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.
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 🙂
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:
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.