How to wear a summery midi dress in winter

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Of course I went and bought a summery midi dress in winter – don’t you know me well enough by now?! That dress I mentioned in my recent post about shopping? This is it 🙂 And it’s a sleeveless white full skirted dress that does not want to be worn in wintery ways! It was tagged as being from the 1950s, so I hope it genuinely was from then because it’s actually surprisingly hard to find nice real vintage things from that era around where I live. Anyway, I tried to winterize it a bit, I did my best, I promise! The burgundy cardigan I hoped would make it seem a little less, well, white, but I just couldn’t pair it with dark tights, I couldn’t! So see through tights it was, finished off with an old pair of heels I’ve just rediscovered and have been swapping in and out with my ASOS heels that I wear too much. My sister and mum are doing a massive clear out at their house, meaning all my stuff that I thought I had safely stashed there is being rifled through and sorted! Last time I came home I could barely get into my bedroom with the amount of stuff they’d stacked in there for me to look through! So I’ve ended up having to bring a load of it to my house, and will probably be getting rid of even more (I have a lot of stuff, okay?!), but these heels have been rescued and are resurfacing on the blog again (last seen here, when I was, apparently, normal according to the title!).
I did wear this outfit out too, and I did get some funny looks. I had my leather jacket and scarf over the top too (so basically it was that outfit I just linked to, and yes, I realise that dress looks almost exactly the same but I promise it’s not – that one is strapless and drop waisted and thin material and from the 80s, so there! Enough with the brackets now). I only wore it to Tesco and Matalan to be fair, but when we were taking the photos, a woman walked past with her dog, so I sort of ran away when I saw her coming from afar, then we hid in the garden until she had sufficiently passed, then ran out again to take pictures. But in the running out process, I got some properly evil looks from her – I’m sorry, I am weird and I know people don’t wear these clothes around here, especially in a puddley muddy lane, but it is my lane next to my house, so I’m allowed, yes?!
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Cropped cardigan: ASOS
50s midi dress: Purple Haze vintage (York)
Heels: New Look (old!)
Anyway, this weekend is an exciting one – we’re going down to Stratford with Charley and Frankie to see some plays and stay in a nice hotel, yay! I think I already said that in my last post, but anywho. We’ve got a lovely looking restaurant booked for the Saturday night, and our hotel has a pool, so that’ll be lovely – although Charley is still in recovery from the lumpectomy and cannot swim, but I think she can still sit in the shallow end with the water lapping around her waist maybe?! We’ll see!
And in other, final, news – I joined a choir this week! For those that don’t know me, I was an avid choir-goer at school (or Schola as we called our choir), and I actually got an offer for a choral scholarship to one of the colleges at Oxford (the choral auditions were, strangely, before the interviews, so I got offered the choral scholarship but didn’t get through on the interview so actually didn’t get the scholarship, but it’s still awesome to say!). I’m not actually that great a singer really though – it took me about 3 years to get into my school choir in the first place! I was about 8 to be fair, but I had no timing or sense of pitch or tune, so basically I was rubbish. But apparently I now (somewhat) have those, so yay! This week I went with my friend Fran, and Charley is coming along too next week. It’s a little strange as it’s run by one of my teachers from school – she took choir a few times for us and came on a choir trip I did to Poland when I was 11, so it seemed a bit like being back at school! And there’s also another teacher who is in the choir too! But it was similar music to what I’m used to (choiry Church music, not showtunes – although we’re trying to persuade her!), and nice to have some familiar faces there. We really enjoyed it too, so we’re definitely going back!
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  1. January 24, 2014 / 5:39 am

    This outfit is so simple but there’s just something I really love about it. It just looks so natural!

  2. January 24, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    That dress is darling! Amazing that it’s from the 50s, and I love it with the cropped sweater. I’m a huge sundress fan, and try to wear them year-round whenever possible!

    Have fun in Stratford 🙂 I would love to go to the theater there. 

  3. January 25, 2014 / 11:20 am

    I love this outfit! The dress is so nice,


  4. January 25, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    Well I think it’s a cute outfit, and not at all odd or out of the ordinary for what appears to be a pretty mild winter. I try to wear my wardrobe year-round as much as possible anyway so maybe I’ve just gotten used to that sort of thing heh. My problem here in just that we constantly have snow on the ground and frigid temps. The snow stops me wearing maxis because they drag and get soggy and dirty, and layering most summer materials over wool tights causes snagging and weird bunching. So I commend you on looks so beautiful in your summer dress this time of year!

  5. January 28, 2014 / 6:40 am

    I love that outfit! I’m always wearing summer dresses in winter 🙂

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