Yes, yes I know we're in the middle of an Indian summer but I think I may have found my Christmas dress. It wasn't planned, I promise, let me explain.
A couple of weeks ago, Joe Brown's got in touch and asked if I would be interested in choosing a dress from their brand new Autumn Shangri-La and Sovereignty collections. On first glance I thought I might pass on this challenge as the colours and patterns are quite bold. Being a Soft palette, strong colours can really overwhelm me, that coupled with a busy pattern, well I might as well not have a head for how much it pales into insignificance. So I slept on it. But one little dress kept pinging out at me, this one actually.
Challenge yourself woman, I said. I've never owned a skater dress aka sticking out from the hips number. I tend to choose pencil dresses. I try to stick to lower necklines as they are more flattering, this is quite high. The colours are very deep but actually claret is in my palette. So, I put in my order and looked forward to trying something different. Eeeeek!
And it arrived and I did a double take. The dress is beautiful. It's structured enough that it holds its shape without being too thick. It's a viscose/elastane mix, I can only describe it as bordering on scuba material without the bulk. I ordered a size 12, I'd say if you are in-between sizes, go up in this.
I teamed it with an old claret and gold necklace and the black leather cage shoes from Marks and Spencer.
The dress didn't feel as short as it looks in the above shot, I'm 5ft 8 1/2 and am comfortable with this length.
A back shot, you can really see how it holds it's shape.
Teamed with my Zara pleather jacket and sunnies although I doubt I'll be wearing sunnies on Christmas Day!
Have to say, I'm thrilled. Thanks Joe Brown, I would never have chosen this for myself.
And because I'm in love with burgundy/claret/berry tones at the moment, I also clocked these on the Joe Brown's website. Love them both equally. The coatigan would work so, so well in my wardrobe, layered over nude and pink tones, distressed jeans and boots. The coat would be super dressed up or down but I'd love to put a column of colour underneath (I'm think charcoal actually). Hmmm sorely tempted!
What do you think? Did I choose a good 'un? Do you ever challenge yourself? Try it, you might be surprised.