Default Dress and Sparkly Flats

There’s a piece of advice that often pops up in fashion blogs.. It’s along the lines of “Have a default, fail safe look for days when you can’t be bothered to think about what to wear”. I’ve never really considered what my failsafe look would be, since I’m still very much working out my own style and signature pieces.

Well, today I managed to explode out of a dress I wanted to wear, and it made me sad. It’s a cute skater dress from Liquorice, and once it’s done up it’s a snug but comfortable fit. Trouble is, there’s a weakness somewhere in the zip, and on more than one occasion it’s burst open. My very patient boyfriend has rescued me each time this has happened, painstakingly wiggling the zip back to the bottom so I can escape. I didn’t take it well this morning, and sat on the bed in a strop for a little bit in a stressing about being too fat to wear nice things. Time was ticking on, and I had to leave for work, so I ended up throwing on this floral dress with ballet flats and a plain wool coat.

I wouldn’t have necessarily thought that this dress was a default piece in my wardrobe, but it was certainly the right choice. It’s a loose fitting swing style in a thick wool mix fabric. I love the watercolour floral print, and the flared shape hides all manner of sins and doesn’t require shapewear of any variety. There’s a purple t shirt underneath that you can’t see here, and I opted for my go-with-everything black wool coat, ballet flats and tights to finish the look.

I hadn’t noticed how much fluff there was on my tights until I uploaded this picture! I have a lint roller at home for such challenges, but I think I need to invest in one for work as well. These tweed ballet flats were a few pounds from Primark a couple of seasons ago, and I just adore them. There’s a sparkle hidden amongst the tweed that you can’t really see here, and lots of colours that seem to go with almost anything. The soles are already wearing a little thin and I know they won’t last forever, but these are definitely a default shoe in my wardrobe that I can throw on when nothing else seems to work.

This isn’t my favourite outfit ever, and I’m not wearing anything new or on trend. I still couldn’t quite tell you what my fail-safe outfit is or if I even have a signature style. One thing I’ve learnt today though, is that being comfortable is SO important to me, and I think that’s probably true for a lot of people. If you’re wearing something that makes you feel good, then you’re likely to look more confident. And if you ask me, clothes are important, but confidence? Confidence is the most stylish thing a person can wear.

Dress: Pussycat London @ New Look

Coat: Topshop

Shoes: Primark

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