I’m ordinarily obsessed with the weather but by all accounts Spring has caught me unawares; August has been and gone with furious speed that I almost feel unprepared.
While I’m grateful for the blue sky outside my bedroom window with the sun shining down on the nature reserve behind my house, I’m slightly conflicted. After viewing AW16 collections at NZ Fashion Week my head remains firmly fixated on lush winter wool, playful coloured fur and heavy winter coats. I want the cold to stay a while longer—not something you’ll ever hear me say E.V.E.R.
Maybe, just maybe I’m already in the process of sorting out my winter wardrobe for next year. Crazy, I know!
But it’s time to live in my skin a little and shed some of those wintry layers that I clearly want to cling on to. What better way to do that than throw myself into the spirit of the season in a dress that reminds me of milkshakes, running along the beach without shoes, picnics on a sunny Sunday afternoon, or frolicking through a field of daffodils and freshly cut grass….
My friend Cheryl from Business Chic helped me to shoot this dress which is part of second drop due to be released around mid-October from New Zealand label, Twenty Seven Names, who are known for their quality fabrics and simple clean cuts.
The dress is made from a gorgeous light-weight linen and it’s fun and easy to wear. The cute side ties can be pulled tight or left loose, which is great if you want a piece that has alternative styling options. Best of all it has pockets (I’m forever looking for somewhere to put my hands!).
Twenty Seven Names often style their outfits with caps and simple trainers for a sporty, youthful look. But it’s definitely a versatile dress that I can see incorporated into the wardrobe of a busy Mum who needs to dash out of the house in a hurry and chase after kids, or smartened up with a fawn, cream or navy blazer with flats or open-toe sandals (or heels) for work.
If you’re petite like me, have no fear—keeping it long is a sign of what’s to come in the seasons ahead, where midis and full length dresses and skirts will be your very best friend.
Photography: Cheryl Lin Rodsted, edited by me.