OOTD: The dress looks nice on you
May 6, 2011
♥ Dress: Dunnes *** Cardigan: Topshop *** Bracelet: Primark *** Socks: Topshop *** Flats: Dunnes ♥
Title cheekily borrowed from the lovely Sufjan Stevens/his song "The Dress Looks Nice on You". I love his music and i'm listening to that song as I write this entry, so it seemed like a fitting title.. especially considering i'm wearing a pretty dress n' all!
The dress i'm wearing today is from Dunnes, I just about squeezed into the size 18! I have quite broad shoulders so anything with a zip can be tricky. They extended their sizes to UK 20 shortly after Primark did the same, which is great news for bigger gals like myself! Although, all of the bigger sizes (16,18,20) tend to get snapped up really quick so its best to pay a visit on days when they first put new stock on the rails. I feel a little bit guilty posting Dunnes items on here so often when only Irish/UK readers can buy their clothes, but there are lots of similar items available online (ASOS, Dorothy Perkins, Forever 21) Plus its one of two clothing stores we have here that cater to women under fifty!
I forgot to mention something in my "blogging 101" post which has been bothering me. Its mostly directed at fashion bloggers and again, all of this is my opinion only - you don't have to be rich to have a fashion blog! I know some girls prefer to invest 100s of euros on a basic tshirt, but i'm fine with spending €4 on one in Primark because its within my budget and its just a t-shirt. Such things might be important, even considered investments to some people but for me..well, i'm fine with my cheap-o top. Most of my clothing is from lower end stores like Primark and I would consider Topshop high end (for my budget).
Its also okay to wear items from past seasons. A lot of people think you must be in all of the ~latest styles~ to be seen as fashionable/stylish/a true "fashionista" but its more about how you style the item than how long it has been in stores for. I still have many pieces of clothing from 2-3 years ago, infact I can't wait for warmer days so I can wear my oversized floral print topshop tee (which I believe I purchased in 2007 or 2008) Most of my shoes are old too, I have quite a few pairs so I don't wear the same ones every single day, however my shoes from both this entry and the last were purchased a year ago.
And lastly don't feel intimidated because your favorite bloggers can afford new a new designer dress every time they update - most of those bloggers are doing this as a career and sent those items in return for a little publicity. And the ones who buy the clothes with their own money..well, yeah, they're lucky..but you can make a Target or Primark dress look just as lovely!
A lot of people have asked me for a "photo tips" post, similar to my blogging 101 post but with photograph help. I'm more than happy to do this so keep watching in the near future. I am already planning it in my head! I'll probably split the post in two with tips for people who use DSLR's and people who use compact digital cameras.