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That cold weather hit with a bit of a bang, didn’t it? And in the spirit of warmer dressing, I have some layering and print mixing for you today. When the nights draw in and the weather turns dreary, this kind of pattern clashing (or print mixing) is one of the things about dressing that I enjoy the most – going that little bit further every time until I’m not even sure that things work together anymore. Overall, the great thing is that I know it doesn’t really matter… clothes are just clothes after all, and they’re meant to be fun!
[Before I go on, if you’re looking for some quick tips on how to mix or clash your patterns and prints, check out this post from a couple of years back where I wrote some pattern mixing advice.]
The foundation and spark of inspiration for this whole outfit was the beautiful red and purple floral print dress [gifted] kindly sent to me by the loves at Navabi, from their new Manon Baptiste AW18 range which is available onsite now. If you find yourself with a spare moment today, head on over and check out the lookbook because it’s full of absolutely beautiful pieces. Anyway, this dress is the lead image when you load up the lookbook, and as soon as I saw it I fell in love with it. For more information about the sizing and fit of the dress, read on a little further down the post.
As for styling, me and high necked dresses occasionally don’t get on so I left the hook and eye fastening at the neck undone. This left a pleasingly v shaped opening that I knew I wanted to fill with a collared shirt. Looking at what I have in my wardrobe at the moment, I nearly plumped for a satiny leopard print shirt, but instead I decided to use the green from the floral print and bring it out with a green polka dot shirt and cross body bag. I also pulled the purple from the pattern with my old faithful Marks & Spencer duffel coat.
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FIT NOTES & SPECIFICS: I went with my usual size in this dress and I found it to be a comfortable fit, with the waist and arms being particularly generous. There isn’t any give in the material, which is double layered – a sheer chiffon over an opaque lining – so the generosity in the cut is well received! The only place the dress isn’t lined is the sleeves, which is a lovely touch.
Although I’ve switched it out for black belt here, the dress comes with it’s own fabric belt secured with belt loops, the belt is plenty long enough to accommodate my waist and tie a decently sized knot or bow. The dress comes to ever-so-slightly below the knee on me, but on most it will be more of a true midi length.
The only thing I would change about this dress would be the elasticated cuffs, I found the sleeves to be slightly too short and the elastic dug into my chunky forearms a bit. When I layered the shirt underneath and rolled the sleeves up it felt a lot better. As criticisms go, it’s pretty minor, and overall this dress is an instant classic addition to my wardrobe.
Here’s to an autumn and winter full of bright prints and clashing patterns for all of us! I know it definitely helps me to cope with the severe and rapid loss of daylight that happens from now until February. If you struggle with this time of year too, please do let me know the little things you do that helps you to get through it, I’m always willing to try…