Dressing For Dinner

Sunday, 30 January 2011


I'm back! I'm sorry about the lack of blogging this week. The course I was on was brilliant and utterly fascinating but it was pretty much non-stop and left me totally worn out afterwards. The weekend has been equally busy, what with shopping all day yesterday and then celebrating my mum's birthday today so I haven't had a minute to fire up the laptop.

I need some sleep before my brainpower returns so in the meantime here's a very quick outfit post, just something I wore for dinner on the course last week. I've had the top for ages but I don't think I've blogged it before. It's a really tricky shape for me to wear - I've tucked it in and tweaked it a bit here. I know it still looks a bit boxy but it's tons better than the unflattering shape it falls in naturally. The underlayer is quite clingy and the fabric is gathered and a bit pouffy around the hips - not a good look on me!! If I'd tried it on before I bought it I might have thought twice about it but it was one of those things that I saw on the rail (only £10 in the sale!) and loved so much I just had to buy it.


Top - Uttam @ Dorothy Perkins
Cardi - Hawkshead
Skirt - H&M

ps - dress code was "tidy" - how on earth do you interpret that? I figured that as long as I didn't have my skirt tucked in my knickers I'd be ok...

37 comments:

  1. What a glorious print, Alex, reminds me of the Vogue blouses from the 1970's. It fits pretty perfectly to me, not boxy or unflattering at all. Liking the sweet topknot, too. xxx

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  2. I just love that top. What a great print.

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  3. That print is amazing, it looks perfect with the body con skirt. I have that skirt too x

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  4. I don't think it's unflattering either, you look lovely. Hmm, 'tidy'?! I wouldn't ever like to think I looked untidy, but 'tidy'? Sounds so boring!

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  5. tidy? what a strange choice of dress code!!! Love the blouse print :)
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  6. Ha! Tidy reminds me of 'nice and clean and tidy' which is what our grandma used to make us be if she was looking after us. Ie no play-dough in our hair, my little ponies washing their manes in the sink etc.

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  7. Tidy? That's very odd choice of dress code. Anyway, loving the top. Beautiful print.

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  8. I adore that top, I would have bought it immediately too. In fact I'm annoyed I never saw it! It looks great tucked in, I know exactly what you mean about those peasant style tops. Very few girls look much good in them, but as long as you tuck it into a fitted skirt they are very flattering x

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  9. yay glad ur back :)

    and as everyone else has already said - the top is fab, not boxey at all...

    Loving the skirt too... have V recenty got into dresses, next step skirts...

    xx

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  10. Haha, tidy? Well think you've done a top job of interpreting that dress code! Love the print on your blouse, so pretty! Glad to hear the course went well :)

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  11. Love the print! 'Tidy' dresscode? Maybe a housedress...?

    K xx


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  12. Was gonna send you a wee email tomorrow if you hadn't blogged. Was hoping you were just tired out.

    Sounds like a nice birthday for your mam. Love the print on the top. I don't think you look boxy at all. In fact I think it looks really good, tucked in it makes you look busty but slim.

    x

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  13. Oh what a lovely print :) I've missed you!
    I think your outfit is very tidy and that shirt looks fine lady :) I dunno how you buy things without trying them on though - I try everything on. Is that weird? Haha. I just like to be sure - things look SO different on sometimes.

    Glad you're back chickie! xox

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  14. Lovely top and it looks gorgeous on you - well worn!

    Was the person who wrote that Welsh as we tend to say tidy for good, nice, well done, dressed well - it is a catch all word!

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  15. It's a gorgeous top on you, and I think you've styled it perfectly.
    Glad the course was good, I know what you mean about feeling knackered by the end though.

    xx

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  16. What a beautiful print, I'm a sucker for doing that kind of thing too. You look lovely, glad you had such an interesting week! xx

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  17. LOVE LOVE LOVE that print - how amazing, and it looks lovely on, and i love your hair like that too :)

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  18. Dear Alex, the top is gorgeous, I love the print. You could always have it altered if necessary?

    Glad to have you back - I've missed your blogs and your comments xx

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  19. I would have bought this piece for the print alone, I absolutely adore it. I don't think it looks unflattering at all, I think you look very sophisticated and your hair looks lovely tied up too x

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  20. So not boxy. I love the top, can see why you'd have been hard pushed to put it back!

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  21. The print is beautiful! And you look so gorgeous. I'm not sure I've ever looked 'tidy' xx

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  22. The top is really unusual - I like it! I hardly ever wear prints for some reason so I'm making a conscious effort to start looking out for some pieces lol.. PS - I'm a newbie visitor to your blog - Hi!! xx

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  23. That blouse is gorgeous, what a fabulous print!

    "Tidy"??? Who the heck came up with that? What on earth were they expecting people to wear?

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  24. Dearest Alex, thank you for your comment. Everyone is continually trying to talk me into the idea that having a baby is a good one, including The Actor. I love my life as it is so it's a tough one. No holiday plans as yet - he was going to take me to Goa but he got a job and starts a big series at the end of Feb in Manchester for three months so it will be after that now.

    Here's a post that might make you smile: http://fashionsmostwanted.blogspot.com/2011/01/stylish-blogger-award.html

    Love C xx

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  25. tidy is a very odd dress code! I love the blouse! x

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  26. Beautiful print, I love things like that!

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  27. Love the blouse, it looks great on you.

    Tidy is a pretty lame dress code, although now I keep thinking of when a lad says 'She's tidy' as in being fanciable!

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  28. Glad you enjoyed the course. The top is lovely, really like the print. xx

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  29. The only dress code I understand is "formal". But I'm always overdressed anyway!
    Love that blouse,the print is heavenly.New,different styles/shapes take a bit of getting used to,for sure.I think you look just lovely!
    Love! XXX

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  30. I do love that top! I know what you mean though about some things just not sitting right - I am a odd shape and things never sit right on me!

    That being said, I bought a really pretty dress in Dorothy Perkins at the weekend, can't wait to wear it. I forget how good Dorothy Perkins clothes are some times! x

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  31. Love that blouse.

    Tidy...ha ha ha... I would have had no chance whatsoever!

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  32. super cute top! I love your blog & title, very nice.

    xx

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  33. OMG I absolutely want your blouse: it's amazing!!!
    and your blog is interesting and so cool. I follow you now; visit my blog and if u like do the same: follow me back!
    thanks, v

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  34. love love love the prints on your top! very original! love it! great blog, im following you :) x

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  35. Ooooh, that top is wonderful Alex! I love how it works with the whole outfit, too. I always tuck in my shirts but I love the flow over the skirt and it's wonderful! So pretty!:)

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