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Frocks and Frou Frou Dress: Scarlett & Jo (via Yours Clothing)

Shoes: Edward Meller

Has it really been a month since I last posted? And after such a big post, too? Thank you all so much for your lovely comments, I’m happier than I can express. Apologies for the long gap between writing – I’ve been struck down with one of the nastier colds I’ve had, exacerbated by a very busy month at work. I’m definitely on the road to recovery though, and looking forward to getting back into the swing of life.

Can you believe how close we are to Christmas? I can’t. I think it’s probably partly due to the weather – we’ve just had the coldest Spring in 13 years, so it’s hard to imagine that Christmas is just a few weeks away. It does mean I’m getting a little bit more wear out of my trans-seasonal pieces though, including this pretty midi dress from Scarlett & Jo.

I bought it in a size down from the Lollidot dress that I bought earlier in the year, and it sees to fit my slopey shoulders a little better. It’s a mock wrap dress with a surplice crossover bodice and elasticized waist. The waist ties with an attached sash that’s probably a little unnecessary, and prevents me from wearing the dress with a belt, but it would be great for cinching the waist in if you’ve bought a size too large.

It’s made of a super soft jersey that wears well during the day, and the gorgeous navy floral print holds its colour well over repeated washes. The dress has little attached shoulder pads, the same as the Lollidot dress, which helps to give it a very 40’s silhouette.

You can see here that I made a tiny little stitch at the crossover point – with my full bust wrap dresses can be a bit fraught, and a little pin or stitch just helps me feel a bit more confident that I’m not flashing too much cleavage up and down the street! Because the dress is pull on – not a true wrap – a few stitches with needle and thread are enough to keep it closed permanently.

This is a great dress for those inbetweeny months where it’s neither hot nor cold, and it looks just as elegant with tights and a cardigan. It would be a great one to take on holiday as a back-up going out frock, as it rolls up very small, doesn’t crush, and is wonderfully comfortable.

If you decide to order, don’t forget to sign up to receive 15% off your first order, and make sure you check out the clearance section; one of the best parts about shopping from Australia is that you get to buy all the summer stuff at sale prices and wear it straight away – hopefully by the time it arrives it might even be hot!

Marcel Marceau-and-so

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Top: Country Road

Jumpsuit: Missguided (remixed)

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: Hushpuppies

This preppy little ensemble is a great go-to outfit for the end of winter. There’s a lot of layers going on (tights + pants + top + bodice) to keep you warm, but the whole effect is quite streamlined and minimalist.

It’s actually a bit French-chic, or maybe just a bit French-MIME-chic, if you’re going to be really specific about things. All I need is the beret.

It’s theĀ culottes jumpsuit from Missguided, which I bought last summer and remixed by adding straps to the bandeau bodice. To be totally honest, I’m a little surprised that I’m still wearing it, since it was such a flash-in-the-pan trend item (Jumpsuit! Culottes!) and I’m thrilled to discover that it works more than one way, and even manages to look kind of timeless.

The stripy shirt creates a visual interest that counterbalances the wide-legs of the culottes, but because of the height of the black bodice the stripes don’t have a chance to draw attention to my bust. Skipping a belt also serves to elongate my frame, and the addition of opaque tights made it look fairly elegant.

The tights (Sonsee, naturally) help to keep a smooth line at the hips and tummy – I’ve actually tucked the shirt into the waistband, which help keep it from riding up and making the close-fit bodice lumpy.

I kept the rest of the look simple and comfortable with black flats and pearl drop earrings

Frocks and Frou FrouAll up, I’m really happy with this look and I expect I’ll be repeating it a few more times before summer comes knocking!