Malmo & Moss is.....

A northern girl living in North London with her husband, three sons and canine sized cat. Slowly renovating and always decorating an Edwardian semi in Scandi Vintage style (think Sarah Lund meets Lovejoy).

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Summer Fashion Edit by Emma Jolley

Summer Fashion Edit by Emma Jolley

I’ve never really been one for wearing prints.  Or dresses.  Or skirts, or that matter.  Until this summer, when I’ve suddenly gone crazy for all three.  It started with an apple green and red floral print maxi dress by Rixo which I picked up in the sales (after some very focussed and intense online stalking).  Then a post-box red dress with tiny blue and yellow flowers by Ghost which I spotted on an Instagrammer.  Then a leopard print silk skirt from Danish brand, Ganni.  All special pieces which I love so much they have relegated my jeans to second place this season.   The shops are practically bursting with a riot of dresses and skirts in ditsy florals, bold stripes and statement animal prints at the moment.  Here’s my pick, with some items already in the sale. 

Dresses

  Rouje  dress,  Zara  Sandals,  Warehouse  denim jacket (old)

Rouje dress, Zara Sandals, Warehouse denim jacket (old)

My favourite brands for summer dresses are overseas ones – in particular, LA-based Faithfull the Brand, and online only brands Rouje and Realisation Par.  The only problem with these is the blah blah tedious overseas charges they come with, although a limited range of Faithfull is stocked by ASOS and Net a Porter (you have to be quick off the mark though, it sells out quickly) and Realisation Par is opening a London pop up early July (big woop).  Closer to home, this pale yellow button through dress from & Other Stories is a sunny gem, and this vibrant red dress from Zara will look killer with a tan.  I am generally not a fan of waist cut outs in dresses as they can look a little meh, but the length of this floral Top Shop dress keeps it modest.   If you’re going floral, I think it’s nice to toughen up your look a notch with a vintage look denim jacket. 

 Red patterned dress from  Zara

Red patterned dress from Zara

 Vintage denim jacket from  Uniqlo

Vintage denim jacket from Uniqlo

 Chiffon floral dress from  Topshop

Chiffon floral dress from Topshop

 Yellow Print Dress from  & Other Stories

Yellow Print Dress from & Other Stories

Skirts

 Polka dot skirt from  Flynn Sky Bridal   , button through camisole from  Top Shop , jute striped tote from  Maison Bengal  and rope sandals from  Urban Outfitters

Polka dot skirt from Flynn Sky Bridal  , button through camisole from Top Shop, jute striped tote from Maison Bengal and rope sandals from Urban Outfitters

I’ve never met a long, floral skirt I didn’t like, but then I was a teenager in the 90’s and grunge will always live on in my heart.  This red maxi from Urban Outfitters takes me right back to my weekly pilgrimages to Camden Market circa 1991 to seek out falafel and red hair dye.  It’ll look great paired with a loose t-shirt, tucked in, maybe one by an old school sportswear brand, such as Hilfiger, Fila or Champion (stocked by Urban Outfitters, or pick them up second hand on eBay).  I like the candy coloured stripe and the front slits of this super flattering linen midi from Mango, into which I would tuck this simple linen camisole from Topshop.  At the other end of the spectrum is this quite loud animal print skirt from Zara, which is similar to my Ganni one, which I wear with this cute (and very good quality) embroidered t-shirt by Meylor Goods (picked up at one of the Occasional Home Store fairs J!)

 Striped maxi skirt from  Mango

Striped maxi skirt from Mango

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Embroidered Tee from Meylor Goods

 Button through camisole top from  Topshop

Button through camisole top from Topshop

 Leopard print skirt from  Zara

Leopard print skirt from Zara

 Polka dot skirt from  Urban Outfitters

Polka dot skirt from Urban Outfitters

Footwear

 T-Short from  Meylor Goods , Skirt from  Ganni  and trainers from  Veja

T-Short from Meylor Goods, Skirt from Ganni and trainers from Veja

I think prints look best with simple footwear and this summer, I’ve been living in my Veja trainers.  Veja is a Parisian “eco-friendly” trainer brand, which you can pick up at Arket and elsewhere in an array of styles and colours - I like their classic canvas sneaker the best.  I’ve also thrown in a pair of neutral Gazelles as they are a timeless classic – I really like these in deep burgundy too.  I’ve seen so many gorgeous leather flats on the High Street this season, particularly in Topshop.  These from Dune look remarkably similar to a Hermes style which cost a gazillion pounds, and this pretty braided pair, again in leather, from Zara look a lot more spendy than £30 and also come in black.  For when you are feeling truly pedi ready, there are these super simple strappy sandals from Free People.

  Adidas  Gazelles

Adidas Gazelles

  Veja  Trainers

Veja Trainers

  Free People  simply there sandals

Free People simply there sandals

  Dune  Loupe sliders

Dune Loupe sliders

 Zara braided sliders

Zara braided sliders

Bags

 Dress from  Ghost , Shoes from  Zara  and Bag from  Mango  last season

Dress from Ghost, Shoes from Zara and Bag from Mango last season

Remarkably, in some shops, you can still buy a bag that is NOT made of straw or raffia.   I’ve recently brought a larger, striped, jute macramé bag from Maison Bengal (a fair trade company, stocked by lots of fancy shops but I bought mine direct from their website and it arrived super quick).  Their shaggy number might divide opinion (my husband thinks it looks like one of Chewbacca’s cousins), but they have plenty more amazing options on their website, all handmade in India.  This red macramé tote from LF Markey is now in the sale, but a quick search on Etsy will unearth literally dozens of vintage versions in this style for around the same price or even less.  And then there is the classic French string shopping bag – stocked by Grey September amongst others – just don’t pack anything in it which you don’t mind losing.

 Macrame Tote LF Markey at  Urban Outfitters

Macrame Tote LF Markey at Urban Outfitters

 Net shopper available at  Grey September

Net shopper available at Grey September

 Jute bag from  Maison Bengal

Jute bag from Maison Bengal

Happy shopping!

Emma x

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