After Christmas, I set myself a little January Sales Challenge. I’m well-known for going a bit mental when things are reduced, and have three bags of clothes waiting to be eBayed to prove it. But this year, to work with my maturing style, I decided to invest in some classics. So far, so ordinary. I’ll tell you more about my January Sales Challenge later this week, but for now I just wanted to share one of the items I bought…
Gap wrap dress, Michael Kors leather jacket via TK Maxx, Bertie boots, Zatchels bag, Day Birger necklace via MyWardrobe.com, Jana Reinhardt Sleepy Fox Ring c/o Damson Jewellery
This printed wrap dress is from Gap – a shop I don’t usually frequent for anything other than basic tees, but one I’m adding to a list entitled ‘Amazing Sales’. I paid £9.99 for this beauty, which was reduced from £40. It’s definitely one of my best bargains!
Wrap dresses are often included in articles about how to dress a ‘curvy’ body. Something about accentuating the waist and smoothing over the hips, I’m sure. But they’ve always been missing from my wardrobe because… well, they’re just so safe. Wrap dresses remind me of office workers in the mid-90s, Susannah Constantine (of Trinny and Susannah fame) and the first series of 10 Years Younger. I’m convinced the answer to every woman’s fashion woes in 1997 was a belted wrap dress.
But there’s a reason wrap dresses are so popular, despite not being particularly fashion forward. As Diane von Furstenberg knows, they are flattering for anyone with more than their fair share of T&A. When I bought this dress, I didn’t need to try it on because I knew it would suit me. And although it’s far from inspiring and not really that imaginative, I love it. Sometimes, it’s nice to wear a piece you know is doing you justice.
What’s your ‘playing it safe’ piece?