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

Bunting Beauty

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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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