Southern Yacht

My little take on plus size fashion, life, travel and smurfs

Saturday 3 May 2014

OOTD - party night

Hello there,

It's taken me a few days (ie a week) to get this post organised so apologies! I'm also going to try to make my blog a bit more user-friendly over the Bank Holiday weekend (or at least easier to navigate hopefully).

Last weekend I had an invite to a 40th birthday party. Given the choice of a party and the chance to dress up on a spring evening - didn't need to ask me twice!

I seem to have a fair few dresses lurking in my wardrobe at the moment (do they multiply when I'm not looking?) but I knew straight away which one I wanted to wear. I bought this from Simply Be a while back and I'm sure I've spotted it in a recent sale.

Dress - Simply Be (18)
Tights - Marks and Spencer (XL)
Shoes - Marks and Spencer (very very old!)
Handbag - Dooney and Bourke (old)
Excuse the number of photos! I just fell in love with this dress the minute I saw it. I normally take a 22 in dress, but this is an 18! I felt comfortable all evening and not too hot or cold. The fabric is like a jersey material which means there's plenty of movement, but very very importantly for me, it doesn't crease! I have a real hatred of ironing and I'll send things straight back if I think they're going to look creased. My iron is currently being used as a door stop! Plus it sits just on the knee, I still can't cope with anything much shorter, but I am trying!
The shoulders were lace panels which added a little bit of oomph (can't think how else to say it). Excuse the shot of the back of my head...!
I did feel a bit bare to start with so slipped on a lovely short cardigan that I also bought at the same time from Simply Be (size 20). When I ordered it, I did wonder where I'd ever wear it. Well, I reckon lots of places! It's light and comfy and small enough to fit into a bag if you get too hot (which I did within 5 minutes of arriving). I'm tempted now to get it in some pastel colours for summer.
 Excuse the rabbit in headlights look! I think I was conscious of the neighbour wondering what I was doing :-) .
To finish off, I added my all time favourite bag and jacket. The jacket is from F&F at Tesco last year (size 22) and the bag is a really golden oldie from a trip to Palm Springs a few years back. It's a Dooney and Bourke bag and at the time was a real treat to myself. It gets dragged out for high days and holidays and hopefull will last for ever.

I even went a bit mad and attempted a bit of make-up. But that's a post for another day.
Thanks for reading!


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