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
    25 October 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
      26 October 2015 / 4:11 pm

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

  2. Shybiker
    25 October 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
      26 October 2015 / 4:13 pm

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

  3. Melanie
    25 October 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
      26 October 2015 / 4:13 pm

      Thanks, Melanie!

  4. Connie
    25 October 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
      26 October 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
    25 October 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
      26 October 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
    26 October 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
      26 October 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
    26 October 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
      26 October 2015 / 4:22 pm

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

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

    Totally gorgeous necklace!Perfect pickmeup. Jazzy Jack

    • Tiina L
      26 October 2015 / 4:22 pm


  9. Patti
    26 October 2015 / 12:19 pm

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

    • Tiina L
      26 October 2015 / 4:22 pm

      Thanks, Patti!

  10. Darcy
    26 October 2015 / 1:51 pm

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

    • Tiina L
      26 October 2015 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks, Darcy. yes, feeling much better now.

  11. Marea Dotz
    26 October 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
      26 October 2015 / 4:24 pm

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

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

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

    • Tiina L
      27 October 2015 / 4:03 pm

      Thanks, Greetje!

  13. Suzanne Carillo
    26 October 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
      27 October 2015 / 4:04 pm

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

    • Tiina L
      27 October 2015 / 4:05 pm

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

  14. Jill James
    27 October 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
      27 October 2015 / 4:06 pm

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

  15. Garaytreasures
    29 October 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
      29 October 2015 / 3:34 pm

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

  16. Jessica Jannenga
    29 October 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
      31 October 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
    30 October 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
      31 October 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
    31 October 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
      31 October 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
    31 October 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
      1 November 2015 / 5:16 pm

      Thanks, Alice.

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