Styling a Winser Wrap Dress For Winter and Summer

At this time of year the weather can be quite unpredictable so I’m styling a Winser wrap dress for Winter and Summer, just to cover all bases! I bought this dress just before I went to Madrid last year and have worn it several times. I have a few wrap dresses, but this one is the best by miles. The design is superb because it is generously cut, ensuring it doesn’t flap about and expose parts you don’t want exposed (unless you stand on a bridge in high winds, but more on that later!).

Major brownie points for those deep pockets…I may have mentioned before how much I love dresses and skirts with pockets!

This dress hugs in all the right places, nipping in at waist and skimming over the hips…it is also amazingly comfortable due to the stretch jersey fabric. The way the stripes are arranged in different directions creates a very flattering effect. The belt is extraordinarily long, which makes it easy to fasten securely, but also left me wondering what to do with it. I tried tying it at the front, at the back, in a bow…but in the end I think it looks best double knotted at the front. Major brownie points for those deep pockets…I may have mentioned before how much I love dresses and skirts with pockets! 😉

Although I bought the dress at the end of Summer I knew I’d be able to wear it all year round with some simple layering. A plain black boat neck top works well underneath, as does a thin roll neck sweater like I’m wearing here. Opaque tights and boots complete the Winter layering, with the prerequisite pop of colour thanks to the burgundy messenger bag.

All of a sudden the sky turned grey and the wind picked up…leading to an embarrassing moment on the bridge when my dress blew up…

If you scroll down to the bottom of the post you’ll see how I originally styled the dress when I first bought it. I wore it for work on a warm Autumn day teamed with gold espadrilles and a bright red bag. I’d been enjoying my lunch break with my husband in the glorious sunshine, and we decided to take some photos before going back to the office. All of a sudden the sky turned grey and the wind picked up…leading to an embarrassing moment on the bridge when my dress blew up…just as some people were walking by! We moved to the other side of the bridge, hastily snapped a couple more photos and then called it a day. A few minutes later the heavens opened and we made it back inside in the nick of time. The things us bloggers (and long-suffering photographers) do for outfit photos!

Have you ever had an embarrassing moment while taking outfit photos? Be a good sport and share your funny stories in the comments…and don’t forget to link up!

Styling a Winser Wrap Dress For Winter and Summer

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Styling a Winser Wrap Dress For Winter and Summer

Styling a Winser Wrap Dress For Winter and SummerStyling a Winser Wrap Dress For Winter and Summer

Dress: Winser London | roll neck sweater: TKMaxx (similar) | bag: Paul Costelloe (similar) | boots: Pied a Terre (similar)

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Styling a Winser Wrap Dress For Winter and Summer Mila Blu red bag

Styling a Winser Wrap Dress For Winter and Summer

Dress: Winser London | gold espadrilles: Clarks similar | red bag: Mila Blu (similar) | necklace: Daisy London (similar) | sunglasses : Emilio Pucci (similar)

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Mummy and Me Outfit | Biker Jacket, Boots and Motif Sweater

Whenever I do outfit photos for the blog it sparks interest from a certain small person, who tries to muscle in on the action. So, after she spied me looking at Sandy a la Mode‘s incredibly cute “Mommy and Me Style” photos Isobel suggested we try doing an outfit post together. As she has a faux leather biker jacket that my niece gave to her (and makes her feel very grown up), that was the starting point. Isobel had free reign to choose what to wear (within reason) and I followed her lead. I was somewhat relieved she didn’t emerge dressed as Tinkerbell or wearing a pirate costume!

Let’s face it – who wouldn’t like a pink sequinned unicorn jumper? I just wish it was available in adult sizes.

The unicorn jumper and leggings are flavour of the month (granny knows what she likes!) so they are getting a lot of wear. Let’s face it – who wouldn’t like a pink sequinned unicorn jumper? I just wish it was available in adult sizes. The nearest thing I had was this red owl motif jumper from a couple of years ago. As if Isobel’s outfit couldn’t get any more unicorn-tastic, her leggings have diamante unicorns on them. You got me there little lady – I’ve got no match for those. Black skinny jeans had to suffice.

Mummy and Me Outfit | Biker Jacket, Boots and Motif Sweater

One area I can always compete on is footwear, but even here Isobel’s outdone me with the gold chain embellishment. She even poses better than me…I’m starting to suspect a covert blog takeover! Actually, Isobel wants to start her own blog about My Little Pony…but even that has a fashion angle because the plan is to use the colours of the ponies for outfit inspiration. She might be onto a winning idea with that. We may make the Mummy and Me matching outfits a regular feature. Kids can be fickle, so we’ll see how it goes!

Are you a fan of  unicorns? Let me know in the comments! Thanks to everyone who’s joined in my new Style With a Smile link up…I’m already looking forward to next Tuesday 🙂

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Mummy and Me Outfit | Biker Jacket, Boots and Motif Sweater

Henry

Henry watching from the sidelines…these photo shoots are a real family affair!

Mummy and Me Outfit | Biker Jacket, Boots and Motif Sweater

Leather jacket: Oakwood (similar) | jumper: old (this one is similar and also available in petite sizes) jeans: Gap | boots: Pied a Terre (similar)| bag: Zara (seen previously here and here)

Isobel’s outfit ~ faux leather jacket: old (similar) | unicorn jumper: Blue Zoo (this jumper is very similar to mine only in navy) | leggings: Blue Zoo (also available with diamante snowflakes, butterfliesheartsstars and planets and speech bubbles) boots: Matalan (similar)

 

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Zara lace skirt and chambray shirt

Deciding what to wear to a blogger meet up can be decidedly tricky, especially when you factor in a long journey and the temperamental weather. At this time of year it’s pretty safe to say that whatever you wear, at some point in the day you’re going to be too hot/cold, so choosing an outfit to wear to the 3040 Blogger Meet in London last week had me somewhat bewildered. The prospect of walking into a room filled with fabulous bloggers, whose style I’ve admired from afar over the years added just a little pressure to the whole outfit selection process! Of course, as soon as I arrived any trepidation quickly disappeared when I was greeted warmly by the event’s host and organiser, Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb. Knowing that I’d be on my feet for most of the day, comfortable footwear was a must, so that narrowed down my options considerably. Although these Pied a Terre boots have a heel they are comfortable enough to wear all day, and a little extra height does wonders for my confidence. Wearing an outfit that I feel good in is important to me when I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone, so after emptying my wardrobe and trying on about ten different outfits I eventually decided on a Zara lace skirt and chambray shirt.

Wearing an outfit that I feel good in is important to me when I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone…

The skirt is quite old (I first wore it on the blog three years ago) so it’s been tried and tested for comfort! The shirt was a recent purchase from Galeries Lafayette on my trip to Paris in April, where I treated myself to a little shopping spree the day after the marathon…blisters and aching muscles will never curb my urge to shop! I’ve got a couple of denim shirts but I’d been on the lookout for something lighter and thinner, and this was a bargain at about €20 from the Zara basics range. I like how the slightly casual shirt offsets the dressy black lace skirt, making it appropriate for daytime. It turned out to be a few degrees warmer in London than it was in the North West, meaning that by the time I arrived at the Imperial I was a little hot under the collar…in fact I was starting to think I was having my first hot flush! I’m obsessed with statement necklaces and this shirt was crying out for one, so it was time for the lovely Kate Benjamin feather necklace to make its debut. As well as breaking up the top half of the outfit and preventing a “blocky” look, it also conceals the slight button gaping…Zara’s clothes aren’t really cut for busty ladies! Judging by how many compliments I received on the necklace I’d say it was a hit!

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yellow leather Bright Bag

ara chambray shirt and black lace skirt

Kate Benjamin feather necklace

Zara chambray shirt and lace skirt

Skirt and shirt: Zara. bag: Bright Bags, boots: Pied a Terre, necklace: Kate Benjamin (bought on eBay)

 

If you love statement necklaces as much as I do have a look at my Pinterest board!

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Red Jasper Conran Debenhams coat

Although I love shopping for new clothes I have been making an effort to get more wear out of items I already own…it’s easy to forget what you have when it gets stuffed in the back of the wardrobe. This red J by Jasper Conran coat is one of my favourites and I do get a lot of wear out it. I bought it a few years ago in the height of Summer, which may seem like madness but I often buy clothes out of season because you can pick up such bargains. As well as the colour, I was drawn to the flattering fit and flare cut and the quality of the fabric, which is quite heavy so it hangs nicely. Under it I’m wearing a leopard print dress from Zara, which is another item I’ve owned for some years. I tend to wear it more in the Winter because it’s too short for me to wear without tights – it looks fine standing up but sitting down reveals a bit too much thigh! As the neckline is quite low I chose a big chunky gold necklace from Wallis. Red and leopard print worn together make quite an impact so to tone it down a little I opted for a black bag and some knee length black boots.

Red J Jasper Conran coat

Zara leopard print dress

Wallis gold chunky necklace

Leopard print Zara dress

Black Mila Blu bag

Coat: J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams, dress: Zara, boots: Pied a Terre, bag: Mila Blu, necklace: Wallis, sunglasses: Karl Lagerfeld.

You can see how I styled the dress and the coat a few years ago here and here.

Do you try to get maximum wear from your clothes or do you regularly have a purge and buy new things? I have to admit that I’m terrible at getting rid of clothes. Let me know in the comments!

 

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Powder blue Wallis coat

Spring may be a little way off yet but I’m getting into the mood already with this pale blue coat from Wallis. It’s just the right thickness to transition the seasons and would look great with jeans and flats for a casual look, as well as with tailored trousers and heels for the office. I chose to wear it with jeans and heeled boots as that’s the most practical combination for me in this unpredictable wintery weather. I managed to get these photos during a brief spell of sunshine…half an hour later I caught in a hailstorm!

Black leather marks and Spencer gloves

Pale blue Wallis coatCoat: Wallis, jeans: Gap, jumper: Asos, boots: Pied a terre, sunglasses: Missoni.

 

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