Bunting Beauty

DSCF2095_2 DSCF2105_2 DSCF2106_2Dress: City Chic

Cardigan: Cocolatte

Shoes: Seychelles (via DSW)

I’ve been really good lately at not buying new items for my wardrobe, but I kind of fell off the wagon this week.

I finally popped my Modcloth cherry (there were these SHOES…!) and I also splurged on this totally unnecessary dress from City Chic’s current season. But I COULDN’T resist… It’s printed with BUNTING.

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It’s made of a lovely heavy cotton and is fully lined in cotton too. The back is elastic smocking so that the bodice fits snugly. I’m not usually a big fan of spaghetti straps, but they’re well placed so that black bra straps shouldn’t stand out too badly. And you can adjust the shoulder straps to wear the bodice high or low. If you’re smaller up top than me you might even be able to go sans-bra as there’s moulded cups sewn into the bodice itself.

I love the shape: the sweetheart neckline, the fitted bodice, the full a-line skirt. The fabric is heavy enough that the skirt falls out from my hips – similar to the silhouette of my favourite fit-and-flare skirt. On my 5’4″ frame the skirt hits perfectly at the knee, and the included blue belt sits right at my waist. To be honest, I’ve never had a dress at City Chic fit me this well before – I haven’t had any luck with their legendary skater dresses.

It’s still way too chilly to leave the house without long sleeves, so I picked up the yellow in the bunting flags with a bright yellow cardigan, and teamed it with the yellow pumps I bought in New York.

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28 thoughts on “Bunting Beauty

  1. I fell in love with this dress when I saw your picture on Twitter. I went in store and tried the XS on but alas, it was too big. Devastated – the bunting print is so perfect and adorable!

    I love the look with the yellow cardi too, perfect colour choice. And the pigtails are too cute 🙂

  2. I went and bought this dress after I saw your twitter pic. I loved the bunting print and neck line but was unsure of the elastic back. It sat in the bag for 3 weeks, I would take it out every few days and try it on still unsure because of the back. Eventually my husband pointed out to me that if I really loved it I would have actually taken it out of the bag washed it and put it in my closet. I returned it for a refund. I so wish the back was not elasticised, it would have been perfect!

    • Yeah, I love the print, and it’s such a happy dress, but I dislike shirring. Boo. I might have to head into the shop and see if it bugs in person, because it is a cute dress.

    • Your husband was definitely right! Too often I’ve bought something, and it’s stuck around in my wardrobe being unloved and unworn because I haven’t been 100% sure of it. Do you sew at all? You can get some cute bunting-print fabrics at Spoonflower, and might be able to make your own non-elastic-backed dress?

  3. Oh wow, this dress is gorgeous! I want it so badly.
    Also a bit jealous of your ability to wear that lovely bright yellow color :p

  4. Oh my goodness, that dress is to die for. It’s a little too splurge-y for me at the moment but here’s hoping it goes on sale! I love the way you’ve styled it too, that mustard color is great on you!

  5. This may be my favorite of all your outfits! The dress is gorgeous, you’re rocking the accessories, and your hair looks adorable. Well played lady!

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