I’ve been feeling a few pangs of guilt lately about the amount of clothes in my wardrobe that are still unworn with the tags attached. The time has come to decide if I can make them work for me or if it’s time to let them go. One such item is this J by Jasper Conran mustard jersey dress. When I bought it I loved the colour, the draping at the front and the length; just below the knee is my preferred length in a dress. But when I tried it on at home I wasn’t sure about the high neckline and cap sleeves, which tend to make my top half look square.
As a result it’s been in the wardrobe for several years, looking great on the hanger but taking up much needed space. I decided to give it one last chance and to my surprise I quite liked it. It’s a bit clingy but it’s double layered so it’s not see-through.
Usually I like a bit of contrast in an outfit but I went with a neutral-coloured shoe for a leg-lengthening effect. Again, with the handbag I considered a dark colour; mustard works really well with cobalt, aubergine and deep red. But I liked how the gold chain strap on my bag tied in with the gold sunglasses and jewellery. This J by Jasper Conran mustard dress and Angel Jackson bag are pretty much a perfect colour match. However, the darker shade in the snake print provides enough contrast to prevent it looking too uniform. Maybe I’ll try a bold, contrasting colour next time. I could style it with tights and boots for the colder weather. I could also layer a long cardigan or duster jacket over it. So it looks like I’ll be keeping the dress after all!
Dress: J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams | Bag: Angel Jackson| shoes: River Island | sunglasses: Roberto Cavalli | ring: Kevia
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