London Style

How to Dress Inappropriately for Britain

crouched up in a chair in the somerset house courtyard

empty somerset house courtyard in the rain

somerset house courtyard tables and chairs

somerset house stonework on the arches of the building

Shorts in Winter

I am a famously inappropriate dresser amongst my friends. Inappropriate in terms of dressing in accordance with the rules of England, i.e ALWAYS have a brolly and don’t even think about leaving your coat behind. Please tell me that you also often find yourself in shorts when it happens to be the coldest day of the year? Or that wearing chiffon as a coat when it’s raining seemed like a great idea when you left the house?!

My dear friend Kristabel, who shot me here at the surprisingly deserted Somerset House, is always gasping at my choice of attire, firing bemused rhetorical questions at me; “Do you NOT look at the weather forcast before you leave?!” “How have you not heard it’s going to be -5?!” Me: “ooh, um, hmm, is it? Yes I am actually freezing. Darn.” This is a lady who always gets it right, who has the talking weatherman on speedial each morning.

stripy bag on a chair and legs!

I’ll let you into a secret, this particular look was actually worn last year on the very day we started getting 0 degree temperatures and I was still embracing the ‘summer’. Even with the dodgy clouds, I’d probably still put this monochrome colour pop look together now none the less. I picked up this h&m jumper for a tuppence in the sale, it was the first thing I grabbed to wear for my new job and a jumper I’d gladly live in for evs.

The Topshop Boutique PVC jacket was a steal at the Topshop outlet in Edgware and the monochrome houndstooth scarf is an ASOS staple that never looks dated. The shorts however, I’ve packed them away for my hot holidays – I’m not making this mistake again! Yeah right.

looking, peering over the edge of the wall in london

bright pink slouchy jumper and monochrome look

lime green next plastic watch and pvc sleeve

hannah makes things crayon necklace clashing against bright pink jumper

somerset house courtyard swinging black coat

topshop brogues with pink drip socks

red hair, houndstooth scarf and pink jumper

Jumper and  Stripe shorts- H&M / PVC and felt jacket – Topshop Outlet / Houndstooth scarf – ASOS / Brogues – Topshop / Drip socks – Migh-T / Plastic watch – Next / Crayon necklace – Hannah Makes Things / Monochrome and leather bag (turned inside out) – Rokit Vintage


I’m currently in Marrakech where it IS hot! – come play on Instagram! @shinythoughts

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  • SJP May 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    When I was younger I used to laugh at my mum for always checking the weather forecast but now I’m the same – religiously checking my weather app every evening so I can plan ahead!

  • Cathia May 22, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Always enjoy looking at your blog – constantly colourful and fun. You make it look like England is never rainy or miserable. I love that. Thanks for sharing another winning outfit 🙂

  • Style is... May 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    I too continously get it wrong and spend a lot of time being freezing cold. I think it would be so much easier to live in a hot country and not have to think about such things.

  • Jo - Lost in the Haze May 21, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Hooray for inappropriate-for-weather dressing! I am pretty much a dedicated bare legs girl all year round. The only exception is when my Mum visits New Zealand in the winter. I cover up, just because she constantly says she can’t believe I can bare them in the 0 degree temperatures. Well, I suppose livin’ in Asia will give you that attitude, eh! ; )

    Lost in the Haze

  • Winnie May 20, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    I am far too worried about the weather and I’m far too scared of the cold! The weather forecast is my first port of call when I wake up in the morning and decide what I want to wear! You look amazing as always. Loving your Marrakech photos!

  • Katie May 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    this post is very clever ha! and i agree 100% with you.
    i’m totally in love with your shoes & amazing socks, so cuuute!

  • Fashionably Sparkly May 20, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    I love this outfit! the combination of colors and patterns is great! I actually look at the weather before I leave but sometimes that doesn’t matter because the weather is always changing! haha

    Fashionably Sparkly

  • Sami May 20, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Super cute!
    Love the socks

  • Amanda May 20, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    your socks are amazing! I think I need them in my life.

    Its not just you, I cant dress for the weather, and i DO check before I leave the house!


  • Holly May 19, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    I’m getting cold just looking at those photos! But your outfit is adorable so I can see why it couldn’t wait. At Least it is getting some wear in sunny Marrakesh! x

  • Kb May 19, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Hahahaha! Major laughter reading this post! Although I love being practical, sometimes I wish I had a bit of your nonchalance about these things, I spend far too much time debating whether I’ll be too cold/hot and I’m such much of my wardrobe is a bit unloved. Love the socks!

  • Rosie May 19, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    You look gorgeous! We’d never get to have any fun if we dressed according to the stupid old English weather, would we?!