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Monday, 20 February 2017

Styling for Spring.

Hi, fellow bloggers, how are you all on this Monday morning?




Hope to find you all in a good mood.
However, I'm not in a good mood!  Read on to find out why!

I'm showing you how to style a shirt dress for Spring with the option of wearing it in the dregs of winter too - I'm living in hope that Spring is just around the corner!
So the reason I'm not in a happy mood .... sale rails in disarray!

I was choosing a dress to wear for the Spring that I also wanted the option to wear on a colder, more Wintery day - like we often have in the UK.  I found this shirt dress in Debenhams last week fitting my criteria perfectly - a lighter brighter tone, long enough to suitably cover my legs,  a workable colour and pattern enabling another tone to be added, the option of adding trousers or leggings plus a t shirt or jumper along with a great price, what more could I ask for?  Well you're wondering why I'm not ecstatic. 
I quite often don't try things on when I'm shopping - can't stand the chaos of pealing my layers off, trying on various items, realising I'm not going to squeeze into the size I've picked up, getting hot and sweaty, getting dressed again, then repeating in another shop!  So buying, trying, keeping or returning is sometimes my thing.

Having got my cute bargain home - here's where I went wrong - I left it in the bag, I didn't try it on, I didn't have a play around with different clothes and accessories to see how it looked.... that was until I was just about to leave for having the photos taken.  Imagine my annoyance when the label that should have read 14, actually said 18!!  Oh Bloody heck why oh why didn't I check the size!  Am I the only person who takes it for granted that if it's in the size 14 section then it must be a size 14 on the hanger?
So here's my gorgeous Spring dress two sizes too big, but will just have to do. Huh!

Here's my very stylish black shirt dress which has a white flower pattern all over it, v neck line with a small collar,  I opted to wear a white vest t shirt underneath, the main reason because it was too big on me, and I didn't want it to reveal anything lol!  This has a belt which I tied at the front, however I could also have worn a black or white belt. 
Accessories chosen were my black beads, which are my go to pick, plus a black bangle - this I bought from Evans ages ago, I struggle to find bangles that fit over my wide knuckles, Evans have a good selection of fun accessories to fit the widest hands. Finishing off with some black chunky heeled court shoes from Clarks - these have a grey upper front detail, lifting the otherwise all black shoe.


Shirt dress styled for a warmer spring day.











Styled for Winter .....with a pair of faux leather leggings from Matalan, Black booties from TK Maxx first worn in this blog post.







Along with the black faux leather leggings I used a plain black silky scarf casually tied round my neck instead of a necklace. 




I tied the belt in a bow at the back to pull the dress in tighter, I think I may have saved the outfit on this occasion - phew!

Above and below you can see my cute bun in which I used my clip in hair extensions from Irresistible me,  I'll be showing you how to do this in more detail in the next week - I'd love you to stop by and see how easy they are to use.


"Shall I hop on this bike for a quick ride around the town"  the answer was a definite No Lol!


Pop of colour I'm trying so hard to include in my outfits is courtesy of middle daughter,  I 'ummed and 'arred whether to pick a red bag, but orange won the battle of the bags on this occasion.



        
Well I'm off to Debenhams to check for a smaller size this week, hopefully they'll have one for me, and maybe I'll find another bargain, but I'll be sure to check the size before I buy. ;-) lol.

Photos again taken by my very talented god-daughter Esther Ruby, cracking job again. x

Oh and how do you like the new blog look?  I'm so happy I went for this, feel much more confident about the blog now.

'A change is as good as a rest'

Bye for now. X


            Jacqui B.



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24 comments

  1. what happened to you is funny ... I think that from now on you will remember to check the size! :-) The dress is lovely ! It's something you will be able to wear in more than one season. I like the idea of a long scarf worn instead of a necklace.
    Have a great week!

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  2. Thank you Dan, yep I won't be doing that again, I'll make sure I check every time for now one! Thanks for your kind comments.

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  3. Very nice coat darling! You looks so pretty!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: RUFFLE TOP AND VELVET LOAFERS

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  4. Jacqui I love the new blog look! fab. I am big on clean, modern styles and this looks great. I love the pattern shirtdress and will be taking mine out for spring.
    stop by when you can
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thanks Jess, can't wait to see your styled shirt dress. x

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  5. You were very clever in your styling here Jacqui as it really doesn't show that the dress is quite the wrong size for you. I like the winter version with thick tights and boots, but agree that the pattern and colour is really versatile and could be worn at any time of year. Will you be able to exchange it? Did you keep the receipt? I'm pleased that I'm not the only one who gets caught out with that hanger/size caper!

    Thanks for linking up too x
    Anna

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    1. Thanks Anna, glad you like it, yes I've got the receipt so will be popping back there for sure. x

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  6. You are beautiful no matter what size you wear!!! So sorry that happened. Kuddos to your god daughter...great pis!!

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  7. I love the print of your dress! So sorry about the sizing! I'm also loving your new blog design!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Yes it's a shame, but hopefully can find my size, glad you like the blog too. x

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  8. What a bummer about the sizing on your dress! I hope you can get it exchanged because the print and fit of it are gorgeous on you!

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    1. Yes I hope I can change it, because it's really a cute outfit. x

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  9. So frustrating! That has totally happened to me and I'm always so mad at myself for not double checking labels. The pattern is so lovely and I hope you're able to exchange it!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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    1. I hope so too Ruth, thanks for stopping by. x

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  10. Oh no! That's totally happened to me before, so frustrating! The dress is beautiful on you, love the print <3

    Green Fashionista

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    1. Yes, isn't it annoying? Hope I can get a smaller size. thanks for stopping by Kate. Jacqui
      www.mummabstylish.com

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  11. I see you did not follow my shopping tips. LOL Love the dress!
    www.over50under20.com

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    1. Lol - my bad, thanks for popping over - glad you like the dress, I'll be taking notice now - honest. x

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  12. They must have sized this wrong Jacqui. Ithink it looks really good on you. Like the way you styled it x
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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    1. Ohh thanks so much Laurie, still trying to get a small size. x

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  13. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I hope spring doesn't let you wait too long. You look awesome in this dress and one can see that you like it.

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    1. Thanks so much Nicole, glad you like this dress.

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