black and white polka dot wiggle dress with pockets, worn with white cropped cardigan and black peep toe shoes

Collectif Hepburn polka dot wiggle dress

Colletif Hepburn polka dot wiggle dress

retro-inspired look featuring polka dot wiggle dress and white cropped cardigan

I’ve been having a run of good luck lately when it comes to matching my outfit to my backdrops.

Actually, scratch that: not only does it make me sound ever so slightly crazy, it also makes it sound like it’s something that I do on purpose, whereas the truth is that I’m far too disorganised for those kind of shenanigans. I mean, I DO sometimes decide to go all matchy-matchy with my surroundings (that nautical look will get ya every time, won’t it?), but on this occasion it was entirely coincidental, and mostly just down to the fact that when a fashion blogger sees a white wall, she HAS to pose in front of it. It’s like a reflex: it’s what we’re trained for. If they made “Standing in Front of White Walls” an Olympic sport, I’d finally be able to realise my dream of representing Great Britain (without actually having to do any pesky sport), but until then, I’ll just have to content myself as best I can.

Anyway, this dress was a gift from Collectif last Christmas, and I’ll be honest: I’ve kind of struggled to find a way to wear it that isn’t totally identical to how I wore it back then. Luckily it’s not a dress that needs much in the way of accessorising: those polka dots speak for themselves really, and I think that, with a dress like this, the sheer simplicity of the cut is a large part of the appeal. Having said that, I’ve been finding myself less into my usual 50s/pin-up inspired style this summer. I still love the look of it, don’t get me wrong, but it somehow doesn’t feel quite ME any more, which is one of the reasons I’ve been drawn to more casual/classic looks instead. I know Sian has mentioned having the same kind of thoughts lately, and about feeling a bit too OTT in some of her retro-inspired pieces, and I know what she means: I think I’ll always like that look, but one of the best things about personal style is that it’s constantly changing and evolving, so who knows where it’ll take you next! (Probably to the ASOS website, if past experience is anything to go by…)

One thing that will probably NEVER change, however, is my love of white walls. Well, can you blame me?

black and white Collectif wiggle dress

Wearing:

‘Hepburn’ dress c/o Collectif ; New Look cardigan; Studio TMLS shoes; Michael Kors bag via Shopbop; eBay sunglasses

5 Comments
  1. I have this dress too from the Collectif sale last year – I love it but also find it’s one of those pieces that stands out best with a fairly simple classic outfit too, so I tend to wear it in the same way a lot.
    And thanks for the mention! I’ve actually written (yet another!) post on the same topic that should be going live tomorrow with similar thoughts again, talking about personal style evolving and being influenced by trends. But a definite yes to the ending up on ASOS again – that’s how most of my wardrobe woes end up!!

  2. I totally agree about how your personal style changes. I have recently taken up a more “grown up” job as a teacher and suddenly all my skater skirts look a little too..well a little too little. I totally agree that polka dots are always in style and I adore the way you have styled that super dress.

  3. I know the fifties retro has been on trend for a while and I know of several women who wear it successfully, including you, of course. I’m sorry if you move on from this retro style because of all the beautiful clothes you have bought, although I know they often make you feel overdressed.

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