A little bit of summer (fashion) is what the whole year is all about

I am hoping that by the time you read this article, the sun will have made an appearance for longer than 10 minutes. Everyone can finally bring out their summer fashion without fear of rain or hailstorm or temperatures in single figures. I don’t know about you, but for me, when the sun is shining, I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.


This year, I admit that I am finding it hard to embrace summer. Apart from popping on my favourite white jeans with a colourful top from Kettlewell Colours, I am still in winter mode. My arms have not seen the light of day since last October. With no plans for a holiday abroad, I have been feeling a bit summer subdued.

However, Grace and I still managed to brave the elements for a photoshoot of a few seasonal outfits. Behind the smiles, there may have been a bit of tooth chattering. Nevertheless, we wanted to bring you some lighter clothes as you may be some of the lucky few who can find a ‘green’ country to visit and so will appreciate some of our summer fashion choices.


I am going to start with Aspiga as I have to admit that this is my go-to-summer-wardrobe website. I have bought a few items from Aspiga over the years, not only clothes but also shoes and accessories. For example, I have a pair of white leather wedge sandals (peeping out from under the first blue & white Aspiga outfit in the pics) that I bring out year after year.

Aspiga have the prettiest, floaty summer dresses, harem pants and tops. My problem is that as I scroll through, I love everything. Since we are 3 weeks off Midsummer’s day, I am trying hard to resist. There are a few items that could not be ignored, though. If I don’t get much wear out of them this year, then there are always the summers to come.

In the above pictures, we have the following: Top rowMika blouse Leopard sky blue/white ~ £65, matching Julianne maxi skirt £95 Bottom row: Grace wears the Zakar cotton embroidered maxi dress £220 Annabel wears the Joanna Organic cotton Dobby skirt £82

Both of the skirts have a flat band at front and shirred elastic at back. This makes them most flattering and comfortable. I think this is one of the many reasons I love Aspiga. Everything is youthful-looking however it is also flattering for us older ladies! I mean who doesn’t love a concealed elasticated waist.

How about a long-sleeved top which says summer but doesn’t reveal our pasty arms. Both of the Aspiga tops that we are wearing with our white jeans (Artichoke Collection) are made from 100% viscose and are so soft. My Clea blouse in Lilac is in a crinkle finish. Grace’s Ursula blouse is very fine. You might want to wear a body or tee-shirt underneath as it is a little see-through. However, it would be perfect to pop over a swimming costume.

To look at the full range of blouses from Aspiga, click HERE

Do not miss out on the Aspiga accessories as they are also so pretty.


Lucy Macnamara, Founder & Director, is proud to say that “Ethical trading is still at the heart of the business, the same as it was on day one.”

“In 2005, I went on holiday to Kenya and was awestruck by the artistry and craftsmanship I discovered. Delicate, hand-beaded sandals. Intricately adorned belts, beautiful, bright jewellery. The local people were crafting works of art that needed to be shared with the world. So, in 2006 I established Aspiga, setting out to help stimulate the economies of these talented artisans whilst providing beautiful, quality, handmade goods to boutiques and department stores.”

And we are all the beneficiaries as Lucy’s style choices are gorgeously wearable and feminine but also a little bit different to everything else available online. I realise I have a couple of Aspiga items that I bought 12 years ago and I still wear them.

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I also wanted to mention at this point Artichoke Collection, who have just started to manufacture their own shirts, which has meant they have managed to keep the prices very reasonable. They are beautifully made in the finest cotton.

Grace is wearing the Johanna Cross Back Shirt £65 and I am wearing the Tessa Patchwork shirt £59.

And if you are looking for flattering jeans then look no further than the Angelika Magic Stretch jeans sold by Artichoke. If you don’t believe me then here is a quote from another happy customer who loves their jeans…..

“I live in Derbyshire and visited a good friend in Norfolk. Norfolk’s fantastic, but the highlight of my trip was popping into Artichoke and getting the best fitting and flattering  jeans I’ve ever owned. Less than half the price of ‘Not your Daughter’s Jeans’.”  Rosemary 

So there you are nothing too summery but just enough to make one feel a little more like the seasons have changed.