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You wouldn’t know it based on the pictures I usually put up online, but I wear glasses. I was prescribed my first pair at around 14; a time when my vanity levels were pretty much off the charts, so when I put them on at school for the first time during a maths lesson, and someone laughed in my face, I took them off and haven’t ever really worn them as often as I should ever since…
Until now, that is. As I live in Scotland, eye tests are free, which is something I didn’t really know until I received a letter through the door from Specsavers showing off their range. I made my appointment and headed along to find out that my prescription means I really should be wearing glasses or contact lenses for certain things. The thought of putting in (and remembering to take out) contact lenses terrifies me, so glasses it is.
I chose two pairs, as Specsavers still do their pretty excellent 2 for 1 deal, the clear frames in these pictures are from the Kylie Minogue (!) range and retail at £99. I also chose a gorgeous Love Moschino pair, which retail at £125. The whole experience wasn’t unpleasant, aside from the dreaded machine that rams puffs of air into your eyes, and I’m only sorry that I didn’t address it all sooner. I love my new glasses, and my days of seeing the world in soft focus are over.
On to the outfit itself: this lovely monochrome striped dress is from the (sadly now closed) online plus size boutique, Sazzmatazz Clothing. It’s available in sizes UK16 to UK28 and is currently on offer for only £20 – which is such a bargain for a such an easy to wear, bold, spring dress. I’m wearing a UK20 here and the fit is a little snug, especially on the arms, so I would recommend sizing up once.
I love the way this dress is cut, the waist actually sits at the right point on my body and the length is a true midi on me. It also has pockets, which is the single most useful design feature any dress or skirt can possess.
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As part of my ongoing love affair with yellow, I teamed the dress with my neon clutch bag and flats which you might recognise from this post. The bag was a great bargain eBay find, and the flats were bought from ASOS to attend a wedding last year.
To finish off the look, I pushed the boat out with a blue lip colour. After noticing that I’ve been playing it safe with pinks and reds lately, I dug out this old blue liquid lip with a matching liner which I bought for pennies on eBay. I won’t link to it as throughout the day it turned out to be gross to wear; it’s flakey and takes ages to build up. Still, I enjoyed the effect so I’m definitely looking at buying blue again from a different brand. If you have any recommendations then please let me know!