Oh spring how I love you ... full of promise, the blossom, the wild flowers in the hedgerows, less mud, lighter evenings, the feeling of warm sun on your skin, a time to plan to see friends, embrace a new start and look forward to more time outdoors, holidays and outings. But most importantly to peel off the winter layers, get a wax, apply some fake tan and buy some new spring dresses!
Here are four of my new spring dresses ...
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First is this gorgeous satin midi dress from Needs No Label - a new brand to me, they got in touch and asked if i'd like to try something from their new in range. I love the colours and shape of this dress, It is their Multicoloured Floral Midi Dress in light satin and I am wearing a size 10 and the fit is perfect on me and a great length too - I am 5'2".
I have styled it three ways - first for an evening out with heels and gorgeous suede handbag to pick out the blue. Then for spring with a vintage wash denim jacket and white trainers (mine are from Mint Velvet at John Lewis) and finally for right now, with my F&F neutral crombie coat, cream boots and cream cross body bag.
The blouson sleeves finish at a flattering length for that all important dress with sleeves that so many midlife women prefer and the V neckline is my favourite with a gentle a-line skirt.
It has a back zip (not always the easiest) and is made from satin polyester which can be a bit tricky for static. But two tips, either buy a static reducing spray from Amazon or rub a wire coat hanger over the inside to remove the static charge. I wear a Cool Comfort Full Slip from Marks & Spencer (moving to a half slip in summer). Call me old fashioned but I think a slip gives a dress a better line, adds a bit of warmth, avoids too much static and feels nicer!
I don’t think you can beat a classic tea dress in navy and white and this pretty dress with button through front and a V neck is perfect, and very reasonably priced too! The Thrifty Stylist has recently opened a shop in Heavitree, Exeter and owner Karen has created a beautiful collection of new and pre-loved homewares and clothing, she also repurposes furniture in her signature neutral hand painted style. I’ve known Karen through social media for a white but we have never met - I need a trip to Exeter! Give her a follow for lovely style and home inspiration @thriftystylist and if you are interested in buying your own navy and white dress then DM her for stock details. Karen is also on Facebook here.
I love Saint + Sofia for their slightly edgier style and the fact that they always include pockets in their dresses and skirts! I don't know why that is so important but there is something reassuring about having somewhere to put our hands when we are standing or is it just that instagram-posing feels so much more fun with a pocket to add to the swish!
This is the Warren Dress from the Saint + Sofia March edit called 'The Gallery' and it is super comfortable and flattering. It is orange and black, with an mosaic geo print, short sleeves and a super loose fit style skirt that just skims beautifully, it comes with it's own fabric belt but I upgraded to my own Gucci belt. It is a jersey fabric that isn't too thin so this dress is ideal for now (with a leather biker jacket and boots) and as the weather warms up swap to trainers - gold trainers from And/Or at John Lewis. I also styled this with black heels and dressed it up for lunch or dinner out and it looked fabulous.
Styled with the cute Mini Penny Tote Bag which comes in a selection of gorgeous colours, including orange, blue and green. I love the removable key ring tassel for a pop of colour and it also has a removable cross body strap.
And finally the Wren Dress in Paisley Stripe, also from Saint + Sofia. I featured this last month after wearing it for a walk in Regents Park and lunch with my friend Tracey from Fighting Fifty. We had a lot of fun taking photos together and both agreed it is much easier to ask friends rather than unwilling 'not insta-husbands'.
It was a glorious day, still very cold but I layered my dress up with a thermal top and wore my big boots and the sunshine kept me warm! And adding the Saint + Sofia Cotton Cable Knit Jumper around my shoulders was a good call!
For more photos see my 'Shop my Look' page.
What do you think? Which dress is your favourite?
Disclaimer: these dresses were all gifted to me as part of my collaborations with the brands, I was under no obligation to feature them on my blog. This post contains some affiliate links.
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