white dress and ballerina bun

Off the Wagon

white dress and green cardigan

Well, folks, I’ve well and truly fallen off the “I’m only buying practical clothes from now on” wagon. Big time.

I mean, this dress isn’t even remotely practical, is it? No matter how I try to justify it by telling you that I promise to wear it aaaalll the time, it’s still going to be a white prom dress – the kind you just KNOW you’re going to spill something on as soon as you wear it, isn’t it? (Oh, and just in case there was any doubt about that, I totally spilled something on it within a few hours of putting it on. AND I was wearing a “bib” at the time: GAH. Luckily the dress survived, and I managed to remove the spillage without it staining. It’s going to happen again, though, I just know it…)

Despite all of this, though, I just can’t bring myself to regret buying it. I mean, look at it! Who could possibly regret that dress?! Not me, but just for the sake of argument, here are my two justifications:


The fabric is super-lightweight, and doesn’t really crease easily, which means this will be the perfect dress to roll up and stick in my suitcase for that summer holiday I’m not actually taking. Yes.


You know how I said I was only going to buy practical clothes, until I reached a point where I felt like I finally had a decent “core” wardrobe of basics? Well, I never thought I’d say this, but I kinda feel like that point has probably been reached now. In addition to this dress, I also bought a couple of pairs of jeans last week (more on those later…), and, with the addition of those crew-neck sweaters I bought last month, plus the other things I’ve been gradually adding to my closet this year, I’m actually pretty happy with the state of the ol’ wardrobe right now. In other words: I’m good for practical clothes now – bring on the floofy (yes, spellcheck, it IS a word…) (And so is “spellcheck”, by the way, even although you’ve given it a wavy red line, you crazy kid…) white prom dresses! And ALL THE THINGS, basically.

OK, OK, I’m not planning to go crazy. Well, not TOTALLY crazy. The whole point of building a capsule wardrobe of basics, though, was to get to the stage where I never have to utter the words, “I have nothing to wear!” and now that I’ve reached that point, I feel much less guilty about the occasional indulgent dress. I know, cool story, huh? Here’s another one for ya: when I was getting ready to leave the house on the day these photos were taken, I spent a lot of time curling my hair, and even Instagrammed the finished result. Then I stepped out the door, and instantly – INSTANTLY – the wind ripped those curls to bits, and made my head look almost exactly like a haystack. GAH.

There was a lot of swearing, and a lot of stamping of feet, but it proved totally impossible to get even a single photo in which my haystack hair didn’t look like it was trying to escape from my head, so this topknot was thrown together in about 30 seconds, with the help of two spin pins I found lurking in the bottom of my handbag (alas, there was no brush there to accompany them!), and the car’s rearview mirror. After all of that, I was amazed to get any useable photos at all – thanks, Terry!

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  • Love love love this dress!
    I need a white prom dress now. I’m sure I can’t live without one anymore…

    By the way: Your hair looks amazing! Love this kinda messy bun.

    Many hugs,
    Sandra <3

    June 10, 2016
  • The Other Emma


    Fab as always. Do you have a particular sun cream that you use that doesn’t turn anything white in 20 foot radius of you yellow? I need sun cream at the slightest hint of sun otherwise I doing a lobster impression and am finding it hard to get one that doesn’t stain everything.

    June 10, 2016
  • maria


    Very nice dress! If it can help, I would have never said it was a ‘prom’ dress, it looks like a normal white dress, very basic and summery, not dressy at all (and why not write the word ‘dress’ another time, while I’m at it? Lol)!
    I hear you on the spillage matter; I have this tendency to stain all my clothes in the most obscure/tragicomic ways.
    Just last week I was eating an ice-cream while walking and I was feeling happy about my outfit, and my comfy trousers and shoes… And just then a drop of chocolate falls on my right foot. Panic. I was already thinking ‘Ok nothing to worry about, if it stained the trousers there’s your trusty dry cleaner lady, which totally made a deal with the devil since she’s been able to wash away all the impossible stains on your clothes over the years; if it stained the shoes… Just pray it didn’t, they’re you’re comfiest pair!”… Then I actually looked at my leg and… The stain was on my naked ankle, courtesy of my ankle length trousers… What are the odds that that drop hit the only 2 cm of skin visible between shoe and trousers’ hem, though? It was a small miracle, and I’ve never loved a trend (cropped trousers in this case) more for its usefulness!

    June 10, 2016
  • Surely a white dress is a classic wardrobe staple anyway – and this one doesn’t look too dressy so it’s a-ok, I think! I’ve been trying to invest in basic things I’ll keep wearing and mixing and matching, but after buying a summer dress with dogs on it and a skirt with Paris on it, I think we can safely say that’s the end of that…

    June 10, 2016
  • Myra


    It looks like the perfect gala dress, in sure you’ll love wearing it

    June 10, 2016
  • Ellen


    I for one am very glad you’re off the wagon. Bring on lots more great summery outfits!

    June 10, 2016
  • Lily


    It may not be practical but it’s flipping gorgeous. 🙂

    June 11, 2016
  • Chiarina


    THANK YOU for you (hilarious) conversation with spellcheck. I thought I was the only one who had actual conversations with it…

    June 11, 2016
  • A very Audrey Hepburn outfit, it’s always a relief when you can find emergency bobby pins! I am addicted to white dresses and I keep trying to put myself on a ban from buying them only to accidentally buy more.

    June 12, 2016
  • Lovely, lovely, lovely dress. It isn’t actually that dressy I don’t think, it could have quite a beachy vibe with flat sandals. If you’re after a sunscreen that doesn’t stain things yellow, don’t try the Nuxe delicious spf cream for face. Ruined a few things. I like the Kimberly Sayer spf moisturiser, it doesn’t stain anything! Bit pricey though. x

    June 13, 2016