Frocks and Frou FrouFrocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouFrocks and Frou FrouDress: MichyLou

Shoes: Edward Meller

 What lovely weather Melbourne is enjoying for our long weekend! It’s definitely spring, which means it’s nearly time for frocks and bare legs, and I. Am. So. Ready. For it.

I did a recent overhaul of my wardrobe to make some room for some new additions, including this stunning new dress, which I ordered from Michy Lou on Etsy.

Michy Lou custom sizes to individual measurements, and I’ve always found her items fit beautifully. This peter pan collared dress is definitely no exception. The fitted bodice is snug without being too tight, and the sleeves are the perfect length and width. Often sleeved dresses – especially those with collars – make me look a bit boxy, because the shoulders sit too wide and the arms are too full. It just goes to show that there really is nothing better than wearing clothes that have been cut specifically for you… and with a US$80 price tag this frock isn’t just timeless, well-fitting, and carefully made; it’s also comparable, pricewise, to most off-the-rack items. (Bonus: you’re supporting an independent designer, not a massive corporation.)

It’s made of a rayon fabric that looks and feels like a linen, but doesn’t crush like one. The full skirt has side pockets, and it zips smoothly up the back. I love the wide neckline with the delicate peter pan collar. It gives the dress a bit of a retro vibe (plus it’ll give me a nice place to pin my collection of brooches!)

Frocks and Frou FrouI can’t see this particular dress in Michelle’s shop at the moment, but she does take custom orders – you just have to get in contact with her (I actually spotted this fabric on her Facebook page).

Heart to heart

Frocks and Frou FrouFrocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: Scarlett and Jo

Belt: Closet confessions

Shoes: Rockport

I bought this dress a month or so ago, but it’s only just starting to get warm enough to wear it (almost – you can see that I’m still employing my trusty cardigans). I spotted it on Allyasphyxia on Instagram and knew immediately that I had to add it to my wardrobe: midi-length, elasticised waist, dropped shoulders, and a heart print fabric? Swoon.

I ordered it from Yours Clothing, and threw in some great chinos for extra measure – the shipping was just $12AUD from the UK, and it was dispatched and delivered quick smart. Sadly it seems to be essentially out of stock at Yours Clothing, but Scarlett and Jo have it currently available in all sizes… and in other colours, too (purple and floral, though it looks like you’ll have to try your luck at Yours to find it in black.)

I followed the size chart, and bought the size 18, which is fairly roomy in both bust and hip; with all the stretch at the waist I probably could have comfortably gone down a size, but I don’t mind the blousy draped effect of the larger size. The shoulders are bulked up a little with floppy little shoulder pads that I probably could have done without, and after wearing it today I’m thinking I might add some bra-strap keepers because the deep v back (which I love)  does mean it slips around little.

Frocks and Frou FrouYours Clothing calls the colour of the version I bought “pink”, Scarlett and Jo is probably a bit closer to the mark with “burgundy” – it’s a gorgeously rich, deep red. A pinky red, but definitely what I’d call red (especially with a red cardigan on top).

It’s an incredibly flattering dress on all shapes and sizes, as you can see from the photos I’ve poached from Scarlett and Jo’s instagram feed, below:

DRESSThat’s What Laura Loves in the top left and Lolly Likes Fatshion in the top middle. Please accept my apologies if I’ve missed any other bloggers, and feel free to leave a comment with the details if you recognise the other models and I’ll update the post!