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Summer Fashion with River Island

My style and fashion has changed dramatically over the last 6 years, well, since becoming a parent really. I’ve never been a throw on a pair of joggers and a top kind of gal, I like to get up put my face on, do my hair and pick out a nice (comfortable) outfit. I’ve always been into fashion and enjoy pinning outfit ideas as well as scrolling Instagram for inspiration.

If I’m being honest I do find dressing for the summer months quite a challenge, I want a pretty outfit without falling into the too frumpy or mumsy trap. I wouldn’t ever wear short shorts with my bum cheeks hanging out or a skirt that I couldn’t chase the children around in. I like classic but fun trends that will see me through all seasons, a bit of an investment really. Don’t get me wrong I’m quite happy to wear my “mum uniform” during the week whilst on the school run, this will mainly consist of a Breton top of some sort, my favourite Molly Jeans from River Island, flip flops and a bag.

As the weather has been so amazing I have been forced to step out of my comfort zone and update my summer wardrobe as milling about in jeans and a t-shirt has not been possible with it being scorchio.

Here are my favourite outfits that I have been loving this summer, all very kindly sent to me by River Island (thank you!!).

Red Floral Twist Front Skater Dress £32

This stunning deep red dress is the perfect outfit to throw on if you are out and about with the children. The fit is extremely flattering and I just love the back of the dress with a deep V it gives that something extra. The material is really soft and durable, I got sun cream and ice cream on this dress and it wiped straight off. You could really dress this outfit up with a pair of tan wedges or a heel it would be lovely to wear to a bbq or summer party.

Pink Floral Wrap Tie Side Mini Dress £46

Wedding season is well and truly upon us. I do find picking an outfit for a wedding tricky – do I wear my safe black dress, can I still race about with the kiddies in a shorter style??? I tend to opt for the safe boring option but I think a wedding is the perfect opportunity to really dress up and feel pretty.

I think I have found the perfect dress for a wedding or any special occasion. It is not something I would have usually gravitated towards but this beautiful pink floral dress is just everything. It is girly, lightweight (great for a hot sunny day), flattering and fun. I love the detail of the wrap front it is higher at the front but a lovely length to still be classy. The tie at the side of this dress gives an added touch to the look. I am going to a wedding in a couple of weeks and will be styling this dress with a pair of nude heels and a clutch bag.

Black Floral Twist Front Skater Dress £32

This floral skater dress is going to be my next date night outfit. I did wear it the other day when we all went for a walk around Topsham, we stopped off for a glass of red wine and enjoyed the balmy summer evening. This is another versatile dress that is great for feeling a little bit more dressed up but also still comfortable. You could wear this to a wedding and I think this is going to be my back up dress as I love this outfit with nude heels and a clutch.
It is a dress that will take you through to Autumn/Winter teamed with tights, boots and a chunky cardigan. I really like the fit of the skater dresses from River Island they hug you in the right places and are a good length.

Black Pocket Front Slouch Bag £40

Handbags are one of my biggest loves in life (apart from my children/family). You can’t get a new dress without buying a new bag and when this gorgeous slouch bag arrived, Amelie was all over it – she takes after her mama. I love this bag so much, the mixed texture material gives it an edge. It is the perfect bag for taking on days out with the children, it is like a Mary Poppins bag and houses all kinds of goodies. I like that it has a shoulder strap for ease but also comes with a detachable cross body strap which is useful if you need to have your hands free. The gold hardware works well with the black and it comes with a cute detachable knitted pom pom.

This bag goes with everything and is extremely well made, I can’t wait to use it during the Autumn teamed with a cosy jumper, jeans and Chelsea boots.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, I do get a lot of compliments and good feedback when I publish a fashion post which makes me so happy as I love putting these kinds of things together. River Island have some amazing dresses and bags in store and online at the moment, they have summer sorted.


One Commnet on “Summer Fashion with River Island

  1. You are rocking the dress look, so chic and practical too on the running round front. Funny enough I have got a love of dresses but linen ones in a longer length.

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