Dresses are easier than separates to wear – there is less styling needed in order to look chic. That is probably why I have so many pretty little dress!
This Lovedrobe dress is no exception to that rule – you simply need to slip it on, zip it up, and you have an incredibly sophisticated dress that wows work colleagues without any effort needed!
The Lovedrobe Short Sleeve Shift Dress is perfect for office wear all year round – made from a mid-weight fabric it will protect your from the over bearing air con (why can’t they get the temperature right with those things?) but won’t be too heavy for lunch breaks in the sunshine (here’s hoping).
The dress is made from a polyester material but it feels like a high quality linen that holds it shape and creates a tulip effect on the skirt. The dress is heavily structures and really nips in at the waist whilst demurely covering the décolletage. The downside is that the material creases so be prepared to iron this dress (something that I will probably never do) or just wear it creased (like I will most likely do).
I love the shape – it’s a subtle nod to vintage 50s whilst playing with the tailoring of modern workwear dresses.
The dress also comes in a neutral toned tan colour that would look great all year round!
The skirt sits just above the knee which is perfect for flashing (hopefully tanned) pins without revealing too much!
I also love the length of the sleeve – they’re a bit different to the usual lengths of capped or three quarters. Sitting just above the elbow they give coverage but keep you cool.
The dress is a size 18 but does come up a tiny bit small across the chest and shoulders so definitely size up if you are between sizes or proportionally bigger in those areas.
I’ve styled the dress with my favourite in statement necklaces – I love the heavy pearl collar next to the deep navy of the dress.
I’m also wearing my new flat brogues – I tend to favour heels for work but they’re not always so practical so I’d been looking for some cute and practical flats for the office for some time and simply fell in love with these brogues. They’re very comfortable and come with padded soles – they’re real leather so did take a while to soften and, due to my wont feet, I need to add a heel guard to my left foot to prevent blisters.
The dress is priced at £45 so isn’t the cheapest of dress but it a classic cut that I can’t see going out of fashion any time soon. It is well cut and structured but I do wish is came lined – that said, every other dress I own like this that comes with lining costs around double the price so I shouldn’t really complain.
I really love this dress and have worn it to the office as well as when swanning about San Francisco last week. It’s a really versatile number and I’m already planning to wear it to a family meal next weekend!