It probably won’t have escaped your attention that we love Hush. Cool, contemporary and very, very wearable, almost everything this brilliant online brand produces we want to wear. Basically, we want to be the Hush girl. (Seriously, how gorgeous and generally fabulous do those Hush models look?) While, this isn’t going to happen, we can still feel like a Hush girl when wearing their clothes – which means cool, contemporary and completely relaxed. These are clothes that you wear rather than them wearing you, if you know what we mean? As this weekend promises to – at last – be a taste of summer, let us introduce your summer wardrobe…
The Striped Dress
First up. Excuse the boxes and general disarray behind me, my children had just blasted off to the moon and insisted on leaving their ‘space ships’ behind them. Over the past week, I’ve been wearing this dress as a top tucked into my Gap girlfriend jeans, but in this pic I wanted to show you the whole dress. Easy to throw on, and as perfect for beach days as it is for lunch with friends, just add tan.
The knitted jacket
Now, this is a great little buy. Is it a jacket? Is it a cardi? Well, it’s kind of both. I prefer to dress it down by chucking it over a tee and jeans, although it could quite easily be worn, as here, over a dress. I really think it’s the perfect summer cardi.
The Little Black Dress
I wanted to show you that this dress has pockets – something with I love – but by doing so, I’ve done two things a) not shown how well it hangs b) demonstrated that oh-my-high-heavens I need a tan. Super-relaxed, although can quite easily be dressed up, I’ll be wearing this with sandals and a bottle of St Tropez on a hot summer’s day or perhaps with a smart jacket in the evening. Also available in the rather fab colour block as shown below…
Triangle dress, £65
Colourblock dress, £65
First up, I did not mean to cheat by wearing Hush whilst on holiday (thus hopefully distracting you with the scenery); so often does part of my outfit feature a Hush label that this is not remotely contrived. I also feel it’s very appropriate, given that we are road-testing their summer collection.
Secondly, I have just discovered the best holiday/summer/beach/park/wear it quite frankly wherever dress which – fanfare – my husband loves too. (Let me tell you, this is a rare occurrence. I tend to dress for myself (unless, say, we are heading out for dinner) and, whilst nothing I wear actively offends his eye (unless I sported wedges – a shoe he Does Not Get and shudders at the mere mention thereof), it is a novelty to find something both he and I love.) The Venice Beach Dress is so good I have it in both hibiscus and denim blue. I have worn it on the school run, to the park, and now on the beach. I love the slouchy t-shirt-style top coupled with the fitted skirt – and the details are great (like the turn ups on the cap sleeves). It honestly is the perfect holiday dress – which you will wear to death when you return home, too. This is the dress you will live in this summer – which makes it an absolute steal.
Now, this was not the dress I intended to review. That would be this one. The one I left, neatly folded on my bed back in London? Yep, that one. I promise I will post a pic and review on Instagram, if not here as an addendum, as it’s also a treat. In the meantime, please can exhort you to purchase the Venice Beach Dress?
Venice Beach Dress, £40
The Striped Ruched Skirt and Sheer Linen Tee have become new wardrobe favourites. Take the skirt first: it’s not too long (anyone on the shortish side will appreciate this) but if you are taller, the ruching allows for some adjustment (clever, that); the cut is flattering; the fabric – yes, I am absolutely aware I sound like my grandmother – is terrific: thick, with plenty of stretch. I’ve worn it with a navy cashmere sweater and flats for running around at home (would also be a great outfit in which to travel as it’s stylish as well as comfortable and s-t-r-e-t-c-h-y.) A word to the wise: unlike most Hush clothes, the fit is on the smaller side, so go up a size if you want a longer length or slightly looser fit.
I wear it with the Sheer Linen Tee which is another real find. As I get older, I am increasingly of the belief that it pays to spend on the basics, so – at £35 – this feels like a bargain for a tee of this quality and cut. It has that French edge – perhaps it’s the slub linen which makes it feel expensive, but it can definitely go to work as well as to a beach (or, in my case, a vineyard). Team it with jeans, heels and great belt and voila, you are Emmanuelle Alt (or at the very least, French Vogue-esque.) Matching baby not obligatory.
Back in the real world, I also road-tested the Crop Knit Jacket. Here I am trying (and failing) to look nonchalant (a much easier look to feign whilst on the beach, I have found. Also helps to have something to do whilst having your picture taken, lift a baby to the skies and hear him shriek with delight, for instance). I teamed with the Sheer Linen Tee (again. I must buy more of these.), Gap girlfriend jeans (Alex encouraged the purchase and she was right) and leopard print flats. I’ve done it up as a. it was cold and b. so you can see the grey trim detailing, which I adore. I will definitely be wearing this all year ’round, but it would be perfect shrugged on over your cut-offs and tee at the end of a summer day, when the air cools but you still want to sip rose al fresco. (Or perhaps this is just me?)
Crop Knit Jacket, £80