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Hello sweethearts, there’s been a little more time than I intended between this post and the last but things have been so odd lately irl that I’ve needed to switch my focus elsewhere for a bit. I’m back in the groove now though, and I want to share with you this ridiculously simple outfit that I felt great in during my recent visit to see family in Cambridgeshire. It’s yet another example of size labels being kinda trash too, as this gorgeous throw on duster [affiliate link] from Dotty P’s main range is actually a couple of sizes smaller than my usual dress size.
My first instinct was to scroll right past this duster jacket when I first saw it on Dorothy Perkins’ home page as it’s part of the straight size range. I’m so tired of the disappointment that straying into a brand’s main range brings when a) everything is so much better than the plus range and b) there’s so much more choice than the plus range too. I just don’t want to do that to myself any more!
Anyway, in this case, it was much too late to look away and I fell hard for the floral-on-red print so I had a closer look at the sizing. It turns out that this duster jacket runs from XS to XL – with L listed as 16/18 and XL as a 20/22. Due to the very oversized, floaty nature of the jacket I risked going for the L, and even though it looks great I could definitely have gone for the M with no issues. The arms are a roomy, kimono style with dropped shoulders; based on that and the fact that it’s worn open, I reckon the XL would be fine up to around a UK26.
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Now to the dress. Until a couple of years ago I lived in bodycon, me and lycra had such a good run for a while but I went off it in a big way. Lately though, I’ve been feeling it again so I’m slowly replacing my old basics with brand new ones. An absolute must for me is this black ASOS Curve midi [affiliate link] which is the perfect starting point for many a great outfit and the quality is just as great as I remember. I have the one from their Tall range [affiliate link] too, which I fancy is made of slightly thicker material but either way they’re a bargain (£12)!
I think the reason I felt so laid back and comfortable in this duster jacket ensemble is that I went with my tried and tested formula of finishing touches: you’ll have seen the massive hoops [affiliate link], tan bag [affiliate link] and red-orange lip [affiliate link] trifecta from me countless times before, and you’ll 100% see it again!
Great style starts with simply feeling comfy, both physically and mentally, with what you’re wearing. Fashion isn’t pain and whoever said that is the worst: fashion is fun! Style isn’t always about pushing boundaries, and if you have your own tried and tested formula – whether it’s a classic make up look, a banging set of accessories, or the perfect bag and shoe combination which always makes you feel amazing – then repeat repeat repeat that look as much as you damn well want. I mean, how else does a look become iconic if not through repetition?