Monday 1 December 2014

Belted Dresses: Stripes and Leopard Print. November Purchases

Still enjoying wearing my dresses. It's the perfect spring outfit, just throw on a dress and go. Ideal for life with baby. I added a cute little belt to these dresses for a bit of accessorising, but both look equally as good on their own.

Here's what I wore to baby T's dedication service and celebration:
Striped Fit and Flare Dress Belted Baby Dedication Service Spring Outfit
SunniesRayban new Wayfarers
Necklace: vintage gold chain
DressJeanswest 'Rita' stripe jersey dress
BeltAsos metal keeper skinny waist belt in bright blue
ShoesBalenciaga studded sandals in sorbet RGGH
Bracelets: the usual plus silver charm bracelet

We had a dedication service for baby T, and then a big celebration afterwards. It was so nice being surrounded by friends and family for such a special occasion. Baby T loved all of the attention too! He did so well, despite not napping that morning! He was quiet as a mouse during the service and full of smiles afterwards for everyone.

I'd picked my outfit well in advance, but forgot to get a cute clutch to wear in the morning in the rush to get ready and make sure everyone was there on time. I was constantly running between baby T and the baby bag though, so it made sense all my things were in there too.

A dedication is similar to a christening, in that the baby wears a traditional gown. Baby T's gown came from my side of the family, and was over 37 years old! Although hubby's family had an even older gown, it unfortunately had deteriorated too much to be used, so we used the one from my family. After the service, we changed baby into something more suitable for the hot day. He wore a very cute and tiny little navy pinstripe shorts suit, so of course hubby and I had to wear stripes too.

After the busy morning, we headed out for a birthday celebration later in the day, and I just wore the same outfit.

Last worn: Ray-Ban wayfarer, striped dress, blue belt, Balenciaga sandals.

Here's what I wore to go out for lunch:
Asos belted red leopard print dress suede flats yellow accessories
Sunglasses: Cotton On 'Kirsten sunnie' in yellow
DressAsos red leopard print dress with dipped hem
BeltAsos skinny pale yellow belt
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs suede flats in red
Bracelets: the usual plus Hermes Kelly double tour bracelet in rubis

A bit more colourful than the previous outfit, with this bright red leopard print dress.

Wore this to pop out to the new Garden City for lunch with hubby and baby T. Wasn't sure if the red shoes were too much, so added a yellow belt and sunnies for some more colour and to make the outfit a little less red. I didn't have a bag of my own, just carried the baby bag.

Every now and then I'll look at this dress hanging up and wonder if I should keep it, as it really is quite a statement piece that doesn't get worn frequently. But every time I wear it I'm reminded how nice it is to wear, so it's staying in my wardrobe.

Last worn: yellow sunnies, red leopard print dress, yellow belt, suede flats.

My November Purchases

Just like the previous months, I'm sharing what I buy each month.  I aim to wear everything I buy twice within a month of wearing it, to reflect on how well the purchase works in my wardrobe. Hopefully being more active with removing things from my wardrobe and being more considerate with my purchasing will help me reduce how many clothes I own! You can read more about my goals and why I'm doing this here.

Only two purchases in November! Both impulse buys.

Jeanswest 'Chelsea' printed dress (already worn twice in November, see my purchase review)
Jeanswest 'Scarlette' printed shorts (not yet posted on the blog, as I'm behind with outfits)

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  1. Love both the dresses on you.. Interesting that Baby T's dress is so old and still holds good... There must be so many memories attached with that gown. Family treasure and history! I really wish we had summer here now..sigh. Have a great week ahead Mica!!

    1. it is lovely to have used such a special piece, great history as you said! :)

  2. I would love to see a dress collection video (when you get around to it of course). And no, the red shoes are NOT too much at all <3

    1. haha I hardly get around to anything lately! Thanks for the idea, I think I could do all kinds of collection videos like that...I do have a LOT of dresses!

  3. You really suit dresses and they are both very flattering on you! Great looks Mica! x Kirsty

  4. Aww how sweet that he got to wear something that has been passed down generation to generation. Shame he couldn't use the one on his fathers side perhaps for future baby number 2?! Provided it can be repaired though :o( I love dresses belted, this has been something lacking of late. Not too many people pair dresses with belts anymore and it's a shame. Oh well, "fashion" can be fickle like that.


    1. haha one baby is enough right now thank you! Sadly, the dress couldn't be repaired, but it was good there was the one in my family to use instead. Wouldn't have been fun trying to pick which one to use I guess!
      I do like a belted dress now and then :)

  5. Both look lovely on you! Pretty belt with the striped dress and oh how I love that second one. Looks gorgeous on you Mica. I love the color and print on you!

  6. The belted dresses are adorable.....and can I say that I loved your video! You are so stinking cute! Thanks for sharing your November purchases with us!

  7. Love hearing about the dedication. That is such a special time. Sounds like it was great! You wore the perfect thing.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  8. Aww, sounds like it was a lovely event, and I love your striped dress - were you and Baby T coordinating?

    1. Yep, even hubby got in the action with some stripes, a little striped trio! :)

  9. I love that striped dress on you - the flared hem is awesome. I don't think the leopard dress is as bold as you think. It "reads" more of a solid pattern when I look at it.

    1. Thanks Sheila! That makes perfect sense! :) It does seem terribly bold in theory, but very wearable. I think you're right about how it comes across.

  10. Hi Mica, both dresses work, my favourite being the second one.
    I still have my dress from my Christening, it's in really good shape despite being over 37 years old :)

    1. That is an awesome piece to have, so sentimental! :)

  11. both belted dresses are amazing!!!!!!!!!

  12. Oh, these are both such pretty summer dresses! you should definitely keep the red dress - looks wonderful on you. Congrats on the dedication service - so sweet.

  13. wow the dedication service sounds lovely! and such a nice tradition too being able to celebrate milestones this way. i like these belted numbers on you - think it looks very ladylike! actually think i like the red one more - just something a bit different. hope you keep the dress :)

    steph /

    1. I'm definitely keeping it for now, although not the easiest to wear with baby I still love it every time I wear it :)

  14. Wish it wasn't sold out so you could get it, it's a beauty! :)

  15. Thank you all for your kind comments! :)


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