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cream Closet dress

black and white stripe Kate Spade bag

60s-style boat-neck dress
If you were to ask me what the ‘theme’ for this summer’s outfits would be (which would honestly be pretty weird of you, but anyway…), I’d probably have to say monochrome.

I mean, I have been wearing other stuff too, obviously (Gingham would be a strong contender, for instance, as would mint green. Gingham and mint are pretty much ALWAYS strong contenders in my closet, though, so I’m not sure they count…), but whereas summer usually has me reaching for bright colours and pastel hues, this year I’ve found myself wanting to wear black, white and cream on a constant rotation. I’ve even been managing to resist adding the usual pop of red to every single outfit, which is SO unlike me. Maybe I should go and lie down?

Anyway, I picked this dress, not just because of the colour, but also because of the stand-up collar, which is a detail I can never seem to resist on clothes. It’s a little bit 60s-inspired (think Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn etc…) but I think my super-messy pony tail stops it looking too costumey. And that’s totally why I did it, by the way. It had nothing to do with the wind, or the fact that I was running late as usual, and my hair just wouldn’t behave. Because that doesn’t sound like me AT ALL, does it?

OK, you’re right, that DOES sound like me. One day I’ll be the kind of person who’s always totally prepared, immaculately groomed and always on time, just… not today.

[P.S. My Bloglovin’ feed is finally working again, although with no thanks whatsoever to Bloglovin’ themselves, who’ve ignored an entire week’s worth of daily emails, tweets and help tickets: to date, they’ve yet to reply to ANY of my attempts to contact them. Needless to say, I’m seriously unimpressed, and the whole episode has only furthered my dissatisfaction with them: I think this experience has reinforced to me that Bloglovin’ do, indeed, only care about “big” bloggers, and have no interest whatsoever in the rest of their users  – who are ultimately the people keeping them in business. One more reason not to enter the Bloglovin’ follower contest, though – why drive all your subscribers to a site where they might not actually get to see your updates, and where one will help you if something goes wrong?] [separator type=”thin”]

WEARING: Dress c/o Closet; House of Harlow sunglases; Kate Spade handbag*; Boden flats

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  • manon
    August 21, 2015

    Looking amazing as always Amber, and I really love this dress. I am just wondering why do the outfits look so much better on you than on the retailer site? I have noticed that a few times, I wouldn’t have looked twice at a dress, but seeing it on you makes me want to buy it. Your styling probably helps, but you do make the clothes look really attractive. Asos etc, take note! You should consider Amber as a model! (photoshoots to be held in California, obviously)

    • Amber
      August 21, 2015

      Oh, thanks for saying that! I think it’s probably just that seeing things in “real life” can make them seem totally different – I’ve also bought a lot of things I wouldn’t have looked twice at after seeing them on a blogger!

  • The Other Emma
    August 21, 2015

    Love it, monochrome works so well on you. I would have split tea down the front of that dress in seconds!!

    • Amber
      August 21, 2015

      I’m amazed I didn’t – I wore a pair of white trousers last week, and I’d literally only had them on for about ten minutes before Terry pointed out a giant stain on the knee!

  • CiCi Marie
    August 21, 2015

    I absolutely hear you on the Bloglovin’ frustration! When I changed my URL to my new domain this year, I had loads of issues where I had duplicate Bloglovin’ accounts and only the old one was actually updating. It took ages to get the new one to work and then for them to delete the old one people were still subscribing to and I ended up like you – constantly emailing, tweeting etc at them for delayed and unhelpful responses. I’d never been so frustrated in my life, I swear! I feel like I shouldn’t say any of this in case they hear me and delete my account permanently, but then again considering how long it took them to delete my duplicate one…

    Anyway, I’ve also been wearing monochrome with red TONNES this summer and like you, I never normally do this. It’s the weather’s fault, blatantly. Who feels like being tropical when the sky is CONSTANTLY GREY?!

    • Amber
      August 21, 2015

      I’ve heard SO MANY stories like this about them now – they seem to have a lot of very unhappy users, and what’s worse is that they don’t seem to care, either. I realise things go wrong sometimes, but to not even bother responding is pretty awful of them, really!

  • Emma
    August 21, 2015

    I was happy to see a sudden flood of your posts on Bloglovin today – I’d noticed your absence but thought you were on holiday! How annoying that they just ignored your emails 🙁

  • Amber Rhodes
    August 21, 2015

    Very classy dress! Love it.

  • Emily H
    August 21, 2015

    Hmmm. That sounds strange. I only signed up to them recently and only four of my blog entries are visible. Surely the whole feed would appear?

    Nicely accessorised motor 😀

  • TinaD
    August 21, 2015

    Nice dress, great bag.

  • Lisa
    August 21, 2015

    Love this monochrome style, it looks very beautiful and classy. It looks unique and different to what people usually wear but I love it. It definitely suits you Amber!


  • Ghalia
    August 23, 2015

    Absolutely stunning. One of my favourite outfit posts of yours in all five years of following your blogs. This is quintessentially you. You look so polished & put together, but also verb relaxed & comfortable. Love it 🙂

  • Stella Kashmoney
    August 24, 2015

    That dress is so pretty. Loving the pictures.

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