One of the things I love about England are the seasons, unlike other countries we get four distinct seasons (although admittedly some can be longer than we'd like..) which means four very different types of weather to dress for. This summer i'm loving long flowy skirts, basket bags and printed dresses, here a few of the brands and pieces i'm crushing on this summer (old and new loves alike).
I have eternal love for Realisation Par, it's honestly one of my favourite dress brands out there. I can't get enough of them, I love the way they're cut and no matter which style I try they just always seem to fit so well. I just think they're absolutely perfect for summer, whether you are on the beach or in the city, they're the ideal throw on and feel amazing type of dress and you can style them in so many different ways. Their website is currently not shipping to the UK, however, they have a pop-up in Selfridges launching on Monday (2nd July 2018) debuting 13 new styles which i'm honestly so excited for; I've got my eye on a midi skirt and a leopard print mini dress.. If you want to know any more about the way they fit or which size I take, I wrote a whole post about it here. At the time of writing that post i'd never been charged any customs duties but they've changed their policy since then, the last time I ordered I did get charged £70 when I bought two dresses and a top.
Nobody's Child & FONOTT
I've been buying pieces from Nobody's Child since they launched back in 2015. I go back time and time again as I love their fun, bright prints and clueless-esque 90s styles. They're my go-to for affordable, well-made dresses, midi skits and jumpsuits. I find they're clothes are really good value, with a commitment to keeping prices reasonable and quality high and taking pride in keeping as much of their production as possible, in Britain. In terms of fit, I always take a 10 as I find they come up a little on the small side, so bear that in mind if you're between sizes like me.
You'll see I've styled a lot of my outfits with the dreamy FONOTT basket bag, definitely one of my staple bags for summer. These beautiful bags are handmade in Hungry, using locally sources, sustainable materials. I've had the pleasure of meeting the owner and founder of FONOTT and think she is so inspiring. If you haven't already, you should definitely check out her brand and use code FRAN10 to get 10% off.
Having lusted over With Jean for ages I fell in love with this green Isabelle dress when it launched earlier this year. Now being an Australian brand I knew i'd have to pay import duties and taxes to get my order shipped here, so given that the are already quite pricey I was a little bit cheeky and got my order shipped to an Australian friend who then sent it over to me, so I paid postage but nothing else.. However, I am totally in love with both my dresses so going forward I would probably take the hit on the import tax, I've currently got my eye on the Isabelle dress in yellow thats just dropped... In terms of fit, I got both my dresses in size medium (as the website suggests an 8-10 should) and they both fit great, they're cut really well and I love the ruched details and button up front of the Isabelle dress. I have heard that their tops/shirts come up a little so if you're order one of those you may want to size down, they have also just launched T-shirt but i'm not sure on the sizing of those so make sure to check the size guide.
Honestly there are so many more brands i'm loving at the moment; Sezane, Faithfull The Brand and Paloma Wool to name a few and I just had to order a few bits in the Net-a-Porter Sale (she says). I've added loads of new summery bits to my blog shop take a look and like me, live vicariously through all the clothes I can't afford.