polka dot dress and pink cardigan

The Lazy Girl’s Perfect Pencil Dress

navy polka dot wiggle dress and pink cardigan

navy outfit with pink accents


This outfit was mostly inspired by the weather.

Well, I mean, I say “the weather” – I really mean the wind, which was, predictably, blowing its heart out on the day these were taken. The constant high wind we seem to get here (I swear it wasn’t this bad where we used to live: I think this part of the country must have its own micro-climate or something) is more than a little challenging for me when it comes to getting dressed: well, when you have long, flyaway hair, and a penchant for full skirts, you very quickly realise that it was only Marilyn Monroe who could look cute with the wind blowing her skirt up – the rest of us just end up looking like we’ve been in a fight or something.

Anyway! I’ve been caught in a ‘Marilyn Moment’ a few too many times now, so I thought I was being really clever with this outfit. A pencil dress, which wouldn’t blow up in the wind. A braid, to stop my hair going wild. Sunglasses, to hide the inevitable shocked expression when the wind threatened to blow my breath right back into my body. Ha, wind! You won’t beat me this time!

Yeah, it beat me.

It beat me by… not actually existing. Seriously, it was blowing a gale when we left the house, but when we stopped to take these photos, just a few minutes later, the wind was nowhere to be seen. Either I DID scare it off with my “sensible” outfit (Well, there’s no point blowing a gale if you’re not going to annoy a fashion blogger in the process, huh wind?), or I finally have confirmation that I really DO live in a wind tunnel. Hmmm.

Anyway, as you might have noticed, this dress is the twin sister of this one, and I wear both of them fairly often: I love the fact that the fabric is so stretchy and comfortable that you don’t feel particularly “dressed up”, but you still look like you made an effort. It’s the lazy girl’s perfect dress, in other words: no wonder I bought two!


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Zara dress; Hell Bunny cardigan; Dune shoes; Kate Spade watch*; Rebecca Minkoff bag*

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  • Myra


    You live on the fairly steep side of a hill now, so if you go down off the hill – no wind.

    July 1, 2016
  • This is such a gorgeous outfit! I’m a huge polka dot fan you wear them great.

    Many hugs
    Sandra <3

    July 1, 2016
  • Skirt weights! Perhaps not for all of your dresses and skirts but I reckon they’d be worth trying and seeing if it helps.

    On the hair front I have no answers, it’s why mine is tied up or under a hat so often.

    July 1, 2016
  • I love when you post about this dress, I have it too and no matter how much I try to be creative I always just end up wearing it with red shoes! You always manage to do something different with it that I’d never have thought of! X

    July 3, 2016
  • I tried on this dress in Zara when it was on sale a couple of years ago but didn’t buy it and have regretted it ever since, especially when I see you wearing it and its “sister”! The Hell Bunny cardigan is perfect with it too – I really need to get myself some new ones as my red, green and black trio are worn to death – the black one on has one button left 😀

    July 5, 2016
  • Beautiful outfit, worth wearing again on a definitely windy day just to test it out! x

    July 5, 2016