The Perfect Dress and Red Accessories

accessorizing a dress

I’m wearing my new favourite dress again

Yes, this dress has quickly become a favourite. It’s everything I could hope for in a dress: comfortable, low-maintenance and flattering. The cut is perfect for my body type and matches my personal style to a tee.

Most importantly, this is an outfit that makes me feel good. Not least because what I see in the mirror is exactly what I want to look like when I get dressed in the morning. And trust me, there aren’t many outfits that make me feel like that.

What is it that I like about this outfit, then? The retro shape of the dress reminds me of the outfits my mother used to wear in the seventies: streamlined A-line skirts, timeless classics and simple sundresses. But the dress also reminds me of the 1950’s Grace Kelly films: simple, well-cut and chic clothes in neutral colours that would still look perfectly modern today. Of course, I would never be caught wearing neutrals (they’re just not very flattering on me), so blue is what passes for ‘neutral’ in my world.

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leopard print


Yes, this is how I want to see myself: casual and elegant, with a hint of retro yet thoroughly modern.
I said this dress was perfect, didn’t I?

All I had to do was was add a few accessories. I’ve kept the leopard print belt because, well, why mess with perfection? And in tune with my rekindled love affair with bright red, I thought red accessories would be the icing on the cake. And of course I had to try the dress with a striped jacket…. And you know what, I think I like this outfit perhaps even more than the one I showed you a few weeks ago.


chambray dress

Outfit details: 

dress: Phase Eight / belt: El Corte Ingles / shoes: Clarks / bag: Furla / jacket: Gerry Weber / 

scarf: Carolina Herrera / Necklace: Hirst Antiques / sunglasses: Michael Kors

Have you found your “perfect dress” yet?


PS: Jonet of Fabulously Chic Over 50 interviewed me for her She’s Got Style series on global fashion and bloggers around the world. Read the interview HERE.

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  1. Suzanne Carillo
    7 September 2016 / 6:15 pm

    I can see why you like it so much. You look fabulous!bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      9 September 2016 / 3:20 pm

      Thanks, Suzanne! I believe that in order to look fabulous, one must first feel fabulous. And this dress definitely helps me feel good.

  2. nancy baten
    7 September 2016 / 9:30 pm

    This one is so beautiful!I love this dress on you!

    • Tiina L
      9 September 2016 / 3:20 pm

      Thanks, Nancy!

  3. Shybiker
    8 September 2016 / 3:10 am

    Perfect! And a solid foundation for accessorizing.

    • Tiina L
      9 September 2016 / 3:22 pm

      Exactly! That's what a dress is: backdrop for great accessories.

  4. Andrea Nine
    8 September 2016 / 10:04 am

    LOVE this dress and leopard belt perfection with it!

    • Tiina L
      9 September 2016 / 3:23 pm

      Thanks, Andrea. I really, really like this dress, too.

  5. Nicole Mölders
    8 September 2016 / 7:03 pm

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I really love this denim dress! You look awesome in it!

    • Tiina L
      9 September 2016 / 3:23 pm

      Thanks, Nicole. It is a great dress, isn't it?

  6. Rose Nika
    9 September 2016 / 2:55 pm

    YES YES YES YES YES! I love the look. My fave to mix blues and red esp denimLife is just RosieInstagram

    • Tiina L
      9 September 2016 / 3:24 pm

      Thanks, Rose.

  7. Shelbee On The Edge
    11 September 2016 / 5:30 pm

    This is so fabulous, Tiina! And the striped jacket is like delicious buttercream frosting on an already delectable fudge cake! Perfection.Thanks so much for linking up with me On the Edge of the Week. I hope to see you again this week. Have a fabulous day!

    • Tiina L
      13 September 2016 / 7:55 am

      Thanks, Shelbee!

  8. Petite Silver Vixen
    11 September 2016 / 7:54 pm

    I loved this dress the first time around and now I think I love it even more! The red accessories and the striped jacket perfectly compliment dress. You look elegant and cool all at the same time.

    • Tiina L
      13 September 2016 / 7:57 am

      Thanks! I think this dress is the perfect base for accessories. And it's so versatile!

  9. Doused In Pink
    12 September 2016 / 10:04 pm

    That dress is so flattering on you! Love the addition of the leopard belt and the pops of red!JillDoused In Pink

    • Tiina L
      13 September 2016 / 7:58 am

      Thanks, Jill.

  10. Jessica Jannenga
    14 September 2016 / 4:15 pm

    Love this dress on you, perfect shape and the belt I love with it. thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesdayjess

    • Tiina L
      14 September 2016 / 4:46 pm

      Thanks, Jessica!

  11. jodie filogomo
    16 September 2016 / 9:54 pm

    It does look fabulous on you! And the belt is a great addition. I have a chambray dress but haven't tried my leopard belt with it—thanks!

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