Everybody seems to be selling tunic tops again this summer, and they do look so pretty and cool over leggings or trousers. Here are three from Joe Brown, Next and M&S. But I don’t have £25 to spare!
What I do have is a dress I bought ages ago, and have not worn recently. I paid £10 in a closing-down sale in a boutique in Hackney in 2004. It was the summer of our Silver Wedding, and I had a few ‘evening events’ to go to. It looked OK with my pink Essex-girl stilettos – but I was never quite sure about the asymmetric hem.
The hem on the right hand side came rather too far up my thigh to be altogether comfortable – I felt somewhat exposed. I am not Shirley Bassey!
I’ve worn it about half a dozen times.
But last week I attacked it with scissors and cut the hem straight across at mid-thigh length, and finished the edge of the dress and lining on my machine, with a tight zigzag stitch.
I am very pleased with the result
It has been cool and comfortable, worn over my loose linen trousers this week.
I have decided that asymmetric clothing is not for me. Whether is is a wonky hem, or a “one- shoulder-strap-only” style, I find them all vaguely disturbing.
In future, I shall attempt to go straight!
In a week I have reduced the cost-per-wear from £1.66 to £1.25 – which appeals enormously to my sense of thrift.