Monday, 18 January 2016

Styled by Kimberley: Vintage Florals

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Enjoying fashion means taking risks. You can have some uh-mazing looks and some real humdingers, and I am perfectly happy to say that I am one of these individuals who've worked all areas of the spectrum. Oh, the cringe. Like a honey bee I hover around the bright and the bold and I will fixate on things that are so good... but not necessarily good on me. It's a fine line between genius and ridiculous.
This dress is a (good) sort of example of this. It is one of the two pieces I picked up at the Vintage Kilo Sale when it came to Edinburgh in November. It is isn't my typical shape (i.e. knee length tea dress/ skater dress) but often I'm too excited about a print to consider the fit of something and will buy things just for the pattern. This can be a real mistake. Don't get me wrong: I know my body shape. I got the Gok Wan 101 and I have tried on enough outfits in my lifetime to instinctively know that something will cause double boob/ my waist to get swamped/ thunder thighs.
So let's look at this dress. It has a high neck, it is full length, it completely covers my curves in a blocky shape and offers very little waist shape, the skirt is A line from the hips. And it's polyester. Ick. It has a lot wrong with it for my body. But that damn print! Ugh, I'm in love.

Here's where styling comes into play. playing around to make it more comfortable for you. Unbuttoning the top to create a faux blouse V shape (there's actually no collar) and rolling up the sleeves has broken up the shape and it is nipped in a bit with the slim belt. Actually, I could do with a decent waist belt to properly sort that out. I also wore leggings for a sexy flash of ankle, again to break it up. The length isn't quite right with these boots but it's okay. Doubling up on the prints with the clutch was pretty fun and I actually felt pretty good in this statement look in the end. I owned it. What is most important is that an outfit comes together so that you don't feel like you're playing dress up. You need to feel comfortable. Hell, I felt excited to wear this! It's not the last outing this has had from my wardrobe.

Dress | c/o Vintage Kilo Sale
Boots | Topshop via ebay
Earrings | c/o Karen Smith Jewellery
Glasses | c/o IOLLA
Clutch | Topshop
Bow Ring | Alternate Normality
Brooch | The Sad Ghost Club

On a side note: if you look closely, you can also spot my The Sad Ghost Club pin haunting my lapel. It's a super cute sad ghostie. I got it as a reward for supporting their crowd funding campaign and I adore it. If you aren't familiar with them already, they spread awareness of mental health issues through their adorable range of zines and clothing. I'm in love with the Rainy Day Tee and the 'Still Sad' beanie hat.

Thinking about this dress again, I can also double this up by wearing it open over a plain outfit, as with my Monki shirt dress. So, there you go. Two very Kimberley looks out of one non-Kimberley dress. Sometimes it's nice to step out of your comfort zone with a different shape and see how you can work it in a way that still feels like you.
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By the way, if you love Judy's fairs like we do, there's not long to wait! They will be back soon:
Other UK dates can be found on their website. See you there!
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1 comment:

  1. Love this look on you - your waist looks tiny and you look super-elegant and cool. x

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