Florence Welch in NYC

Posted on July 18, 2012

Given the temperatures on the east coast this week, we think it’s safe to say that Flo clearly shoved a bag of ice into her panties. That’s the only explanation as to why she’s not sprawled out on the sidewalk from heat exhaustion.

Florence Welch goes out for a walk in New York City carrying a Gucci bag.

Gucci ‘New Bamboo’ Medium Top Handle Bag

Seriously. We feel faint just looking at her. Sure, that dress probably weighs all of three pounds, but who wants all that flowy shit sticking to them in the hot sun? And who wears a felt hat in hot weather?

Having said that, it’s actually kind of a cute look, if a bit typically serious and grandiose. Love the shoulder bag. But ladies, y’all need to cross-body that shit up unless you want your purse snatched.


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  • schadenfreudelicious

    those shoes look like a case of stank foot in the making…they also look heavy enough to throw at any purse snatchers and knock them out cold…

    • They all 3 (Flo & her too handlers) all have stank foot in the making! 

    • But you’d have to unbuckle the fecking ankle strap first and that would slow you down.

  • Frank_821


    although in fairness she is pretty pale and may want to protect her face from the radiation

    • MilaXX

       Which is why straw hats are so popular in the summer. They actually let your scalp breath and protect you from the sun.

      • YES. I have a GIANT straw hat – brim approximately this size or larger – which I adore. Especially with navy dresses.

    • rafraf25

      I totally understand the hat. My husband & his

    • She’s downright tan compared to that woman behind her in the last picture.

      • Who is wearing a dress the exact same color as her skin! How did she manage that. I need her help picking paint colors for my house she is so good.

  • That dress looks very lightweight – I doubt it’s sticking to her.  But, that hat. Jeez…I need an Italian ice just looking at it.

  • clatie

    I like generally like her look – including this one – but must conclude that she is no fun personally.

  • Well, you can see she is looking a little flushed! Poor love is melting.

  • Lilithcat

    In fact, there are few things more comfortable to wear in the summer than a long, loose, flowy dress.

    Neither the hat nor the purse belongs anywhere near summer, however.  And I hate the shoes.

    • AudreysMom

       totally agree. On review, the dress is fine. It’s the accessories that scream wrong season.

    • EveEve

      Word.  A light silk chiffon or gauzy cotton lawn lets plenty of air through to keep things um….fresh.  As pale as she is, I can’t fault her for wanting as much skin covered  as possible.   Sun screen gets really ick walking around in a city.  Girl needs some espadrilles.

      •  It’s all about the air circulation. The movement of a light, flowy skirt allows for a sort of a fan effect around one’s legs. Far more comfortable than shorts or even a mini-skirt.

    • Ms_Flyover

      Hate is too generous a word for how I feel about those shoes, particularly with the cute, flowy dress.

    • adnama79

      I’ll add my agreement that long flowy skirts are the most comfortable thing in the heat.  I wish we had long flowing clothes from India and the Arabian peninsula more readily available here.

    • SapphoPoet

      Yep. I wear loose, flowy skirts in summer. Very cooling. But she needs some lighter shoes and just looking at that hat makes me sweat. 

    • Squarah

      Agreed. They are one of your best options.

  • Paigealicious

    I dunno, I mean the shoes look like they could get pretty sweaty but the dress seems airy. 

  • another_laura

    A felt hat in a NYC summer?  I’m getting a rash and near to fainting at the sight of it.

  • dress_up_doll

    “But ladies, y’all need to cross-body that shit up unless you want your purse snatched.” – TLo

    To hell with the outfit, you guys slay me everytime!


    Say what you will, I think she looks cute as fuck. Even if she is, more than likely, clammy from top to toe.

  • christinewithanx

    Sweaty, sweaty, sweaty. Sweaty feet, sweaty knees, sweaty head. I hope she wasn’t going too far. She looks like she’s about to get the vapors.

  • Patricia Gillett

    It’s a try hard. This screams, “I must go out and get photographed now.” I want the bag for fall, though. 

    • PinkLemon

       she does look pretty proud of this getup.

  • This is the prettiest I have ever seen her. Love the dress, teenage me from the 90’s loves the shoes.

  • NC_Meg

    She looks perfect! And yea, she better cross body that shit because I would snatch it in a heartbeat. Love that bag.

  • While the dress is long & flowy and appears that it would be comfy in the heat, that type of fabric usually does NOT breathe well.  Add the hat & shoe, and I’m surprised she isn’t completely heat flushed.

  • I think it’s clear that T.Lo have not put on a dress recently. Light, long, and flowy is wonderfully comfy in hot, sticky weather. Shorts and trousers cling and keep the heat (and sweat, ick) in. 

    And hats are also lovely in the heat – you get your own shade! – but I’m not so sure about felt. 

  • j_anson

    I like this better than most of her outfits. And Lilithcat is right: loose, floaty dresses are actually pretty comfortable in the summer – covering skin prevents sunburn, but if there’s even a hint of a breeze it goes right through fabric like that. I’d have chosen a dress with shorter sleeves, probably, but again, that white skin burns at the drop of a hat, so…

  • Melissa Brogan

    The dress looks flowy enough that maybe she’s not dying, but my question is how can she stand to wear those SHOES? My feet are sweating just looking at them.

    • call_me_schmeg

      i sweat thinking about that belted waist! all the pluses of a flowy dress are wiped away when you’ve got it strapped against your skin. and this is coming from a girl who *loves* a cinched waist.

  • Forget the dress – I cannot imagine walking more than a block in those close-toed, obviously-for-fall shoes!

  • You guys just revealed your limits as gay men when it comes to critiquing these clothes. You don’t actually wear women’s clothing so you wouldn’t know that Welch actually chose probably the best thing to wear in this weather – a long skirt to trap cooler air! Why else do you think maxi dresses are so popular?

  • butterflysunita

    She looks lovely–maybe the best I’ve ever seen her.  As for the heat those gauzy dresses are great for summer–and at least she’s protecting her face from the sun.  

    • Lizzyisi

       I agree. I rarely think she looks good or comfortable, but here she just looks lovely and at ease.

  • MilaXX

    I like flowy dresses in the summer. They are much cooler than thick, hot, jeans. I get that she’s fair skinned, but if she had worn a straw hat instead of that felt one she would look a little less cray. Add a sandal instead of that clunky shoe and she would actually look age and season appropriate. Just looking at that hat is making my scalp sweat.

    Here’s a hat for Flo It’s not designer, but it would work with the dress and protect that fair skin.

  • Larkin21

    Love it all but the shoes.

  • kimmeister

    I have an almost identical (but non-designer) hat, but I haven’t touched it in months due to its seasonality.  It’s currently covered in cat hair because Rubi has been using it as a pillow.

  • Even if she’s a skinny thing, she’s going to have a serious case of chub rub in this heat. Unless those are bike shorts under that chiffon. Ugh. I’m dying just thinking about wearing a hat in this weather. 

    • MilaXX

       Not every one gets chub rub. I’m a big gal and I don’t ever have a problem with it. I pretty much live in loose, flowy dresses in the summer.

      • PinkLemon

        color me jelly!! i hate chub rub.

        • MilaXX

          I’ve heard of people using various creams. Diaper cream I  think  & I believe there is a product called chub rub. Never tried it so I can’t vouch for it effectiveness.

        • sweetestsith

           Try an anti chaffing gel? Something with silicone? My runner friends seem to love the stuff, so I imagine it actually works. I don’t know any brands though…

      •  I guess I’m just lucky then. :/ I love them, too, but I have to wear yoga shorts underneath them. Which kind of defeats the whole loose, flowy thing.

        • PinkLemon

           i’m having the EXACT same problem.

      • adnama79

         Doesn’t ever get me, either.

  • Anathema_Device

    I think that dress is perfect for hot weather. It is loose and looks to be a bit sheer, which means it isn’t too heavy. That felt hat, on the other hand, has my head sympathy sweating.

  • RebeccaKW

    Honestly, the dress is fine.  Cute.  The shoes, however are not summer and I don’t think go with this at all.  I understand the hat, but she needs a different one.  The purse-really, unless it’s straw or flannel, I don’t think about seasons with purses. 

    All I think about here is sweaty feet and hair.

  • Three pounds?  Maybe if she wore three of them at once.  Those dress weigh NOTHING.

  • sweetlilvoice

    I love it…she looks really good for once. And she’s English, she’s probably thriled about the heat.

  • Sara__B

    Can a person get stank head? If so, Flo’s got it.

  • mjude

    its fucking hot in my city once again. i just dont get it.

  • PinkLemon

    on the cross bag note – it’s the only way i can wear them, but i HATE how it looks. i’d prefer to wear it on my shoulder, but it’s just not as easy to carry. oh, the webs we weave.

    • Violina23

      Exactly what I was going to write — cross-body is just more practical for day-to-day activities, especially now that I have a daughter. I wish there were more fashionable options…  I actually REALLY like this one though!

      • PinkLemon

         yes, that’s one fab bag. i’ll take it in all colors, ATHANKYOUANDG’DAY.

  • sagecreek

    Wow, she looks good. I’m not used to saying that about Florence Welch.

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    She’s really been working those long sheer skirts.

  • greyhoundgirl

    Her fair skin needs a hat–but not a felt hat.  There must be some kind of chic straw hat that would shade her face and let in air.  Have to say the hat color is beautiful with her coloring, though.

  • Ugh, no kidding. Admittedly I work from home in the summer, but i live in halter tops, skirts, sundresses, sandals, etc. Sometimes I’ll see folks totally covered up, esp Goth types in thick black tights, older hippie women in long dresses, etc. – makes me break out in a rash just to look at them. How do people do this? 

  • I will never understand how anyone can trot around in the scorching heat w/ a long mane of hair hanging on their neck.  Sweat City.

    • lonepear

       No kidding. I have waist-length hair… and about a billion spare elastics in all of my bags, just in case.

      • MilaXX

        I put my locs up in bantu knots because I couldn’t stand them on my neck. (Think Niobe from the matrix films)

  • Judy_J

    I think the shoes make the whole outfit look too heavy.  Substitute some strappy sandals and a lighter straw hat in place of the felt, and the whole outfit would look cool and summery.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I think Flo looks fab here — this may be the best thing I’ve ever seen her wear.  I’m not sure the hat would be that bad .. I’ve worn felt Stetsons in the blazing heat and they were fine. 

  • Le_Sigh

    Oh yay!  She looks more her age here!  But damn, I wonder if her feet got hella stank.  

  • GillianHolroyd

    Yep, the flowy gauziness gets wrapped around/between your legs. Once you get all sweaty, it just sticks to your skin. Plus it looks like there’s a lining. 

    Her friend (?) walking behind her is looking very Jane Austen-ish.

  • altalinda

    One of those junior-high lessons that have stuck, no matter how nonsensical, is that cross-bodying a purse looks dorky and when forced to choose between looking like a dork and risking a purse-snatching, dorkiness is the greater fear.

  • Zippypie

    I love the look, just not the thought of it in 95 degree heat with a heat index waaaaaay over 100.  I cherish my bare legs, especially in the friggin’ subway sauna.  The color combo looks great on her.

  • tinyredlocks

    The dress is fine. Nice and flowy. Its the hot shoes and the heat stroke inducing felt hat that have me sweating for her. Sheesh…. Floppy straw hat and sandals, Flo!

  • As someone who is as fair as Miss Flo, giant floppy hats are the only thing that keeps me from getting heatstroke. I would totally wear that hat. The shoes I think were probably not the best decision for the heat, but something similar to this is my summer uniform. 

  • formerlyAnon

    Once the temperature passes 92 or 93, if there’s any humidity at all, it just doesn’t seem to matter all that much – it’s just miserable whatever one wears.

    Whatever the state of her core temperature, I think she looks pretty great here, even though I don’t love either shoe or purse. It’s the color as much as anything else. Just think how drab this would look in the weak tea/faded peach/dingy cream color families. (e.g. outfit on the assistant/friend/escort at her side).

  • joancarol

    I think she has a pair of spandex shorts to keep her thighs dry.

    •  Pretty sure that’s a slip. Besides, I can’t think of anything I’d rather wear less than a pair of spandex shorts when it’s super hot.

  • mhleta

    I think she looks like a beautiful painting, except that she really could have mixed up the accessory colors a bit–like, maybe the purse in ivory or black. Bordering on Garanimals with all that burgundy. 

  • lonepear

    Dear Flo: sandals. They are an amazing invention.

    Also, not a problem for someone as thin as she is, but for the large of bust, there is no way in hell most of us are putting a purse strap between our boobs.

    • rivula

      Agreed.  I’ve been wrestling with my damn seatbelt every time I get in the car this summer.

    • charlotte

       I wouldn’t be surprised if the designer actually called these shoes “sandals”. The term has been overused lately.

  • oohsparkley!

    She looks so pretty!  I agree about the hat (but it matches colorwise) and the shoes.

  • snarkykitten

    The whole outfit looks like a throwback from the 90s, no?

    • SewingSiren

      Yes, but a 90’s redux of the 30’s. Not to bad really .

  • guest2visits

    I love the bag. The rest is almost her own parody of herself. It seems like alot; but it’s obviously a style she’s very at home in.

  • spooki C

    wow… she looks… almost good. those shoes are awful but the dress and hat are ok. at least she doesn’t look like a little old lady on her way to play bridge and drink tea.

  • I think this is less serious than some of her other outfit choices. And I kept thinking her one handler was naked because her dress is the exact same shade as her body type. I was distracted by the end of these pictures! 

  • janetjb

    Her accessories are screaming Autumn!

  • Call me Bee

    Love the dress and the bag (would that I would ever have a Gucci bag…) but Miss Flo would look so much better with a straw hat and some delicate sandals.  But then, she wouldn’t be Miss Flo, would she? 

  • adnama79

    I was told not to cross-body so the mugger wouldn’t stab me during the robbery – easily stolen = minimal violence.  :/

    Flo looks fantastic.

  • alyce1213

    I’m taking a guess here that neither of you have ever worn a diaphanous, flowy, maybe 8 oz (not nearly 3lb!) dress on a sweltering day. A fabric like this does NOT stick to you. The air flows through, and it feels better than just about anything else you can wear.

    I’m often annoyed by what she wears, but I think this dress is absolutely perfect for her and the weather. I worry about the woman next to her in the black shortie boots, though.

    The felt hat and too-heavy shoes are a whole nother story.

  • alyce1213

    Yup. She also could have stopped at any street vendor and picked up a decent, wide brimmed straw hat for the day.  Not designer, but not out-of-season and sweaty-looking.  (Hers is a great hat for Fall, though.)

  • jw_ny

    This is the way I like and expect Florence to dress…love it head to toe.  🙂

  • quiltrx

    Very cute and very Flo.  Love the bag!

  • eh, the hat is clearly to avoid the sun. as a fellow pale girl, i completely sympathize. And as someone who lives on the east coast and in the south with our humidity on top of that, i can say that a thin lightweight dress like that isnt going to be any worse than a short dress to be honest.

  • I kind of love everything about this and don’t care if it’s wrong. Sorry bout it.

  • kingderella

    wow i absolutely love this look!

  • Kirsten Kirsten

    OK the shoes bother me for sweltering heat. However, TLo –  you gentlemen obviously haven’t worn frocks in summer often enough. A loose flowy long skirt is actually  cooler than bare legs – why do you think they wear saris and sarongs in tropical climates? The floaty material creates air movement and circulation which helps mitigate heat and humidity.

  • Corsetmaker

    The hat and shoes are too heavy, yes. But the dress is fine. Long floaty dresses create a bit of a waft of air and keep the direct sun off your skin. They’re no warmer than exposed legs. And, as a pale girl she’s being very sensible.

  • miagain

    Cross-body as a verb!!  I like it!

  • SewingSiren

    I agree the hat is to Fall like for mid July. But if she had worn wide brim straw hat it would have looked too picnic in the meadow, or tea in the garden. Not a fan of bags with two handles. I love the dress however.

  • Judy_J

    I hope the woman walking with Flo was wearing sunscreen.  Her skin is so pale it looks like she’s never been exposed to sunlight her entire life.  At first I thought she was wearing sheer white hose until I noticed her legs matched her arms and neck.

  • Judy_J

    I hope the woman walking with Flo was wearing sunscreen.  Her skin is so pale it looks like she’s never been exposed to sunlight her entire life.  At first I thought she was wearing sheer white hose until I noticed her legs matched her arms and neck.

  • crash1212

    FYI. Here’s the deal TLo – sometimes airy, floaty, longer dresses are just the thing on a hot day. It’s actually cooler, so I have no issue with the dress…not sure I would’ve gone with a felt hat…but given her super paleness, maybe it was the only thing she had to wear! The ghost walking behind her in the last panel is sans hat and hopefully slathered in sunscreen.

  • Dr. Derf van der Derf

    I wear dresses like this all the time in the summer. They are very breezy while still covering you so your butt isn’t suddenly exposed by a gust of wind like what often happens with short lightweight dresses.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Her friend with the IVORY and FLAWLESS SKIN – I’d like to know more about HER.  

  • Shoes look sticky but that kind of dress is probably quite comfy in high heat. 

  • hat as portable shade.  ugly shoes.  long dress works much like hat to protect skin.

  • I live in the desert. Trust me, you’d rather be wearing something like this than shorts and a tank top. Being similarly pale, the sun hurts my poor skin. I’ve basically been living in dresses like this (and sandals) summer. (No felt hats, though, because I’m not ridiculous.) Loose clothing is much more comfortable than tight in hot weather. And never underestimate the joy of the up-skirt breeze on a hot day.

    The up-skirt photo, on the other hand… >:(