It’s been a while since I’ve worn leopard print on the blog. Usually I wear it on either my top or bottom half, or work it into my outfit with accessories. Wearing it head to toe (or head to knee in this case!) can make quite a statement, but as the print in this shirt dress is quite muted it doesn’t look OTT. Leopard print is kind of a neutral anyway, right?
As the weather gradually warms up I’m looking for ways to adapt my wardrobe and move away from wearing jumpers every day. A shirt dress is a great transitional piece to have in your wardrobe because you can layer with it. In Winter you can wear it over a vest or thin roll neck with tights and boots. In warmer weather ditch the layers and just wear it with heels. I’ve seen other bloggers wear a shirt dress as a duster coat which also looks great..and means you get more wear out of it. I’m all for making my wardrobe work harder and getting my money’s worth from clothes.
I’m happy to have finally found a shirt dress that I feel good in. I have tried shirt dresses in the past without success; I find them tricky because they typically don’t accommodate curves. If they sit well on the waist, they’re too tight on the bust. Going up a size can make me look shapeless, and cinching in with a belt can create an unsightly puckered effect.
However, not being one to give up I didn’t hesitate to order this leopard print shirt dress when I saw it on sale for £15 at Debenhams. If I’d had the choice I’d have probably ordered a size 12 because it doesn’t have any stretch to it, but only a 10 was available. It is a bit tight across the bust but I can live with that by wearing it buttoned down with a vest underneath. I think creating a V neck is more flattering than buttoned up anyway. Plus it gives me the opportunity to show off my beautiful Aurora crystal necklace from Eternal Collection again (which is currently on sale for £28).
Unusually for me, I didn’t feel the need to add colour to the outfit – there’s enough going on with the leopard print, faux fur bag and wide brim hat to prevent it from being boring. I added an extra feline touch with the cat eye sunglasses.
SHOP THE LOOK
Dress: Mela London (from Debenhams) | hat and bag: Zara | boots: Red Herring (old, from Debenhams) | necklace: c/o Eternal Collection (first seen here) bracelet: Asos (old) | sunglasses: Joe’s (from TKMaxx) | ring: Pia | belt: Oasis (old)
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