How I styled the dress on her first outing last Friday: Matalan black cardi; Peacocks belt; gifted vintage brooch, Coast net petticoat and Primark camel pumps.
I wrote a couple of months ago about the beautiful Floradita range at Dorothy Perkins. Their designs have a wonderfully genuine retro feel to them, ideal for recreating the Mad Men vibe. So when I was randomly browsing the Dotty P’s website and spotted one in the online sale and with an extra 20% off last week, I just had to treat myself.
Brooch detail – such a great match!
Buying a “sun” dress in the early autumn of the coldest summer of the last 20 years may seem a little ironic, but this dress ticks a lot of cross-seasonal boxes. It is patterned in greens browns and ochres – one might almost say autumnal colours – and contains black tones, providing a useful alternative neutral. Just now it works well with natural tights and a lightweight cardi, but come the colder months it’ll work equally well with my 80 denier dark green tights and camel heels for a funky office look, or with a pair of brown knee boots and a thick chunky knit at the weekend. Over a long-sleeved polo neck, it will take on a slightly 70s vibe. And although the skirt is already lined, I can’t help but think it will take on a rather marvellous classic vintage feel paired with another item from my wishlist, a lovely green House of Olivier petticoat…
I think this is the kind of dress that works well into the evening as well. I plan on wearing mine out with higher heels, a net underskirt and my Gran’s 60s aligator handbag – in fact, that is what I’ll be wearing tonight for my sister’s 30s birthday! A versatile dress such as this is always a bargain, but especially so in the sale!
< Dress as styled for the office today, with modesty cami (M&S), green lurex cardigan (Topshop) and black peep-toe heels (M&S).
Belt and Brooch as before.