I’m 5ft 2 and a size 8, so I’m not a big person, but I’m not dainty by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I’ve been referred to as an ‘elephant’ more than once because of how heavy-footed I am. I stomp about and I don’t even know I’m doing it. When I run up the stairs to go to bed it’s like a herd of wildebeest stampeding through and when I go to visit my Dad he’s forever reminding me that people live downstairs and they’re probably worried I’m going to fall through their ceiling at any minute.
I do try and be quiet, I try and walk quietly, but it’s impossible.
As a result of my non-daintiness, it’s not very often that I feel ladylike. I can make-up my face, do my hair and don a dress and high heels, but alas, elegance evades me.
However, sometimes, just sometimes, I put on an outfit that makes me want to swooooooosh around and glide across a dancefloor like a refined woman. The most recent item to make me feel like this was a dress I wore on my recent holiday to Morocco. I put it on and I felt like a million dollars.
From online retailer Damart, it’s quite a simple dress – maxi length and empire line with a crossover at the front, a gathered waist and little details on the straps which pull them in and shape them really nicely. The material itself is a soft, stretchy jersey material and somehow manages to be heavy enough to feel good quality, whilst being light enough to flutter in the breeze – as per the photo below!
Look at it flutter!
However, as simple as it may be, I love it and since I put the photo on my blog, Twitter, Instagram, I’ve received SO many compliments on it – it seems I’m not the only person to love it!
It’s also currently reduced to £14 on the Damart website, down from £35! Bargain!
As well as this dress, I also received a shirt from them. It’s a size too big, but I like the oversized look of it. It’s made of a linen-type material which feels great quality; it doesn’t feel like it’s going to lose its shape after a few washes and it’s really nice and warm, so will be perfect for days in the office now the autumn is making itself known.
As I’ve told you before, K’s camera skills aren’t the best, but he attempted to take some photos of me wearing the shirt yesterday evening – I don’t think he’s done too badly!
Shirt – Damart*
Vest Top – Matalan
Wet Look Leggings – Primark
Belt – Matalan
Shoes – Everything 5 Pounds
Necklace – Lady Muck*
Bracelet – Elisha Francis*
The shirt actually buttons all the way up, but I liked the look of it with the two sides folded over at the top, so I could wear a vest top for a pop of colour and a statement necklace.
I think this shirt is easily transferable to different styles – like this for work or for a pub visit, with jeans for something a little more casual, and I think I’d even be tempted to wear it over the top of a bikini with a pair of flip flops to wander down to the beach on holiday!
I couldn’t find this shirt on their website, so I can’t tell you how much it costs, but I definitely recommend you take a peek at the HUGE selection of products – they have womenswear, menswear, footwear and homewares – so I’m sure you’ll find something you love!
As with any time I ask K to take photos for me, there were, of course out-takes, so I thought I’d share those with you too…
I had to include these two pictures, although not very flattering of me (I didn’t know they were being taken), because I think they really show the shirt off nicely!
And here’s… erm… the best of the rest?
He needs to sharpen up those skills! Practice makes perfect, as they say!
As always, if you decide to treat yourself to anything, let me know so I can live my shopping dreams through you!