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…!
Beret: Primark (old)
Dress: Lilly c/o Voodoo Vixen
Boots: Sainsbury’s (now out of stock)