I don't usually wear a lot of pattern and tend to steer clear of it. But lately I've been feeling a little drab living in predominantly grey, navy, black and white. Don't get me wrong - those shades won't be leaving my wardrobe any time soon, but I'm feeling the need for colour - if only just a little bit! A great way to do this is to introduce a print dress.. Gasp, I know a dress, but you'll not only be tapping into one of spring's biggest trends, but you'll also adding a little playfulness to your daily wear - perfect if you need a pick me up from the cold grey European weather (and current political climate) I know I do.
Yet I hardly wear them - if you're like me and tend to relegate dresses to only being worn when the weather hits +25 degrees centigrade and don't want to fully commit - wear one over jeans. I'd suggest wearing high-wasted jeans and to cinch your dress in at the waist with a belt, so you still look like you have one. I'm wearing the Levis Wedgie Icon fit, which are a high-waist, straight-legged fit - great for girls with hips and a bum, but a smaller waist. The straight leg helps to balance out the width of your hips. You could also wear the dress over skinny jeans, like these Acne Studios Pin skinny jeans, which are also high-waisted and are tucked away in my wardrobe, usually for the evening. In fact I only wear high-waisted jeans - after years of experimenting I find they are the best fit for me - aka no bum cleavage when I sit down. Finish the outfit with a slip-on shoe or boots - not sure sneakers will quite seal the deal here, after all you went to all that effort to wear a dress!
I resurrected the Topshop red suede boots - featured here in my Mademoiselle Claus outfit, which perfectly pick out the red in the dress (and will add a pop to any look), then top with a long coat (either longer or the same length as the dress - shorter will cut your silhouette and make you appear shorter, unless that is the desired affect! Then finish with a red lip, et voila!
I'm wearing a dress from Zara, but here are my top finds (and scroll down to shop the entire outfit)
Photos by Dimitra Sereti, edited by me.