From the family album

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*Exactly* how I looked as a child (ho ho, not), although obviously I posted this for the fabulous jewellery set – brooch, ring, bracelet – and well-turned ankle of Marjorie Merriweather Post.

The short front skirt and sweeping train reminds me of Louisa’s wedding dress in The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford (“as was the hideous fashion then”), although no signs of the frills of tulle and orange blossom here.

Summer dresses

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with the rising temperatures come the catalogues full of summer dresses. These ones from Hush perfectly capture a sense of hot, languid afternoons.

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Quite like this one but my shape’s changed over the last year and it wouldn’t work for me now

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Also like these very different, brightly coloured offerings from Mother of Pearl. I’m a sucker for a bright red/blue combination like this.

Trailer

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A taster for the Royal Academy’s exhibition this spring on Charles I and his art collection, where I’ll be hoping for more Van Dykes like this one. Thank you Becca for flagging it up to me.