The Summer Dress Edit

Not sure about you, but when I’m travelling I need to be comfortable.

I can’t stand feeling trussed up like a turkey when I’m sitting in the car. No I can’t. Never. Not on your nellie.

I also like to arrive at my destination looking polished and ready for any eventuality. I mean who knows where we might stop en-route to Byron eh?

So when planning my short break wardrobe I had to cover all bases.

The one thing that can send me into a tail-spin is not having the right clobber with me. So when travelling by road,  I make my life as easy as possible by taking everything but the kitchen sink.

I cover every (yes every) eventuality.

Rain, shine, thunder, sub-zero…even I have to admit the jumper and trackies was over-kill.

Poor Mr. IM – even I feel sorry for him on this occasion.

Let’s just put it out there – the car is over-flowing!

Mr IM had a plan to travel lightly in my car (it’s a 2 door coupe) rather than his Jeep. That minor tactic did not stop me.

If it wasn’t for the fact that Ms.May is 22 years old and not even coming to Byron – I may even of packed her bucket and spade (if she still had one that is).

Hello pretties, my name is Bev and I am a self-confessed over-packer.

It’s  at time like this that I really need an ally….

Thank goodness Nikki from Styling You has confessed several times to being an over-packer. Although, in Nikki’s defence, by the looks of it she seems to have her lightweight packing down to a fine art these days!

I, on the other hand, do not.

Just for the record folks, if I’m travelling by air, then of course I conform to the weight limit – by using of much of Mr IM’s luggage allowance as possible of course.

Take away a strict luggage allowance though, and I become like a woman possessed 😉

Right, back to the good stuff.

The Tee-Shirt Dress Edition

Cut Away Midi Dress $99.95  |  Rylie Wedge $179.00  |  CR Model’s shoe: Marissa Sandal $129.00 – confession: this is the first pair of CR flat shoes I have brought (I secretly love them, but please don’t tell my heels/wedges – because it would make them very sad).

I’m wearing a large in the dress. I didn’t want it to clip my thighs at all. It’s a little roomy at the top but I can compensate for this by adding a belt to break-up the extra material –  even if I don’t, I’m easy either way.

If you follow me on IG you will have seen this frock yesterday. Because I travelled in it.

It’s was the perfect dress to keep me cool and comfortable for the drive down to Byron and take me straight out to lunch as soon as we arrived.

I love just how lightweight it is, the colour gives it a classic edge and helps immensely by not looking too creased and dishevelled.

Yesterday I added a belt and a scarf and some flats, just to keep it simple.

Some of the bigger CR stores may have received their delivery of this cute frock at little earlier than our store. BUT within 2 days of arrival & hanging this dress on the rail in Maroochydore – we (with the exception of  an XL) completely sold out.

Yes, it’s certainly a #keeper.

The dress also comes in a stripe version which is as fabulous. It looks like this.

So if this one is your kind of thing beauties, I would suggest you get on the case toot-sweet, because these babies are quickly becoming like gold-dust!

Have you brought any lightweight frocks lately that you know you will wear to death?


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  • Looking great, Bev! It’s a lovely, classic dress that you can wear for lots of occasions. Perfect for Summer!

    • Thanks Sarah, its a real goody – super cool and can be worn lots of different ways! xx

  • I can see why it sold out – such a pretty dress! I’ve really been enjoying wearing dresses more often now with the heat. It does make getting dressed much quicker too, grabbing one piece and going 🙂

    I’m an over packer too though, so I’d have brought the dress, a bunch of accessories for the dress, a good few shoe options, and maybe a few backup dresses…oh and maybe some separates in case I felt the urge to wear pants or a skirt….it’s too easy to over pack!

    • Dresses are my favourite wardrobe piece Mica. Super easy to wear and can be dressed (excuse the pun) up or down…which suits my lazy girl approach most days!

      If I don’t add at least one extra outfit when I pack I find myself not enjoying myself, because I tend to stress about not covering al eventualities. AND even though I’m a ritual over-packer, I still manage to forget something that I really do need – like a hairbrush or hair conditioner! xx

  • Love the cut away midi dress on you Bev, and what a great addition to a travelling wardrobe. I’m also an over packer, and need to think in practical basics not sparkly glamour bits and pieces!

    • Thanks so much Johanna. Over packing is me trying to cover all eventualities, when in reality I always know what I really need…at least travelling by car makes taking the kitchen sink possible! xx

  • Kathryn

    Love this dress Bev! You look amazing! Agree with your strapless bra comment below, gah I hate them! Need to buy a new one and I am dreading it. Over packers unite! We are going to Thailand next week and I’ve been packing for the last month…just in case I forget something hahaha! Think I may need to hunt this dress down, would be perfect for hols and Christmas xx

    • Awww Kathryn, thanks so much gorgeous girl.
      Strapless bra’s are the absolute pitts – I paid a fortune for the last one but it’s every bit as uncomfortable as all of the others that reside in the bottom of my knicker draw!! Oh Thailand sounds like a whole heap of fun – I dread to think how heavy your suitcase will be…cover all eventualities I say 😉
      Have fun lovely, fingers crossed you can hunt down now of these frocks, I feel sure you would wear it to death! xx

  • Love this colour on you.

    • Oh thanks so much darling – thank goodness navy has made a big comeback this spring/summer, because my wardrobe is full of it! xx

  • Sophisticated Mumma

    That is just THE most perfect summer dress! I love the shirt style bottom to it too, it really modernises the dress overall. Navy looks fantastic on you too. Oh and I love it belted too! I am going to check this one out 🙂 x

    • I can see you in this one gorgeous girl. Do check it out ASAP though, because they are flying off the shelves and showing as low in stock online too! Mwah xx

  • GORGEOUS!!!!!
    Perfect dress on you. Stunner!
    C x

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    You are an absolute stunner Bev,navy is your colour that’s for sure,I love this dress on you and those scarves/wraps are beautiful.I am an overpacked too,I do like to have options you see.
    your hair is looking lovely and swishy too,great post Great dress and tan is made to go with navy Xx

    • Oh Lisa you are gorgeous, thank-you darling. I just adore Navy. It’s so typically English too…it always reminds me of a summers day watching the Polo (I’ve only been to one Polo match since living here in Australia) but it still made me feel the same!
      So glad to hear you are a member of the over-pckers club too xx Mwah xx

  • Stone. Cold. Fox.

    • I could munch you for constantly boosting this old gal’s confidence! Mwah xxx

  • Anna

    Hi, Just love this dress on you. Can I ask did you have to wear a strapless bra underneath?

    • Yes I did Anna…I need to tell you just how much I loathe strapless bras’s though…I could not wait to rip it off. Why oh why do they have to be sooooo uncomfortable? xx

  • Love that kind of blue on you Bev! Great shape and such a fabulous dress for travelling, too.

    • Oh thanks my love. It’s one of those dresses that could take you to every occasion with little of no effort – which is always a winner in my book! xx

  • Kirsty

    Everything you wear suits you so much! I love the cut and colour of this dress.
    x Kirsty

    • Oh Kirsty thank you so much – I have managed to ‘fine tune’ what works for me over the years and limit the fashion faux pas where possible! xx

  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life

    Great dress, I can see why it sold out so quick! Definitely a classic dress!
    And confession: I’m also a chronic overpacker!

    • So pleased to hear I’m not alone in the packing stakes Ingrid! Navy is always a classic choice, I love it with almost every colour but especially nude xx