Sparkling summer dress

Sparkling summer dress

When this dress arrived and I opened the parcel I had reservations. I found the style very flattering and the fabric a high quality linen. However I felt it was a bit “bling” for me. It might not have been love at first sight but it began to grow on me. I contacted the very efficient “customer support” at Hopefashion. My question was “will this dress soften and fade with wear and washing? The answer was yes so I decided to give it a go. I am very glad I did. I can definitely see myself wearing it in St. Tropez. Drifting along the beach at sunset or sipping cocktails on the terrace. Well at least in my dreams. My summer wardrobe needed a bit of a boost.

The Hope asymmetric silver dress is in the sale and has been reduced from £120 to £30. So it was a no brainer. I have washed it once and it has already mellowed. The blue silk scarf is by East.

I have teamed the dress with my MarksandSpencer pointy toe sling backs (UK link). My small deep pink bag is from Zara. Similar at Nordstrom and John Lewis.

I have added a pair of cut off linen trousers by Eileen Fisher to create a more casual look. The white sneakers also contribute to the laid back feel.


My necklace is a few seasons old similar at Etsy.

A word of warning. Linen does crease. Personally I love linen in the summer and don’t mind this look. Strangely I find that better quality linen tends to reflect this phenomena more than the thiner cheaper fabrics (which I don’t particularly like).

Grab yourself a designer bargain. This is a big week for designer sales shopping as Mytheresa, and have all gone into sale. 

Linking up with NotdressesasLamb “IwillwearwhatIlike”

All photos taken at Wisley Royal Horticultural gardens by photographer Laura Hines. Follow her on Instagram. She has recently posted some stunning photos of seascapes and city architecture.


  1. Alyson That's Not My Age
    16th June 2017 / 12:16

    You look lovely, Josephine. Lovely to see you last night – are you still wearing the armband?!

    • 16th June 2017 / 13:25

      Yes great to chat. Managed to get the armband off. How long did you stay “disco dancing!”

  2. Susan
    16th June 2017 / 15:07

    I love unique pieces like this! It is fantastic an I like that you styled it with pants as a tunic as well.

    • 17th June 2017 / 11:16

      Hi Susan If you mean the dress I have just checked on the website and it still seems to be available. Before I posted the PR said there was reasonable stock left.

  3. Ann
    17th June 2017 / 12:14

    I like. Both as a standalone dress and with the linen slacks. It was such a great deal!

  4. kim
    17th June 2017 / 13:21

    This looks so beautiful on you! Thinking of buying it for myself but I’m wondering about its length. May I ask how tall are you?

    • kim
      17th June 2017 / 13:30

      Also, how sheer is it? Can you see through it?

      • 17th June 2017 / 20:24

        Hi Kim
        I am 5ft 7inches (1.7 metres) if that helps. The dress is asymmetric so it is shorter one side than the other. If you need more information you could contact Hopefashion’s customer service they are very helpful

      • 17th June 2017 / 20:29

        No it is not see through. I am only wearing flesh coloured underwear underneath.

        • kim
          18th June 2017 / 12:04

          Thanks so much!

  5. Margie
    18th June 2017 / 01:29


    I don’t think there’s anything that doesn’t look good on you! You wear everything well. I love your fashion sense and taste in clothes.

  6. 18th June 2017 / 11:05

    Thank you for your kind words Margie. I admit that I have been getting a bit out of my comfort zone this season and experimenting with new styles.

    • 19th June 2017 / 16:45

      Thank you so much and glad you like the dress.

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