Florals With a Twist | A Loud Birds & Tropical Print #iwillwearwhatilike

Florals With a Twist | A Loud Birds & Botanical Print \ botanical print midi shirt dress \ grey lace-up espadrilles \ red tassel earrings \ white fringed crossbody bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

If you’re sick of florals in summer I make no apologies for this dress – it’s a floral print, but definitely not your average floral.

It’s got parrots, toucans, flamingoes, budgies (I think?) and pineapples. And that’s before the flowers…!

I’d had my eye on this tropical print midi dress from Marks & Spencer for such a long time – I’m not sure why I didn’t snap it up earlier but I think it was because I was waiting for warmer weather to really kick in. Now we seem to be having some regular, gloriously sunny days [don’t jinx it Catherine, don’t jinx it], I think it’ll see the light of day several times this summer.

I’ve worn it a couple of times already – once to the Dove spa break in Bath and once the other weekend at a family barbeque. It’s 100% cotton and the perfect midi length (a proper midi, not this knee-length nonsense some retailers advertise!) and it has long sleeves which can be rolled up with those handy button-strap thingies that a lot of shirts and dresses have these days.

Both times I wore the dress it got a ton of compliments, even making my florals-hating friend Lisa AKA The Sequinist die over its loud, in-your-faceness.

Florals With a Twist | A Loud Birds & Botanical Print \ botanical print midi shirt dress \ grey lace-up espadrilles \ red tassel earrings \ white fringed crossbody bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Something she said that made me think: She asked how I seemed to always find the best of M&S every time. Unlike some people I seem to love so many of the things they bring out each season and to be honest I could spend a fortune there (except their prices are so reasonable it probably wouldn’t add up to that much anyway). So if you’ve dissed them in the past, I urge you to take another look!

I wore the dress with my new grey wedge espadrilles that were kindly gifted to me from Espadrille.co.uk – they were actually a gift to cheer me up following my operation in January (bless them)! They have every colour under the sun with all the heel heights, fabrics and ribbons/straps you could want. They’re a little pricier than your usual high street version, but since when do espadrilles date…?

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I think I’m going to live in dresses this summer. For some reason trousers just aren’t doing it for me, you know?!

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Florals With a Twist | A Loud Birds & Tropical Print \ tropical print midi shirt dress \ grey lace-up espadrilles \ red tassel earrings \ white fringed crossbody bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Florals With a Twist | A Loud Birds & Tropical Print \ tropical print midi shirt dress \ grey lace-up espadrilles \ red tassel earrings \ white fringed crossbody bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Florals With a Twist | A Loud Birds & Tropical Print \ tropical print midi shirt dress \ grey lace-up espadrilles \ red tassel earrings \ white fringed crossbody bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Florals With a Twist | A Loud Birds & Tropical Print \ tropical print midi shirt dress \ grey lace-up espadrilles \ red tassel earrings \ white fringed crossbody bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Florals With a Twist | A Loud Birds & Tropical Print \ tropical print midi shirt dress \ grey lace-up espadrilles \ red tassel earrings \ white fringed crossbody bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Florals With a Twist | A Loud Birds & Tropical Print \ tropical print midi shirt dress \ grey lace-up espadrilles \ red tassel earrings \ white fringed crossbody bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Florals With a Twist | A Loud Birds & Tropical Print \ tropical print midi shirt dress \ grey lace-up espadrilles \ red tassel earrings \ white fringed crossbody bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Florals With a Twist | A Loud Birds & Tropical Print \ tropical print midi shirt dress \ grey lace-up espadrilles \ red tassel earrings \ white fringed crossbody bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Dress: Marks & Spencer
Espadrilles: Espadrille.co.uk c/o
Bag: New Look (similar)
Earrings: Amazon (these are identical)
Sunglasses: Mango (similar)
Necklace: Ernest Jones c/o
Bracelet: What Lizzy Loves c/o

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Florals With a Twist | A Loud Birds & Tropical Print \ tropical print midi shirt dress \ grey lace-up espadrilles \ red tassel rarrings \ white fringed crossbody bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

52 Comments

  1. Edona Hadzovic
    June 18, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    I love the way you chose to style your tropical dress! Your style is super unique and your accessories are stunning.

  2. June 17, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    Such a fab dress, love the cut and print a lot! Pineapples and parrots, so tropical and fun, will be fab for holidays too! Agree M&S have plenty of hidden treasures, I feel like this year they’ve gone a bit “young” with some things so am actually being thrifty and wating for the sales if possible! 😉 I really like your white fringe bag with it too, is that older?

  3. Nailil
    June 14, 2018 / 11:52 pm

    This dress is beautiful, I love the print. And those shoes are absolutely adorable.

    Xx, Nailil

  4. June 14, 2018 / 6:17 am

    What a stunning dress. I have not seen it in Marks and Spencer. Maybe you do find the best items.

  5. June 14, 2018 / 4:17 am

    What a fun dress! Love the explosion of color and pattern.

  6. June 13, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    That’s such a pretty dress, Catherine! I don’t wear dresses very often, but I just got one, and I can’t wait to wear it!

  7. June 13, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    Im loving your dress… well of course I am its colourful, cheery and suits you down to the ground!
    Nothing wrong with florals anyway? who can ever be sick of flowers on dresses?
    bestest
    Ashley xx

  8. June 13, 2018 / 11:57 am

    I think, when it comes to florals, the bigger the better – or the crazier the better! So I happen to LOVE this dress. It’s pure perfection for the summer too. Gorgeous!
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

  9. June 13, 2018 / 6:55 am

    OMG! I absolutely love this dress! All the best Catherine 🙂

  10. June 12, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    Ooooooooh Catherine!! I love this dress so much. I agree with Lisa that you always find the gemmiest of gems at M&S. It’s lovely. Gorgeous espadrilles too xxxx

  11. June 12, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    It’s the tropical birds that make this print so beautiful I think. To be honest Catherine I don’t even see floral here. Also I’m seeing it worn as a coat & with jeans so it’s defo a winner for me too #REwear xx

  12. June 12, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    I have been wearing quite a lot of florals recently and thought I need a break… until I saw this dress on you, Catherine! Might have to reconsider!!
    Love the combination with espadrilles, they are a must have for summer, aren’t they?
    And thank you so much for featuring my/our look :-)))

    xx Annette

  13. Danish Pastry
    June 12, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    I love florals, and yes it does have to be a large print (small scale always reminds me of Laura Ashley in the 70s). Just bought a top and trouser set that looks like a jumpsuit when paired together!

  14. Kathryn
    June 12, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    What a beautiful dress. You know how to put clothes together like a pro
    I am over the pond sitting by a beautiful lake wearing:wait for it a dress.

  15. June 12, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    How fun! I love a whimsical print! Several years ago i had a green dress with parrots all over it, I loved wearing it – but such a distinctive print got old pretty quick for me so after two summers it was out.

    Love all your styling – red tassle earrings, fringed bag and ankle-tied espadrilles. You look great!

    Bettye

  16. June 12, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    ABSOLUTELEY LOVE THIS DRESS AND THE WONDER SUMMERY PATTERN!! Love how you paired it w/ a fantastic statement earring duo 🙂
    Xx
    Joi

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 6:58 pm

      hehe thank you Joi!! It’s your kind of pattern, no…?!!

  17. June 12, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    Hi Catherine!

    I actually am having a dress moment as well! Usually you’ll find me in jeans, but there are so many great dresses to choose from right now! The one you are wearing is fabulous…I love the bright colors and the fun print. You’ve accessorized it beautifully here! Thanks so much for the link up! Have a great day!

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 6:57 pm

      I agree about there being so many fab dresses around right now Suzanne! It’s so hard to stop at just one or two #eep

      and thank you! x

  18. June 12, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    Wow! That dress is stunning and you styled it beautifully! I’m a bird lover, so I’m really drawn to the birds in the print.

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 6:56 pm

      Me too, Amy – I think it would make a crazy beautiful wallpaper!!

  19. June 12, 2018 / 10:16 am

    Your dress looks so fresh and contemporary that my knee length dresses look dated – so I’m scouring the shops to find a midi dress with oomph. Agree with you on M&S. If you look frequently at their new stuff on the app, you find some great things!

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 6:55 pm

      I tend to wear midis because I like to cover my legs as much as possible, Gail – if I had amazing gams I’m sure they’d be out in minis and knee lengths more often! I also just like the proportions of a midi… they break your body up into the thirds rule which just happens to work for me 🙂

  20. Kathy
    June 12, 2018 / 10:08 am

    Lovely dress. You choose so many things that I love. I’ve already bought a number of items which I’ve seen you wear on your blog. A true influencer! I’ve just placed an order for this gorgeous dress, thank you

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 6:53 pm

      Oh gosh Kathy you too…?!! maybe I’m better at this influencer lark than I realised…!!!! 😉 lol

  21. June 12, 2018 / 9:17 am

    Yyyyep! Today I’m wearing my green Seasalt dress. Lovely long sleeves, v-neck and leafy pattern. Your Seasalt campaign worked for me.

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 6:53 pm

      Oh wow that’s lovely to hear, thanks Emerald!

  22. June 12, 2018 / 8:49 am

    I love a tropical print! My philosophy is go big or go home when it comes to florals. This is certainly a big punchy print, fabulous! And yes, I have wondered at how you are able to find such fab pieces at M&S, it can be tricky sifting through. Do you look at specific sections on the website or use certain key words? Xx

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 6:52 pm

      I think I find them because I’m always looking for alternatives for my other outfit posts, Porcelina – this dress featured in my favourite spring outfits post in April(?) when I looked for alternative floral dresses for another M&S midi dress beauty I bought last year. I just add them to my favourites then obviously go back to them over and over until I eventually cave..!!

  23. June 12, 2018 / 7:23 am

    I’m ALWAYS looking for pieces with a special “twist,” dearest Catherine…so this Marks & Spencer dress with its tropical bird-pineapple-flower print is right up my alley!! Loving that true midi-length, too – I think it’s the epitome of “chic” – and your red tassel earrings?? Absolute stunners!! But of course your fringy white bag is what captures my bohemian heart the most…it’s MY idea of summertime perfection!! 😀

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      hehe now why doesn’t it surprise me that you love the bag, Monika…?! 😉 Thank you hon x

  24. June 12, 2018 / 7:16 am

    A colorful and beautiful summer dress! Kind of perfect outfit for current season 😉 Have a great week xx

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 6:48 pm

      Thanks Lui! x

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      Thanks Maria – it’s a more colourful change from the usual green botanical prints I thought!

  25. June 12, 2018 / 3:36 am

    Catherine that tropical print dress looks just wonderful . I’m not really a floral print fan but the fact that this is strong and bright makes it so appealing . Perfect with the espadrilles. Many thanks for hosting.

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 1:05 pm

      It’s somewhat CRAZY strong and bright, isn’t Jill? But I love it…! thank you sweetie x

  26. June 12, 2018 / 1:12 am

    That dress is freaking amazing. I love an over-the-top tropical print. Your red tassel earrings are to-die-for too!
    Cheryl Shops

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      thanks Cheryl – the earrings were THE most popular style last year but who cares, I love them!! x

  27. June 12, 2018 / 12:07 am

    I love fabric with birds! This is so cute!

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 1:03 pm

      Tropical birds make SUCH good imagery for prints, don’t they Pam?! Thank you hon x

  28. June 11, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    You do find the best pieces, Catherine!! And I totally agree that summer is made for dresses!!
    XOXO
    Jodie

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      Thanks Jodie x

  29. June 11, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    This is a fabulous dress, I love the pattern, especially on the white background. Thanks for sharing too. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      Aww thanks Jacqui x

  30. June 11, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    That dress is a true show stopper. I love the pattern, the style. It is a gorgeous dress.

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      Thanks Linda, I have to say I agree…! 😉

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      You too, Sabina – thank you! x

  31. June 11, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    We have a M&S in the Netherlands although I wonder if they are the same. I do know one in Hastings so I will pay them a visit in August! Great dress and what a lovely bag and espadrilles! The grey is different, love it.

    • catherine
      June 12, 2018 / 1:00 pm

      Thanks Nancy! It’ll be interesting to know if there ARE differences…!

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