EVERYONE NEEDS - A Red Dress
I know there are super clever ways to wear red (with camel and leopard print / worn back with denim), but to be honest my favourite is to go full on walking-strawberry-smoothie. I add scarlet shoes and cherry lips and ruby accessories and I'll even make sure I'm wearing matching undies on a red day, bright as a clown's nose (honk honk).
And this pillar-box red dress, a gift from Boden, is the latest addition to my growing collection of all things rouge. I've worn it with bare legs and flats out for dinner, and in the office with black opaque tights and boots. It's a wool cotton blend, which means it's warm, it won't encourage static shocks when you walk through a supermarket and (are you sitting down?) you can put it in the washing machine.
It's a relaxed shape so if you are looking for a fitted style then this isn't for you (there's no point in sizing down, it will still be quite shapeless). I love the non-fitted style though as it's super comfortable and doesn't show the line of where my tights end and all of the other uncontained stuff begins. All I would change would be the addition of some pockets. I'm wearing a size 14 in these photos, and so you get an idea of length, I'm 5'4 and it's just above my knee. There's currently a 30% discount on (possibly for Black Friday?) which takes the price to £63, so be quick if you fancy one for yourself.
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. Do follow me on Instagram as I'm often found painting live on Instagram stories.
I'd love to know what you think. Please let me know in the comments below.
Dress - a gift from Boden
Shoes - (errrr I can't remember, I've had them for so long the label has rubbed off)
Coat - Jigsaw
All photos Remco Merbis.
Assistant Bea Stoneham