All that being said, I wish to clarify that I am under no illusions as to the reliability of Irish weather. I have resided in this country all of my life, and unfortunately, for my nigh-on twenty-four years, can only recall a handful of hot, sun-filled summers. Therefore, introduction aside, the main idea behind this post is to provide some inspiration as to how summer fabrics and colours can be adapted for our, ahem, more tepid climate.
Who doesn't love cashmere? Even though we are now hoping for warmer weather, there is always a place in a woman's wardrobe for a fine cardigan in cashmere, merino or lambs' wool. One of the best ways to transition from heavier clothing into lighter, summery pieces is to pair cooler fabrics with the comforting cosiness of a soft cardigan. In the above photograph, I paired a 100% wool cardigan from Cos with a sleeveless floral-print chiffon top from Zara. I love these kind of combinations because they are so ideal for the Irish climate. The top's colourful print and flowing material celebrates summer, but the softness and warmth provided by the cardigan means that you needn't sacrifice warmth in the name of fashion. After all, there is nothing stylish about shivering with the cold!
Although an obvious suggestion for this time of year, flower-filled prints are a fantastic way to tap into summer-led clothing trends, in that they can still be worn with ease in cooler weather. As many women seem to dislike their upper arms, long-sleeved dresses continue to make regular appearances both on the catwalk and the high-street. The additional coverage provided by these pieces also has the benefit of insulating us from the less-than-warm breezes which tend to accompany the arrival of summer in this country. The brighter colours which are typically synonymous with floral prints allow you to embrace your sunnier side, but are featured on such an array of fabrics that you can still stay warm if the sun fails to shine.
Scarves (Preferably Electronic Sheep!)
I have previously proclaimed my love of scarves on the blog on more than one occasion, and therefore do not see the need to elaborate much further on the subject. However, I would offer a reminder that a soft silk or fine wool scarf is not only a wonderful accessory, but can also act as a valuable ally in protecting you from cooler winds when you are enjoying wearing the finer fabrics of summer. Electronic Sheep's colourful pieces are fantastic in this regard; being both warm and bright, they are ideal for an Irish summer. You may be surprised to find that even your favourite silk wrap or neck tie can provide additional warmth, if we are so fortunate as to require little by way of layering.