Confession time (although this is pretty much general knowledge). I’m a print fiend. I’m obsessed. And stripes (after flowers) are one of my favourites. Vertical, horizontal or all over the place, I don’t care, there is something so classic and chic about stripes that I wear them multiple times a week. It might be the French vibe that comes with wearing a good stripe, but I just can’t get enough.
There is actually a stripe section in my wardrobe dedicated to all of the striped tops I own. When I saw this striped dress at Big W I knew it would be mine. Plus on purchasing it was marked down to around $12 which made it even more exciting. Remember you don’t need to spend a fortune to look good friends! This dress is by Emerson, and the slinky cut was a bit frightening at first (no where to hide anything) but on closer inspection I noticed the rouching (gathering) in the front and slight wrap look which is perfect for inbetweenie’s like myself. The slit up the front also adds another focus to the dress, so it truly is full of illusions! A perfect frock for Frocktober!
Quick recap if you’re new to the blog. Frocktober is a philanthropic campaign accessible to all Australians passionate about women’s health. All funds raised are distributed as scientific grants to dedicated ovarian cancer researchers in Australian and New Zealand hospitals, universities and research institutes. Through these vital research efforts, the ultimate aim of the OCRF is to develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer that is both non-invasive and cost effective, so it becomes a habitual part of every women’s regular health check-up regimen along with mammograms and pap smears. The OCRF is not government funded for their research, so they need all the support they can get! If you want to donate to the OCRF every cent counts. Plus it is tax deductible end of financial year!
I picked up this dress for work, but I’ve also layered it up for play in the past, adding a leather jacket, grungy boots and a leopard print scarf. Print clashing and on trend pieces gave this work dress life. I read somewhere once you shouldn’t have work and play sections in your wardrobe, and everything should be accessible for daily use, and this dress is true to that mantra.
When styling this baby for work I kept it simple. I went with a block heel Mary Jane pump (also from Big W) and added a white blazer just incase the weather turned. Statement earrings and bright lips completed the look. It’s simple, yet still stylish, and the entire look cost less than $100! Big W is a great place to find work wear as you don’t have to spend the earth for office clothes. I work in an Emergency Department and due to my work “conditions” everything I wear is washed almost every day. When choosing work wear go for your usual fabrics that will tolerate being washed frequently. You won’t find anything that needs ironing in my work wardrobe either, haha!
Want to donate to the OCRF? Click here. I’ve got plenty more frocks and style tips to share this month. Every dollar counts.
What is your favourite print?