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Know Your Seasonal Style: the not-too-dressed up dress

— by Alyson Walsh

The not-too-dressed-up dress and run-around shoes

Introducing Know Your Seasonal Style, a new series for That’s Not My Age. Now I know you’re sick to death of seeing me in that army green jumpsuit so to liven things up a bit I thought it would be useful to offer an edit of the collections, each season. To showcase a small selection of items from larger retailers and independent brands, the kind of things that grown-up women might want to wear. Rather than pictures of me in my own clothes. Kicking things off with the not-too-dressed-up dress – one of the wardrobe essentials highlighted in Know Your Style. The dress for women who don’t often wear dresses and who (like me) appreciate uncomplicated, faff-free style. Oh and as well as feeling effortless, the other criteria is: it has to look good with flat shoes or trainers. This not-too-dressed-up, drop-waist dress is from Kin at John Lewis, whose latest summer collection is very fine. The colourful, abstract pattern is quite adventurous for me but I just focused on the backdrop of navy and khaki green and revelled in the glory of resembling a Matisse cut-out.

Photos: Claire Pepper

 

Know Your Seasonal Style does involve a certain amount of experimentation – I will be trying new shapes and styles, such as the not-too-dressed-up dress. And while I don’t mind taking risks, the item has to be something I would actually wear. Sometimes together with my own clothes. The pale pink suede brogues are by Grenson (note how I’ve cleverly matched them to the colour of my legs), available HERE. Other Grenson’s styles, available HERE. The leather crossbody bag is M.Hulot. If it helps give an idea of proportions: I’m a size 12 and 5′ 10″. For the purpose of transparency, I called-in items for the photoshoot and then sent everything back afterwards. I’m interested to hear your thoughts on this bi-annual project – is it useful to see an edit of what’s new?

 

 

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