I'm not going to beat around the bush with this one; this is my favourite set of outfit photos that I've taken so far this year. It had something pretty key going for it; location. You might gather from the buildings in the background that this is my second and final set of photos from our short trip to Paris last month (the first in front of the Eiffel Tower are here).
But aside from that and the fact we absolutely nailed the lighting, there was something else that tipped these photos into the realms 'one of the best' and that was the outfit itself. After being really good most summer and not making impulse buys, I had a bit of a wobble leading up to the holiday thinking I had nothing to wear. Not true, of course, I have plenty, but what I meant was 'nothing new'. Also a lie, but the new stuff I had wasn't really right for a city break. A browse through ASOS caused me to throw this dress into my basket and to be honest my hopes weren't high for it. Cheap jersey dresses tend to cling in all the wrong places and get stretched and go baggy in others. Added bonus for white ones - they may even be see-through. And yes, this dress isn't the world's most amazing quality, but somehow it did hug my curves just right...
And the result was it made me feel amazing. Well, when I wasn't fighting with the folded bardot part at every given opportunity (I think I'd quite like to stitch it into place at the side seams), at least. I expected that for something this cheap, but I didn't expect it was really going to be any good at all and as you can see, it really is flattering. It's somehow even making my stomach look sort-of flat (it is not). And you know, stripes, in Paris, gotta be done. It would have been easy to throw in another colour with a monochrome dress, but I really wanted it to be the star of the show, so I kept everything else light and neutral.
An adorable kissing swan necklace from Erstwilder was the perfect finishing touch for a chic outfit in one of the most romantic cities in the world. This outfit and its component parts will now always remind me of sauntering along Parisian streets with B in the evening summer sunshine while we were engaged, with the wedding and our marriage still to look forward to. Isn't it great when clothes help enhance happy memories like that?
Sunglasses: 'Dita' by Collectif
Necklace: 'Tunnel of Love' c/o Erstwilder
Bag: Ollie & Nic (no longer available)
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens (no longer available)
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