The July dress

The Nicola Shirt Dress by Rae Feather

I love a print as much as you do but there is something about a block colour dress that is just so brilliantly versatile. This Nicola style is a clever addition to any summer wardrobe as it works hard to go from holiday to city to everyday. You can throw pretty much anything at it, believe me I tried and had to really edit down my insta reel!

Rae is a genius at getting the cut of a dress just right and this one is just as flattering worn loose as it is with the belt. Put your steamer away and embrace the natural creasing of the linen. As always, I hope to inspire you with the various options below to show you how many ways you can style it up.

Isabel x 


There is something so wonderfully British about a summer staycation, where the weather can be dubious but you are adamant to dress for summer. In comes the layering knit to throw over lightweight dresses, add a good cap for any rain/wind situation and a waterproof slide. Cornwall in 12 degrees, here we come… 

Dress: Rae Feather, £160
Jumper: Chinti & Parker, £187.50 Sandals: Birkenstock, £45 Sunglasses: Boden, £75 Cap: John Lewis, £15 Bag: Lalo, £82

City Break

This just shows how versatile the Nicola dress is, one minute a casual beach option and the next something smart enough to dress up with chic sandals for the city. Being a block colour, rather than a print, you can layer anything with it. Here I’ve kept it quite tonal which is one of my favourite (and laziest) ways to accessorise. 

Dress: Rae Feather, £160
Sunglasses: Cos, £115 Hat: Brunna, £11
Earrings: Lizzie Fortunato, £135 Bag: Mango, £29.99 Shoes: Me + Em, £250


Colour blocking is easy with this dress, add any bright pops you have in your wardrobe to transform it into holiday wear. I live in these Hunza G swimsuits when I’m away and love the idea of combining a few tones together for a very hot weather friendly look. 

Dress: Rae Feather, £160
Swim Suit: Hunza G, £155 Hat: Rae Feather, £85 Earrings: Anna Lu, £57 Bag: Pink City Prints, £65 Shoes: Manebi, £130

Office Ready

Elevate your styling with some classic tan tones with the cornflower blue of the Nicola dress ~ whether it’s for summer office wear or a smarter occasion. I am obsessing over this Loeffler Randall leather and raffia bag with the Daydress belt, just add a linen blazer for cooler days. 

Dress: Rae Feather, £160
Blazer: Cefinn, £370 Sunglasses: Jigsaw, £99
Belt: Daydress, £65 Bag: Loeffler Randall, £390 Shoes: Jigsaw, £140