Birthday Buys: BooHoo jersey draped dress

March is my birthday month and I usually spend it shopping!

Ah, if only! However I do get to choose a few bits as presents plus spend any birthday money on some treats for myself and over the next few weeks I will share some my the choices I’ve made this year…dont tell anyone but I turned 43 🙈.

I picked this dress (the Carolina) as a dress I could wear to the office and also dress up for an evening look. The chesnut colour is really nice – a burnt orange/reddish brown and it is made from a mid weight jersey. For sizing I went for a UK12 so it wasnt too tight as the jersey is quite unforgiving to lumps and bumps. 

The main design feature that made me choose it is the unusual handkerchief design skirt. The tight, high-necked top half is perfectly balanced by the flowing skirt and the tie belt cinches your waist in nicely – perfect for a curvy petite girl like me!    I wore it here with knee length boots and statement earrings both from Primark and pulled my hair back,finishing it with a plait.       

It does have a couple of downsides – as I mentioned the jersey is quite unforgiving so lacy underwear is out – a t-shirt bra worked fine though. I love the high neck but being jersey once you’ve pulled it over your head (the dress has no zips or fastenings) it stretches a little and isn’t as snug around my neck as I’d like. This is easily fixed though with a tiny safety pin in the back of the collar pulling it taught.

I’ve already worn this dress both to work and for a night out and it’s got lots of compliments.  For just £10 (its been reduced from £15) its an absolute bargain!  Find it on the BooHoo website here and its also available in black or khaki.

Look out for my next ‘Birthday Buys’ blog coming soon!

Dress –
Earrings – Primark
Boots – Primark

To Culotte or not to Culotte

Culottes are an odd thing – not a skirt and not a trouser. For me they remind me of being in 6th form where for the first time we didnt have to wear school uniform but as we were at a girls school we couldn’t wear trousers. Our way round it? Culottes!  Every pair of Culottes in the south-east got found and bought by 16 year olds on a mission!

So are they a difficult wear?  Well, to honest I’m a little undecided.  

In todays outfit, I’m wearing a pair from in a oversized dogtooth check print.  Culottes sit quite wide and loose so a fitted and tucked in top balances out the look. They are flattering though, particularly if you are a hourglass or pear shape and this particular pair flare out really nicely with a fixed, wide waistband. 

I co-ordinated it with a simple black polo neck.  The print is quite overwhelming so simplicity is the way to go styling wise.  Star earrings mimicking the dogtooth print and Atmosphere buckled platform flats complete the look. 

All in all, I think culottes are really versatile piece of clothing to have in your wardrobe. Want to climb a wall?  Go for it! Ready to dance a Can-Can?  You’re set!  Want to sit like a boy?  Do it!

Jumper – Dorothy Perkins

Earrings – New Look

Culottes –

Shoes – Primark