classic summer outfit

OUTFIT | Summer Classic

classic summer outfit

50s-inspired summer outfit featuring gingham capri pants and white shirt knotted at the waistI’ve had a bit of an unintentional red, white and blue theme going on this week. I promise it wasn’t an attempt at some weird kind of “let’s pretend I have a reason to celebrate the 4th of July” kinda of thing (Not that I haven’t done that before, mind you – just… not this time…) – it’s just a colour scheme I always seem to gravitate to in the summer (and, well, the rest of the year), especially with more casual outfits, like this one.

We took these photos last Friday, on the way to see my in-laws (who’ve just returned from a month in Cyprus, the lucky sods), and as Terry started snapping away, I glanced up just in time to see a large group of teenage girls come round the corner towards me.


Now, of all the people who could possibly catch me mid-photo-shoot, teenage girls are the absolute worst. As you might recall, I have an ingrained fear of teenagers, who I always expect to, like, pull my hair, or steal my lunch money or something, so as soon as I saw them coming I assumed they were probably going to get all ‘Mean Girls’ on me, and I kind of shrank into myself in horror, and pretended to be really, REALLY interested in my shoes until they’d passed by.

Except they didn’t pass by. Nope, they decided the very spot I was standing on was the perfect spot for them to take some photos too, with their iPhones – or rather, to get Terry to do it for them. Yup, bitches stole my photographer, people! I’ve got to say though, the whole incident was a good lesson in not being a Judgy McJudgerson for me, because not only did those girls NOT poke fun at me for taking my stupid blog photos in public (Well, not to my face, anyway, which is as much as I can hope for, really…), they were all absolutely charming, and thanked Terry profusely for his help, before walking away flicking through the photos and assuring each other how cute they all looked. It was kind of adorable, really.

There was one funny moment, however, when the lead girl handed Terry her phone… and then patiently explained to him how to use it to take the photo, while I stood there sniggering quietly to myself and thinking, “Haha, they think Terry’s so old he won’t know how to use an iPhone!” Then I realised they hadn’t even bothered to ASK me, so who’s laughing now, huh?

Anyway, lesson learned: not all teenagers are scary. Most of them still are, though.



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  • Amanda


    Lovely outfit! Nice photos of the daisies too.

    July 6, 2015
  • I love your pants
    beautiful photos
    new Article


    have a good day

    July 6, 2015
  • I love this outfit! I always forget how chic plain white shirts look, so you’ve reminded me of that! I also LOVE gingham so those trousers are perfect.

    You always look so lovely!

    July 6, 2015
  • Why oh why can’t I find a shirt that I don’t bust the buttons on… which is a nice problem to have an’ all (when we’re talking over the chest, not generally!), but I really want to wear more cute tie shirts and so few fit! Well jel. I find myself gravitating towards black, white and red, – white and red are just so versatile. In fact, that’s the subject of my next post which will be up tomorrow and I’m only telling you this because those polka dot capris are going to be in it and I’ll do my best to link to where they’re still in stock 😉 And teenagers are definitely terrifying, even the nice ones.

    July 6, 2015
    • Rachel


      I have the same problem when buying button-down shirts, but I’ve found that if you sew a snap in between the offending buttons, shirts tend to fit perfectly and you definitely don’t get the boob gape anymore. Might be worth a try, it’s worked for me and I now have snaps on every one of my shirts with buttons

      July 7, 2015
  • louise


    Love the vintage vibe! I’ve been eyeing up some gingham trousers for a while now and these snaps are making me want to go for it!

    Louise x

    July 6, 2015
  • I mean – obviously I’m a little biased being American and all – but a red, white and blue combo is always a classic! Especially in gingham! LOL @ the teenagers stealing your photographer! I hate taking blog pics in front of people, it is literally the most awkward thing…
    xoxo, Lindsey Dish

    July 6, 2015
  • Cathy


    Such a classy but fun look! Buying myself a pair of those sunglasses immediately! X

    July 6, 2015
  • That head shot of you in the field of daisies is great! I can see why Terry’s services are so in demand. I like you in these more casual looks, they’re still dressy, but you look very cute in them. Those are super trousers, I have a pair of gingham capris and have worn them loads.

    Looks like you’ve had some nice weather, hope it continues for you xx

    July 6, 2015
  • I love the pants. So summery.

    July 6, 2015
  • Nellie


    Thanks for the fun story and pretty photos. I can imagine it all happening so well; love your writing 🙂

    July 6, 2015
  • I love your trousers, think I might have to treat myself to some!

    July 7, 2015
  • Ack! Yes! I would cringe and die of mortification… Getting caught by people taking blog photos is bad enough ~ but teenage girls? Eeep… At least if they are boys I can always go with the whole superior “This is secret girls stuff” look to fend them off!

    And your look is super cute ~ it really reminds me of a Grace Kelly on holidays outfit; classic, quietly elegant, but still practical and comfortable. Stunning! ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    July 9, 2015
  • Hi

    I really love your blog. This outfit is PERFECT! I love the pictures in this post.

    Gemma xx

    July 24, 2015
  • Can’t find a flaw here. Love the colors , the balance, the pony tail, the reds and the cute little daisy patch.

    So glad to follow your posts


    October 5, 2015