EVERYONE NEEDS - A Transitional Layering Dress (sponsored)
Full on winter clothing is something I've never really embraced. I do sometimes yearn for chunky roll neck jumpers, but slip in to one and I'm the spitting image of Velma from Scooby-Doo. So for me it's all about clever layering.
There are dresses I wear in the summer with bare legs (twit twoo), and then as the temperature drops I'll add wool-mix tights, a jersey top underneath and a cardigan over the top. This Lorna Daisy Dot dress from Fat Face is perfect for doing just that. It's made from a fine viscose (which means that it drapes beautifully), and the relaxed shape means it's really comfortable to wear over an extra layer or two. The shearing detail is lovely and the neckline is super flattering, not too high not too low. And it features my favourite thing, pockets!
This is described as a midi dress on their site, and looks quite long on their model (do go and have a look as she is lovely....great casting!), but I'm 5 foot 4 and this dress when belted comes about 5cm below my knee. It's a really great length for me so I'm super pleased. I'm wearing a 14 and felt it was true to size, though if you're in-between sizes I would size down rather than up as it's quite generous. I have shown it belted and unbelted in these photos, as you can wear it both ways (for me this will mainly be dictated by cake consumption), or you could add a tan colour belt of your own.
The colours in the pretty floral print mean this piece is super versatile, as I've shown in the above illustration. It's a mix of grey and black, with highlights of rusty orange and chalky grey. Think of the colours of falling leaves and basically any of those will combine well with this. I'll wear this with a denim jacket whilst that's possible (what, you haven't ever seen indigo blue leaves?), and I'm on the look out for a burnt orange wool coat, or a long-line khaki parka for when the cold kicks in. The Daisy Dot print features numerous times in their collection, so if you love the pattern but aren't sure that the shape is for you then put the name in their search bar on their website and have a look at what's on offer (I LOVE the skirt).
I'm hoping that one day brands will shoot garments on a variety of diverse models, but until then I've decided to illustrate pieces that I love on a variety of shapes and sizes. I created the above artwork with a mix of pencil, watercolour, gouache and ink. The accessories featured in each illustration come from my imagination, apart from the ochre layering T on the size 14 model, which is available from Fat Face too.
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All photos Remco Merbis.
Thank you to Fat Face for sponsoring this post.