From Drab to Fab. 5 Easy Ways To Style a T-Shirt Dress

T-shirt dresses are great and easy but can get a little boring especially if you get into the habit of just wearing them with sandals. I know that most don’t come with a fabulous lace cape like this one(!) but you don’t need a cape to make things interesting again……

Here are 5 quick ways to show your t-shirt dress some love:                                                      #1.  Bootie-up! Any ankle boots will do, flats or with a bit of heel, it doesn’t matter.
#2.  Add a denim jacket or light parka for cooler days. If it gets too warm, tie loosely around the waist.
#3.  Layer it. Add another dimension to your t-shirt dress with an over-sized shirt or light baggy knit.
#4.  Lady pointy pumps. Go lady-like with flat pointed toe pumps. Tip: This works best with a plain t-shirt dress – no logos. Bag should be small otherwise carry a clutch.
#5.  Smells like teen spirit. Get back in touch with your inner teen with Converse hi-tops. Actually, any hi-top trainers will do!

Remember, the more embellished the t-shirt, the simpler the accessories!                                            Found this helpful? Let me know! Thanks for dropping by…. 

Addie xx

I am wearing:     

      Jersey T-shirt dress (McQ)| Boots (Carvela)| Bag (Sandro)| Sunglasses (Celine)

Casually Luxe-ing Up A Little Black (Vest) Dress

Whether you like them long or short, fitted or loose, vest dresses are easy and forgiving to wear.  And if you like to wear yours casually like I do, then you probably always pair them with flat sandals or trainers. But, laid-back and comfortable doesn’t mean having to loose out on the “chic factor” and some carefully chosen accessories can really help dial things up a notch. The key, as usual, is to keep things simple.

Here are five easy ways to take your vest dress from casual to casual-luxe….

#1. Fabric. Fine fabrics (silk, satin and their faux relations) give a more polished look than cotton or ribbed versions. #2. Cut. Try on different styles until you find what suits you. I like mine just above the knee and loose but if longer or more fitted works for you, go for it. Just remember that short and too fitted can sometimes come off a little cheap and long and too loose could wind up looking shapeless. #3. Feet. Give the flat sandals and trainers a break and go for a pair of backless loafers or flat/low-heeled mules#4. Bag(gage). Keep it small to medium – strictly no extra baggage allowed! (If accompanied by a “junk generating mini person” get them to carry a rucksack.) See my last post for where to get some fabulous small totes at the moment.  #5. Accessories. Low-key and understated.

I am wearing:

Vest Dress (Filippa K)| Mules (Primark)| Bag (&Other Stories)| Sunglasses (Céline)

Thanks for visiting!

Addie xx

White Shirt, Black Jeans, Mules + A Teeny Tote

After years being consigned to “mummy bags” – on account of the small mountain of c.r.a.p. that usually accompanies a small child – carrying a teeny bag feels almost decadent. This small but perfectly formed leather tote from & Other Stories is a gorgeous example of a high street piece punching above its weight.  Fabulously bijou but still big enough to fit more than just your phone and keys (you can’t do without a pack of wet wipes even at age 7 in my experience!) – it also comes with a strap when you need to go hands free. It’s now sold out (unfortunately) but these other high street alternatives are all currently available and are just as fabulous: Calla Bucket Bag (Topshop), Mini Wooden Tote (Zara) or Net Tote Bag (Mango).

Want to add a bit of zing to your weekend casuals? Add a small tote!

Addie x

Ps – Drop me a comment to let me know what you think!

Cropped jeans with embroidery detail (All Saints)

White shirt with pin-hole detailing (Victoria Beckham)

Mules with bow detail (Primark)

I am wearing:

Shirt (Victoria Beckham)| Jeans (All Saints)| Mules (Primark)| Bag (& Other Stories)| Sunglasses (Celine)

Photos: UW Ugbenne

WARDROBE TREASURES: Featuring – Battered Army Surplus Parka

The U.S Army Surplus Arctic M65 Fishtail Parka in full Winter mode

The last Wardrobe Treasures post featured my 13 year old distressed wool blazer by Japanese label Gomme. This time it’s all about my 15 year old battered army surplus parka or, to give it its full name, the U.S Army Surplus Arctic M65 Fishtail Parka.  For a good few years in the early 2000s you couldn’t swing a cat in Hoxton without bumping into one of these babies.  But, as ubiquitous as it was, I have always loved it.  Here’s why:

#1. It’s WARM. (And waterproof, obvs.) #2. It’s versatile. Almost everything on this coat can be detached or adjusted. The fishtail, waist, DEEP pockets and hood can all be adjusted to give a different fit and look. And importantly, the hood and lining come off – making for a fabulous Spring/Autumn version. It’s also UNISEX. #3. It looks good.  Perhaps not with an evening gown but definitely with everything else, especially with the hood and lining detached.  In this post I’m wearing it with jeans, but I’ve frequently worn it over frocks –  just add heels!

Every wardrobe needs a parka in my opinion but whether you go for a Moncler or this one (you can still find them) is up to you.  All I’ll say is that it’s a testament to the awesomeness of this coat that everyone I know who ever had one still has it and uses it. Are you one of us? Drop me a comment and let me know!

Here’s to another 15 or so years…..

Addie x

Yes, this is the SAME coat…..

The U.S Army Surplus Arctic M65 Fishtail Parka in Spring/Autumn mode!

I am wearing:

Winter mode – Parka (US Army Surplus Arctic M65 Fishtail Parka)| Jeans and Sweater (H&M)| Bag (Marc Jacobs)| Beanie (COS)| Scarf (Acne Studios)| Boots (Billi Bi)

Spring/Autumn mode – Parka (as before)| T-shirt (GAP)| Blue jeans (Levis)| Trainers (Isabel Marant)| Bag (Victoria Beckham)| Sunglasses (&other stories)