How To Dress For The British Summer


Anyone who has spent the last couple of months in the UK will know what I mean when I say that our weather has been downright bizarre. The UK isn’t known for its spectacular summers, but this year we’ve experienced some of the strangest weather I can remember in recent history. We had weeks of rain and wind, and the temperature felt more like November. Then we had an almighty heatwave, something we find hard to deal with in the UK as it happens so rarely, which led to everyone panic-buying electric fans and SPF. Sitting here now in early August, the wind is back up, the sun is out but I’m actually cold.

It makes it difficult to know how to dress each day, as you’re never sure which way the weather is going to turn. Bare flesh and goosebumps do not a pretty picture make, so the key is to be prepared.

I find that you can’t go wrong with a maxi dress. They are so versatile. They can be dressed up or down, with heels or flats, and you can layer them with cardigans or jackets.

This trapeze maxi dress from JD Williams is the perfect solution for a British summer day. The print screams summer, as it is so bright and vibrant and looks perfect in the day or at night, especially if you have a tan (faux, in my case). The fabric is lightweight, yet with the length you can maintain some warmth on cooler days and nights. It’s perfect for events like a barbecue or garden party, as you can maintain some modesty if you need to sit on the floor, and you can also wrap the skirt around your legs to keep any chills at bay.


A maxi dress also looks great with a denim jacket. I tend to wear denim jackets only during the summer. To me, light-coloured denim mixes perfectly with bright fabrics, and knowing you have one with you is reassuring should the sun decide to vanish again suddenly.

I paired this dress with minimal accessories, as a print this vibrant carries most of the impact and I didn’t want to detract from it with anything too bold.


JD Williams stock a huge range of maxi dresses for any occasion. How do you style a maxi dress? Do you have any tips for dressing for the UK summertime? What do you think of this dress? I would love to hear from you so leave me your comment below.

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  1. A
    October 31, 2016 / 3:23 am

    These are great tips, and you look gorgeous in these photos! I’ll definitely be looking at this brand for warm weather clothes.

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