I’ve gone from owning no florals to suddenly having gardens-full of the things – and I have to say, I don’t know why I was ever against them. They’re just so darn pretty and what’s more, what goes with a hair flower better than a flower print? Exactly. And hair flowers have long been a staple of my summer wardrobe, just like berets are for the winter. I always feel like my outfits are more ‘finished’ if I’ve put something on the top, like a cherry on a cake… (not that anyone ever actually does that, do they?)
You’ve seen this dress before because it was a gift from Voodoo Vixen to wear at the London Edge fashion show earlier this year. That time, I gave it pink accessories rather than white and I wasn’t really loving the whole ensemble and kind of went off the dress. Turns out I love it with white and ivory though, so it’s got a new lease of life now! However, I couldn’t resist pairing it with that other essential part of my summerwear; clogs – and in this case, my new pink ones.
Ok, before anyone raises an eyebrow, I honestly wasn’t planning to get another pair this year – even I can recognise one pair per year is enough when the summer in your country lasts about two weeks. But I’m never going to turn clogs down if they’re offered – and these ones were kindly sent to me by Sandgrens. I’d never heard of them and all my previous pairs are Swedish Hasbeens, which I love, but Sandgrens pride themselves on being one of the oldest, if not the oldest, clog manufacturer in Sweden. Their styles come in a bit cheaper than Hasbeens tend to, so I was intrigued to see what they’d be like.
Mostly, Sandgrens offer lower and mid heel styles but I like my clogs to have height otherwise I feel a bit clumpy, so naturally, I chose the highest pair on the website. They’re actually higher than my ‘sky high’ Hasbeens – the tallest that the brand offers. This has meant it’s taken me some time to get used to walking in them – the first time I put them on with this dress, I felt approximately like one of the hippos in a tutu from Fantasia. I’d say they’re not really for the inexperienced clog-wearer because of the height, although I’ve gotten more used to it now. Anyway, I really love the look of these – I love the curved semi-wedge – look at it below from the back; such a sexy heel! The colour is stunning too. The fit, however, wasn’t perfect on me – I have a narrow, shallow foot and while the width was fine, the depth was a bit much on the front strap, although it’s not obvious from these photos. None of my shoes fit perfectly, but in the clog world I find Hasbeens better for my shape of foot. If you’ve got wider feet than me though, Sandgrens may just be better for you than Hasbeens, which tend to come up super slim. The length I found pretty true to size, running slightly big if anything. What I do really like about them is how far forward the front ankle strap is, and it’s wide so my foot stays in place and they really haven’t needed the breaking in process my Hasbeens have.
So there we go: hair flower + floral dress + clogs = my summer uniform, apparently!
Hair flower: ASOS (old)
Dress: ‘Tilly’ c/o Voodoo Vixen
Belt: New Look
I was determined to not be standing in a field for these photos, for once, but it’s so challenging finding a part of Cambridge in the summer that’s not overrun with tourists. B had long had his sights on this spot, which is a stone’s throw from the famous Fitzwilliam Museum (only a handful of metres out of shot). “Don’t worry,” he says “there’s nothing down here for tourists to see, it’ll be quiet.” Cue a group of tourists wandering into shot while they try to get photos of the plaque on the house where Charles Darwin lived. I think I should stick to fields……Or seasides – as I’m off for a short break to the coast tomorrow 🙂