What better for an instant dressy retro look than a simple, but well cut, polka dot dress? I always feel polka dots are somewhat of a staple of the modern day pin-up's wardrobe - especially loved by brands like Collectif and Vivien of Holloway. So it was about time I got myself one (that fit, I've had two that I 'grew out of', eh-hem).
In fact, I didn't get myself this one, as it was one of my birthday presents from B this year. He - some might say very bravely - ordered this dress from US online store Modcloth and then had to pray it fit. But by some small miracle - as I am not an easy person to fit a dress on, particularly with buttons - it did! So off we went to nearby pretty Ely, so I could twirl about in it near some roses.
Black and white dresses are fun because you can pretty much accessorise in any colour you like. My blue choice was largely down to the fact my new bag is blue and I've got new toy syndrome and want to take it everywhere... I have no more favourite reasonably-priced handbag designer than Ollie & Nic. I've never seen a bag in quite this colour until now and I just adore the barrel shape. It's perfect for lugging a DSLR around, too, which is pretty useful!
Totally matched my belt to my backdrop...
Even though this is a shirt dress and my bust will have a go at popping/gapping most buttons, it wasn't that much of an issue with this style. It did pop them a couple of times when I had my bag strap bumping against them, but the main thing is they're not gapping and the empire line, for once, is in the right place! I think this is all due to the fact the dress has some degree of stretch in it.
Dress: Modcloth, Hepcat dress
Belt: Miss Selfridge (old)
Shoes: Marks & Spencer (available in black and nude)
Bag: Ollie & Nic ('Corinne' - on sale at Surfdome)
Cardigan (below): Hell Bunny
And as this is the UK even though it's technically the height of summer, when I took these photos it was actually quite chilly. As usual, I had a cardigan in tow - and it was about time this lovely Hell Bunny cardi got a second mention, as I'm wearing it to death at the moment. Such a beautiful colour and I can't get over the embroidery.
I would quite like this lamppost with hanging baskets in my garden please.
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