How to reboot your summer dresses for winters in Ibiza
Midi-dresses have taken over for the cold season. In my wardrobe, anyway, they’ve vanquished all challengers and their dominion is complete. It was a gentle conquest, to be sure – lots of swishing – but the outcome is that my Balearic closet space is now dominated by floaty, floral-print chiffon. Not far off summer attire, but addressed for winter with mix and match polo-necks and zero tights.
This is definitely the trend for Ibiza in winter 2017/18.
These are dresses that are more accustomed to being worn with open-toed sandals in a summer breeze on the White Isle. But I’ve discovered the smart dresser’s way to winterise Balearic garments. And it has nothing to do with tights. Repeat after me: Knee. High. Boots.
Wear a midi-dress with a pair of knee-highs, and you’ll be the beneficiary of a meet-in-the-middle effect that delivers full coverage, yet with no need to resort to another day in frumpy black tights.
The key is finding the right boots, the ones that’ll work with every dress. Too low and you’re in Goldilocks territory (i.e. too tall to be an ankle boots, too short to offer any real calf coverage). Too high and you get into the thigh-high boots zone, which is another thing entirely.
Look for a style that stops just over or under the knee-cap, with a heel you trust yourself to stride around in all day. On the optimistic side of that calculus are Joseph’s lipstick-red showstoppers. If you’re not so sure, try Stuart Weitzman.
Boots are what we in fashion politely refer to as ‘a commitment’. But a good pair is worth it. The hardest-working footwear in my wardrobe must be the boots I splashed out on by Kate Moss at Topshop. Red or black are the colours to go for and make sure you have a few simple black polo-necks to wear as a base layer under the dresses. Focus on that ‘70s vibe’.
Zara is the place to go for the simple polo-neck. Remember to hand wash them though.