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  1. Some women embrace summer and can't wait to ditch the jumpers and throw on the strappy tops, bare their flesh and soak up the sun.

    Others, like me, hang on to wearing their 80 denier tights as long as possible and try to stay as covered up in summer as possible without physically melting!

    So, I thought I'd put together a little blog about what to wear in the summer when you don't like feeling exposed!

    Choose your fabrics wisely 

    To stay cool in the heat you must opt for fabrics such as cotton, linen or light jersey. Avoid anything made of polyester or nylon that isn't breathable, natural and clings to your skin, making you feel even hotter.

    Many people avoid linen because it creases but I think linen nowadays is so much better and although creases, doesn't leave you looking like a bag lady within half an hour of wearing it. Try and choose better quality if you are buying linen, more so than if you are buying cotton or jersey as this will help to avoid the crease factor.

    The Bottom Half

    Our bottom half causes a lot of stress and anxiety for many women, we don't like our thighs, they rub together, we don't like the veins in our legs, we have cellulite, we have pasty white skin, etc etc.

    If you have problems with your thighs rubbing together why not choose a lightweight trouser or even better, culottes. Culottes are very on trend and offer a comfortable, cool and stylish way of dressing for the summer.  They look great and stop thigh rub.  Avoid culottes that are too wide if you have short legs as these can make you look shorter.

    Denim culottes

    Alternatively go for a tapered cotton capri trouser, there are lots of patterened trousers that look great in the sun with everything from leopard print, zebra, floral, aztec or stripes, something for every taste.

    linen trousers

    If you prefer a skirt, a maxi or midi length skirt is a great option if you are self-conscious of your legs. You can style with a slogan tee, a tie-front top or a peplum blouse, they can be dressed up with heels and dressed down with wedges, sandals or sliders.

    To avoid the dreaded thigh rub, or chub rub as it is known, you can buy little shorts to wear under your dresses or stretchy lace garters that prevent soreness where your thighs touch.  These are widely available but if you follow this link there's a wide selection at Amazon.

    The Top Half

    One of the main areas ladies are self-conscious of is their arms, especially as we get older, so summer can be a testing time with so many strappy style dresses and tops and trying to keep cool whilst covered up.

    White cold shoulder topPleat lace sleeve top

    Cold shoulder tops have proven very popular over the past few years and they are a great choice, leaving your shoulders partly exposed but covering the tops of your arms.  

    Another sleeve to look out for is an angel sleeve, lightweight and floaty and won't cling.


    Dresses are a great option for keeping cool in the summer whilst staying covered.  Opt for a midi or maxi length if you don't like having your legs exposed.  Wrap over dresses are great if you are fuller busted and if you are worried about exposing too much cleveage then pop a little vest top underneath or a lace insert bra would be much cooler and still provide the coverage a vest top would.  This bra on Marisota is ideal and goes up to a size 44F cup.

    Lace Insert Bra

    Tiered dresses which are loose fitting are very on trend and come in so many different patterns to suit every personality. 

    If you are worried about wearing a sleeveless dress which can sometimes make your arms appear bigger, opt for a frill shoulder or slight cap sleeve which will soften the edge of the shoulder.

    Leg makeup is now widely available and can make a real difference when wearing dresses, helping your legs appear smoother and slightly tanned without looking fake.  I can personally recommend the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs for evening out skin tone and hiding thread veins.

    Shirt dresses are another great option in the summer, which can also be worn through in to the colder months with thick tights and boots.  You can either wear them buttoned up to the collar or when it gets warmer, unbutton to your cleavage, especially if you have a lace insert bra on underneath!

    Capsule Summer Wardrobe

    I've put together a small capsule wardrobe of mix and match items, all of which are current season and can be interchanged with each other.  If you need help putting together your perfect summer wardrobe just send me a message or give me a call on 0776 3341849.


    White broderie top - New Look, Oval Rust Shopper - Next, White Pleat Lace Sleeve Blouse - Next, Midi Print Shirt Dress - River Island, Denim Blue Culottes - H&M, Snake Print Shirt Dress - Roman Originals, White Linen Blend Trousers - H&M, Orange Block Heel Sandals - Marks & Spencer, Beige Paper Bag Trousers - H&M


    Thanks for reading, hope its helpful.  All comments gratefully received x

    Love Helen x

  2. This may seem obvious to some, but with an increasing awareness of sustainable fashion and making your clothes last, rather than opting for fast fashion that doesn't last, I thought it appropriate to talk about how you CAN make your clothes last and look good for longer.

    Here's a few of my top tips for looking after your clothes:

    1. WASH YOUR CLOTHES INSIDE OUT - if you wash your clothes inside out the friction between the fabric and the inside of the washing machine drum during the washing process will cause less damage, or the damage will be on the inside of the garment, not the outside.

    2. IRON YOUR CLOTHES INSIDE OUT - after you have finished washing and dried your clothes, leave them inside out before ironing. The heat of an iron can cause so much damage to your clothes including making your seams shiny, ruining logos and printing and causing heat damage so always iron on the reverse side, except mens shirts.

      Ironing is one of the worst household chores, it seems so time consuming but it makes your clothes hang better, you look smarter and like you've actually made an effort with yourself.

    3. LEAVE THEM INSIDE OUT TO HANG IN YOUR WARDROBE - when I've ironed the clothes, I then leave them inside out before hanging them in the wardrobe for three reasons 1) you know at a glance if it is something clean and ready for wearing, 2) it prevents further creasing turning them the right way, and 3) it prevents your clothes looking dusty on the shoulders.

    4. HANG YOUR CLOTHES USING THE CORRECT HANGERS - it is worth investing in decent clothes hangers - PLEASE THROW AWAY any wire hangers still lurking in your wardrobes.  They are terrible for your clothes. For fine knitwear it is so worthwhile investing in knitwear hangers (available in John Lewis and Amazon) to prevent "shoulder nipples" but these are also great for silky garments that slide off normal hangers.  

      Use clip hangers for hanging skirts and trousers and if the garment is delicate, or something like leather / suede which marks easily, use a cotton pad either side to cushion the clip to prevent it leaving a mark on the garment.

      Never use children's hangers to hang adult clothing.

    5. BRUSH YOUR KNITWEAR - use a soft brush to brush your knitwear to stop it bobbling under the arm and down each side of the body where your arms rub. If your jumpers have already bobbled slightly, it is worth buying a clothes shaver for a small amount of money to bring your jumpers back to life and stop them looking scruffy.

    6. POLISH YOUR SHOES - even if you don't have time to polish your shoes correctly with polish and a cloth, take a minute to wipe them with a shoe wipe or if needs be a wet wipe! Your outfit will look so much better when your shoes are clean.

    7. FOLD YOUR CLOTHES PROPERLY IF YOU STORE THEM IN A DRAWER - if you take 30 seconds longer to fold your clothes and store them properly in your drawer it will actually save you time and frustration in the long run because you will be able to see exactly what you have and they won't get super creased being shoved in the drawer.

    8. FASTEN YOUR SHIRTS / TOPS / BLOUSES - Before hanging your tops / shirts / blouses in your wardrobe, always fasten the top buttom and prefereably one or two more buttons further down the garment to make sure 1) it stays on the hanger and 2) it doesn't get all creased or caught up on other garments when you take things in and out of your wardrobe.


    I hope that helps, if you look after your clothes, they will look after you and you will enjoy wearing them. x