Even the most stylish women have days where they stand in front of their closet, a pile of clothes on the chair, feeling like they don’t have anything to wear. You know that feeling, right? I certainly do. I’ll know what I feel like wearing, but nothing in my closet matches that feeling. Or maybe I’m in a huge rush, and don’t really have the luxury of time to think about what to wear; I just need to get something on and get out the door. On these days when I have absolutely no idea what to wear, I wear a dress. “Stress less and wear a dress” (as Mary, one of my Instagram followers who really knows how to rock a dress with style, says). The nice thing about the right dress is that there is no belt, no scarf, no coordinating top, etc to fuss with. Just one item to slip on and you’re done… except for shoes, of course. It sounds counterintuitive, but if you’re a little bit of a tomboy at heart (I am) a simple dress is your comfortable, easy and chic option. I don’t do absurdly complicated layering (like you see at every fashion week!) and I don’t wear things that are uncomfortable. A few sleek no-brainer dresses that can be styled multiple ways are an essential part of my wardrobe.
This particular knit dress by Winser London (a brand you’ll know well by now if you read this blog!) is the perfect throw-on-and-go piece. I can wear it on the morning school run, out to dinner in the evening, and everything in between. The navy and black colour combination is stylish and current, the faux-leather pockets mean it isn’t a pain to wash (on a wool cycle) like genuine leather would be, the relaxed A-line fit is comfortable, and the retro-mod style is my absolute favourite. I have a lot of black in my wardrobe so this dress slots right in and works beautifully with a few coats that have leather trim, and many of my black shoes and accessories. A few weeks ago I wore it out to dinner with my black suede over the knee boots from M&S (probably in the sale soon), and it really looked the business. The retro style of the boots totally amplified the mod vibe of the dress.
Perfect details and finish as always from Winser London
Today, I’m wearing the dress with a beloved pair of Gucci boots which are seven years old. I wear them a lot, so at the end of every winter, I take them to a shoe repair shop to give them some TLC before they rest for the summer. I adore their swishy Cossack tassels and buckles; they really lift an outfit (plus the tassels make a satisfying swoosh sound as they whip through the air when I walk quickly!). I’m a big believer in buying less but buying better quality, and these boots, though expensive, have been worth every single penny. I’m certain I’ll have them for another 10 years, which is something I definitely can’t say about the few Zara shoes or boots I’ve bought occasionally. This is the same reason I buy a lot of Winser clothing. I wear their pieces a lot, but they still look brand new. I’d rather buy nice than buy twice. This dress comes in burgundy, navy, or grey, all with a black patch pocket. It has really become my go-to dress when I don’t know what to wear. It is available in navy only here and in all three colours here… so keep your eyes peeled when the sales start. I’ll get in in grey then! The Gucci boots are sadly long unavailable, but this pair is the closest thing I could find with a long swishy tassel.
It is Christmas Eve, and since I have a lot to accomplish today, I’ll wear this dress to dash around in (although I’ll change into something more sensible when I make a pecan pie later!). I wish you all a brilliant holiday, and I’ll see you in the New Year! xoxo