Kaylene Cutie


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.


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…


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.


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.

Light as a Feather


Top: Luxx

Skirt: Asos

Shoes: Shoebuy

 More of this cute grey skirt – dressed down with a pretty t-shirt featuring Fifi Lapin, then up again with heels and another sparkly necklace from Totally Jewel.

The Finny Feathers Diamond Necklace is a little less blingy than the Diamante Blosson Necklace, but just as well made. The contrast between the thick brass chain, and the dainty deco-styled feathers give it a bit of a found-object feel, and I’ve actually been thinking about how nice it would look as a sash too. It’d be an easy remix project, so that’s a possibility for the future.


At the moment I’m enjoying wearing it as a necklace. It’s classic style that sits nicely on the breastbone and doesn’t twist or catch on delicate fabrics.

Totally Jewel also offers matching earrings, and I think the two make a lovely, affordable set   that would partner beautifully with a simple pastel frock, or a long maxi-dress for a special occasion.


 To wear the two together you definitely need a less-is-more ensemble, because the feathers themselves are so detailed.

I found that the earrings twisted a little, so the sparkly side wasn’t always facing out. To remedy this I just shortened the chains they hung from a little, and now they’re perfect.

Don’t forget Totally Jewel offers free shipping in Australia on orders over $50, a surprise gift with your first purchase when you sign up, and a special 30% off discount for Frocks and Frou Frou readers with the code FROU30 until the 29th of September.