Kaylene Cutie

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Shoes: Shoebuy

I’ve been dying for it to get warm enough to show you this pretty dress from Singaporean designer Kayde Yeo of Kaylene.

You may remember Kaylene from last year’s Full Figure Fashion Week – it was one of the indie brands presented at the Press Day Event, and I was so excited by the brand that I completely forgot to take any photos. Classic, retro, a little whimsical, with lots of colour and prints – I was in heaven.

When this little polkadot dress arrived in the post a while ago I wasn’t disappointed. It’s made of a specially imported Japanese fabric with a lovely linen feel, and is finished with white piping and plenty of cute little buttons. The button-up effect is mock from the waist down, but the dress unbuttons from the waist up. Fortunately the buttons are carefully placed and close enough together that there’s no gaping.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe dress has great big, functional pockets under those flaps – big enough to carry around an a-format book if you didn’t mind spoiling the lovely line over the hips.

The size is perfect – the waist is quite high which suits me well, and the back of the dress is elasticised so it fits like it was made for me. I was sent the medium, and the brand ranges from XS to XL, so if you’re an inbetweenie or on the smaller side of plus Kaylene is definitely a brand to pay attention to.

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Do watch out for the sizes though – they don’t seem to be consistent between items, but Kayde has provided measurements for each piece of clothing, so go by that instead.

This particular dress is called the Luxe Vintage Print Dress with Pockets, and in addition to this cute polkadot print it’s also available in a black floral, and a really pretty pink rose print.

At the current conversion rate the dress will cost around the AUD$80 mark with another $15 in shipping costs, so it’s very, very reasonable – especially for the excellent quality!

It’s a very versatile dress. As you know I consider polkadots to be the “neutral” of the print world; they go with anything. And the pale blue is colour that teams really nicely with a variety of other hues: Pink, yellow, red…

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With some sunny yellow accessories (belt from Sussan, shoes from Seychelles, and bangle from Dinosaur Designs) it’s a fun outfit for a day shopping, or a picnic in the park.

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You can add a statement belt (from I Will Fly on Etsy), and a cardigan (from Crossroads) and you’re ready for date night.

 I’m loving Kaylene’s range (this donut print dress is knocking it out of the park for me right now) and with the warmer months finally here expect to see a lot more of their cute, wearable pieces.

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.