A taste of summer

These photos were taken on the weekend we took a spontaneous trip to Brighton, blissfully unaware of the surprise the weather had in store. The sun’s flirtatious teasing meant I was able to wear this outfit – at times it was so hot I had to shed the linen shirt!

The sunny spell meant I could let this dreamy Boden jumpsuit take centre stage way earlier than I had imagined, and get a taste for my summer wardrobe. As soon as the jumpsuit came into the new-in section I jumped for joy – it’s just the kind of retro, relaxed style I love and very seaside appropriate (who needs to buy a stick of rock when you can just look like one).

It’s wonderfully airy and light; I was picturing it layered over a turtleneck with trainers if it hadn’t been so warm. Definitely one of those pieces you can grab and throw on with minimal thought or effort – ideal for fast-paced summer days when you want to get out and make the most of your time without faffing around in the morning.

The white shirt is old Topshop and I’ve worn it to death in every situation: a beach cover up; buttoned up with black jeans and boots; tied up as a crop top. It’s versatility never fails to amaze me and this solidifies that a good linen shirt is an essential item all year round.

I think it was about £30 and I’ve linked a similar one below. They’re thin enough to shove in your bag or tie round your waist until you feel a chill, and in most instances go with everything. I’m obsessed with the colour combination of this outfit: a mellow, dusty look creating a real vintage, relaxed feel.

My shoes are old Mango and while I love them I must admit I wore them about twice last year, so I’m trying to reintroduce them and give them more of a chance. They’re not the comfiest (not least because I’m squeezing my huge feet into them – they’re slightly too small but were in the sale for about twenty quid, so I couldn’t resist) and while the mustard is gorgeous, it isn’t the easiest to style.

Playing it safe with gold jewellery as always, my trusty Zara sunglasses that I will wear until the day I die (I have about 7 pairs of sunnies but these are the only ones I rely on now) and funky pink lips to mix it up a little from my usual nude colours.

I honestly am kicking myself for not visiting Brighton sooner. I’m not sure why I’ve never been as it’s a place I’ve heard such amazing things about. Friends kept telling me I would love it, and as usual they were right! It’s the coolest, quirkiest beach town I’ve been to yet and I’m desperate to return when summer is in full swing.

Originally we were going to get an Airbnb, but as we left it so late we decided to shop around a bit more and stumbled upon the most incredible B&B about 10 miles out of town. It’s called White Lodge and is near the village of Cooksbridge. The luxuriousness of it had me feeling way out of my depth with such spacious, glamorous room (the bed was massive). The hosts were incredible, the breakfast was unreal and there’s even a roof terrace.

On Saturday we ate our pub lunch alfresco, explored the lanes and got matching ear piercings (how romantic) and on Sunday we nursed our hangovers with a stroll along the beach. It genuinely could have been mid-August the way the sun was shining, and we took the opportunity to enjoy the live music with a glass of Pimms (would you expect anything less?).

JUMPSUIT Boden | SHIRT Topshop (old, similar here) | MULES Mango (old, similar here) | SUNGLASSES Zara

The afternoon was spent on the Pier – where I was tricked into going on the most frightening ride of my life – and as it wouldn’t be a seaside holiday without some classic cuisine, we topped it all off sitting by the waves and tucking into some fish and chips.

For now I’ll be resuming the usual British springtime attire, but I’m super excited for the outfits summer will bring.

Lily x

ph. Josh Watkins (in exchange for going on the scary Pier ride)

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