Bohemian Traders – Chambray Dress Edit

I’ve mention many times  before just how excited I get, when parcels arrive at my P O Box.

I liken the experience, to opening an unexpected surprise present.

Truly awesome feeling…and who doesn’t love opening a present eh?

To be honest though, I still can’t believe my luck.

Yep luck.

I pinch myself that YOU guys come back and visit my little online space, to read my fashion ramblings.

I can’t believe that you leave me messages.

I can’t believe that brands send me clothes.

How on earth I ended up getting into this blogging malarkey, I’ll never know…but I’m oh so delighted I did.

Well actually I do know 😉 I found Nikki ‘s (Styling You) blog a few months after we arrived in Australia, nearly 4 years ago. I was struggling to find places to shop in Australia. I formed an instant connection with what Nikki offered her loyal readers. I loved that Nikki was also a normal everyday Wife and Mum.  I loved that she inspired women on a daily basis to step outside of their fashion comfort zone. But most of all I loved Nikki’s Model & Me posts. To this day they are still my favourite posts. Yes, I want to see clothes on real women, of all shapes and sizes.

Fast forward to November 2013.  Iris May Style was launched for that very reason.

To inspire beautiful woman of any age, shape or size to feel fabulous.

To ask the question ‘could I wear that?’

Yes, I do come from a fashion and styling background, but to be honest, that’s not the sole reason I started IMS.

No, I started because I wanted to show YOU how I looked in the clothes I was buying, in comparison to the model images on a brands website.

For you to see how my pear-shaped butt and thighs fitted in to the clothes I was lusting after.

In the hope that you might be inspired – just like I am when I’m flicking through my IG feed or reading my favourite style blogs.

Yes. Real women inspire me every single day, without fail.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m by no means super confident. In fact, I’m quite the opposite.

Just like most women in the world, I have hang-ups about my body (my bloody legs are my nemesis) and I’m no spring chicken.

BUT – I get the biggest buzz, when YOU think I look good.

Or when you’re inspired to buy something because you think it could work for you too.

Those moments are pure pleasure to me.

That’s where I get my kicks from.

Blogging/sharing and hopefully inspiring.

Anyway, I digress AGAIN 🙂

Bohemian Traders: The Chambray Dress Edit

Chambray Button Down Dress* $149.00 Bohemian Traders | The Soft Touch Seamless Dress in White $49.95 Metalicus | Booties: Oldies but goodies from Rockport.

When it came to photographing this Bohemian Traders dress, one person came to mind.


She inspired me.

I loved the way Nikki wore this same dress a few weeks back on Instagram.

From that moment I knew that as soon as the weather allowed, I would be putting my spin on this look too.

Adding a slip under a dress is something that I do often.

It helps in numerous ways:

  • Bust: wearing the dress slightly open creates a flattering V shape over a fuller bust.
  • Colour: A slip offers a pop of colour/contrast.
  • Style: Shirt/Kaftan dresses can sometimes be fuller and not very shapely – adding a slip not only saves your modesty on a windy day, it also gives you confidence when you’re sitting down and don’t want to flash too much flesh.
  • Shape: A slip offers a streamlined silhouette and is fabulous for covering any lumps and bumps especially if worn under sheer fabrics.

Wear it kimono style like I have here:

Bohemian Trader: Chambray Dress Edit

Something as simple as this, can breathe so much life into your wardrobe – the possibilities are endless.

All shirt dress can be worn this way – just think of them as a summer trench!

Honestly, nothing lifts my fashion spirits more than finding  the perfect frock.

Especially if that frock is lightweight and made from the softest tencel.

Oh yes. This dress is soft, supple and oh so wearable.

The colour is a dream too – I adore any shade of blue.

So if you’re looking for a summer dress, that will cover all the bases, then look no further.

This dress will be the one you reach for.

It’s so versatile and will look fabulous worn with a flat espadrille, a wedge, bootie or a nude lace-up.

Think white, nude, leopard and every shade of blue imaginable for neutral nirvana.

Bohemian Traders you have truly crushed it with this frock.

It’s the bees-bloody-knees!

How much Chambray would I find in your wardrobe? Do you love a shirt dress?


Items marked * were gifted to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy.


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  • Sophisticated Mumma

    I adore the simplicity and colour of this dress, have been eyeing it but sadly I know it will just swamp me. I’m really struggling with the lengths of clothing just lately. If I’m not sewing things up, I’m ordering from the UK where I know I get the variations on length which is not good given the poor exchange rate. Love how you have combined the chambray with the leopard Bev x

  • I love why you blog I think it’s a great reason. You look fabulous but you always do,

    • Thanks so much lovely Chantelle. I think you have to find your niche when it comes to blogging. For me, I have always loved seeing clothes on real women – so it felt like the natural path to take! xx

  • I’m so pleased to see you in this – I’ve been eyeing it off but unsure of how long it is and where it would sit. It looks great on you and a decent length to boot. Gorgeous Bev! x

    • Thanks so much beautiful. This would look fabulous on you. I’m wearing the M but could easily have got away with the S (not sure if there is any difference in length between the two though). Can’t wait to see you rocking yours xx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Simply stunning my friend I love this on you ?????

    • Thanks so much darling – I’m a total BT #fangirl at the moment. I just seem to love everything Em designs! Such a talented girl and business woman xxx

  • Sharon

    You look divine Bev. I’ve looked at this dress but my ample hippage, boobage, and tummyage put me off. Your recommendations of wearing it more open with a slip are spot on and I may just invest. The kimono option is genius I tell ya! ☺️ Thanks again lovely Bev for inspiring us. I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging since nov 14…I feel like I’ve relied on you forever! Love your work and you of course ☺️ Mwah xx

    • Will you still love me even though I’m clearly losing my marbles? I should have written November 13! It wasn’t until I read your comment that I realised what I’d done 😉 #sillyoldfool
      The sizing on this dress is very relaxed, I’m wearing a M but could easily have pulled off a S! Curves rule my world too beautiful girl…thanks to my love of wine, cheese and chocolate – which ain’t gonna change any time soon!
      Thanks so much for the love and support – I’m smiling from ear to ear. Mwah and hugs xx

      • Sharon

        I thought you’d been in my life for longer! Lucky for me ? mwah xx

  • Shirt dresses and are my go to, I love them! As always, you look divine xo

    • Every time I see a shirt dress I stop – especially if its roomier on the butt 😉 This one is a definite keeper! Thanks for the love darling xx

  • Michelle

    This dress looks great on you Bev. What is it with Bohemian Traders? The materials they use in their clothes are just beautiful! It looks like it’s lovely and soft. How is it for size? L?ve the way you’ve worn it as a kimono too. Mx

    • I know Michelle. Every single piece is so wearable and lust worthy! Oops forgot to add the size to the post, I’m wearing a M (its very generous so a S possibly would have been better). Thanks for the love xxx

  • Just beautiful Bev. The dress looks fabulous on you. V x