This is definitely a dress I’m stealing to take back with me to Hong Kong – it belongs to my sister, but I can try and sneak it in my suitcase, right?
This is me in Warnemunde, Germany, in front of a charming little fountain in a quaint and beautiful old town square. It’s so picturesque it almost looks like a painted background (it’s not, I assure you!)
Now, I called this post less is more because this dress doesn’t reveal so much flesh, and it’s not what you’d call a summer dress – it has three quarter length sleeves (particularly flattering on bigger arms), the skirt length is quite long and it’s relatively modest. It’s dark, and has a small pattern of teal and cream squares, which sounds hideous but in practice works well. I really like the 1950s style and shape of this dress. I wear a lot of 1950s style clothes because they’re flattering on my curves and I think 1950s dresses in particular look classic and timeless.
At a recent dinner with one of my best friends I was despairing twenty minutes before I was supposed to meet her, the contents of my wardrobe spewed across my bed, almost fighting back tears – nothing to wear. Everything looked, and felt hideous. I rifled through my sisters clothes, tried this on and asked her nicely if she’d let me wear it. She saw I was a state so she agreed – and with a slick of red lipstick and my hair down in natural waves I was ready to go wearing an understated, elegant look.
The dress is quite low cut at the front, so if you need to sex it up a bit you can work your cleavage, especially with a push up bra. For daytime, like in this picture, I wear it with a vest underneath which acts as a colourful modesty panel. Quite a few people asked me where I’d got this dress, and the answer is – Tesco. I know I’ve raved about the merits of Tesco (and in fact I’m going to do a whole other post about supermarket fashion, and why we should embrace it) but they really do have some wonderful clothes.
Despite the patchy rain, I enjoyed my day swanning about Germany, and I felt pretty cool doing it. This dress is fierce, feminine and fantastic, and proves that sometimes less is definitely more.