Hello, how’s your week going so far? I have a whole week off work this week, which gives me time to do lots of boring, domestic stuff (it’s gotta be done, right?). Today’s outfit however, is definitely one for work, or maybe a lunch date. I bought this Nathalie Vleeschouwer tropical print dress in the Bias-Cut.com‘s Summer clearance. It’s what I would describe as a very useful dress – something you can put on in the morning, add a black jacket and accessories and you’re good to go.
However, it’s more than just a dress for work; it’s far more versatile than that. While I’ve styled it quite formally here, I could easily swap the ankle boots for chunky biker boots, and the tuxedo jacket for a black leather/faux leather biker jacket. It would also work well for an evening out with heels and a simple black clutch. The design and cut is classic, but the tropical leaf print gives it a fun, modern twist. The pockets are a bonus too!
It comes with an elasticated belt, which is a loop that you step into, rather than a tie or buckle style. Being able to wear the belt on my natural waistline is a great design feature; most dresses with belt loops or a built in waistband don’t sit right on me due to my long torso. Plus, I can use a different belt if I want, or simply leave the dress loose instead.
For size reference, I’m wearing a small, and it is a little snug. I’ve tried other dresses by Nathalie Vleeschouwer before (when I modelled for the-Bias-Cut.com last year) and have found a small to fit ok. However, this dress doesn’t have any stretch in it, so I think in hindsight a medium would have fitted more comfortably on the shoulders. But it’s not like I’m not about to burst out of it like the Incredible Hulk!
One thing I hadn’t noticed until I actually put the dress on was the slight flaw in the fabric; it has a white line across the front of the dress which you may be able to see in the photos without the jacket. If it had been anywhere else on the dress I probably wouldn’t have noticed it at all. If it wasn’t for that pesky long torso the belt would probably cover it. But I don’t think it detracts from the fabulous print in any way!
SHOP THE LOOK
Nathalie Vleeschouwer Narelle dress (from the-Bias-Cut-com, now sold out) | Marks and Spencer jacket (from eBay) | Red Herring ankle boots (old) | Marks and Spencer sunglasses | faux leather bag from TKMaxx (old) | Ottoman hands ring
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Such a cute print! I love how that dress has pockets! 🙂
Such a beautiful and classy look! Love the dress!
I need this dress in my life! The print and fit is so chic. Thanks for the link up!
This is so great and such wonderful styling. I love how you made the tropical print so suited for fall. Love it!
The Bias-Cut have some great quality labels. I like that the dress is knee length and the print is pretty cool xx
I love dresses like this! Like you said, you can style them in so many ways! Amazing jacket too!
Love your dress – the waistline and the blue green leaf pattern. I love blazers and the style of this one is very pretty! I love dresses that I can wear numerous seasons! I also need to get some solid black stockings! What a lovely look on you!
Have a great day!
Emma, I adore tropical prints and love the way you styled it with the jacket and black tights. As usual, you have a super cool ring that complements your outfit! I have the same issue with a long torso and belts, so I know how great it is to find a fit that hits in the right spot.
I love how you made this work for fall by styling it with darker colors! Stunning outfit!
That classic sheath dress looks so fresh with the tropical print! I enjoyed seeing how you styled it for the office and agree with you about its versatility. So stylish!
Love this pretty tropical print! I hope you enjoy your week off and thanks for featuring me in today’s post!
I love a good tropical print and the way you’ve styled it for cooler weather just speaks to its versatility!
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What a great choice you made with this beauty – it’s going to get lots of wear i reckon, and I’ll look forward to seeing how you style it next. Jacqui Mummabstylish
That tropical print is so much fun! I love the how you made it perfect for fall weather!
you look lovely in green! super great look!
Love the colours, style and length of this dress Emma. The colours are perfect for this time of year. Great dressed up with heels, or with a great leather jacket and boots.
Such a beautiful dress!
i really like the pattern of the dress (:
Cate ღ 35mm in Style
That is such a lovely tropical print dress and it works so well how you’ve layered it here for cooler weather! 🙂
Hope that you had a lovely weekend!
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