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.

Put a Bird On It

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Seaside Dress – City Chic

Shoes: Wittner

The moment I saw this adorable dress on the City Chic Facebook page I knew it was probably going to make it into my wardrobe. I loved the neckline, the colour, the print, and the shape.

In person the dress is everything I’d hoped and more. The fit’s absolutely perfect – I bought the XS, and it feels like it was made for me. Like my bunting dress it’s smocked at the back and is made of a fully lined cotton. As you can see – or not! – the spaghetti straps are placed at exactly the right place to conceal my bra straps, which means I don’t have to sacrifice comfort to submit myself to a strapless bra.

The skirt is full, and gathered, but doesn’t puff out too much over my hips, and as an added bonus there’s amazingly deep and functional pockets!

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It’s a dress that makes me think of sand between my toes, picnic blankets, the smell of sunscreen, and licking ice-cream off my fingers. Throw a light cardigan over the top in the evenings, and you’re set for an evening out.

The blue will go well with my current passion for bright yellow accessories, but I also thought I could wear it with my DIY’d pink coral necklace, or belted with a red ribbon and some red ballet flats.

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I do love the white piping around the neckline and the edges of the pockets. It’s an often overlooked detail that gives the dress the feel of quality and good workmanship.

I know some people aren’t big fans of the smocked back, but you might like to give this one a whirl – It doesn’t buckle or warp, as it’s just a small panel about two inches wide. Enough to give the bodice the ability to fit a variety of shapes, without having to resort to a stretch fabric.

And what a fabric! I was glad it was a slightly darker blue than the picture on the website suggested, because it’s a really punchy cobalt. The random scattering of birds is a nice change from the repetitive geometric prints usually seen. And it goes really nicely with the Pigeonhole earrings that I teamed it with today!

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Earrings: Pigeonhole

Meanwhile! Once again I’ve been nominated as one of Navabi’s Best Curvy Blog of 2013, making me eligible for the opportunity to win a trip to London for the London Fashion Week.

If you’d like to vote for me again, I’d really appreciate it! The link is here

navabi Curvy Blog Award 2013