It’s been warming up nicely across vast swathes of the UK lately and I have loved seeing so many babes out there representing in their summer dresses already, but – as usual – Dundee is only just starting to reliably reach double figures. The bright and sunny weather has had me looking longingly at all the summer dresses hanging in my wardrobe. Last weekend I realised, even though it’s a little chillier up here, with a bit of layering I can rock my summer dresses too.
One of my favourite, and most effortless, ways to layer up strappy summer dresses like this one is to wear them over an old band t-shirt. This particular dress (which I have found an unbelievably good match for here) is a fond charity shop find that has been with me for years. The abstract floral print is very 90’s, as is the button up front and sweetheart neckline. The lace up back has meant that I’ve been able to wear it across four different dress sizes, between UK16 and UK22, which has been incredibly handy! Anything that laces up, or has elasticated panels, is a plus size vintage shopper’s dream.
The top I chose to layer it over is this grey one featuring the v.good pop band Personal Best. If you’re thinking that you’ve seen me wear this band shirt on the blog before then you’re right! I wear this so often for a couple of reasons: firstly, it’s the only grey one I own and, secondly, I’m v.proud of my friend so I 100% spread the word about her band whenever I can.
I tried both a black and a white t-shirt before finally going with this one, and whilst both looked good, I loved that the grey was a bit softer against the monochrome dress. As with all standard fit band tees the sleeves cut off in a weird place on me, so I’ll usually roll them up like this for comfort.
These gorgeous ASOS ribbon tie flats (currently sold out in this colour, but still available in black here) were originally intended to be my wedding shoes, I can’t really do heels anymore and wanted something really pretty for the day! However, we recently moved the wedding forward by six months, so an autumn wedding became a spring wedding and that meant the entire colour scheme had to change too. I’m still keeping that under wraps for now though…
A little note about the fit of the flats: they are ridiculously comfortable, and the ribbon isn’t just there for decoration as they do a really good job of keeping the shoes in place. I sized up once with them, as ASOS shoes can be notoriously on the small side, and even though they aren’t wide-fit they fit me like a dream.
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