36 In Style

Hot Weather Dressing



I recently found a summer dress I’ve been looking for for two years. I already have a LOT of red, so ideally I’d have preferred it in another colour, but it ticked all my other boxes, so I bought it anyway. It isn’t high fashion or highly original, but on searing summer days, that isn’t my concern!

Here was my criteria for The Ideal Summer Dress:

*natural fabric (linen or cotton)
*machine washable (because sweat)
*NOT transparent in strong sunlight
*loose and airy
*V neckline (mostly for jewellery purposes, but also more flattering and cooler)
*maxi dress length (because my legs are so white, and some days are too hot to deal with self-tanner)
*pockets  (a bonus but not a dealbreaker)
*a good colour (not black or white)

When I was googling ‘linen maxi dresses’ (again!) this one from Jaeger popped up. It fit my criteria, although I was specifically looking for one in turquoise. I ordered it straightaway and have worn it a couple of times a week during London’s recent heat wave. I was so pleased with it that I later tried this orange one from Jaeger as well, but it was awful on me… too much fabric, far too sheer, and the shade of orange is literally the exact colour of a traffic cone (it looked darker on my computer screen).

Gingham-slidesRuby Shoo ‘Alena’ slides

The red one is ideal for me and its slouchy elegance really works in the heat. I’m not entirely convinced on the tassels, but I can always cut the strings off if they annoy me one degree more. I’ve worn this dress with beaded sandals, with these adorable gingham slides, and with red suede kitten heels. I’ve worn it with my multicolour bags, and today with this fabulous red Escada bag, given to me by Annie at Red Leopard (It was gifted to her, but wasn’t Annie’s style AT ALL, so she passed it on to me. When she gave it to me, she said, “You could detach the plastic chain and maybe use it as a clutch? I mocked horror and said, “NO! That’s the best part about it! The chain so Iris Apfel!” I’ve used it a lot, despite the heart motif, which I usually avoid.)


I like the dress worn with a generous stack of heavy gold chains, with bright beaded necklaces, and today with this silver modern swallow by Tarra Rosenbaum (Tarra and I are doing a giveaway of this necklace soon on Instagram, so keep your eyes peeled  over there if you love it!). The dress has been to girl’s lunches, girl’s dinners, a parent drinks party, my son’s school ceremony, a doctor’s appointment, and a day of running around London with Greetje who writes the No Fear of Fashion blog and Susan from Une Femme d’un Certain Age blog. Its cost per wear has worked out brilliantly so far, and it has only been a few weeks!

Red-Summer-DressLinen teaches me to embrace the wrinkles… good training for my face!



If you see me this summer, I guarantee you will see this dress. Later this month when I’m in New York, Savannah, and North Carolina, it will be perfect for the hot humid weather there. Eventually, I’ll take this to my tailor and ask her to copy it in a few other colours (maybe even a print if I want to go wild) and hopefully I’ll never have to buy another summer dress again for 10 years. I’ve never liked summer or summer clothes, but this dress, SPF 50, a lot of shade, and G&Ts will get me through.

P.S. Speaking of SPF, I’m currently using the Dr Sam Bunting Flawless Daily Sunscreen SPF 50 on my face, and I really like it. It is slightly dewy and moisturising, so if you like a matte finish this isn’t for you. On me, it sits brilliantly under my makeup and doesn’t cause me to break out. Biore Watery Essence SPF 50 worked perfectly for the past two years, but suddenly my skin has decided to break out in little flat red marks with it.

Miu Miu Sunglasses

Disclosure: The Gingham slides were kindly gifted to me by Ruby Shoo from their Vegan collection.



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  • Reply
    Susan B
    July 7, 2019 at 7:58 PM

    You look so fabulous in that dress! Perfect color, perfect style.

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      July 7, 2019 at 9:08 PM

      Thank you so much, Susan. I thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon together! Hopefully Paris will work next time around. xx

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        July 8, 2019 at 7:56 PM

        Perfect colour on you Lisa and I love the location choice! Another visual feast, brava bella xx

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          July 12, 2019 at 11:04 AM

          Thank you sweetness! xx

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    July 7, 2019 at 8:07 PM

    Red is so your color! I tried red eons ago and decided it wasn’t for me, but now that I’m embracing color… blush is a color… I may at least need to give it another try. BTW, I wore light weight coral jeans today with a Mexican blouse that also had coral and blue, so I am getting out of my neutral box. xoxox, Brenda

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      July 7, 2019 at 9:10 PM

      Thank you, Brenda! I didn’t wear so much red when I was younger, but now I NEED the colour near my skin. Your outfit today sounds perfectly gorgeous! xx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    July 7, 2019 at 9:05 PM

    Multiple bags, multiple shoes and loads of necklaces… that’s the way to go. I like all the shoes, they are so cute. Just as your beaded sandals were which you wore meeting me and Susan.
    I think this dress is really good on you. The fact it is loose, is great. It provides the necessary air you need on hot days.
    Husband did an outstanding job of photography again.
    Your necklace is really refined.

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      July 7, 2019 at 9:15 PM

      I agree… You and I are both such accessories addicts. They DO totally change an outfit though, don’t they?! I love the necklace too… pretty much anything Tarra does is amazing. We’ll have to go visit her and play with her Aurora rings next time you visit. xx

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    July 7, 2019 at 10:48 PM

    I’m a huge Jaeger fan Lisa. The bag, dress and shoes are all stunning.

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      July 8, 2019 at 10:38 AM

      Thank you so much, Laurie! xx

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    Sandra Sallin- Apart From My Art
    July 7, 2019 at 11:25 PM

    The dress looks so good on you. But, what do you think of a 5’4″ lady in it with big boobs? i’ve purchased a linen short dress, but what will I do with my fish belly white legs? So my question is what do you think of a shorter woman in a maxi dress? How tall are you?

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      July 8, 2019 at 10:38 AM

      It is very forgiving on the top, thankfully for me (and sounds like you!). I’m 5’8″ so you’d probably take a smaller size than me and also shorten it. On you, it would probably look best above the ankle if you had it hemmed to that length. My fish belly white legs are why I prefer a longer dress! I think a shorter woman can wear a maxi dress, just make sure you have some ankle and shoes showing so it doesn’t overwhelm your frame. xx

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    Sharon Sinclair-Williams
    July 7, 2019 at 11:30 PM

    As usual I love everything about your outfit, Lisa.

    You look hot in red … pardon the pun, hun.

    I had a dress once from Jaeger and loved it.

    I don’t know what ever happened to it and often wondered. Probably when we moved house one time maybe …

    I’ve just bookmarked the BLE plan btw .. lets hope I get past the bookmarking!! xo

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      July 8, 2019 at 10:34 AM

      OH, thank you Sharon! Jaeger makes some lovely things don’t they? Last winter, I literally loved EVERY SINGLE coat they did. They went to their archives and relaunched several coats from the 50s and 60s. So glamorous. So glorious. I have so many coats, so found it hard to justify buying a new one, but I’ll stalk them on Ebay. Feel free to message me about BLE. I’m going to do another post on it soon, because I’ve gotten sloppy with it and need to zoom in again. xx

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    Nancys Fashion Style (@nancybaten1)
    July 8, 2019 at 7:42 AM

    What a ,,happy,, color! I never liked linen because of the wrinkling! But I wore a linen jacket and when the weather is hot, it is just perfect!

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      July 8, 2019 at 10:32 AM

      I’m not crazy about thin sheer linen which looks terrible when it creases, but this thicker stuff doesn’t look too bad. It really DOES feel wonderful to wear in the heat, doesn’t it?! xx

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    Sara Delaney
    July 8, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Love you in this colour – also crushing on the gingham slides!! xx

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      July 8, 2019 at 10:29 AM

      Thanks, Sara! Aren’t those slides just adorable?! I love them too. xx

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    July 8, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    You look absolutely stunning in your red ensemble Lisa! And I just love the bag! Wishing you a happy summer trotting around the globe. Lots of love ❤️ xx Abby

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      July 12, 2019 at 11:12 AM

      Thank you, lovely Abby! I wish you a glorious summer too, my love xx

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    July 8, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    I’m ALL OVER THAT DRESS!I may have to order one!
    Love LINEN spent SATURDAY ironing ALL the LINEN!I do like ironing!!!!!
    Now those red gingham sandals are BEYOND ADORABLE!
    Love your idea of having the dress copied!
    When in SAVANNAH will you look for THE ROUND ABOUT with General Nathanael Greene PLEASE!MY GREAT GREAT GREAT GRAND DADDY!He rode with George Washington and they were BEST friends in the REVOLUTIONARY WAR!He is buried there also in that charming OLD cemetery!Maybe a photo of your SON standing next to HIM???PLEASE……..just for my eyes!I have his dueling pistols!
    ANYhow, what FUN to meet up with SUSAN and GREETJE!!!!!!!!THOSE GALS GET AROUND!!!!!!
    I’m thinking next year I need to come back and do a GRAND HOUSE TOUR and of course check on ARCHIE!!!!!

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      July 12, 2019 at 11:11 AM

      This dress is really a winner; I will for sure have it made in a few other colours, without the annoying tassels!! Aren’t the gingham slides adorable? I love them too!
      I will FOR SURE look for the Nathanael Green statue, I promise!
      It really was fun to meet up with Susan and Greetje, I wish you had been here too! xx

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    July 9, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    Gawgeous. Gawgeous. I hear you’ve been getting some real heat there in London this year! It’s true of linen and just having to embrace the wrinkles. I have a white linen dress that I have a love/hate relationship with. Love how cool it is, Love how it looks when I put it on. Hate how it looks as soon as I get out of the car! LOL. Ah well…..sacrifices must be made. I never see your stuff on IG anymore, which makes me sad. I need to remember to search if IG isn’t going to show me what I want!
    Also- need those gingham shoes.
    ~Melissa xx

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      July 12, 2019 at 11:07 AM

      Thank you, Melissa! Yeah, we always have a few hot weeks, but nothing too unbearable. I’ve not had to break out the air conditioner yet! This particular fabric, being a bit thicker and less ‘crisp’ than normal linen doesn’t crease too badly. The Insta Algo never shows me what I want to see anymore, so I’m less and less frequent on there. Aren’t the shoes adorable? I’m so pleased with them. Might need the matching clutch too… xx

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    July 10, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    Perfect dress! Ah, Linen – we love you despite all your flaws. The pockets make up for a lot too. Great photos. And the slides … wow!! Thanks so much for sharing your great find.

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      July 12, 2019 at 11:09 AM

      Thank you so much, Charlie. Yeah, pockets, especially in summer when you don’t want to carry a handbag sometimes, are a necessity! xx

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    July 16, 2019 at 10:54 PM

    Red is definitely your color! Love how you styled this amazing summer dress! Stay cool!


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      August 5, 2019 at 2:39 AM

      Thank you so much, Katie! xx

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    July 17, 2019 at 4:29 AM

    I cracked up about your quip – the wrinkles in the dress are training for your face. Hahaha!! And your prescription of SPF with G&Ts. I understand how addictive this dress is; it looks fabulous on you!! The colour is fantastic, although I might be partial to the traffic cone tone as well. Heh. Stocking up in all colours is a great idea. Happy summering!

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      August 5, 2019 at 2:40 AM

      Thank you Mel! I had high hopes for the traffic cone orange one, but in the flesh it was pretty awful on me, unfortunately! That’s ok, it is always nice to support my tailor and seamstress 🙂 xx

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    July 23, 2019 at 9:14 PM

    Great summer dress and great idea to get your tailor to make you a few more! It will be perfect in our heat here: Savannah does get really hot and humid!

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      August 5, 2019 at 2:38 AM

      I’m so keen to have this dress in a few other bright colours! I wish I’d had more of them in Savannah! xx

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    July 28, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    Lovely dress Lisa. I’ve been looking at a very similar one on the Woolovers website for the same reason. Just something light, airy and in a natural fabric. You look gorgeous as does London. Enjoy the U.S. my love xxx

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      August 5, 2019 at 2:36 AM

      Thank you so much, beautiful! xx

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    Michelle Green
    August 6, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    I love a red dress and those gingham sliders are stunning! x

    • Reply
      August 31, 2019 at 8:08 PM

      Thank you so much, Michelle xx

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