Outfit: little navy dress

This is my first post since the results of the EU referendum, but I’m not going to talk about it at length here. This blog has to stay a place of pretty dresses and superficial things, and apart from that I’m not sure I can express myself all that eloquently about it. All I’m going to say is that I’m absolutely gutted about the result and I think we’ve got scary times ahead.
And back to the pretty dresses. Hopefully, there will always be pretty dresses as a pick-me-up for when times are bad and I’m very glad to add this Emily and Fin beauty to my collection. Emily and Fin are probably best known for the quirky prints of their good quality dresses, but this broderie anglaise style really caught my eye for its simple elegance (and slightly shorter length skirt, which I knew would suit me better). Having added Voodoo Vixen’s white dress to my wardrobe (which I still love) last year, I opted for the navy. I was pleased to be able to get this dress in the XXS (size 6), which is not because I usually am a size 6 (ever), but because this brand does come up big and I found the 8 of the snowflake dress I wore last year a bit too big on the waist. The 6 was definitely snug, but being 100% cotton it’s now given enough to be comfortable after a day’s wear, so I would advise sizing down from your usual UK size for this one if you want it to be properly fitted.
I actually love navy as a colour to wear – it seems to go with pretty much every other colour. I find it much more useful to have classic navy dresses in my wardrobe as a go-to than black, which feels more boring and washes me out anyway. I wasn’t sure how I was going to style this dress until I put it on and no surprises that I opted for my favourite red. I am just that predictable. But hey, the classics are classics for a reason. I don’t have any more weddings to go to this year (and omg I think the next wedding I go to is my own!!), but if I did this dress would be first choice for one. I’m not wearing any kind of petticoat here, but it would probably be rather lovely with (a not-too-full) one as without.
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Emily and Fin Emma dress review


Alternate Normality red hair bow


Emily and Fin Emma dress review


Emily and Fin Emma dress review


Emily and Fin Emma dress review


Emily and Fin Emma dress review


BAIT Jenny red kitten heels shoes


Emily and Fin Emma dress review
Dress: c/o Emily & Fin
Bag: Skinnydip London (no longer available)
Shoes: ‘Jenny’ by BAIT via Zulily


  1. June 26, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Thank you for the much needed pretty dress distraction!! I love navy too (am eyeing a navy dress at present online…) and red is such a classic pairing. I also love navy with hot pink, or with a juicy apple green. I reckon you could also do mint, mustard and gold nicely. Hmm. It seems I definitely need a navy dress! Wishing you a restful, healing Sunday. I am coping with my downcast heart by cooking and baking! Xx

    • June 29, 2016 / 12:20 pm

      I tried to be different, I really did, but it was always gonna be red 😉 I did think about mint too, but I've got my heart set on a mint bag Hell Bunny haven't released yet and without that bag I couldn't do it 😉 xx

  2. June 26, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    This is a very attractive dress, it looks great. Nice to have 5 minutes break from thinking about Friday's disastrous news.

    • June 29, 2016 / 12:20 pm

      Indeed. Very, very sad times for this country.

  3. June 26, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    I love the navy and red together! It is such a lovely, classic combination, and one that suits you beautifully. I've always wanted a white broderie anglaise dress, but I'm really liking how the navy looks here.
    And even though I don't live in the UK, I was really taken aback when I heard the results. It's so worrying, and I can't help but worry that something similar might happen here with Trump and our election. Scary.

    • June 26, 2016 / 10:07 pm

      Exactly my reaction as well.

    • June 29, 2016 / 12:21 pm

      The Trump situation is one of the first things I thought of when our result came in. The world is suddenly a much scarier, less hopeful place right now…

  4. June 27, 2016 / 2:17 am

    Navy blue is one of my favorite colors because it acts as a color and a neutral. It's a wizard of colors! You look amazing in this pretty blue dress.

    Also I'm sorry about the referendum results. I definitely didn't expect that outcome. It's pretty shocking.

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

    • June 29, 2016 / 12:21 pm

      It definitely is a wizard of colours! So much better than boring black too, I love it 😀

      Really shocking. And ironically, I think the people most shocked about it seem to be the ones who voted leave.

  5. June 27, 2016 / 4:28 am

    charming outfit!…very charming outfit!

  6. June 27, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    Oh that dress is lovely! I love navy blue but don't have anything like this dress. The fit looks perfect and I love the classic styling with red. Beautiful x

  7. June 28, 2016 / 8:40 am

    That's cute. Navy is such a nice colour – I shied away from it for ages because it was my school uniform colour, but i've really got into it over the past two or three years.

    • June 29, 2016 / 12:22 pm

      Ha I know what you mean – it reminded me of my old netball skirts for a while! But it's such a classic, handy colour to have in your wardrobe. I definitely want more outerwear in navy.

  8. June 28, 2016 / 9:06 am

    By "predictable", I think that what you really mean, is that red is one of your signature colours, which is a truly marvelous thing to have, IMO. It's certainly a colour that I associate with you and gorgeous style, sweet CiCi, and which looks downright incredible on you – much like this elegant navy blue frock does.

    Many hugs & happy end of June wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

    • June 29, 2016 / 12:23 pm

      Let's call it a signature colour, it's a much better way of describing it 😀

  9. June 29, 2016 / 10:51 am

    You look beautiful and rather a bit patriotic outfit with the navy and red together! I hope that things will settle in time, it is definitely hard to believe the results of the referendum…I can assure you that I will be dedicated to supporting the UK economy by buying from all of my favourite UK companies 😉

    • June 29, 2016 / 12:24 pm

      You're right, I think I might have been subconsciously influenced by recent events, but I probably should have worn blue and gold/yellow instead…! Glad to hear you are planning to do your bit to help our doomed economy!!

  10. June 29, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    I really love navy and red together such a great combo! Beautiful dress on you as well! xo

  11. Anonymous
    June 30, 2016 / 10:06 am

    Hi Cici,

    Beautiful dress, very classy!
    A very nice colour combination indeed. With those touches of red on your hair, lips, shoes and bag, really nice! <3
    Defo, this is my style as well.

    It reminds me of my first communion dress that my mother sewed for me and my sister. Imagine this dress in white cotton with a longer skirt (ankle level) and two little girls with flowers in their hair and you've got the idea.
    My mother later shortened the skirts and we used the dresses to go to the church on Sundays until they did not longer fitted us.

    Talking about the Brexit… well, for the moment nothing changes.
    The UK has commercial agreements with the EU that cannot be suddenly broken. The ones taking advantage of the earthquake are the speculators in the markets. Something that a man called Soros made in the 80's. Well, I'm not going to give you a economy/finance class but, look at Switzerland! Independent and good economy. Following its example could be a good thing for the UK.
    About all the racism thing… that's another thing. The key here is EDUCATION and Good Manners, and sadly these basic and common sense things are not longer tough to children.
    Anyway, I'm finished with the political part of the comment.

    Have a wonderful weekend and yes, I'm here for superficial and pretty dresses 😉

    Eva (from Luxembourg/Germany)

  12. June 30, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    Oh my! Such a lovely dress! I love the cut and the texture on it! Like eyelet lace! <3

  13. July 4, 2016 / 11:19 am

    Red and navy are such a beautiful pairing, I can never get enough of this colour combination! This is such a chic look, the embroidery anglais is particularly feminine.

  14. August 25, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Such a beautiful dress! I love broderie anglais, but have only ever seen it in its fabric form in white or cream, it looks so classy in navy x

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