Frolicking in the Vineyard

Dress: Eliza Parker

Belt: Sussan

Shoes: Milu

Necklace: Quick Brown Fox

Just a warning: You’re going to see a LOT of this dress in the next couple of months as the weather in Melbourne gets warmer. It’s one of the most comfortable, flattering, and well-wearing cotton dresses I’ve seen, and it’d from one of my all-time favourite plus-size boutiques, Eliza Parker.

It’s called The Vineyard, and it’s also available in turquoise, and an extraordinary kelly green (take note, readers who were lusting after my Veronika Maine jacket).

It seems to be the new version of Eliza Parker’s original shirt dress, and I’ll admit that as much as I loved the previous incarnation, this one is even better.

The high v-neck collar and elbow length cuffed sleeves are the same, but the straight-line bottom half has been swapped out for a full, flirty skirt. With pockets!

The buttons down the front are more closely spaced in The Vineyard and as a result it’s miraculously, completely free from gapeage. The other difference seems to be that the fabric (a stretch cotton poplin) doesn’t crease nearly as quickly as Eliza Parker’s previous shirtdress; it looks just as fresh after a long day as it did when I first put it on.

It comes with matching sash, but I quite like the endless possibilities for mixing it up with brightly coloured accessories. It’s a fantastically versatile dress, suitable for everything from a day in the office, to a garden wedding.

Check it out now, and keep an eye on the Eliza Parker website and Twitter page for one of their regular awesome sales. (She’s got 15% off at the moment with the code FALLDRESS15)

26 thoughts on “Frolicking in the Vineyard

  1. OMG this is BRILLIANT!! You look gorgeous – it fits you perfectly, and you look so happy & confident in it. I might have to order a Kelly green one! And the pops of yellow? Pure perfection. Just wow!

  2. This is so lovely! The dress is perfect, and it about knocks me over when they get the non-gapping, length and sufficiently-full skirt just right, hallelujah! Your yellow accessories are so awesome.

    Though our styles are quite different, I really enjoy your blog and mention you in my most recent post.

    • Thanks Amber – and for the mention, too!
      I just love the dress, non-gapping shirt dresses are like the holy grail – I usually have to either sew them up the front, or deal with the fact that they’ll fit my bust, but swim everywhere else. This one’s perfect :)

  3. I was inspired to buy my very first Eliza Parker after reading this: Vineyard in the bright, grassy green. The postage was quite fast, in time for ten days away from home and a party, where I got lovely comments. i went by hip and waist measurements rather than bust, so the bodice is too big and needs to be taken in, but I’m happy (better than too small). thanks for the inspiration.

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