Cardigan: Wheels And Dollbaby

Skirt: Asos

Shoes: Milu

Yeah, I’m a little dressed up for a Saturday, but when you’ve indulged in a cardigan like this one, why wouldn’t you dress up?

This, my dear readers, is the famous, much-coveted, limited-edition “Dita” cardigan from Wheels and Dollbaby. At *cough*over$200includingshipping*cough* it’s the most breathtakingly expensive cardigan I’ve ever bought myself, especially considering it’s cotton, and not woven from the mane of a unicorn. Other cotton cardigans in my wardrobe cost me $8. But, of course, they don’t look like this one.

It’s beautifully embroidered down the front, and has a cheeky rose embroidered on the left shoulderblade as well (which I forgot to take a photo of). The many buttons are covered with black velvet (and had to be all resewn on, after three fell off in quick succession and I got anxious about losing the others). There’s also a gorgeous velvet ribbon tie at the neck, and the cuffs and collar are trimmed with a pleated black satin ribbon.

So, basically, it’s all the the details. And the (optional) keyhole neckline.

I fell hard for the Dita Cardigan after seeing the inimitable Teer Wayde looking even more mouthwateringly luscious than usual in her own black and red number.

Wheels and Dollbaby only ever do a limited run of these cardigans, so the red and black was out of my reach (as was my other favourite, the blush and black) and I knew I’d only have a limited time to make a decision on the ice blue.

It’s not a colour I wear much of. Or, you know, at all. So the decision was quite a difficult one, but in the end I decided to throw caution to the wind, and I put my order in.

I bought the size 16, and while there’s plenty of stretch in the fabric I had to perform my usual trick of sewing the front of the cardigan up, to avoid unsightly gapping between the buttons.

The result though is a perfectly form-fitting, extraordinarily flattering, retro-styled cardigan that looks great in the pictures, and even better in Real Life. The first time I wore it (in this exact ensemble, plus crinoline & hat, to Melbourne’s recent Love Vintage Show) I was stopped by several strangers commenting on my outfit.

So, two thumbs up, and even though the thought of the price still leaves me a little breathless I’m prepared to consider it an investment piece, and one that will earn its keep in my wardrobe. And I’m not promising that I won’t buy another one, in whatever colour comes next!

Frolicking in the Vineyard

Dress: Eliza Parker

Belt: Sussan

Shoes: Milu

Necklace: Quick Brown Fox

Just a warning: You’re going to see a LOT of this dress in the next couple of months as the weather in Melbourne gets warmer. It’s one of the most comfortable, flattering, and well-wearing cotton dresses I’ve seen, and it’d from one of my all-time favourite plus-size boutiques, Eliza Parker.

It’s called The Vineyard, and it’s also available in turquoise, and an extraordinary kelly green (take note, readers who were lusting after my Veronika Maine jacket).

It seems to be the new version of Eliza Parker’s original shirt dress, and I’ll admit that as much as I loved the previous incarnation, this one is even better.

The high v-neck collar and elbow length cuffed sleeves are the same, but the straight-line bottom half has been swapped out for a full, flirty skirt. With pockets!

The buttons down the front are more closely spaced in The Vineyard and as a result it’s miraculously, completely free from gapeage. The other difference seems to be that the fabric (a stretch cotton poplin) doesn’t crease nearly as quickly as Eliza Parker’s previous shirtdress; it looks just as fresh after a long day as it did when I first put it on.

It comes with matching sash, but I quite like the endless possibilities for mixing it up with brightly coloured accessories. It’s a fantastically versatile dress, suitable for everything from a day in the office, to a garden wedding.

Check it out now, and keep an eye on the Eliza Parker website and Twitter page for one of their regular awesome sales. (She’s got 15% off at the moment with the code FALLDRESS15)