On Friday I finally attended an event I’ve been itching to go to for a few years now; the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. And what a year to pick. It’s their 25th Anniversary. If you’re going to do it, do it in style, I say!
So what does one wear to a flower show? Well, pretty much anything goes! It was hot on Friday; the heatwave was still on ‘furnace’ mode. Thankfully, not as high as on Wednesday, when temperatures exploded thermometers but still high. Some folk opted for casual t-shirt and shorts. Others, like me, summer dress chic and then there was everything in between. I chose a dress because
a) summers in the UK can be ‘blink and you miss ’em’, so I don’t get to wear dresses much
b) being a Pilates teacher I can’t exactly rock up to class wearing them!
I bought this little beauty only a couple of months ago. I was mooching in TKMaxx and as I walked past, it said;
‘Hello, you need to try me on’.
I’m no fool. I’ve had dresses say this to me time and again, only to be
disappointed in the changing room but this dress was quietly persistent
and I did inwardly go ‘Oooooo’ at the gorgeous blue hues. Off I duly
trotted to the changing room, dress in hand.
‘Pockets!’, I squealed in delight. ‘It’s got pockets!’
‘I know’, said the dress. ‘One reason you had to try me on. I know you love pockets on a dress.’
Look how I’m on tippy toes! I’m imagining how the dress would look
with heels. The length was perfect, hitting just below the knee, not
drowning me as so many dresses can do. It was a done deal really.
What I really like about the dress is that I could easily wear it to a more formal occasion. I’d give the skirt some poof by putting a petticoat underneath, slip on some heels, pop on a fascinator,
grab a sparkly clutch and
The dress has a 50’s feel to it with the a-line skirt and the box pleats. Although the material is cotton, it has some weight to it, so the skirt holds its shape. I like that the horizontal stripes are different widths which is visually more interesting and more flattering than block stripes. Plus, they don’t make me look as if I’m wearing a skirt made of hula hoops.
This was a day for a wide-brimmed sun hat, worn at a slightly jaunty angle. This hat holds special memories for me. I bought it in Australia on honeymoon 5 years ago and it’s served me well.
You can scrunch, squash and squish it into a suitcase but it still pings back into shape every time. It’s even washable!
They were selling parasols at the show. Although my sun hat and shrug protected my arms, the parasol helped to lessen the intensity of the sun. There’s precious little shade in the park of Hampton Court Palace.
Dress: Kew from TKMaxx
Shrug: Peacocks: SS14
Necklace: Dorothy Perkins
White Sandals: New Look Bag: Debenhams
And the flower show itself? INCREDIBLE!
I’ll be writing a separate post about it as some of the gardens were spectacular. In the meantime, here’s the Equilibrium Garden. It won Gold and Best Conceptual Garden.
The upright groynes, sculpted by the sea and bleached by the sun represent a henge. Ancient Britons built many henges – the most famous one being Stonehenge. They were spiritual structures linked to the movements of the sun and moon, especially the solstice and equinox. The design reflects these ideas and walking around it you certainly felt a sense of equilibrium.
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