Often I find dresses to be the kind of item I have in my wardrobe that I don't get maximum wear out of. Without the ability to mix and match to change up the look, they can feel less versatile than a top and trousers or skirt combo where the variations are endless. Although I have plenty dresses in my collection they are definitely on rotation less than other pieces. I generally have one particular outfit that I enjoy wearing and at risk of it becoming stale, I try to ensure I don't over wear it and become bored of it too quickly.
Humbug stripes have been popping up all over the high-street of late and I am having to restrain myself from buying it all! Apart from this mini, I have already been suckered into another look comprising of a tailored blazer. Hopefully I will be able to share that one with you on here soon.
Back to the dress though - this one is flattering on so many different shapes as the incorporated belt allows you to nip in the waist while the kimono style sleeves cover the tops of the arms. The key hole in the front keeps the dress feeling youthful by showing a little skin in a subtle way while the chunky black stripe means opaque black tights wouldn't look out of place in the colder months either. It also comes in all black, khaki or pale pink too and in contrast to the dress in my last post, I found I needed to size down to an 8 to get the desired fit.
Wearing with a beat up leather jacket, (this one was my first purchase with my Topshop pay-check an unbelievable 6 years ago!), some studded flat boots and a fringed backpack gives a grungy but pulled together look for day or night. The sun was shining on this occasion so I finished off with a pair of Quay sunnies which, with an oversized and slight cat-eye shape, adds an element of glam femininity to the look.
If studs and leather aren't your bag, I've shown how this bold striped dress can be changed into a more refined, chic look with ease. Remove the biker jacket, slick back your hair into a low pony tail, add those tassel statement earrings and exchange the flat boots for a pair of heeled sock style ones instead to create an all together more sophisticated take on this outfit.
These boots are a recent addition and are exactly what I had been looking for in this style. With quite curvy legs I struggled to find sock boots that didn't leave my calves feeling like they were spilling over the top or worse, having the zip give up completely halfway up the ankle! These ones are the perfect length, coming up at the most flattering point on my leg making them look long as opposed to shortening them which is a danger with this style. They are made from super soft leather which moulds to your legs without digging in and the chunky heel makes them easy to walk in especially when you have to navigate those pesky Edinburgh cobbles.
Although these two looks are similar, they offer a variant on the same dress without much hassle. So if you are going from day to night or want to change from biker chic to refined chic in a few small steps this is the one for you!