All Shapes Staple: Floral Swing Dress With a Cropped Coat

Happy Tuesday everyone! We are all aware that women come in various natural shapes (so natural that many are fruit-based such as pear and apple) and there are many guides available on how to best dress to enhance your personal shape and form.

In my opinion, there are a variety of styling tips and techniques that really do work in helping to showcase our individual body shape in the most flattering way possible.  The most important lesson I have learned over the years is that learning what not to wear is even more important than figuring out what to wear.  Certain styles are completely unforgiving on certain body shapes and once you can figure out what does not work  – you are more than halfway there!

The good news is that certain shapes work well on most body shapes and the swing dress is one of them. There is a uniquely feminine quality about a dress that moves with ease around your body and the swing dress is one of my all-time favourites.

I love the bold floral print on this dress and orange and blue is a great winter combination. The orange crop coat provides balance to the swing and the vivid pop of colour helps the outfit truly standout.  I am a huge fan of this beautiful leather satchel and the leather only seems to get better with age and wear.  I wasn’t sure how often I would wear blue suede boots and an orange coat when I bought these items, however, I am constantly astounded by how easy it is to incorporate colour into my winter wardrobe now that I am making an effort to do so.

I hope you enjoy this styling and thank you so much for reading my blog.  Have a great week ahead!

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress –  ASOS (Traffic People)

Satchel Bag – Dooney and Burke

Blue boots – Charles and David, Similar – Zara

Orange Coat – Therapy, Similar – Mango





Reuse and Restyle: White Dress With an Embroidered Jacket

It is almost the end of February and the official start of spring will take place next month. While it is still cold outside, the weather is getting warmer, the garden greener and the days longer.  I find the coming month is a great time to start pulling out some of those cotton dresses, that while still can’t be worn by themselves owing to the cold, can be worn paired with jackets and boots on one of those warmer days. OK fine  – I know that it could also snow next month but a girl can always hope…

I have lookbooked this dress before in the following post – Classic White Shirt Dress: Simplicity At It’s Best .  It is hard to go wrong with a well tailored white dress and I love the full sleeves and low-high hem on this one.  It really is a blank canvas in terms of styling options and seems to work with almost anything. I have opted for a neutral theme for this look and paired it with a lovely embroidered jacket and grey over-the-knee boots. I find that neutral coloured boots work really well in the final months of cold weather as they don’t appear as heavy and overpowering as the darker coloured boots often used in the dead of winter. I have continued the colour palette with a complimentary neutral bag and used a red lip to provide the only pop of colour.

I hope you like the styling and thank you so much for reading.  I would love to hear your thoughts on the quality and composition of the blog so that I can improve it further.

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – COS (similar), Jacket – Zara, Boots – Zara, Hangbag – Givenchy)

Green and Orange: In a Cropped Jacket and Knee High Boots

Happy Monday to all my readers – I hope your weekend did not feel as short as mine! Last month,  I had decided I was going to show some noteworthy discipline this sales season and other than a few items I needed, I was going to hold off any impulse purchases.  Well, then I made the mistake of going to the shops and I quickly realised that I had made my bold decision in haste. After all, taking advantage of a bargain is the mark of an intelligent shopper and whilst I may make hasty decisions,  I would not want any one to cast aspersions on my intelligence!

I loved the scallop neck on this easy to wear dress and given the frequency with which I wear sweater dresses, I thought this was a great purchase. Eventually, my shopping excursion brought me to this lovely bright orange jacket, which was exactly what I was looking for (except I did not know it) and given the price tag, I thought that it would be a most useful purchase. Finally, I saw these lovely suede knee-high boots, also on sale, and they fit me so well that I thought it would be a shame to leave them on the rack.  It turns out that the ‘Pantone 2017 Colour of the Year’ is Greenery and I seemed to have been drawn to the colour of the season without even knowing it!

In the past few weeks, my family and I have had the pleasure of meeting so many of our friends who were visiting from other countries or came back home from visiting other countries. It was lovely to reconnect with them all and hear about their exciting adventures and travels. When it comes to presents, I have always felt that it really is the thought that counts. The fact that someone in today’s busy world would take the time to bring you a thoughtful gift is a huge compliment to the value they place on your friendship.  I wanted to thank everyone for the lovely presents they gave us and emphasize how much I loved receiving them so that they may continue their generous gift giving in the future! I have consumed most of the edible presents but included some pictures of the ones that remain.

Have a great week and thank you so much for visiting my blog.

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – COS, Coat – Therapy (House of Fraser), Boots – Autograph/Marks and Spencer (I cannot find them on their website but my local store had many in stock), Handbag – Claudia Firenze , Bracelet – Calvin Klein)