Since the suns come out in the UK this week, I decided it was time to swap out the black skinny jeans for once. I wanted to put together an outfit that was ideal for an afternoon in the beer garden/a friends garden/my own garden! I wanted something that was (obviously) summery, with a somewhat smart, sophisticated look, still maintaining a casual feel.

I paired this high neck striped top which I picked up from Primark recently, with a pair of rolled up denim shorts, accessorizing with black. I'm totally in love with stripes, there a fool proof option for any occasion! I didn't want a heavy jacket due to the heat, but I did want a little something to cover up with and this lightweight kimono style jacket was ideal. I love this jacket for days like this, its ideal for seguing from day to night with ease.

The one decision I pondered over when putting together this outfit was heels or flats. I knew I wanted some sandals and in the end I decided on these black strappy shoes from New Look. The chunky heels makes them comfortable for walking and prevents them from looking too formal. Perfect for what I needed. I find its great to have shoes that balance the line between casual and formal.

The small satchel style bag is great for holding a phone, purse, lipstick and the few necessities needed. I completed the outfit with a plain black belt and the black/tan floppy hat. I felt the hat took the outfit from looking somewhat ordinary, adding more style to the final look. Accessorising an outfit is a great way to bridge the gap between casual and formal. If you find it's too formal you can always remove the hat or accessories chosen.

 Top: Primark
Shorts: Vintage
Kimono: H&M
Belt: H&M
Shoes: New Look 
Hat: Boohoo
Bag: Dorothy Perkins
Sunglasses: New Look

Loves. Emma.