Even though it’s almost the end of March – the first month of Autumn – I don’t quite feel ready to farewell sundress season. However, ready or not, this weekend puffer jackets and umbrellas definitely replaced linen dresses and sunhats as Autumn heralded its arrival with torrential rains as opposed to golden leaves. I spent a good portion of my weekend curled up like a cat in all the warmest spaces, cup of tea in hand, although Rob and I did brave the elements for a few long walks. Even though my shoes were squelching water with every step by the end of our route, it was so nice to get outside into the brisk freshness of a rain filled world. I always love the way the curbsides swell into mini torrents washing away debry scattered by the storms. Sometimes you need the rain and the cold to make you appreciate the sunnier warmer weather.
I found this beautiful linen dress on my op shopping adventures last year. I love how the ruffle detailing isn’t over the top but lends the look a subtle femininity. Linen has definitely been one of my most worn fabrics this Summer (you can see how much linen has woven its way into my wardrobe over the last few months in a big way – here, here and here). Sun protection is also important to me and one of the top items on my 2020 clothing “wish list” was a straw sunhat. I was having trouble finding the perfect hat which was also ethically and sustainably made until I walked into The Fair Trade Cove, a little gift shop which sells ethically made items. There it was sitting on the stand as I entered the door. I love how it’s the perfect addition to a summer outfit but also provides my head, face and neck with the coverage needed in the fierce Australian summer – particularly important given that we have high rates of skin cancer down under.
What’s your favourite season to dress for?
Sunhat: The Fair Trade Cove
Photos: Sara Eshu