Shirt dresses, I have a thing for you right now!
When the warm weather started here in the UK I vowed that I wanted to spend the summer in dresses, and so far I’m doing well. However I think I say it every year: Let’s wear dresses all summer! It’ll be a fine summer for sure! – the reality is that it’s NEVER warm enough or sunny enough here to be able to do that. You’ll always eventually succumb back to your jeans and t-shirt and throw a sweatshirt over the top [you’ve packed away your nice sweaters] because you’re a bit on the chilly side. And then you’re counting down the days to getting your winter wardrobe back out because it’s too depressing looking at loads of summer clothes you’re too cold to wear.
This year though, it’s different. We’ve pretty much had a decent summer so far. Since when does it get to the middle of June and feel like we’ve had lots of sunshine and weeks of warm weather already?! N-e-v-e-r.
So, in true British style, I gleefully went through all my summer clothes, trying everything on I wanted to wear this year…
SHOP THE LOOK:
… only to find that I couldn’t fit into ANYTHING. Even the bigger clothes I bought last summer because everything else was a bit too tight are now too small. So, I had nothing.
I just wanted to explain why you’ll see quite a few brand new clothes on the blog over the next few weeks: it’s because nothing I already own fits. I have a ton of beautiful clothes I still love and WANT to wear, so it’s somewhat crushing when they don’t! I’ve already started the fitness drive but the older I get the harder it is to get the weight off (I’m sure many of you can relate) – my health is the important thing here and I’ve been idle too long, giving my operation and leg pain as the excuse. I may never be able to fit into those summer clothes again, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
Getting my fitness levels back up to avoid aches, pains and generally lead a happier, healthier, more energetic life is my number one priority here 😀
Anyway! onto what I described in the blog post title – styling a striped shirt dress. This one is slightly different to the one I featured the other week when we dressed up Blade Runner-style for the Secret Cinema, though they are very similar. I’ll admit, I ordered them both and couldn’t choose between them (that one being blue, black and white stripes, this one black and white only) so I kept both. It means I have one more dress I can fit into, and for now I need things that make me happy, especially after Friday’s day from partial-hell (thank you for all the lovely messages and comments, I’m feeling much more positive now and luckily nothing else has gone wrong)!
So this dress is quite plain but I do love the shirt dress shape… black and white needed a little colour so I wore my red block heel slingbacks – I’ve worn these loads but not yet featured them on the blog. And to avoid looking too matchy-matchy with a red belt I plumped for leopard print in the form of a leopard belt (similar) and leopard clutch (similar) that was in my goody bag from the Jaeger press day.
For someone that doesn’t “do” black I’m happy when I have some other patterns or colours thrown in. The last thing I’d personally add would be black shoes, belt or bag to this dress… I need cheering up right now and a dash of colour and pattern does it for me!
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Like this post? You might also like how I styled my other shirt dresses…
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