Chambray

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{Dotti chambray dress, Panama hat from Calico House, vintage Ray Bans; cheap market sandals}

Denim dresses were a distinct trend in Europe last summer, and now it's our turn. I've been living in this little Dotti number*, which, done in a printed cotton fabric could look quite flimsy. But in chambray, and with a few brushed nickel buttons up the front to reference another more micro-trend - dungarees, the dress feels hipper and hard-wearing. Paired with flat sandals and a broad panama hat it's just the thing to throw on for a laid-back day at the beach.

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*This dress got  DIY-ed before these shots; It was  originally cut very short for someone as high-waisted and long-legged as moi, so I took down the hem to add a few inches to the length.