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A Timeless Wardrobe – Dress Edition

Good afternoon and what a rainy Sunday it is! 🌧️ My garden is certainly enjoying this rain however I am not and just want to wear some of the summer dresses I am going to mention in my blog post today.

I asked over on my Instagram what you wanted to read next on the blog and it was a toss up between this blog post and one all about garden party dresses. I thought that garden parties could wait seeing as this weather isn’t bringing the summer vibes! Therefore, here it is – how to create a timeless wardrobe when picking dresses. I’m going to give you some tips when choosing the right dress and talk about how I select mine. *This post contains PR products and all dresses are tagged over on my Instagram.

My dress collection is what you can see on the left in the image above. It used to be larger but I found I was just wearing the same items over and over again and I much preferred to do that. I am extremely fortunate to have worked with a number of brands like Oliver Bonas, Crew Clothing and Phase Eight where I receive items and in turn, take photographs for you guys and show you how I style the pieces up. But how do you create that timeless collection?

It has taken me years to get my dresses right but I finally started to pick pieces that work with my body shape and height. I am only 5″3 and have a long torso rather than long legs. Therefore, a midi dress is way more flattering on me than a mini. I also can’t just eat anything anymore and not see it appear somewhere on my body so I think about the areas I prefer to cover up and for me that’s my tummy and my arms. Instead, I am quite busty so I tend to accentuate that area with the style of dress I choose – a cinched-in-waist or elasticated bust works really well for me 📷

Colours and prints are something to be really mindful of. I have always been a ditsy print kind of girl and in my wardrobe I have a whole heap of different coloured dresses from reds and purples to blacks and pinks. My go-to colours are blues and greens as they complement my accessories more. I have one trench coat which is a print and I would wear that with all of my dresses, regardless of clashing prints. My shoes and trainers are extremely minimalistic and can be worn with anything too.

Less is more. I am extremely conscious of the amount of dresses I accumulate. Like I mentioned before, I am very lucky to work with brands as part of my content creation. In the past, I have turned down partnerships and collaborations if it wasn’t something I would wear over and over again. Yes, I post midi dresses over on my Instagram account but it isn’t realistic to have a new dress every other day! Who has the money for that? 💰 For me, to create that timeless collection, you need to be really sure about a piece – invest in longer term items rather than fast fashion.

It took me a while and only now at the age of 30 do I feel confident and comfortable in my wardrobe. I also choose my dresses thinking about all seasons and qill only pick it if I can see myself wearing it in every kind of weather. Can I style it up with boots aswell as sneakers? Will it work with a jumper layered over the top or a chunky knit?

Finally, I’m less influenced by others’ choices and happier in what I already have and I think that is key to creating a timeless collection. Don’t get me wrong, I am the first to put my hand up and admit to having done this A LOT in the past but I guess my priorities are different now and I’ve been gardening and styling my home. Fashion has taken a bit of a back seat and I’m more than OK with that.

Whilst I give this advice, I’m no expert and honestly, like I said, it has taken me years to get to this point with my wardrobe and I would still reassess some of my choices even now. I still don’t own a little black dress! Creating a timeless dress collection is a journey. Enjoy it – dress for your body shape, choose colours and prints you love, pick versatile pieces and enjoy what you have!

Happy Sunday guys x

Dress-ing for Spring

Good morning guys and what better way to kick start #sundaysstyledinspo over on Instagram with a new blog post all about dresses for spring. I asked you all what you wanted to see next on the blog and it was unanimous – dresses!

In this blog post I have picked my favourite dresses for spring. Some of the dresses are pieces I own and are therefore perhaps a season or two old but I have also found new in dresses from brands which I love *adds to basket!

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First up is Marks and Spencer.

(From left to right) This gorgeous floral print is vibrant I adore the paisley pattern. I love the sleeves and the fact that it synchs you in at the waist. Product code: T533365U. The Yolke Midi Dress is a last season piece and one I was really excited to get out again this spring. It is so flattering with the puff sleeves and the elasticated waist. I have seen a few of these dresses floating around on eBay but don’t get caught out with the prices. Kate Middleton wore this and that has meant prices have sky rocketed! Finally, this printed dress is a recent addition to my wardrobe. I love the colours and the tiered skirt. I did pop a stitch in the front as it was a little too open for me. Unfortunately this is out of stock at the moment but again, it is always worth checking sites like Ebay. Product code: T533395U

Next up, H&M.

(From left to right) In my opinion, H&M has some of the best floral dresses for spring this season. One of my new favourites is this blue calf-length dress. You will have seen this dress featured so many times on my Instagram. I love the sleeves and the stand-up collar. Product code: .0942418001. This dress is in my basket! I love a smock dress and this print is just beautiful. I love the cuffs and the neckline too. Product code: 0861847004. I fell in love with the colours of this last dress. The trim detailing is so pretty and such a great dress that could easily transition between day and night. Product code: 0946450002.

(From left to right) Love & Roses is a new brand featured on Next. I have a beautiful cardigan from them and when I saw this dress I instantly fell in love. I love the tiers and the smock style. Product code: R08-905. Fat Face always do great dresses and this cornflower blue dress is divine – such a great colour for spring. Product code: 960738. This dress from Warehouse has been one of my go-to dresses so far this year. I love the shape, the print and how easy it is to wear. Product code: AWW99668.

I hope that some of these picks have inspired you. I can’t wait for warmer weather and to be able to sit in gardens with friends and family wearing these gorgeous spring dresses! Have a good Sunday x