Hannah in seersucker dress with ruffle hem by JCrew

On the two short but sweet days when the sun shone in Crete last week, we took a brief break from the raki and moussaka to take some shots amongst the beautiful Mediterranean surround. The wind was conveniently gusting, allowing us to get the best from this fantastic seersucker ruffle hem dress by J.Crew. Finally, my very own Marilyn Monroe moment caught on camera! One box ticked on my list of re-enacting the most famous photographs of all time. Next stop, planting the UK flag on the moon. Oh hang on…

Seersucker dress with ruffle hem by JCrew

I’ve been holding onto this dress for a while now because, if truth be told, I’m not much of a dress-wearer. Years of fighting to be heard over my four older siblings, followed by a decade fighting to be heard over a cacophony of suits, have perhaps driven me to adopt a dress code a little less feminine. How we dress has a huge impact on our inner confidence; I was a fan of power suits during the working week of my City days, and minimal effort tomboyish dressing at the weekend. Now I understand that femininity is not a weakness, but a strength. As such, I intend to embrace the floaty dress for all it’s worth. This strapless ruffle hem number is from J.Crew, and comes in Tall. The sizing comes up quite big so if you’re flat chested like me, you can afford to go down a size.

Hannah in seersucker dress with ruffle hem by JCrew

I paired it with white block heel sandals from Aldo, a high street shop I often visit, mostly because I can fit into a UK8 (I’m usually a 9) – well worth poking your head in next time you walk past a store. Wear it with or without a belt – for some of the photos I knotted a thin belt around my waist – a lovely way to add interest to any outfit. Accessorise with a hat – this one is my brother’s, but any straw fedora will do – or a bag, the latter ideally a bright pop of colour, like this acid yellow signature cross body from L.K.Bennett (below).

Hannah in yellow cross body bag

If I look a little posey, there is a particular reason for this. My sister-in-law, a fashionista and superstar stylist, was designated photographer. She instructed me to rip out poses I liked from Vogue, to emulate. So the results are a little different to our usual shoots, and I was, of course, missing my HøFSis, but we had great fun and once the editorial was done, we got back to the job in hand: raki and moussaka. Yamas!

Hannah in seersucker dress with ruffle hem by JCrew


Shoes, £50, Aldo