Geometric pattern dress, £55 from Marks and Spencer* // Metallic bag, £25 from Marks and Spencer* // Metallic mix sandals, £49.99 from Clarks* // Lilac roll neck, £9.99 from Missguided // Necklace & Belt from Primark
Marks and Spencer: not necessarily my first port of call for cute dresses like this, but since the arrival of new Style Director, Belinda Earl last September, I feel that my relationship with the company is changing for the better. The cool kids at M&S asked me to style this dress in two ways to show its versatility. I'm a huge fan of finding multiple ways to wear a piece of clothing (I like to get my wear out of things) so this challenge was right up my street...
T H E O U T F I T
I decided to kick things off with my 'dressed-down-ensemble'. This is the sort of outfit you could wear to a market, or the cinema, or shopping, or any other daytime event... It's that kind of get up. The weather always has a massive impact on what I wear, so the lilac roll neck came out to play again to keep me warm. The dress itself is really lovely, I was particularly drawn to the tessellated pattern and also the layered fabrics. It looks super cool, whilst also being a bit retro. You can also tell that it's well made - 'not just any cheap rubbish' as my Grandma would say - it's the sort of dress that could last for years and years. Size-wise I'd say it comes up a little bit bigger than other retailers so if you're a size 8 normally, I'd suggest trying a size 6. Oh, and just for the record... Tucking your hair behind your ear whilst wearing this outfit is a necessity.
T H E S H O E S
As well as trialling some fine and dandy M&S goods, I've also been testing the water with the latest offerings from Clarks. Now, put your hands up if you were a Clarks school shoes kid? Yep, me too. I used to relish going into Clarks during the summer holidays and having my feet measured using THAT device, and then being able to choose my own school shoes for the following term. OH it was exciting stuff. Since then, I've not really shopped much in Clarks, but after seeing some of their sandals in ELLE magazine I decided that, hey, maybe it was time I retraced my footsteps and let them back into my wardrobe with open arms. These tasty treats were top of my sandal-coveting-list. I now have another reason to book myself a holiday, happy days!
So there we have it. A formal dress, styled for daytime wear. You like?
Stay tuned for part two of my style challenge, coming later this week :)
Oh and one final thing, to any mothers that read my blog Happy Mother's Day!! xx