Outfit: 60s shifts and dogs and Spring!

Wow, where did March go? I’m looking forward to the first quiet weekend at home in weeks and getting very excited about one of my best friend’s weddings next weekend! My bridesmaid outfit is ready and raring to go – and let’s just say I doubt you’ll have seen another quite like it. Follow me on Instagram and I’m sure you’ll catch a peep before I post about it more fully here ๐Ÿ™‚
Anyway, the result of the past month going so fast is that we are at last in Spring! I’m not shy about how much I loathe the winter months and while this one wasn’t too cold by usual standards, it feels like it literally never stopped raining. Literally. So thank heavens for Spring’s arrival – I was at Porcelina’s last weekend and we had the most glorious sunny Spring day out (ok, it’s rained ever since, but what can you do?). Photos from that trip coming in the next post, but meanwhile let’s have another Spring outfit!
As you’ll have gathered from recent posts, I’ve been dipping my toe into 60s style lately and today’s outfit is a continuation of this theme. I never really saw myself in a non-fitted dress but I couldn’t resist this cute dog print, so I got it partly for that reason and partly for one of sheer bloody-mindedness. Why couldn’t I work out a way to style it, even if loose shift dresses are my body’s worst nightmare? Call myself a fashion blogger!
Fortunately, Hell Bunny’s Paloma cardigan exists in the world and I happen to have most of them, so it wasn’t too hard to find one that complimented this dress. The great thing is that they are by contrast very fitted, so they helped to define my silhouette and prevent the ‘I’m wearing a sack with dogs on it’ look I’d been fearing. I ended up really pleased with this outfit, which isn’t my usual style but still feels like it ended up very ‘me’ indeed.
Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress for easy 60s style


Erstwilder Goldie brooch


Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress for easy 60s style


Erstwilder Goldie brooch and Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress


Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress for easy 60s style


Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress for easy 60s style


Erstwilder Goldie brooch and Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress


Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress


Sugarhill Boutique dog print dress for easy 60s style
Brooch: Erstwilder ‘Goldie’ (available here)
Bag: Warehouse (old)
Shoes: Clarks ‘Serin Sing’ (old)


  1. April 7, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    Oh my gosh, how adorable!! This dress is fantastic and the brooch is perfect with it!!

  2. April 7, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    Oh my gosh!!! DOG DRESS! That is so cute and perfectly styled. Those shoes are so fab too x

  3. April 7, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    I can see why you needed this dress. Super cute.

    I love how you've styled it. The cardigan works wonders and the added brooch is darling.

    I too have a fear of this type of dress and wore a similar one on my blog yesterday. It was an A-line so more of a tent shape. What everyone aspires to look like, a tent. In the end though I think that I just have a fear of someone else asking if I'm pregnant again. Not likely now, since I'm well past the age, but I have had it happen and it scarred me enough to avoid tent and bag dresses for years.


    • April 8, 2016 / 12:18 pm

      Yikes, I hadn't even thought of that! I did try belting this dress but the fabric just made it look a bit weird, it didn't really work. Plus I didn't like covering the dogs up ๐Ÿ˜‰ the cardigan solution seemed to work instead!

  4. April 7, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    That's a really cute outfit, and it doesn't strike me as sacky at all. Such a cute brooch.

  5. April 7, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    60S style suits you! I don't think I could have resisted that print either, I'd probably have found some way to belt it in case I needed to take my cardigan off!

    • April 8, 2016 / 12:19 pm

      Yeah, I tried it with a few belts but the material just bunched really weirdly and wouldn't sit right, so I gave up and the trusty Paloma cardigan saved the day. On its own, without the cardigan, I'm not such a fan…

  6. April 7, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    Such a cute dress, and the brooch is perfect!

  7. April 7, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    Supercute outfit and I love how you've styled your hair. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have pink and light blue Palomas and then I have a mint hummingbird and the black cowboyish style cardigan from Hell Bunny and I wear them all the time, but I think I really need a red one (with red buttons, I don't like the black buttoned version) and blue one as well, if I only could find them somewhere ๐Ÿ™‚

    • April 8, 2016 / 12:20 pm

      I have 3/4 of those cardigans you mentioned ๐Ÿ˜‰ I know what you mean about the red one – my version of the red and green have the black buttons and they really aren't as nice somehow. Saying that, I picked up the red one for a tenner as old stock, so I can't really complain! Top Vintage often get new deliveries of these cardigans in and I've definitely seen the teal one come back in lately!

    • April 9, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      Gorgeous outfit! You have accessorised with the brooch impeccably! This post proves that you just can't have enough cardigans. Seriously, in the uk we need one for every outfit, just incase the weather turns.

  8. April 7, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    That brooch!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ What a cuter-than-cute accessory to couple with an equally adorable dress. This whole look is sweet, fun and fabulous (plus it gets two big paws up from Annie, as well :D).

    Oodles of hugs,
    โ™ฅ Jessica

    • April 8, 2016 / 12:20 pm

      If it pleases Annie, it pleases me ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  9. April 7, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    I've just realised that the Paloma has long sleeves?! I thought it had 3/4 from the website pictures I always see. That might have just solved ALL my problems!!

    I think that dress looks lovely on you, nothing sack-like at all with that cardi on top. That's also a particularly lovely hair-do you're sporting, and I love the more understated lip colour here, it really works with the colour of the brooch, bag, and shoes.

    It's great to try something a bit different every now and again, it's worth it if it ends up looking as good on you as this does!!


    • April 8, 2016 / 12:21 pm

      It sure does! In fact, I have to fold the sleeves back quite some way, so they'd probably be great for you!!

      I've gotten quite into this nude shade of lippie lately – it's just a really easy one to wear and not worry about, like with red. xxx

  10. April 8, 2016 / 12:18 am

    Where HAS this year gone?! Seriously we are already speeding through April and it freaks me out. I'm not ready to deal with Christmas again, it needs to slow down!
    As you already know, I am a huge fan of the 60s on you so this outfit is absolutely perfect in my eyes. I had the same fear of non fitted dresses when I started wearing 20s looks but found myself actually really liking the freedom and relaxed fit – as a contrast to how fitted 50s dresses are. These days I care less about how "flattering" something looks and rather, how much I adore the fabric/look of the dress – and so this puppy dog print is a winner, and looks fantastic styled with the cardigan ๐Ÿ˜€

    Deco Darling

    • April 8, 2016 / 12:22 pm

      It's freaking me out too – and no I can't deal with Christmas or the fact my 30th birthday is now mere weeks away!!!

      It's true, a loose dress can be a lot more comfortable! And I guess that's it, it doesn't have to be 'flattering' to be a favourite – and this dress is one of those for me too!

  11. April 8, 2016 / 2:22 am

    Oh wow this dress is so cute and I love that Erstwilder puppy brooch! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. April 8, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Oh I just love your style!! I don't know what I like more in this outfit!! The yellow shoes look too cute with your ensemble!! =)

    Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

  13. April 9, 2016 / 12:01 am

    Really, really cute look. I think you absolutely nailed it with the styling – sometimes shift dresses aren't that flattering on people with boobs, so using the cardigan to create a better shape was the perfect thing to do. I'm also loving the mustard yellow accessories, which look gorgeous with the royal blue in the outfit.

  14. April 9, 2016 / 11:22 pm

    I have just discovered the joy of Hell Bunny cardigans, they are so flattering!

    That dress is brilliant as is the brooch!

  15. April 10, 2016 / 4:11 am

    great dress! the photo 640px4.jpg is so charming!

  16. April 12, 2016 / 11:40 am

    Love the whole outfit; from the shoes to the brooch. Fabulous!!

  17. April 18, 2016 / 12:16 am

    Such an adorably cute outfit! I LOVE the dog brooch you paired it with and the mustard colored accessories are the perfect color to go with this look!

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