Bernadette-style

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Dream Of The Crop Cardigan: Modcloth

Dress: City Chic

Regina Shoes: Comfortview

Glasses: Vision Direct

I don’t watch a great deal of TV, but after growing up in a big house with lots of kids I’m not great with silence so I often have the telly on in the background in the evenings for a bit of ambient noise. (Yes, I know I could listen to music – but it does tend to leave one’s mind free for ruminating. And podcasts require me to actively listen, which can result in some terrible culinary disasters.)

At the moment the TV seems to be playing All Big Bang Theory, All The Time, and I’ll be honest; I don’t mind it. It’s been known to make me laugh. I think Sheldon’s hilarious.

My outfit today was inspired by the character Bernadette who always seems to wear cute full-skirted dresses with cropped cardigans. Like me she’s short and bosomy and I like that despite her pronounced curves she’s not hyper-sexualised.

I bought this little bunting-print dress last year from City Chic, and the sweetheart neckline was a revelation. It doesn’t dip so low that I feel exposed and overly cleavagy, but it’s definitely a showcase for, um, the ladies.

It’s hard to be busty and modest at the same time. Everyone tells you that you shouldn’t wear high necks because it just makes you look bigger (quelle horror!) but when you’re further along the alphabet in cup size (F, represent) lower scoop and v-necks can often expose you a bit more than you’re comfortable with.

A sweetheart neckline seems like the perfect compromise: it defines and enhances the shape of your bust without dipping too low or pulling too wide… I’ll definitely have to add a few more to my wardrobe.

Light as a Feather

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Top: Luxx

Skirt: Asos

Shoes: Shoebuy

 More of this cute grey skirt – dressed down with a pretty t-shirt featuring Fifi Lapin, then up again with heels and another sparkly necklace from Totally Jewel.

The Finny Feathers Diamond Necklace is a little less blingy than the Diamante Blosson Necklace, but just as well made. The contrast between the thick brass chain, and the dainty deco-styled feathers give it a bit of a found-object feel, and I’ve actually been thinking about how nice it would look as a sash too. It’d be an easy remix project, so that’s a possibility for the future.

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At the moment I’m enjoying wearing it as a necklace. It’s classic style that sits nicely on the breastbone and doesn’t twist or catch on delicate fabrics.

Totally Jewel also offers matching earrings, and I think the two make a lovely, affordable set   that would partner beautifully with a simple pastel frock, or a long maxi-dress for a special occasion.

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 To wear the two together you definitely need a less-is-more ensemble, because the feathers themselves are so detailed.

I found that the earrings twisted a little, so the sparkly side wasn’t always facing out. To remedy this I just shortened the chains they hung from a little, and now they’re perfect.

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