29 Dec 2015

OOTD: Festive

Merry Christmas! The festive season is, like for a lot of people, my favourite time of year. People are nicer, family is around, food is abundant, places are decorated, sales are crazy and its the season for parties! Which I take as meaning it's totally legitimate to dress up (costumes or otherwise), all the time. 

Last weekend we were invited to a fancy Christmas Soirée with some of Ben's buddies. And the invite seriously said that. Soirée. I felt both grown up excited and nervous at the same time. Grown up because, well, only adults with their shit together get invited to soirées right? And nervous because I was going to have to bring out the big guns wasn't I.

The team at 17 Sundays sent me this gorgeous, jersey, 'Steal My Sunshine' dress. It's classically cut, pleated skirt totally fit the swanky category for me. (At the time of this post, the dress is currently sold out on the 17 website. But they are carried in-store at Myer! If they don't have one in your size, ask the Myer staff if they can track one down for you, they've got mad skills.)

The dress is so soft and comfortable to wear. The material has such a luxurious feel that when I unwrapped it from its packaging, it shimmied across my hand and the foil gold dots caught the sunshine coming through my bedroom window. Now I know that sounds super corny, but it's the absolute truth! I knew straight away I wanted to style it with a modern-vintage glamour twist, it was just too beautiful to not put the extra bit of effort into my outfit. 

Dress: c/o 17 Sundays 
Gloves: eBay 
Bag: thrifted/vintage find 
Hat: H&M (similar)
Shoes: Rubi 
Belt: ASOS 
Necklace: Lovisa

I wanted to draw some attention to the subtle, shimmering of the dots so I added a gold plate belt and clutch to make them pop. One of my favourite thrifted finds was this divine hard case, clasp clutch. Its such a beautiful piece and I always get compliments on it when I use it. We must have partied a bit too hard though, because at the end of the night the closure button had popped off!

The dress has lot of stretch and definitely went the distance comfort wise. The material is light but has enough weight to maintain its pleated drape when walking and standing. For sizing notes, I'm wearing a 26 here which in hindsight probably was a bit big. I had asked the ladies to send me the 26 when the 24 in the Electric Love Dress was a bit tight around my belly. That said, the material is completely different though and with the stretchy jersey you would easily get away with a size or two on either side of your regular.

It was still light out when we left and I knew some of the party would be on an outdoor deck, so I had to wear my felt H&M hat for a bit of added drama. Finishing off the outfit with some black lace gloves and I was ready to soiree!

How would you style this dress??

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