Outfit: lovely Lilly

Just in case you thought I was essentially now going round in Christmas jumpers from here until the big day, I assure you that even I give it a rest sometimes and can put the sequins down for a day here and there. I mean, I can’t say I enjoy those days as much, but it really helps when I have a pretty new dress to wear.
Like this one! If you’ve been reading this blog for any time at all you’ll know that I am not in dresses all that often. It’s partly for practical reasons – you try finding something that fits for shoulder breadth, torso length and sleeves when you’re considerably smaller than average – and partly because to be honest with you, I find wearing dresses a bit boring and one dimensional. It doesn’t really compare to how I can mix and match my skirts and tops. I know a lot of people love dresses precisely because they can throw one thing on and look polished, but I don’t know, it just doesn’t float my boat as much as mixing together lots of things and making a killer outfit out of them (did I really just use the phrase ‘killer outfit’? I think my blogging license might be revoked now.). So it has to be a special design to turn my head and this Lilly dress manages that.
It’s all in the details for this dress – just look at that collar and those asymmetrical buttons. And then there’s the print – pretty unusual for a vintage inspired dress. I love the matching belt and the piping too. I’m never quite sure of burgundy as a block colour on me, but I think the black on it helps – black being the world’s easiest colour to accessorise with too, of course. One word of warning with this dress – it runs a bit large. I probably could have sized down comfortably, but I’m wearing the smallest size. The waist belt helps a lot though. Oh and it comes in a navy colourway too – you’ll probably find stock of both more easily through stockists than Voodoo Vixen direct as I post this.
And there’s always ways to make other parts of your look more interesting… like shoving a giant roll on the top of your head. I’m not really sure why I did this, I was just having one of those days I felt like doing something different… As ever, it’s not even coming across as crazy in the photos as it looked in real life. Not one I’m going to be repeating, I don’t think…!
Voodoo Vixen Lilly dress in burgundy review



Voodoo Vixen Lilly dress in burgundy review


Voodoo Vixen Lilly dress in burgundy review


Voodoo Vixen Lilly dress in burgundy review


Voodoo Vixen Lilly dress in burgundy review


Voodoo Vixen Lilly dress in burgundy review


Voodoo Vixen Lilly dress in burgundy review


Voodoo Vixen Lilly dress in burgundy review


Voodoo Vixen Lilly dress in burgundy review
Beret: Primark (old)
Bag: vintage
Boots: Sainsbury’s (now out of stock)



  1. December 7, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    The assymetric top works well on this dress, I like it a lot. Buttons and collars always add extra oomph. It's those kind of details that make it a special dress. I really look forward to seeing the different things you do with your hair, please don't stop experimenting!! Xx

    • December 8, 2016 / 1:16 pm

      You don't see a lot of asymmetric tops really, do you? I think this might be my only item of clothing with one! And ha ok, I will keep trying crazy hair things… it gets really boring otherwise anyway. Just maybe not so giant next time ๐Ÿ˜€ xx

  2. Amanda
    December 7, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    So cute! I like dresses for precisely that reason, but I don't like that you can't repeat them as often as separates, since their look is pretty static. I love the collar on this. You look cozy and adorable.

    • December 8, 2016 / 1:17 pm

      Exactly – I expect my clothes to get a lot of wear and I don't like having things I only pull out a few times a year, so separates are great for that. But I kind of want to try different ways of styling this dress and see how I go ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. December 8, 2016 / 12:37 am

    The cut and shape of the dress is very unique. I love the colour as well.


  4. December 8, 2016 / 1:10 am

    This whole outfit makes me think of something that Dita might wear to do her Christmas shopping in, I think it's definitely the cut and colours that make me think of her! I really like the asymmetric look and everything from the fabric to the buttons make this dress look very authentic, so good job on that one Voodoo Vixen. Love the boots with it too. I'm glad you could find a dress that works for you as I know it isn't easy finding something that doesn't swamp you!

    • December 8, 2016 / 1:18 pm

      I was totally going for Dita doing her Christmas shopping, how did you know? ๐Ÿ˜‰ as I said above, where are all the asymmetric collars?! This dress is slightly on the swampy side, but I'm getting away with it I think ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. December 8, 2016 / 3:05 am

    This dress is gorgeous and so unique! The cut and rich colour of the dress looks so gorgeous on you! Love your hair here too x

  6. December 8, 2016 / 7:42 am

    This dress is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colour and the asymetric collar. <3 It looks amazing on you!
    Angela / missangellane.com

  7. December 8, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Oh wow this dress looks amazing on you, I love the colour and the style of this dress! Love the black accessories too, matched with this dress! xo

  8. December 8, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    OK MANY things to say – first, the color is a dream. Second, I love this giant roll on your head very much. Rock it. Third, I cannot get over the asymmetrical collar and buttons – ahh so cute! Everything is working with this dress – I think you must come over to the dark side and wear more dresses ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Elaine
    December 8, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    I think the burgundy colour is lovely on you and I also like the way you've picked out the black in accessories. All in all a fabulous winter outfit. I really like winter dresses especially with collars. In fact I loved the Hell Bunny Jackson dress with the velvet collar, which you featured in the London Edge blog, so much that I bought it. Love it, thank you!

  10. December 9, 2016 / 1:29 am

    What a fantastic dress! I love the detail with collar and the buttons, and the color and the print are really fab. It suits you so perfectly – pretty and understated, but with a lot of interesting details.
    And the hair looks fantastic. It's funny how that works, isn't it? I'll do what I think is "big" hair, and it hardly shows up on camera. Sometimes you just have to go a bit over the top with it.

  11. December 9, 2016 / 4:49 am

    It's a stunning look!…the dress is great on you and the hair style is very charming…cheers! the photo 640px%2B-%2B10.jpg is nice!

  12. December 9, 2016 / 7:31 am

    Looks stunning, the dress fits nicely and looks beautiful! I like the asymmetrical top and the buttons, which is weird since I usually don't like button details (except on shirtwaist dresses). This one looks really pretty with all the little details and the cut is elegant too.

    I'm one of those people who prefer dresses, just put one on and throw a cardigan and a belt over. Sure, they don't make as many outfits as separates do, but I'm bad with separates, especially tops. All the tops that suit my tastes are way too expensive compared to full dresses (at least some on them) and often they are too short for my long torso and end up spilling out of my highwaisted trousers and skirts. I do love separates too, but for me they are less practical ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. December 10, 2016 / 9:32 am

    What a fab winter look! This dress looks stunning on you! The details are lovely, that piping polishes everything off perfectly. And the asymmetrical collar is splendid! The black you have paired it with pulls the look together wonderfully. Great winter look!!!

  14. December 10, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    Holy moly! That dress is AMAZING! I love the print and as you pointed out all the wonderful details on it! Such a gorgeous dress and you wear it well! <3

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