Outfit: Lindy Bop tartan wiggle dress

Remember how I said I had another Lindy Bop dress in addition toΒ this one, but the quality wasn’t so great? Meet the not-so-great-quality, but still-quite-cute-anyway Lindy Bop dress. Oh, and finally an autumn outfit post – good things come to those who wait, eh πŸ˜‰ I did, at least, warn you that my wardrobe would be full of checks… this is just the first of many on a similar theme!
The heartbreaking thing about this dress is that it’s so much better for everyday wear than the other one, but it’s not all that comfortable and there’s a bit of a problem with the straps that’ll be familiar to my fellow petite ladies – they just won’t stay up. I’ve re-sewn the buttons to shorten them – twice – and they still slip off my narrow shoulders occasionally, so I’ve given up on that idea now. Aside from the strap issue that could be a less common one, the other problem with this dress is that the plaid part has no stretch in it at all, so sitting down in it and eating more than soup come with a severe split warning. But, of course, a size any larger and it wouldn’t have looked right, being a wiggle type – that old chestnut.
One good thing to come of owning this not-so-everyday dress is that it taught me two valuable (read: superficial) life lessons: 1) I like turtlenecks and 2) I like pinafore style dresses. Both of which I’m already investing more in for this autumn/winter. Can you believe I hadn’t owned a turtleneck as an adult until owning this dress? No more cold neck for me!
Something else this outfit taught me is that while hair bows look great on some ladies, I’m not sure they’re for me. It just makes me feel a bit childlike, something I’m always nervous of with my small frame and young-ish face (or am I not the only one who gets IDed for looking under 16??)…
Lindy Bop Meredith dress
Pin-up ponytail with h eadscarf




Headscarf: ASOS (available in black)
Shoes: Clarks (old)
Bag: eBay


  1. November 18, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    Too cute! What a great look

  2. November 18, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    You are killin' it girl!!! I love this plaid number your rockin'!!!

  3. November 18, 2014 / 2:45 pm

    I used to have a dress almost just like this, except it was long, all the way to my ankles. Same situation…quite tight when I sat down. And I had the same problem as you with the straps. One thing I did that helped tremendously though was crossing the straps at the back. You might try that.

    This is so striking. I like the fact that you paired it with a turtleneck and I think the headband is great.

    I *wish* I got id for looking under 16! LOL


    • November 19, 2014 / 1:29 pm

      The straps weren't quite long enough to cross and not look strange, but someone below has suggested sewing the buttons a bit further in from the sides of the dress, and that sounds like a great idea to me! And I slightly cheated with this dress – the turtleneck was built in πŸ˜‰ x

  4. November 18, 2014 / 3:19 pm

    Wonderful dress, you look so cute in it. I have the same beg just in beige color, one f my favorite πŸ™‚

    • November 19, 2014 / 1:29 pm

      I am so desperate to find the other colours of this bag but they seem to have disappeared from eBay completely! So sad!!

  5. November 18, 2014 / 3:32 pm

    This outfit is amazing! I love it!!! I'm so sad to hear that the dress is not comfortable πŸ™ It looks so great on you. And I love the hair bow. I don't think it makes you look too juvenile at all! And even if you do look young, I say live it up πŸ˜€ I think I can see why the shoulder straps keep falling down. In the back they are placed so close to the sides. I think if you were to move them slightly more towards the center they would give you a lot less trouble. I hope you will find a way to be more comfortable in this dress as it is one of my favorite outfits I've seen on you here πŸ™‚ So cute!

    • November 19, 2014 / 1:30 pm

      I guess you've got a good point there – I won't look young forever πŸ˜‰ that advice about moving the buttons toward the centre is genius – I really do need to try that, thanks so much! Sometimes my common sense for these things is just non-existant…

  6. November 18, 2014 / 7:33 pm

    I think this is a really great outfit on you. I love the look of pinafore dresses, even though I've never actually gotten around to buying one. The shape and color here are smashing, so it's really a pity that the dress itself isn't up to snuff. And I do feel like you pull off the hairbow. It is a little bit of a "young" look, but I don't think there's necessarily anything wrong with that. You're clearly a grown woman, and if you don't look your age, you don't really look 16 either.

    • November 19, 2014 / 1:31 pm

      Ah glad you like them as it seems I want to buy all the pinafore dresses now… so it's probably not the last we've seen on them on this blog! Glad you don't think I look like a child – wish the same thing could be said about the supermarket delivery man who asked me 'are your parents in?' when I tried to sign for my weekly food shop…

  7. November 18, 2014 / 8:47 pm

    Dearest Carly, that looks really smashing on you! I wondered when you'd be modelling that dress after you posted a pic of it with other purchases. It's a super colour, and flattering shape. Such a shame then that the fabric has the non-stretch issue, and that the straps are being troublesome. I love the hair bow, but I might be biased.

    The real star of this look though has to be that incredible bag!! I am having serious bag envy.

    Hope you're having a good week! At least you've got around to wearing your pinafore dress, I have one (well, more of a shift than a pinafore) that's still in the wardrobe, unworn since I picked it up at a carboot in the summer.


    • November 19, 2014 / 1:34 pm

      I forget my name is out there in the world now, for a second I thought you'd rumbled me! πŸ˜‰ glad the dress lived up to expectations, and some day I'll get around to showing off the other stuff from my post before… The bag deserves a lot of love indeed – it's one of my favourites and while it's been in other posts here I don't think it's been shown that prominently. I am trying desperately to find it in other colours as I know they existed, but to no avail… and it's definitely the right time of year to crack out anything that looks like a pinafore, I say! xx

  8. November 18, 2014 / 10:23 pm

    Agggghhh, yes, I'm petite (barely 5'2") and run into the strap issue all the time (including with my Freddies overalls, which I otherwise can't fault in the slightest). Dresses, bras, suspenders, you name it! I also find that the shoulder seams on garments, especially modern cardigans and dress shirts, rarely hit where they're supposed to. More often than not, they'll be working their way down towards my biceps – or elbows! πŸ˜€

    You look terrifically pretty in your stylish plaid dress. Winter rolled into town hard and fast here this month (prompting Tony to do some research last night, and yes, we are currently several degrees below the seasonal norm for this time in November), so between that and the fact that I was sick for much of last month with the flu, I didn't really get many fall outfit shots in this year (mostly just those we did at the start of the season while in Victoria). Oh well, I'll just have to aim for more than usual in 2015 to make up for it.

    Big hugs & many sincere thanks for all of your wonderfully nice recent blog comments,
    β™₯ Jessica

    • November 19, 2014 / 1:37 pm

      Yes indeed – bras are another one of my strap nightmares!! And yep, shoulder seams too – unintentional batwing effect is not my favourite! I've not got out for as many shoots in autumn either, but I feel very guilty about it as unlike your climate, ours is actually a few degrees warmer than it usually is! And you're most welcome on the comments – I'm glad they're so well received πŸ™‚ x

  9. November 18, 2014 / 11:04 pm

    You look so pretty! I really like your plaid dress, the colours are so vibrant. I feel the same about bows, I have several hairpieces with bows but never wear them. I don't think you look any younger so perhaps it's all in our heads!

    • November 19, 2014 / 1:38 pm

      The ironic thing is that I used to wear a bow on my hair every single day between the ages of about 17-20… when I really probably did look under 16 still! I think that's why I'm so reluctant to do it now, deep down, as it makes me think about how I used to look back then…

  10. November 20, 2014 / 3:28 am

    Ahhh I wanted to get this dress but I was worried about the same problems! How old are you btw? I thought you're like 19!!

    • November 21, 2014 / 1:24 pm

      I think moving the buttons slightly inwards could solve that problem, as someone above said… And as you now know, but for the benefit of anyone else wondering, I'm 28 – so definitely too old to be mistaken for under 16!!

  11. November 21, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    The dress looks really nice on you. I love the colors. I'm always mistaken for looking younger. At work everyone thinks I'm 16.

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