Dresses make me happy. Orange patterned dresses make my heart sing.
As I write I have yet to wear this outfit – I’m planning to wear it to an event on Thursday. Hopefully the weather will hold out long enough for me to get away with just the dress and no layers… let’s not add roll necks, tights and boots to this beauty of a dress until the autumn proper, shall we?
So while I’m lamenting the end of (meteorological) summer and girding my loins for the ever-darkening onslaught that is autumn/winter, I thought I should give my new orange and black blur print dress a whirl. It’s VERY “transitional season”. It’ll also be great in the colder months. But by ‘eck I ain’t going near it around Halloween: I thought I’d give that one a miss.
I’ll get a couple of wears in pre-Halloween and then LOTS of wears post-Halloween, say, from 20 November onwards? Gives the shops (and Pinterest) enough time to get pumpkins and skulls out of their system. And now I’ve seen it in the photos, I really, really like this dress – I mean I REEEEEALLY like it.
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The dress actually came with a matching fabric belt that loops inside and creates a drawstring waist. Its style on the website is described as “slouchy” – I’m currently in between sizes, went for the smaller size, and found it had PLENTY of room. (When they said slouchy, they MEANT slouchy.) However, in my unexplained need to take my (AW16?) tortoiseshell handbag (similar) out with me, I knew the outfit needed a touch of brown somewhere else just to tie in the whole black, orange AND brown thing I had going on (I never make it easy for myself). A quick rifle through my belts drawer and I found this two-tone belt in black and brown: perfect.
I’ve just got to thread the matching belt back into the dress after I’ve worn it else I risk losing it!
Funnily enough, I watched one of Trinny Woodall’s IGTV videos yesterday and she was going through her belt collection – I agree with her that a belt can absolutely make an outfit, hence why I have loads. Though not enough to stop me wanting to buy even more after finding loads of fabulous ones while I was searching for alternatives for you guys.
Yes, I NEED a mustard belt in my life! And a burnt orange one, and a stripey brown one, and a millennium pink one, and a… and a… ; -)
Finally: yes, I plan to keep those black mule sandals on all evening. They are the comfiest sandals in all the world – I wore them all day at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2017 on one of the hottest days of that year (weirdly for May). I’m so sorry they’re not current, but M&S make pretty comfy shoes so I reckon these black mule sandals would be a wise choice if you want something similar (the 118 reviews on their website confirm this). A fraction of the price of my Madeleine ones, as well.
Are you doing the transitional season dressing thing yet? Have you found a brand that sells heels you can walk in all day to recommend to everyone? Comment below…!
Heels: Madeleine (similar, also these)
Belt: Asos (LOVE this one, this one and this one)
Bag: Lotus (similar)
Locket: notonthehighstreet.com (read about it in last week’s post)
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