Birthday Party Outfit | A Vintage Fruity Midi Dress

Vintage floral wrapover midi dress #summer
So I’ve continued my birthday celebrations well past the one-day event that was Wednesday last week, and had a little party with my family on Sunday. In my family you’re the birthday girl or boy until the next person has a birthday, and I last until September. Get innnnn ;))

A birthday party calls for a birthday dress, and after much deliberation about which dress to wear (several were discounted due to being too fitted around the waist – not good for hiding a cake-induced food baby), I settled on my vintage fruity midi dress that I bought from eBay a couple of years ago. I reckon it’s late 70s or early 80s judging by the label (the fonts they use are always a good indicator), and it’s so pretty and has so many colours in it that the possibilities of what shoes and accessories to wear with it are almost endless. I went neutral with my fierce pointed heels, added a blue cami (the dress is a bit too boobylicious otherwise) and picked out the pink with a skinny belt and the most amazing crystal drop earrings from Aspire Style. Love them against the colour of my hair.


Oh and if you want to see what I did with my birthday cake candles then check out this picture I posted on Instagram… I can do this only once more before I’m 50!


Are you a big celebrator of birthdays? Do you relish having “happy birthday” sung to you every year (like me), or do you prefer the day to slip by unnoticed? I always say: Birthdays are compensation for getting older, so make the most of them. And why shouldn’t we…?!



Vintage floral wrapover midi dress #summer
Lime green manicure and florals #summer
Floral wrapover dress #summer
Pink crystal drop earrings and red hair

Catherine x

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P.S. If you like this dress, you might like to see how I styled it as a wedding guest outfit for a country church!

Dress: Vintage, Heels: Aldo (super low sale price in black here!), Belt: Asos, Earrings: c/o Aspire Style, Silver ring: c/o kuka-me, Nails: Barry M Key Lime





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48 Comments

  1. July 29, 2014 / 3:24 pm

    Beautiful Pictures Catherine 🙂 I'm one of the ones that prefer the day to slip by unnoticed :/, anyway glad you had a great birthday and I also love the picture with the birthday candles 🙂

    • August 4, 2014 / 5:31 pm

      Nooooooo Donna – you should start celebrating it: have one self-indulgent day a year, at least!! ;))

  2. July 29, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    That's the prettiest dress, Catherine. You look lovely, xox.

  3. July 29, 2014 / 8:27 pm

    oh my good god Catherine… you are just to stunning for words.. seriously!! there is not one complimentary word that i can think of that will sum up how beautiful you look here! (but i shall try and explain.. The dress is stunning, what an absolutely stunning vintage find. It hangs beautifully on you too. You are looking gorgeously tanned too honey and your hair colour is looking radiant.. Basically, if you were to google 'perfect beauty' there should be a photo of you under it!xXXX big love to you my friend xox

    • August 4, 2014 / 5:34 pm

      Rachel stop it!! You're too kind and lovely… so blushing right now. But then I gush over your outfits, so I guess it's only fair…!!! Thank you thank you xxx

      P.S. The "tan" is really only the warm sun of the golden hour – I'm one of the pastiest in my family. My sister only has to look at the sun and her skin goes the colour of my hair – literally.

  4. July 29, 2014 / 8:58 pm

    My family also like to extend their birthdays for as long as we possibly can. I just can't relate when people say they don't really celebrate their birthdays, I'm like whattt?!! I hope you are having such wonderful birthday celebrations, you are looking amazing in this fruity vintage find. 🙂

    I'd also like to say a massive thank you for mentioning me in the interview you did. I was so humbled to be mentioned, it made my day.

    Take care lovely,
    Daniella xox

    • August 4, 2014 / 5:36 pm

      Daniella you're so welcome!! I'm glad you saw the interview. And thank you, fellow birthday lover 🙂

  5. July 29, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    Belated Happy Birthday! You look amazing; I love this dress on you!

    • August 4, 2014 / 5:39 pm

      Gracey thank you! I'll take all the birthday wishes I can get!!

  6. July 29, 2014 / 11:19 pm

    The outfit is styled so well… My favourite part is the pink of those earrings by your red hair – loooovvvveeee it! I intend to look better and better as I get older, you inspire me to know that it can be done 🙂

    • August 4, 2014 / 5:39 pm

      Oh gosh sweetie thank you so much – what a lovely compliment x

    • August 4, 2014 / 5:40 pm

      I call dinner and cake a celebration, Alice!!! There always has to be cake…! And thank you x

  7. July 30, 2014 / 5:58 am

    Well if you're birthday last until September … Happy Birthday Catherine! 🙂

    And your dress is lovely.

    Alex – Funky Jungle

  8. July 30, 2014 / 9:51 am

    It's a great dress chick, perfect for a birthday. Love what you did with the candles!
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

  9. July 31, 2014 / 2:11 am

    Happy Birthday!! I may have to adopt the "it's your birthday until someone else's in the fam comes along" thing! Mine would last from Oct-Dec then :)) Lost that dress, the cut is so flattering and it looks super comfortable! xo

    Dimitra
    ifthestilettofits.com

    • August 4, 2014 / 11:09 pm

      Thanks Dimitra – and yes you should do the birthday girl thing!! Not good if someone has a birthday a few days after you though ;))

  10. July 31, 2014 / 3:14 am

    You look every inch the birthday girl in this ensemble, dearest Catherine!! That vintage dress is a head-turner – of course! – but for me it's all about the jewellery and shoes today!! Talk about "pink power" care of those spectacular earrings…and your nude D'Orsay pumps are gorgeous!! Keep the (birthday!) party going, lady!! ;D

    http://www.StyleIsMyPudding.blogspot.com

    • August 4, 2014 / 11:09 pm

      I have to admit I'm so glad I got pink earrings, Monika – I do love them against my hair…! Thanks sweetie x

  11. July 31, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    How did I miss this beautiful dress, and you in ti, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    GORGEOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    • August 4, 2014 / 11:10 pm

      It's very "you", this dress Sacramento! I had a feeling you'd be loving it..!

  12. July 31, 2014 / 8:06 pm

    This dress is beautiful, hope you had a lovely birthday!

    Maria xxx

  13. August 1, 2014 / 9:22 am

    You look fantastic, lovely lady! And a beautiful floral dress. I love birthdays. I don't understand when people don't like them. An excuse to celebrate, induldge, have fun! What's the alternative? Death!! No.. Celebrating is good 🙂

    • August 4, 2014 / 11:11 pm

      Another vote Yes for birthdays!! Good for you Alex – and thank you!

  14. August 1, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    I love this whole look. I like the cream against your warm skin and the colours in the flowers with the blue vest underneath. The bright green nails are just perfect and I like the whole vintage feel of the outift. You certainly don't look your age! By the way, I like how you're starting to put photo tips on your fb page as they'll really help me loads!

    • August 4, 2014 / 11:12 pm

      Aww Lorna that's so lovely of you, thank you! And I hope you enjoy the tips and musings on Facebook… I have loads lined up, my ideas were somewhat overflowing so it's good to finally share them at last! x

  15. August 4, 2014 / 2:06 pm

    Love, love, love, love, LOVE this outfit! The vintage dress looks absolutely gorgeous of you and I adore the way you have given it that breath of life again with those pops of colour and modern accessories. Happy belated birthday too!

    Mel x

    Vintage Tea Roses

    • August 4, 2014 / 11:12 pm

      Mel thank you!! The dress was long overdue a wear and I'm glad I got it out for my birthday 🙂

  16. August 11, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    Indeed a very pretty dress. Looks good on you with your hair and being nicely tanned. The shoes and earrings are lovely too. All in all: you did it again.
    As for birthdays….. I stopped celebrating a long long time ago.

    • August 12, 2014 / 7:50 am

      Ohhh no Greetje – as I always say: birthdays are compensation for getting older, so they must be celebrated!!! Thank you x

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