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Summer dresses you’ll want to wear straight away (and some Patreon news)

— by Alyson Walsh

Photos by Liz McAulay for the Daily Telegraph

Ease and simplicity feel more necessary than ever when we have face masks, hand sanitisers and social distancing to contend with. No-one wants to be faffing around with fiddly clothes. When my Telegraph column moved from Saturday to Sunday the theme switched from ‘weekend’ to ‘ageless’ style and I had to expand my repertoire of jeans, jackets and jumpsuits. Not difficult when it’s 37 degrees in London. The broader, ageless style challenge combined with a mini-heatwave has brought about a switch from the Lockdown Jumpsuit to the Not-Too-Dressed-Up Dress. The frock that’s easy and breezy and just smart enough. And I’ve enjoyed experimenting and trying out new silhouettes (these photos are from a couple of recent style columns). The sweltering heat means it’s time to loosen up – to choose natural fabrics and fluid shapes over faffage. Visiting a friend in Sussex on her 60th birthday (still allowed at the point of going to press. Very small gathering. Just the four of us), it was a scorcher of a day and I wore a wafty summer dress, packed another frock in my tote bag together with some suncream, spare Birkenstock’s and the obligatory Covid-era essentials. Slipping on a cool summer dress and travelling light made the train journey a little easier. Of course, the Not-Too-Dressed-Up-Dress was the supporting act, spending time with friends we hadn’t seen for months was the main event.

 

Sneaking around

 

STYLE NOTES: The maxi dress in the first photo is from Me+ Em, (almost sold out but similar HERE and HERE) and the gorgeous gold bag from Mimi Berry keeps twinkling at me. The cotton dress in the second picture is by Brora, now sold out after appearing in the Telegraph, according to another friend, imagine that! The Birkenstock’s and trainers are my own (Adidas SL 72 shoes). Make it comfy shoes all the way. Whenever I peruse websites to see what’s on offer, I’m repulsed by the strappy high heel and summer dress combination. Who thinks that’s a good idea? Does anyone dress like they’re going to Ascot on a daily basis? I don’t think so.  Now we’re all walking everywhere, stylists and buyers need to review the strappy sandal situation. Ditch the heels and bring on sensible sandals and sneakers for strolling in.

 

PATREON NEWS

Good news. My ace tech guy has tinkered around behind the scenes so that Patreon subscribers can view posts on That’s Not My Age. I think it might be easier to read features over here (?) So. If you are a subscriber, all the written features (but not the Ask Alyson Q&A) will be shared on this site. The reason I’m not going to share every post here is because I’m aware that it might get a bit frustrating for non-subscribers and I want this to be a place for everyone. Don’t miss the latest interview on Patreon with NRBY founder Jo Hooper whose easy, everyday brand has been going down a storm now we’re all spending more time close to home. NRBY are very kindly offering TNMA subscribers 20% discount throughout August (more information HERE).

 

How are you finding Patreon? I’d love to know your thoughts.

 

 

 

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Ease and simplicity feel more necessary than ever when we have face masks, hand sanitisers and social distancing to contend with. No-one wants to be faffing around with fiddly clothes.