The Blue Dress

Anglomania dress

I don’t like wearing black; and black certainly does me no favours… So, whenever I want to dress in dark colours I usually go for navy, instead. It is certainly kinder to my pale skin.

I’ve had this Vivienne Westwood Anglomania dress for ages, and I wear it as a sundress. I don’t believe in saving clothes for special occasions: there are so few of those, and nice clothes need to be worn. I’ve actually worn this dress to work on several occasions. The best thing about the dress? It has pockets!
On this occasion, however, I was actually going to a very nice restaurant (nothing fancy, just the weekly Saturday evening dinner out with Professor M), so I did accessorize a bit more, and went for a classic pearl necklace look.

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania
dress: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania (old) / pashmina : Fenwicks / bag: Diane von Furstenberg Carolina Lips Clutch

My hair is a mess, but that’s nothing unusual. You might want to ask why I haven’t done my hair, too, since I’m going out… well, I have a naturally curly hair that has a mind of its own and reacts to temperature and humidity. And as it was hot and humid, there’s absolutely nothing bar a teflon coating  to keep it from getting all crazy… so, why bother.

DVF Carolina, Miu Miu
clutch bag: DVF / sunglasses: Miu Miu / watch: Viceroy / small antique watch and bracelet: my grandmother’s and my mother’s

The bag is a Diane von Furstenberg Carolina Lips clutch (you’ve seen it here before), one of my favourites for summer as it looks great with anything blue (and doesn’t take up much space in a suitcase, which is always important), and the sunglasses are my latest crush (seen here before).

Do you have special occasion dresses? And how often do you wear them?


Linking up with Patti for Visible Monday


  1. Pam @ over50feeling40
    13 July 2014 / 9:11 pm

    Great dress and it goes perfectly with the light blue wrap! Great look!

    • Tiina L
      14 July 2014 / 3:30 pm

      Thanks, Pam. I really like this dress, and it always makes me feel great.

  2. Patti
    13 July 2014 / 9:23 pm

    I love it that you're wearing your VW dress whenever you feel like it! And I have similar hair – no need to "style" it when the weather's warm and humid, right? Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, you look lovely.

    • Tiina L
      14 July 2014 / 3:33 pm

      Yes, hot and humid weather… I remember when I was in New Orleans it was really hot and humid and my hair was about three times bigger than usual…

  3. Suzanne Carillo Style Files
    13 July 2014 / 11:04 pm

    Wow! You are looking like a movie star! That dress is stunning and I love the turquoise you've chosen as an accent colour. Really gorgeous outfit.Your hair looks lovely, I'd love it if my hair had some natural curl.bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      14 July 2014 / 3:34 pm

      Thank you Suzanne, that's so nice of you to say. I love blue and turquoise together, that combination always makes me think about summer.

  4. Jill James
    14 July 2014 / 11:43 am

    Very elegant dress, great with the turquoise. I agree with you , I don`t save clothes for special times,I wear them as I wish to whatever the occassion.

    • Tiina L
      14 July 2014 / 3:36 pm

      Thanks, Jill. Yes, there are after all so few 'special occasions' in life, and it would be so wasteful somehow to keep a nice dress hidden in the closet…

  5. Jessica Jannenga
    14 July 2014 / 2:50 pm

    I love the dress, it has a kind of vintage vibe and with your blue accessories, so elegant!rom the link upPlease stop by, jess

    • Tiina L
      14 July 2014 / 3:38 pm

      Yes, this sort of a 50s style has always been a favourite of mine, and suits me better than something boxy. And I love Vivienne Westwood dresses in summer!

  6. Funky Wellies
    14 July 2014 / 3:14 pm

    I do have special occasion dresses and I should wear them more often! Fab outfit, really suits you and your hair looks great. Love that clutch too.

    • Tiina L
      14 July 2014 / 3:43 pm

      Thank you. My hair and I have been on a constant warpath since forever… but sometimes I just get tired of trying to coax it into submission… and I always panic if I have a 'special occasion' as I have nothing to wear… but then again I always refuse to buy a dress to wear only once. I guess it's my practical side, should get my money's worth of wear out of clothes…

  7. MIS PAPELICOS Sacramento
    14 July 2014 / 6:07 pm

    Soooooooooooooooooo fabulous, dear Tina, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Tiina L
      15 July 2014 / 8:47 am

      Thanks, Sacramento.

  8. Jan Graham-McMillen
    15 July 2014 / 2:17 pm

    Lovely you in navy! Great dress, and excellent dressed down. You have it right in liberating the special dresses … there's a moment when you wonder what you're saving it for, anyway! I think the untamed hair works beautifully … the whole outfit has a young Sophia Loren vibe!

    • Tiina L
      16 July 2014 / 2:49 am

      Thank you so much, Jan. I always think that a dress not worn is a dress wasted..

  9. Michelle Lyndon-Dykes
    30 October 2014 / 4:44 pm

    Loving this look! Your accessories really 'pop' and don't get me started on your sunglasses – I am in deep covet mode.

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