Can we say it’s spring yet? Can we, can we? I’m pretty fed up of wearing nothing but jeans and jumpers, so any excuse to get out my pasty pale legs and pop on something a touch more feminine and I’m there. My wardrobe is awash with floral dresses at the moment, especially ones with a black or navy colour base that you can wear pretty much all year round with a little leather jacket; they’re so versatile and so flattering, especially when the material is all silky and flowing like this Biba number. One of those impulse last minute sales purchases (there are still so many bargains to be had on the high street,) this was hanging on the end of a rail in House of Fraser and had me at the first glance. Although it comes with a slip, I threw that away (because they’re always two sizes too small anyway) and embraced it in it’s au naturel format – it helps it to flow easily and you can really pull in the tie detail to flatter the waist.
The colours are so perfect for spring, combining the dark black base with a vibrant green and blush pink, but equally don’t look out of place during a cold winter’s night. I’ve been wearing this to the pub, out to dinner, and with a pair of tights and black boots it’s even popped along for a lunch date in Paris. Especially flattering for ladies with big boobs, the v-neck line and adjustable waist stop this feeling like a sack and keep the lines effortless – as do the subtle splits that just show a tiny amount of leg as you walk. Ooooh-err! My fave part about this outfit though is the fact I managed to find tassel earrings in the perfect shade of green to match; even my tassel-averse friend said ‘this look really works’, which is about a big a complement as you can get. Don’t they really help to lift the whole look from winter into spring?
As for the other elements, I’ve started to fall back in love with this
light grey suede biker jacket that’s part of the Spring ’17 River Island
collection; although it’s not as toasty as my usual leather number, the
lightweight fabric is a great alternative and helps to lighten the look
and feel of a floral dress. You can still pick up a very similar number
in stores now, alongside lots of other pastel colourways, if it takes
your fancy! I paired it with some grey and black suede-ette flats from Mint Velvet, another bargain sale purchase, because again I’m a bit
sick of dark or waterproof accessories.
Yes, I’ll probably ruin these
within the first few wears, but they’re so pretty I couldn’t resist. Ankle straps and closed toes are a girl’s best friend… Because how many of us have time to look after our tootsies when it’s minus three outside? My faux leather studded clutch from Mango (goes with everything!) finishes it off, as does a hairstyle that looks like it’s been pulled through a hedge backwards. Hey, it was windy. What’s a girl to do, other than run her fingers through it and mess it up some more?
Biba Floral Dress | £99.00 (Now £59.00) | SIMILAR HERE
River Island Grey Biker Jacket | £60.00 | LINK
Mango Studded Black Clutch Bag | £35.99 | SIMILAR HERE
Topshop Green Tassel Earrings | £7.00 | LINK
Mint Velvet Ankle Strap Flats | £89.00 (Now £29.00) | SIMILAR HERE
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Photos Taken By Kaye Ford: www.fordtography.co.uk
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