Firstly, there’s still one more outfit to show you from my Marseille trip, but this ain’t it (this one does feature some Marseille sunburn though – which funnily enough wasn’t deliberate red accessorising). Secondly, B really wanted to name this post ‘strawberries and cream’, but your eyes aren’t deceiving you, the dress you’re about to see is not cream, but dazzling purest white. Considering he takes all the outfit photos you see here and doesn’t usually express a remote interest in post names, I thought I’d let him have this one!
Unnecessary housekeeping out of the way, let’s introduce two of my favourite things this summer so far. I’ve had quite a few favourite things in the clothing department, mainly because I’ve bought so much I’ve got a lot of choice, but none can top exhibit A: the strawberry shaped wicker bag. Of course, it comes from my favourite shop, Collectif, and if I ever needed proof their designers are somehow reading my mind, this is essentially it. We all know that strawberries are the best fruit (don’t even try to argue with me on this one) and in this country we even manage to grow them, which is amazing as there’s a lot of fruit that would rather die than grow in our climate. Not the hardy, tasty strawberry. And their arrival is one of the first signs it’s actually summer here, which is partly why I love them so, so much. That and they are one of the only fruits I can actually tolerate (give me vegetables over fruit any day). You don’t have to love the fruit you’re wearing, but it helps (that’s a thing).
Something else we all know I love is a red accessory. How many times do I make you look at outfits of me with red shoes/red bag/red hat/red hair flower/red etc on this blog? A lot, that’s how many. But yet, I only (only!) actually had two red bags before this and neither was this strawberry bag. I also had to refresh Collectif’s website twice a day every day for over three weeks to nab it and it’s hard not to love something you had to put that much effort in to acquire. I actually ordered it while I was still on holiday! If you did miss out again this time, I’ve seen Collectif saying more are being made, so just follow my lead and you’ll get one – the page link is below. EDIT: Or buy this nearly identical one from Topshop (only difference is the absence of the shorter shoulder strap, from what I can see!). Or in the US, Modcloth are featuring a slightly more glitzy one by Betsey Johnson.
So that’s exhibit A. Exhibit B is this white dress from Voodoo Vixen. I never knew I needed a white dress until I got this one. It is at complete odds with how likely I am to drop something down myself if it’s going to stain appallingly, but I can’t help but love how warm-weather perfect it is. It does feel a bit Wimbledon too, particularly with this strawberry bag! And what’s more, it’s one of those uber rare instances where I didn’t have to alter a dress and it fits practically perfectly. The only other time I think that’s ever happened was the petite Lindy Bop Ophelia. When these moments of dress euphoria come along for me I suddenly understand why everyone on the vintage scene (for want of a better phrase) loves dresses so much. Any dress that can make me feel this good is going to be a favourite forever. I think I owe it largely to the flattering length, gorgeous neckline and the back which is completely shirring.
Can I get a round of applause for the designers of dresses with shirring and wicker bags shaped like strawberries please?