Taylor Swift was right. It was indeed a Cruel Summer and August really slipped away into a moment in time. In between wallowing about the summer that never was and working from home, I’ve been expanding my fashion horizons and keeping my wardrobe stocked for my unceremonious return to civilisation.
Based on Golborne Rd in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Sister Jane is a womenswear brand that creates whimsical and eccentric vintage-inspired clothing. With a new capsule collection dropping every six weeks, Sister Jane aims to keep your wardrobe full of on-trend, unique limited edition pieces. They’ve also recently teamed up with Cha Cha to open up a Mediterranean-Latin fusion restaurant on the ground floor of their multi-storey Notting Hill fashion showroom, The Sister Jane Townhouse.
The pieces featured in this post are from Sister Jane’s The Tea Room Collection. I am a UK Size 4 (US 2/0), but for reference, I’m wearing a Size XS which according to Sister Jane’s size guide equates to a UK Size 6 which is the smallest size the brand offer.
Clotted Cream Lace Shirt, £62.00
My mother owned something very similar to this shirt in the early 90s, but with that blouse since sadly succumbing to the perils of time and aging, I knew Sister Jane’s Clotted Cream Lace Shirt was a must-have.
I mean, what’s not to love about it? It’s simple, classic and quite honestly, it’s probably one of the more casual and wearable pieces on offer in Sister Jane’s many eclectic vintage collections.
The simplistic, elegant beauty of the blouse with its intricate lace, pointed shawl collar and pearl buttons mean that it’s easy to build the perfect outfit around it for all occasions. Eagle-eyed followers may recognise the leather shorts that I’m sporting alongside the shirt since I wear them with literally everything as evidenced on the ol ‘gram, but the blouse will look just as cute in a more casual everyday setting – even though this outfit is my definition of everyday summer casual! 🙈
Bakewell Lace Midi Dress, £89.00
This look may be one for the history books because it’s likely the first time I’ve ever worn a dress that isn’t short/a mini dress!
Being 5ft arguably has more downsides than perks and it means I’ve spent the majority of my life being hesitant about donning midi and maxi dresses in the wild. While my legs may not be lengthy, they aren’t too bad visually, if I do say so myself, and after many years of photo-taking I’ve learnt that you can indeed very easily exploit your angles to make yourself taller much to my delight. By wearing a dress that would hide what I consider one of my few good features, I was anxious that I’d look hideous. But the result was surprisingly pretty great…
Comprising of delicate pink lace and a large yellow bow that can be used to cinch in the waist for a more fitting silhouette, the Bakewell Lace Midi Dress is the epitomé of summer. Add a wide-brim straw hat for an even more wholesome country bumpkin vibe. Strawberry Shortcake was one of my favourite cartoon characters growing up and I’d like to think she’d approve of this outfit!
Buttercup Puff Sleeve Shirt, £59.00
The leather shorts make a return as I tackle a look that I have affectionately dubbed ‘Big Bird from Sesame Street meets the Victorian era’.
Puff sleeves have made a comeback and you can’t get more in-your-face puffed sleeves than this yellow jacquard blouse from Sister Jane. It’s admittedly not one for the daily milk run or weekly pop to the shops, but it’s high fashion, dahhhhling. While I’m not sure how many opportunities I’ll get to wear this out, I’m obsessed with the Buttercup Puff Sleeve Shirt.
There’s no way to casually style this one as the puff sleeves really are something special, but if you fancy strolling around the city looking like you’re on the way to the funeral for your third oil tycoon husband who disappeared under mysterious circumstances then this just might be the outfit for you!