|Stand up straight girl!|
I bought the frock when I was living in Sydney a number of years ago at a chain store called Review. I had a bit of a penchant for this place. It specialised in affordable, feminine clothing - capped sleeves, a bit of frill here and there, but all within the confines of 'street fashion' so you could get a lot of wear out of the clothes. This dress is a wrap around style which is good for most body types as it gives you a waist even if you don't have one, and so also makes the bust and hips look bigger than your waist. The knit of the jersey is fairly fine so that's not so flattering as it can hug to all the lumps and bumps. What saves this dress is the intense paisley pattern that hides any clinginess. I feel it looks a little like an axminster carpet but I quite like that. Winter has finally made it's presence felt in Dunedin and this dress has short sleeves so I paired it with a Voon wrap top.
This top is great as it can be worn in approximately a bajillion ways, but as is the case with most items that sport that claim, I end up wearing it two or three ways and I can't be bothered to get my head around the remainder of the bajillion. Yesterday was the standard 'ballet cardi wrap'. I should have looked at where it was sitting though as it wasn't so great for making me look like I wasn't already 3 months down the track to having another sprog (I'm not by the way). If I'd had it just a wee bit more cropped, it would have done me, the dress, and the top a whole lot more favours. Anyway, the colour is totally great and perfect for my purply axminster dress and it's an awesome extra layer for cold days, so it was far from a complete disaster.
The purple tights got another outing just to follow on with the purple theme, and the boots were a necessary (but stylish) addition as you can't splash around in puddles in ballet flats. Or you could, but you'd have to be in a carefree "I don't care if my feet become ice, turn black, and drop off" kind of mood. Oddly enough, I wasn't.
The necklace is an oldy but a goody. If I remember rightly, Mum bought me this when I was in about 6th form (Year 12 for those of you who don't speak my old-school lingo) to wear to my school's cultural awards evening. I loved it then, still love it. It's a bit dated (the choker-ish length is very 1997) but the stones (quite fake but lovely none the less) are a fetching pink colour and I like it. The earrings are some my sister Natalie sent and I'm pretty sure they're from Accessorize. I wear them a lot as they have an old-world look about them that seems to fit with a lot of what I wear. The delicate colours mean they tone in well with lots of things.
|I have you now, crocy!|