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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