Dressing Down a Dressy Dress

Posted in Daily Outfits.

H&M dress and striped tee, Primark brogues and belt, gold nameplate necklace, Me & Zena ring

I love clothes that work hard for their place in my wardrobe. A dress that can go from Ladies Day to the 9.30pm London to Leeds train (stopping at Newark, Doncaster and Wakefield, no less) without so much as a crease is a total winner.

A few people asked me how I’d wear my Ladies Day dress for just a regular (mixed sex) day, so here it is. A striped tee, leather belt and flats. Rocket science, it ain’t.

*I See You* Hexagon Eye Ring, £21, Me & Zena

Just a simple mix of patterns, accessorised with this beautiful ring and an attractive sunburn rash. All in a day’s work!

I wore this outfit to the Matalan AW11 preview last week – it was weird to be convulsing over chunky knits, knee high socks and snoods with the sun beating down and bare legs on show, but that’s fashion for you. The collection was stunning and the amazing studio space showed it off to perfection. Here are a few of my favourite pieces. You can see more photos on my Facebook page.


Splashes of rainbow colours and animal prints

I love everything about this outfit… especially the fact it’s displayed on an iPad!

When I showed Rob this photo he said ‘isn’t this our house?’ Trinkets and teapots and cushions, oh my!

I must own this dress. My favourite of the night.

PS – Have you entered my Boutique Run giveaway?


Laura Jaye

I love Matalan. I haven’t been for an age as its quite hard to get too but this new collection looks amazing (as you said its a bit bizarre wanting it now…but I’m sure I’ll change my mind in Autumn)



i love your dress, it’s so lovely and it’s good that it’s so versatile! and that last dress is stunning! you must buy it! x

Rachel - Firebird

I can’t think about Autumn, not in this sun. I love that Matalan dress though. I have a similar vintage one – I’ll be hanging on to that.

Your new street looks gorgeous, I love a good terraced street, just beautiful

Lulu B

This outfit is great and I love the way you have combined two different patterns . Your such a fashion inspiration xx :o)


Definitely a versatile dress. Love how you dressed it down with the stripes.
And the Matalan AW collection is great. Can’t wait till some of the items hit the stores.


I went to Matalan at the weekend and was in frock and homeware heaven! They’ve got some gorgeous stuff in, especially in the Be Beau range. I can’t quite face thinking about A/W stuff at the moment but those sneak peeks look exciting.


a mix of floral and stripes with the added bonus of brogues will always be a winner in my book. Perfect!


that ring is awesome! and i love how stripes can make any outfit a little more care-free!

annah xx



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