A happiest of holidays to you all, readers. I hope that you are reading this while in a full recline, beverage and snack of choice at hand, sunshine all around and with any and all annoyances somehow temporarily out of your consciousness.
I enjoy working the little mini-week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, like the weirdo I am, because it’s quiet and the focus on timeliness and dress code is far more relaxed than the rest of the year (these are the things that matter to me at this time of year – being able to be slightly late to work, wearing whatever took my fancy that morning). Even so, I looked at these photos and felt a certain yearning to get away from it all, run away to camp in the bush and make my dinner on my tiny camping stove.
(Then I remembered how much I hate tents, thermals, washing dishes in a bucket and all of the various privations of camping. Much better to just imagine camping – all starry nights, fuzzy socks and toasted marshmallows).
This is, in fact, the outfit I wore on Christmas Day for a day with family in Tauranga. This dress is from Seed, and I was attracted to both the colour and the somewhat flamboyant sleeves (and yes, I picked it for Christmas lunch because of its lack of a waistband…). “Statement sleeves” have been a trend for a few months, and this seemed like a great summer interpretation – still breezy and comfortable, with some of the movement and thrill of something unnecessarily dramatic.
Anyone who has taken even a cursory glance at Instagram recently will know that blush (and its metallic cousin, rose gold) is massively popular. I’ve heard that this is because we stare at blue screens all day, so warm pink tones are more appealing to us when we look away from the screen. Whatever the reason, it can be a soft and flattering tone and, in this case, the broderie anglaise style fabric and fairly loose cut of the dress, combined, ensure that the dress doesn’t create the unfortunate visual trick that makes you look like you forgot pants (although a nude coloured dress would probably just create the illusion that you were a misshapen mannequin?).
In a post-Kim Kardashian/Balenciaga world, it’s no longer that unusual for someone to wear undies with very little or nothing over the top and consider themselves fully dressed, so the double takes I do when women wear pants too close to their skin tone is much more understandable. Why a double take? I’m yet to see someone rocking the undies as pants look on Lambton Quay at 1pm on a Thursday, but you better believe I will be giving that person a mental high five when I do.
In any case, and back on topic, I liked how girly and pretty this dress was, without being over the top. In this outfit I balanced the volume of the dress and sleeves with these Kat Maconie platforms (which happen to have the same blush colour as an accent) but it’s also great with standard work pumps for a day in the office. In fact, I wore it recently for a potentially confrontational meeting with external guests – now, I don’t want to give the dress full credit, because it isn’t the one who stayed up late prepping for said meeting (*points to self*), but it was a successful meeting.
I really like this blush colour with a hit of red to set it off – in this case, an orange-based red would be the way forward, I think – and naturally it pairs well with other semi-neutral tones like navy or a forest green (if we refer to our old mate the colour wheel, the red is an analogous match, while navy or green would be a complementary match). This dress is pure summer to me, so it doesn’t have much trans-seasonal potential, but I know that (a) we have a couple of months of summer left as it is, and (b) I’ll definitely still enjoy wearing this next year!