It's hard to get through hot-weather season without relying on the throw-on-and-go summer dress. Whether you like yours floral or fuss-free, midi or mini, puffed sleeves or no sleeves, a dress does all the hard work for you. And if you're looking to add to your collection for summer 2022, Nobody's Child has just launched a collaboration with the queen of cool and characterful dressing: Fearne Cotton. A little bit boho, a little bit retro, Cotton's style is the perfect match for Nobody's Child, the dress brand that has made a name for itself for a) its use of mindful materials, b) its excellent prints and c) its (equally excellent) price points.
For Cotton, and her community-led brand Happy Place, it was a natural fit. 'I've been a fan of the brand for some time. I love that Nobody's Child is committed to using responsible fabrics and is trying to make less of an impact on the planet. They also make very happy clothes,' she says. Her favourite piece in the dress collection, which is made from fabrics such as organic cotton and LENZING™ ECOVERO™, is the Vienna, a puff-sleeved and tiered mini that would work just as well at festivals as it would on this season's barbecue circuit. 'I've been wearing it with sliders on hot days. It's so comfortable,' says Cotton.
There's also longer midi styles if you prefer a little more coverage - the Bridgette, a broderie anglaise dress that just needs a bowl of strawberries and cream to say 'summer', is my pick - and prices start from a very pleasing £39. Whatever their length or print, they're all timeless enough to pull out summer after summer, a quality that resonates with Cotton. 'I don't shop that much these days. I love to buy the odd new piece to mix in with what I have and still buy a lot of vintage stuff, too. I know I'll have these Nobody's Child's dresses for years to come and can pass them down to Honey.'
And although she still experiments, she's found her happy place when it comes to clothes. 'I'm up for trying most things but I also know what works for my shape and what makes me feel empowered rather than uncomfortable.'