The Dress Edit

Dresses have always been my thing.

I LOVE them nearly as much as I love YOU.

I guess, the lazy girl in me loves dresses, just because they are the complete deal.

The whole package.

Throw on my favourite heels, bangles and earring combo and I’m one happy girl.

I can grab-and-go with very little effort.

What is lazier than that eh?

Reaching for a dress in the busy morning rush, is complete heaven to me.

Let’s face it, we are all so busy, who needs the extra hassle of dreaming up outfit choices every single day?

Not moi – for sure.

No siree. Some days our brains don’t need the extra hassle of over thinking what to wear.

The dress edit

 Steel Open Back Dress* by Privilege | Shoes:  Lara $179.95 Witchery (style code 60184327 – sold out online but still in stores)

There are two types of dresses that really work for me are:

  • Maxi
  • Shift.

My love-affair with maxi dresses started when I worked for Monsoon in the UK.

That first maxi dress I owned was wonderful, in fact, I kept that first dress until it was literally falling apart.

I kid you not.

Both Beckie and Jonny joined forces one weekend (not that long ago) and MADE me to get rid of it.

I was completely devastated.

I know. Ridiculous. How could I be so attached to a bloody frock?

Maxi dresses float my boat so much more though, when the are floor-draggers.

Yes, I prefer my maxi’s to sweep the floor at any given opportunity. The ankle-grazer length does nothing for my shape.

Just that extra bit of length makes me feel fabulous (believe me, I don’t stress for one second about them dragging on the floor – it all adds to the drama).

I also love that maxi’s hide a multitude of sins – just think white un-shaved legs for starters!

But overall my favourite thing about maxi’s is the flow.

They are so flattering if worn with a beautiful flat open sandal.

Yep lovelies, you heard me right. Flat sandal.

The only time I’m ever super-comfortable wearing a flat, is with a maxi.

Maxi’s skim and elongate the body – perfect for us girls who have lumps, bumps and curves.

Simply D I V I N E I say.

Shorter shift dresses can work beautifully too (yep, even on my thunder thighs) as long as they fall on or just above the knee.

They key for me, is to add a great heel – yep, this is where the leg lengthening (and slimming) magic happens.

For you, heals may not be your thing. You may not need them, especially if you have cracker pins.

In the summer months I’m more than happy to go bare leg sans fake-tan of course or in the winter months the addition of a great opaque tight, will also rule my dress world.

Shift dresses also work so well for most figures and shapes.

Quick tip: I always look for a point of difference when I’m shopping for any item of clothing.

It’s no different when shopping for a shift.

Look for a fabulous sleeve, a vibrant pattern or cut-out detail.

This one from Privilege Australia instantly ticked a box, the moment I laid eyes on it.

That cheeky little cut-out at the back said BINGO to me and offers the element of surprise when you turn around.

In summary beauties…

I need to confess, I’ve noticed something of a seasonal pattern forming in my wardrobe.

Jeans/Jacket v Dresses.

So  please indulge me while I write a quick love note…

This is to my other love.

Ms.Jean/Jacket combo.

Yes. I’m having two relationships.

The scandal of it all 😉

Darling Ms Jeans/Jacket,

I know the time is fast approaching when we will have to say goodbye for a few months, yes I can tell the heat and humidity are just around the corner.

But you already know you are my everything, right?

I adore the classic simplicity you bring to my wardrobe.

Please forgive me in advance for the next few months.

Yes, I will be unfaithful.

I know you will continue to fight for my attention though – that’s just what I love about you!

You are always there for me.

But when the sticky heat returns, I have no choice but to leave you watching patiently from the sidelines.

While I woo, flaunt and selfie the life out of my frocks.

Just know, you still hold my heart Ms Jeans/Jacket combo.

Oh yes you do.

I promise I have big plans to sweep you off your feet again as soon as the humidity allows.

In the meantime, NEVER forget I love you and please don’t despair.

Because I promise I’m still Hopelessly Devoted to YOU 😉

Truly, Bev x

 

What is your comfort zone outfit? Are there any patterns forming in your wardrobe?

 

 items marked * were gifted to me in accordance with my disclosure policy

 

Bev,

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  • Ros Peters

    I’m with you Bev re Dress Love and I also always look for a point of difference when clothes shopping – hate to be plain and boring, right? I do love this number and the colour too – how can I get hold of it? Don’t live near any of the listed stockists.
    Cheers Ros

    • Dresses are the bees knees Ros – especially ones with a point of difference! I’ll drop Privilege an email on your behalf and see if they have any suggestions for you with regards to purchasing xx

  • Sophisticated Mumma

    You’ve reminded me that the humidity is only a few short weeks away, I’m a little sad to think that Jeans will be a distant memory soon. Having said that, you’re right! A dress is so much easier to fling on and is so easy to dress up and down. Like you, I enjoy the maxi dresses and the shifts. The cut-out detailing on the dress you show, really lifts it up a notch. You look fab Bev! x

    • Nat I have vowed not to constantly complain that I’m too hot when the humidity eventually kicks in…it has felt like a long winter this year – I will still miss my jeans though!
      Maxi’s are just fab for throwing on. They always make me feel like I have made way more effort than I actually have! Thanks for the love darling x

  • Lisa you have such an enviable dress ‘robe. So many gorgeous frocks…although, I’m also quite partial to your jeans wardrobe too. You have amazing style darling. Thanks for the love xx

  • Looking fab as ever. Love the grey and black colour combo – so very chic indeed. x

    • Thanks so much beautiful – black and grey makes up at least 60% of my wardrobe! Mwah xx

  • Sharon

    You’re looking gorgeous. I do love you in dresses -I’ll ignore your thunder thigh comment – you know my thoughts on that lol – I’m always a bit wary of dresses, although I love them, my knees seem to have taken on a life of their own and they move when I walk independently to the rest of my legs so I don’t display them to often, although leggings in winter with the dresses is a godsend. Love maxi dresses – a food loving girls dream. My comfort zone is definately jeans, jacket and white tee. My Mum used to say that when you add a necklace or a scarf to an outfit it lifts the whole look, so I have been relying on these game changing accessories to lift my wardrobe boredom. Love you lots – your blogs make my day. Mwah x 100 xxx

    • Awwww shucks oh beautiful one – you have gone and done it again – you’ve made me feel a million bucks! Thank YOU. xx
      Just so you know. My knees also have the ability to move independently too – your knees have friends. Those friends are my knees 😉
      How darn right was your Mum eh? – Scarves are a massive game changer. Zero to hero in a millisecond.
      Sending lots of love right back at ya, from your twin – yes, I’m food obsessed too! Mwah, mwah mwah xxx

  • Maxis are so stylishly chic and look fabulous. I need to get a few new ones. I love dresses in summer, my favourite go to must have. You look fab lovely lady. V x

    • Thanks so much beautiful xx Maxi’s truly, truly make me happy. I feel like I float around without a care in the world when I’m wearing them! Check out the new Bohemian Traders Maxi – it’s on my hit list! xx

  • I love a maxi and agree they are uber comfy and flattering – just waiting for some warmer weather so I can crack mine out. I love this dress too for everyday casual and it’s potential to be dressed up or down. Love your work Bev! x

    • You are my dress hero – you rock them like no other Vanessa. Truly.
      Can you tell I’m a fan? #girlcrush xx