Minimum Effort, Maximum Effect

40+ wrapdress

Minimum effort, maximum effect

that’s what I’m after today. I’ve been having the worst flu ever for the past few weeks, and I’m still feeling a bit worn out and don’t have the energy to put together outfits. Yet, I still I want to wear something pretty, and I need some colour to lift my mood. But I can’t be bothered to dress up properly, so maybe something simple and easy…

styling a wrap dress

I wanted to have this dress photographed a couple of weeks ago, in the gorgeous late autumn sunshine… As it turned out, I was camping on the sofa all weekend, feeling utterly miserable, popping flu medication and overdosing on bad TV. It probably didn’t help that I stubbornly went to work, even though I had lost my voice. I didn’t want to cancel lessons just before autumn break, so I just decided to grin and bear it. Or mime my way through the day, rather…

So, these pictures were finally taken last week, as I was enjoying my autumn break / recovering in England. If a flu is no reason to cancel lessons, it is certainly not a reason to postpone travel plans… Besides, I was almost completely recovered… Sure, landing was slightly uncomfortable… And then there were engineering works on the Tube, and getting across London to St Pancras in time for the train was quickly turning into one of those epic journeys from Hell…. But I made it, had a somewhat relaxing week in England, and we even managed to finally take these pictures.

how to accessorize a wrap dress

I’m wearing:

dress: Baukjen (seen before HERE) / sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana / 

necklace : Askew London via Hirst Antiques / bag: Furla / shoes: Clarks


Linking up with:

Not Dead Yet StyleElegantly Dressed and StylishGaray TreasuresHigh Latitude StyleSydney Fashion HunterThe Pleated PoppyStyle ElixirGet Your Pretty OnHappiness at Mid-LifeA Labour of LifeDoused in PinkCurly Crafty MomFashion Should Be FunRachel the HatSincerely Jenna MarieMore Pieces of MeColor and GraceNot Dressed As Lamb, Style Nudge


  1. Pam @ over50feeling40
    October 25, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    What a showstopper…great color and fit. I hope you are feeling better…the flu is such a bummer. I need to get a shot!

    • Tiina L
      October 26, 2015 / 4:11 pm

      Thanks, Pam! Yes, i think I'm slowly recovering, it has taken a while, though…

  2. Shybiker
    October 25, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    Sorry you're feeling ill, but you conceal it well with this pretty outfit. Love the style and color of the dress. Your fashion-instincts succeed again!

    • Tiina L
      October 26, 2015 / 4:13 pm

      Thanks, Ally! This is my fail-safe dress: it works, whatever the occasion and my mood.

  3. Melanie
    October 25, 2015 / 5:54 pm

    In this colour and style make you look like the picture of beauty and health, even if you are not feeling the health part fully. I hope you are back to speed soon! Love your necklace.

    • Tiina L
      October 26, 2015 / 4:13 pm

      Thanks, Melanie!

  4. Connie
    October 25, 2015 / 8:01 pm

    Nothing like a cheerful outfit to lift the spirits. It's true. If you look better you will feel better. Science! Such a perfectly lovely necklace. You wear those colors so well.

    • Tiina L
      October 26, 2015 / 4:15 pm

      Thanks, Connie! You know, people always comment on the colour of this dress. Maybe I should take note.

  5. Petite Silver Vixen
    October 25, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Hope you feel better soon. Totally get the whole easy dressing thing when you're not firing on all cylinders. Good for you for powering through and not cancelling lessons and travel plans. This colour on you Tiina is just so beautiful. The jewels tones are amazing on you.

    • Tiina L
      October 26, 2015 / 4:17 pm

      Thanks! In retrospect, cancelling lessons might have been better: teaching a class without speaking was a a challenge, and the flu just dragged on and on as a result, too.

  6. fashionandfoodandotherstuff
    October 26, 2015 / 7:33 am

    I love wrapdresses and this colour is wonderfull on you. I hope you are feeling better now. Domyou have family in England?

    • Tiina L
      October 26, 2015 / 4:20 pm

      Thanks! I share my time between Finland (where I work) and England (where my husband works), and we have homes in both countries.

  7. fashionandfoodandotherstuff
    October 26, 2015 / 7:33 am

    I love wrapdresses and this colour is wonderfull on you. I hope you are feeling better now. Domyou have family in England?

    • Tiina L
      October 26, 2015 / 4:22 pm

      Thanks! I work in Finland, hubby works in England, and we have homes in both countries.

  8. Jazzy Jack
    October 26, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    Totally gorgeous necklace!Perfect pickmeup. Jazzy Jack

    • Tiina L
      October 26, 2015 / 4:22 pm


  9. Patti
    October 26, 2015 / 12:19 pm

    So sorry you've been ill – but you look fabulous in this easy, pretty dress. xoPatti

    • Tiina L
      October 26, 2015 / 4:22 pm

      Thanks, Patti!

  10. Darcy
    October 26, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    Simple, easy, and very pretty! Hope you feel better!

    • Tiina L
      October 26, 2015 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks, Darcy. yes, feeling much better now.

  11. Marea Dotz
    October 26, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    Hope you're feeling better soon. The color and cut of that dress is so flattering on you, it's bound to cheer you up. Clothes are wonderful that way.

    • Tiina L
      October 26, 2015 / 4:24 pm

      Thanks, Marea! I agree, clothes can cheer you up, and colour is so important.

  12. No Fear of Fashion
    October 26, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    Lovely dress, looking good on you! Great bag too.Greetje

    • Tiina L
      October 27, 2015 / 4:03 pm

      Thanks, Greetje!

  13. Suzanne Carillo
    October 26, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    Have you been secretly kissing my husband? He was sick all last week and the weekend as well. I hope you're feeling better. This is such a wonderful colour and cut on the dress.bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      October 27, 2015 / 4:04 pm

      Sorry to hear that…Yes, I'm better, just took a while.

    • Tiina L
      October 27, 2015 / 4:05 pm

      Thank you, It's one of my favourite colours, judging by the contents of my wardrobe.

  14. Jill James
    October 27, 2015 / 8:30 am

    Hope this finds you feeling better. Your bright pink dress the perfect pick me up , this style and colour always looks so good on you. Enjoy that break.

    • Tiina L
      October 27, 2015 / 4:06 pm

      Thanks, Jill. I had a nice break in England, and now it's back to work again.

  15. Garaytreasures
    October 29, 2015 / 2:11 am

    Lovely colored dress, glad you could finally show it off. I am sorry you were so sick but also able to enjoy some vacation time away, hopefully you are all better now.Rachel xoThanks for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired me"Garay Treasures

    • Tiina L
      October 29, 2015 / 3:34 pm

      Thanks, Rachel. This is one of my favourite dresses, it never fails.

  16. Jessica Jannenga
    October 29, 2015 / 4:49 pm

    It is lousy being sick with the flu, just want to pull the covers over your head and rest. Hope you feel better! I love the orchid bright color on you, Lovely style as wellThanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!jess

    • Tiina L
      October 31, 2015 / 10:50 am

      Exactly! It's torture having to get up and go to work, and yet that's exactly what I did. Which of course made the flu just last longer…

  17. Jan Graham-McMillen
    October 30, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    Very pretty, very you … will look forward to seeing it with boots and blazer later on! Excellent pieces all, and your color for sure!

    • Tiina L
      October 31, 2015 / 10:52 am

      Thanks, Jan. I've worn (and features it on the blog) this dress with boots before, but never with a blazer… I don't actually have a blazer, maybe I should get one?

  18. Nicole Mölders
    October 31, 2015 / 4:11 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. This color looks great on you! I love this look.

    • Tiina L
      October 31, 2015 / 10:54 am

      Thanks, Nicole. This is one of my favourite colours, and I think it's also one of the best colours for me as it suits my natural colouring.

  19. Alice Warren
    October 31, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    Pink is a such a great color on you. You are a trooper for sticking it out!Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!

    • Tiina L
      November 1, 2015 / 5:16 pm

      Thanks, Alice.

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