“Sweet days of summer, the jasmine’s in bloom, July is dressed up and playing her tune.” Seals and Crofts captured the spirit of summer beautifully in their 1972 hit, Summer Breeze and it’s a fair observation that when the sun shows her rays, the nation appears to wake up from an often long and bleak hibernation.
With the sun comes the beautiful people, and with the beautiful people come the beautiful clothes; layers of sensual chiffon; neons and pastels working in perfect harmony as an array of summer dresses commute their way to work; perfect pedis grace the streets with pride and those over-priced sunnies get their annual dust-down.
Summer bags are the must-have accessory for any fashionista, be it the latest in new-look leather rucksacks, a Michael Kors colour-pop tote or Russell and Bromley’s quilted silver shoulder bag – truly a sight to behold and quite simply, summer on a delicately woven chain.
Russell & Bromley’s ‘Quilty’
Alas, another produce of summer is the school trip. 30 plus children gracing the delights of London’s transport system, hyperactive on pouched fruit drinks and the prospect of visiting a well-stocked museum gift shop.
Yesterday’s journey home was timed to perfection as I was joined by a group of primary school children making their way back from The British Museum. Clearly buzzing from their visit and coping remarkably well with the heat (I had chosen to wilt in the aisle) the group provided a surprisingly welcomed excitement away from the usual awkward silence of a lone commute home.
As I listened to tales of their fun-packed day, I noticed the class teacher sitting with a group of eager young girls. Impeccably dressed in a floaty, skater-style summer dress covered in delicate strawberries, she was a vision of summer – the little girls were in complete awe.
Summer in fabric form – delightful
“I love your dress Miss Evans, it’s so pretty,” little admirer.
“Thank you, Alex, that’s very kind of you,” Miss ‘Summer’ Evans.
“My mum has something just like it, we use it as a table cloth,” little admirer.
And with that, I could literally see the essence of summer ebb from this young teacher’s grasp. Not knowing quite what to say, she simply laughed it off (no doubt secretly wishing for a glass of Pimms and a sun lounger to somehow magic her away from the stuffy carriage).
Roll on winter, that’s what I say, and let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong with a cable-knit!