In today's post, I wanted to show you how I would style the same dress at home and on holiday. This is the Isabelle Printed Skater Dress from the plus size clothing line at Boohoo.
This dress has that classic skater shape that you all know I love and while I usually wear sleeveless pieces, I think that the short sleeves work really well on this style. It has a stretchy, textured fabric and I'd say that it is a little small fitting. I really like the coral orange colour on the background and the paisley style print is different from anything else in my wardrobe right now.
On holiday, I paired it with my most comfortable gold sandals and a clear box clutch that I got at a blogging press day last year. I'd never used it up until I went to Morocco and was going to throw it out but hung onto it just in case. I'm really pleased I did as I popped it into my suitcase just before I left thinking that it would save me packing many more bags because, being see through, it would go with everything. I really love it now and will definitely continue to use it now that I'm back home.
So many people asked me about it and I love that I can see exactly where everything is inside just by looking at it. The only downside is that it doesn't fit much in so now that I'm home I'll need to follow my own advice from yesterdays post to help me to downsize my essentials!
Now that I'm home, this dress has been hanging in my closet ready for its next outing.
Today I got to attend the 90th birthday party of the lady who was my Nana's best friend. I really wish my Nana was still alive to celebrate the occasion as she would have loved reminiscing over old times with her friend.
The party was an afternoon affair in the function room of a pub and the weather was mild but I could tell that it would be getting out hot late into the afternoon. I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to wear this dress again and I'm so pleased that I took it on its first outing since Marrakech!
I have lots of friends who have clothes that they consider to be their 'holiday' clothes which are separate from a lot of the other things in their wardrobe. They reserve these clothes for wearing only while they're on holiday and go out specifically shopping for them. While I do like to go shopping for clothes when I have a holiday planned, as you can see from the plus size haul video that features this dress, I don't like to buy clothes that I feel as though I couldn't or wouldn't wear back in the UK. I don't have the money or space to keep up with two separate wardrobes of clothes and I really like to enjoy the clothes that I've worked hard to buy and spent so long choosing.
The Isabelle Printed Skater Dress is definitely one of those dresses that I feel, for me, could be worn at home or away. However it is very short. Do keep in mind when looking at these photos that I am 5ft 5" with a long body that is 2.5" shorter than my legs. I also have a large tummy that has a habit of pulling clothes upwards. With that in mind, this dress may appear shorter on me that it would on someone with a different shaped body. That being said, it is still a short dress whichever way you look at it.
I felt really confident wearing the dress bare legged on holiday, especially as I was tanned but back home today, I decided to pop it on with leggings. For me, it would be too short to be appropriate for a 90th birthday party without wearing anything on my legs and as it can be quite windy in the North East, I didn't want to risk showing everyone next weeks laundry should a particularly severe gust blow! While I'm in the UK I'll continue to wear this dress with leggings but when I'm away from home, anything goes! Is anyone else like that?
What I love about this dress is that although the background colour seems bright, the pattern on it dulls it down a little. This makes this dress perfect for wearing all summer long but also into winter with a blazer or leather jacket and leggings.
To keep the focus on the dress, I wore my favourite flats that I'm sure you're all getting sick of seeing, and I carried my Mini Mac with me. When I next travel to America I am going to buy some of these bags in different colours as they're so versatile for day or night use. I've added my new pouf too that I bought from a lovely lady called @SallySparkel on Instagram.
Heart stud earrings from River Island
Pearl Hairband (similar ON SALE here)