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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Found MY perfect Chambray Shirt Dress!


Morning, hope you've enjoyed the shorter week.  Not long till the weekend - yay!

Today I wanted to share with you an item that I've been yearning for ... well for absolutely ages!





I've been searching for a chambray shirt dress for such a long time, never finding the 'right' one!  They're either too short, too fitted, the wrong style or just not 'me'! 
Today had me in and out the stores, up and down the aisles, fighting the tourists in town and nearly giving up!
I've been in M & S, Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins, Next to name but a few, with no avail!  Just about to throw in the towel I wandered into my local Matalan store and spotted this one!  Just the perfect length, buttons up the front, tie belt, cute collar and short sleeves.  This Tencil material is so soft and smooth, and is also machine washable - like a comforting cuddle, with a helping hand.  It has slits up either side, but being below the knee they didn't affect the overall look.  (I don't like to show too much leg).
This beauty only set me back £22, and I know I'm going to be wearing this for many seasons to come.
I couldn't wait to get it home and pair it with a whole variety of colours and accessories - eventually deciding on this one.  These tan court shoes, from Debenhams I received for Mothers Day, a tan bead necklace plus my summer beach basket bag - oh and my sunnies!

















My basket bag was a gift from my Bestie a few years ago, I bring this out to air several times a year - mainly when on holiday - it's perfect to carry essentials like a towel, sun cream, phone and my purse.  It's got a lining with a drawstring, making it a very safe bag when I'm on my holidays, strolling the shops and relaxing on the beach.
But it's also fabulous for nipping to a quiet little spot and flip through a magazine in the sunshine - when I have the time! 😏
My basket has ample room for my serviceable and essential Bag Tidy! so nothing will be forgotten.




How you would style this Chambray Shirt Dress?
I've got plenty of other ideas, but would love to hear what you'd do. X

I think I've made a big mistake when taking these photos, with the sun reflecting on the lens!
I prefer to say it's my Guardian Angel!
One to remember next time I think.  Anyone want to recommend a beginners guide to photography?


“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
Thomas Campbell

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34 comments

  1. Great minds think alike this week Jacqui! I just got a chambray/denim dress nearly identical! This looks great on you xx
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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    1. Thanks so much Laurie, I can't wait to see how you've styled yours. Love the Lotus sandals and bag.x See you on the link up. xx Jacqui
      www.mummabstylish.com

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  2. It's great to find "the one" when you've been looking for ages!
    Gail x

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    1. Really pleased with it Gail, can't wait to wear it again. x

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  3. I love it! And your basket bag is so cute!

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  4. What a lucky find, well done for persevering. I haven't used my bag tidy yet, the pnly bag I'm using right now us too small. Happy weekend!

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    1. Many thanks Mary. I'm so pleased you got the bag tidy - I'm using mine all the time (unless using a small bag

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  5. I agree. It is perfect for you!
    www.over50under20.com

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  6. It's a fabulous dress!!
    Do you know that I have one and have never worn it as a dress yet? I've only worn it as a duster---silly me!
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. I'll look forward to seeing it on you then Jodie. x Glad you like my find. x

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  7. This is a very cute dress. The length, short sleeves, buttons and tie all make it a perfect outfit all by itself. You look smashing! - Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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    1. Glad you agree with me, it's a very cute dress - I'm going to love styling it.x

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  8. I have a Hush one which I love but didn't wear once last summer. This year I've already worn it. Looking at my bag tidy as I type.

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    1. Isn't it funny how that happens, then it's like a new item! The bag tidy is a fab idea eh? Glad you got one too! x

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    2. I have a chambray dress and haven't worn it in ages, I need to get it out!! I love how you styled this dress with a summer vibe, love the wooden beads and the straw bag!

      Carrie
      curlycraftymom.com

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    3. Thanks Carrie, can't wait to see how you style yours. Great for summer! x

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  9. I love the dress on You. There are so many options to wear it all season and it is money well spent. These days I only wear longer dresses that cover my ugly varicosed legs.

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    1. I feel happier in a longer length skirt or dress, and I think they're much more flattering. Thank you so much for your comments - they're very much appreciated.

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  10. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. You look stunning in this shirt dress

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    1. Many thanks Nicole, love the link up. x

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  11. Dear Jaqui, you look sooo amazing in this chambray dress. It is so a nice material, isn't it? :)
    Jaqui I have my translator placed from hidden sidebar to mainpage. Thank you for your comment. I hope it's easier for my englisch friends to read my posts.
    Unfortunately my english is to bad, to translate by myself.
    I wish you a great weekend, Xo Tina

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    1. Awe thanks Tina, popped over and found it! Many thanks for your comments too. x You have good English Tina, x

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  12. Chambray dresses are the best!! Yay for finding the perfect one! It looks lovely on you!!

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    1. Love it Andrea, Thanks for stopping by. On Monday am doing a style steal from you - hope you can pop over and that you like my 'copy'. x

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  13. Lovely dress, very useful in spring! Your post reminds me that I have got one in a darker shade of blue. ( better find where it is! )
    Very nice bag! It goes perfect...

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    1. Many thanks Dan, she a worthwhile buy as I know it'll get so much wear from it. Good luck with wearing yours. x

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  14. Love this one on you! See, popping in to the last store was fate! Tencil is soft and love the straw bag with this look!
    Thanks you for linking!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Oh thanks Jess, yes I think it was meant to happen! It's a super shirt dress and I can't wait for warmer weather to wear it again. x

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  15. I love Chambray. It must be universal! Right now I have a chambray bomber jacket in my closet. It's rather plain but works with anything denim. I think there are a lot free photography classes on line. I just counted our photography books and between the both of us we have 18 and I can't tell you which one to get. You could just go to Amazon and read the reviews and it depends what type of camera you have. Most towns have a photography course at the community center.
    There are going to be a lot more books if you have a SLR. If you had a simple photo editing program like Photoshop Elements you could just paint that blob out. Of the top of my head, that what I'm thinking.

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    1. I'm going to get checking on the camera courses! I have been told about Auto Focus now though so that may help! x Thank you so much for stopping by Teresa. x

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  16. You look fabulous in the chambray dress! I really need to check out what Matalan has in store, I haven't been in for months. I can use the excuse that my daughter needs some more clothes and craftily sneak something in the basket for me ;-) I love your bag, it's really unusual. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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