It’s a funny time of year: the weather is often hot and sunny, but we’re already looking towards autumn and winter… do we still wear summer dresses? More to the point, do we still wear WHITE summer dresses?
Aaaaaaas you can probably guess by the title of this blog post (and its weekly hashtag), it may be September but #iwillwearwhatilike. So if that means wearing a full-on summer dress in autumn, or wearing white after Labor Day (or any of those other crazy rules that have infiltrated into our psyche), then so be it. Rules are made to be broken. But when it concerns a dress that makes you feel like you’re channelling your inner Marilyn Monroe, then every rule in the book definitely goes out the window.
Dresses like this that are meant to be worn at ANY time!
This is my favourite style of dress (as you can see here, here and here) – a fit n flare silhouette. And this one is a brand new white 1950s style dress that just SCREAMED Monroe to me. But look carefully and the details are what makes this dress so beautiful…
SHOP THE LOOK:
From the wide neckline to the stiff collar, to the ruching at the bust and on the shoulders and the wrap-over waist, this dress has it all. It was very kindly gifted to me by Karen Millen as part of an Instagram campaign I’m working on (details to be revealed on that next week ish), but as I wore the dress over the weekend I photographed it for this week’s #iwillwearwhatilike as well.
There’s no doubt it’s a little on the boobilicious side – I’ve spoken before about being a modest dresser and how I tend NEVER to get my cleavage out (apart from that one momentous time…!) – but when a dress is this fabulous you just gotta put on your most structured bra, pull your shoulders back and OWN IT.
There’s no hiding larger-than-average boobies in a dress like this; you shouldn’t try to draw attention away from them (you can try but there ain’t no point)!!
Styling-wise all I had to do was put on my brightest orange heels, add a small embroidered clutch (if you like mine, you’ll love this one) and don the obligatory sunnies. This dress demanded (yes, DEMANDED!) heels and twirling. If we have an Indian summer (fingers crossed) I’m going to make sure I get at least one more wear out of it, then save it carefully for next year when I’ll be overjoyed to see it again. It’s all the most flattering things a dress can be wrapped up into one beautiful silhouette.
PLUS IT HAS POCKETS. Say no more.
Can you tell I felt a teeny tiny bit smug about my late summer find…?!
Do add your outfits to this week’s link up – and if you’ve added a link to here or my button to your post you may be featured next week!
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Disclosure: I was gifted the dress for a future campaign but was not compensated for or commissioned to write this blog post (click here for my full disclosure). This post contains affiliate links which means if you click through and buy I may receive a small commission at no cost to you.
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Thank you for joining the #iwillwearwhatilike link up! This started as a campaign on Instagram in August 2015 where women over 30 wore everything on a journalist’s list of “inappropriate” items for 30+ women (including leopard print, short dresses and oversized sunglasses. Yes, really). It was so popular that I decided to carry it on weekly where women of all ages link up their fabulous style, never mind what anyone tells them not to wear!
The link up goes live every Monday at around 3pm UK time and will stay open for a week. Whilst the original article was of course aimed at the 30+, you can be ANY age to link up. The only criteria is that you’re wearing whatever you damn well like!
Linking up etiquette…
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