Sometimes, you see a dress and just fall in love.
This dress is one of those dresses – seeing it on the website, thinking about it for nights on end, promising you won’t buy it, seeing it on another blogger, getting jealous, trying to think of an excuse, any damn excuse, to buy the thing!
It just so happens that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and that just requires a red dress, right?
With a classic, 1950s, vintage-esque shape the Lovedrobe Crochet Midi dress, available from Simply Be, was always going to appeal to my inner Liz Taylor. The crocheted lace overlay, which reminds my dear friend Miss Kathryn’s MissTakes of road work fencing, gives the dress a little modern edge.
I also like the sheer sleeve detail and modest scoop neckline – it makes the shape wearable for day or night and even means that this may well become a work dress (for those days that I really need a little lift).
I’m wearing the size 16 and it fits me very well. The sleeves are slim against my skin and the waist nips in nicely. It just a tiny bit snug across my boobs but an 18 would have swamped me everywhere else so I changed into a bra that has a minimising effect on my boobs and that worked much better.
The length isn’t a true midi on me though, and that disappointed me. I know that I’m 5ft10 and so most dresses come up a little shorter on me, but this dress really is much more knee length. A true midi, in my eyes, comes mid calf length and oh-my would I be even more dizzy about this dress if it were that length!
I paired the dress with my new Clarks Kendra shoes which come in the most delightful pastel shades – they have padded soles so are super comfortable and the ankle strap means they offer just that bit more support for prancing. I’m also wearing a thin tan belt to break up the red a little bit.
Come evening, I’d switch the shoes for patent black heels, curl my hair, and wear some statement earrings. Come spring, and warmer climates, I can see myself wearing this dress with bare legs and neutral toned brogues – in fact, that may well be my spring look for San Francisco in April.
The dress is priced at £60 so isn’t a cheap option but I do think the fit and structure of the dress make it worth every penny. In fact, if they bring this out in other colours then I would definitely invest – maybe a royal blue or mint colour would work well for summer *hint hint* *wink wink* …
Kathryn of Miss Kathryn’s Miss Takes also has this rather delightful dress and has styled it in a very different way to me. She wears a 26 and really shows how to style this dress with a bold statement jacket for the office place.