? If you absolutely must wear heels in the evening then find an outfit that actually works with heels and flats and take them in your bag. But for true free and easiness leave the platforms at home and pick proper shoes rather than sandals to make your outfit more suitable for evening. If I can do it, anyone can.
Cosmetics – If you can’t imagine going out without make up, try pairing it down for the daytime. Lipstick and eye-liner and going to look pretty hideous after a few hours in the sun so just do your base and add the heavy lips or eyes before you hit the bars.
1. As park appropriate as I’m likely to get
2. The evening look, with accessory
3. Proof that I actually do go out.