Everyone has a Little Black Dress, but I’m going to make the case for having a Little Red Dress too. Winser London makes several things in a particularly perfect shade of red which they call ‘Hollywood Red’. I have a coat in that colour, and when they asked me to choose something for this post I went straight to this red dress. It is a wonder. It has soft pleats at the shoulder, pockets (hooray!), and is made of the most deliciously soft, stretchy, thick, crepe jersey fabric. I’ve glammed it up here, as is my wont, but it works equally well with pointed flats and somewhat more sensible jewellery. If you don’t wear red, it comes in 5 other colours, but the red is a wow. Also, a quick note on the fit… I’m extremely short waisted so any V-neck top or dress will look low-cut on me, whereas on a normal person, it wouldn’t. This dress is no exception. For winter, I’m planning on buying this in black as well, and wearing the Lauren silk shirt in cream underneath it (which I already own). The red is quite racy, but in black worn over a cream pussy-bow satin blouse, and with ropes of pearls or a brooch, it has an entirely different Madame Chanel kind of feel.
A few weeks ago when we went to Provence, I packed this Little Red Dress to wear out to dinner one night with my husband. We went to Oustau de Baumaniere, a restaurant in Les Baux that holds special memories for us, so I wanted to look extra nice… and by ‘extra nice’ I mean wear red and pile on the accessories! Oustau de Baumaniere was one of the first places my husband and I ever went together. The incredible food is all locally sourced, and the restaurant overlooks a beautiful terrace and a pool, with the absurdly picturesque village of Les Baux perched on the steep rocky mountain just above it. We loved it so much we went back again for lunch a few days later with my in-laws and my son. My son was less interested in the food and more interested in the pool, so he skipped lunch and splashed in the water beside us. I had a very poignant ‘seasons of my life’ moment (a la Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Landslide’) being back in this place where my husband and I dated, returned as a married couple, and then visited again with our son and my in-laws. Apart from my own special attachment to this place, I highly recommend it if you are ever in Provence. It is a magnificent corner of the world.
The mistral (the fierce local wind) that week meant that my hair was a wreck the entire week in Provence, as you can see. I just gave up and decided to roll with the French ‘undone’ hair thing. You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your
sails hair, repeatedly.
Despite the mistral, we were so lucky to be there when vivid, silky, red poppies were blooming everywhere, so I insisted we take some photos with them. It seemed downright rude not photograph a red dress in a field of red flowers! There are few things more mesmerising to me than watching the sun and the wind play across a vast field of red poppies; the red hues constantly change with the light.
With the red dress, I’m wearing a cashmere wrap that I have from last winter (also in Hollywood Red), my Hermes Medor clutch, a multi-coloured Swarovski crystal necklace, and some Kurt Geiger shoes that I saw on Instagram and pounced on the moment they arrived in stores. I’ll give you a closer look because I’m just sick in love with them. Like the other Kurt Geiger heels I own, they are so much more comfortable than they look.
Like most Winser London items, this red dress packed beautifully and didn’t wrinkle due to its elastane content. I’ve written several posts on this brand before, and given how much as I love their clothes, I’m sure I’ll write several more! I do it because the quality is amazing, I love supporting a company with a 40+ woman at the helm (who understands her consumer because she is her consumer), and each piece I own lends itself to being styled in so many ways. To prove my point, my six blogger friends from The Over 40 Collective styled Winser London clothes THEIR own way. The Over 40 Collective, which you’ll be seeing more of in the future, is a group of seven bloggers, each with her own style. Together we created the Collective as a platform for facilitating dialogue between our age group and the brands who are genuinely interested in our demographic, brands who understand our desire for stylish clothes that suit us. Some companies, (like Winser London) really care. Some don’t. We’d rather focus on the former, and forge changes with the latter.
Have a look below at how my lovelies from the Over 40 Collective women are wearing Winser London. Below each photo, I’ll add a link to their blog post on the outfit, so you can read why they chose the outfits they wore, and learn a little more about them. I think they all look spectacular. Because I know each of them so well, it is a delight (with actual squealing involved!) for me to see their personalities shine through the clothes. It perfectly illustrates the point that when you have strong personal style, good clothes are the canvas that allows you project your personality. I’d love to know what you think in the comments. Which ones are you favourites? Which of these looks is something you would wear?
Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb
Nikki of Midlife Chic
Michelle of RetroChicMama
Michelle of The Barefaced Chic
Liz of What Lizzie Loves
Annette of Lady Of Style
I’d like to give a special thank you to the always lovely team at Winser London for gifting me this gorgeous red dress, and for being our first project as The Over 40 Collective!
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