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Thursday 3 March 2022

Lilac & Orange Dress - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there.

Such sad news this week, my heart goes out to the people of Ukraine, and I hope there will be a safe and speedy conclusion to what's happening. 💙💛

Have you had a good week?  I'm STILL anticipating the arrival of my grandchild.  My daughter, as you can imagine, is pulling her hair out.  Baby should be here by next week though, so I'll let you know my friends. X

Well the end of February did have some lovely weather and it almost felt Spring like here, alas that didn't last and we've experience drizzle since the beginning of March.  I know we've not had much rain over the past few months, but it was just starting to feel like Spring was in the air ... lol!

Florals are always in fashion, and what about dark florals?  Well they are too.  I have plenty of flowery garments in my wardrobe and love pairing them with all sorts.  However the dress I'm sharing with you today has such a big flowery print over it, I'm only thinking of styling it with plain accessories.  I want the pattern to shine through so it can be appreciated for what it is ... big and bold, lilac and orange, moody but still sexy.

Found this beautiful dress in Dorothy Perkins whilst looking for shoes!  Well you know how it is, us ladies just go off on a tangent don't we?  So along with this blooming dress came another silky dream and a skirt with a side split, alas no shoes, but I'm still looking. 😆 I'll share them both with you in the next week or so, but they're both going to be excellent 'essentials' for my wardrobe .. (well aren't they all essentials to be fair) lol.

You can't see the top of this dress as I've winterised it with my vest top, however it has a square neckline with a shirred back detail therefore keeping it nice and fitted.  It's also got these charming sleeves.  Sleeve details are going to be a big thing this year, so my dress will be perfect for the Spring and Summer months when I'll get the full benefit of them.  It also has an off-the-shoulder function, but I'll have to share that with you another time.

The black vest top works well over the top, however I'll also try adding a full sweater over the top to keep me warm when the days are really chilly. 
We're heading into the time of year when we need trans-seasonal items, and the vest top fits the bill with ease.  I've got a handful to my name, and have added them to all sorts of outfits like my beige version over this dress, my navy over pleated skirt style & this cable knit with jeans look.

I must tell you that I'm pleasantly surprised at how nice these colours look, lilac isn't a shade I ever wear, and to be fair I don't have much of this orange in my wardrobe either.  What do you think, should I embrace the tones or steer clear?

As I said previously I opted to wear black additions with my much loved slouch boots and new recently gifted black Alma bag - you can read more about that on Monday's post when I styled it for the Style Not Age Challenge.

Shop My Look!


Welcome to the party!  Hope you join the #Chicandstylish #linkup my friends.

I want to share who was favourite blogger from last week with you, say hello to Jennifer - Curated by Jennifer.  She's styling a stylish white dress that has glamorous puffy sleeves and I'm all over the sleeve detail don't you remember? X

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Thanks so much for joining me today, can't wait to see what you've been wearing.
Bye, bye for now. X



  1. Love this gorgeous floral dress! Thanks for the linkup!


  2. Bang up to date styling with the tank top. I like the colour and print - I prefer dark florals. Super. Thanks for linking x

  3. Beautiful dress, Jacqui. Love the floral print. I've not been too fashionable lately as my puppy bites all my clothes at the minute. I hope it is ok to link up Murphy's outfit though? (Delete if not) Thanks for hosting :)

    1. Thanks a million Claire. so kind.
      Yes of course - he's favourite last week hun. xx

  4. Embrace those colours, Jacqui!! They're gorgeous on you! I absolutely love the beautiful and bright.
    Big hugs
    Suzy xx

  5. That's such a lovely dress and I particularly like the orange in it and think it suits you - it really does! Thanks for hosting :)

  6. Any garment that doubles up on the seasons is a winner for me and you've scored a hit with the black knit vest over the top. Great look.

  7. That is such a cute floral dress and I really like how you layered it with the vest! :)

    Thanks for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a good week. Another stormy day here today sadly! No flooding here yet though, hoping we don't get a repeat of last week!

    Away From The Blue

    1. Many thanks Mica, that's so nice of you to say. Hope you have better weather. x

  8. I love your dark florals! The colors are gorgeous!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  9. Terrific winterization of this dress with the vest and boots!

  10. Gorgeous outfit as always!! I hope the baby makes an appearance for you soon - so exciting!!


  11. Wearing the floral summer dress with a sweater vest is a great way to get a head start on spring fashion. It also helps to get out of the winter mood and style routine. Lovely look. Thanks for hosting the party.

  12. The vest works really well with the dress and I love the color contrast of the flowers.

  13. Lilac and orange are not colors that I'd typically put together. But they certainly work well in this dress. The black vest sets off the pattern nicely.

  14. That's such a lovely spring print! Love how you added a vest too—such a clever transitional styling trick!
    Cheryl Shops |

  15. Oh, I am all about florals! I've loved them since I was a teenager and my dad told me I was wearing my grandma's tablecloth! I think you are stunning in the lilac and orange, but I think the black is what's making the statement! Thanks so much for the link up!!

    1. Many thanks Marsha, love the florals - they are so me! x

  16. Such a beautiful print! The dress is adorable and I love it styled with the vest.

  17. What a fun floral print, Jacqui! I love the bold bright shades of lilac and orange on the black background and your jumper vest looks great as an extra layer! Wishing your daughter a healthy and speedy delivery!


    1. Oh thanks Shelbee, so glad you like it. x Kimberley arrived eventually. x

  18. Beautiful dress! And yes, the lilac and orange look fabulous on you.


  19. Love the vest with the dress as chilly as it may be. Your dress is so pretty, I love the colors! I want to find something in lilac!
    Have a great day!
    jess xx

    1. Awe thanks Jess, so glad you agree. I've seen lots of lilac this morning x

  20. Jacqui I love florals....fab dress...and hope baby arrives soon. x

    1. Thanks very much Hilda. My darling eventually arrived. xx


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