Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Can anyone wear a midi dress?

I have a BIG thing about seeing clothes on women - not models - and that is why I set up Avenue 57. We can all be lured into loving an item online/instore but what does it REALLY look like on a human body?

I've seen this style of dress gradually make a strong appearance in stores and online and I've always dismissed it as a style of dress that wouldn't suit me. I've loved the maxi dress trend and I have loved wearing a mini. Nowadays I don't wear skirts and dresses that are too short, I know age is only a number but there is a hem line debate when you slide towards 40 and I now go for just above the knee when buying a shorter style dress.


I was included in a twitter conversation last week involving, Nicola Payne, School Gate Style and Room 31. Nicola was showing off her new dress from Room 31 and she looked stunning in it (pic here).  I was actually jealous of how good she looked. So it got me thinking .. could I wear one? Would I just look like I was trying too hard? Would it show off all the lumps and bumps that come after having had children? Ruth at Room 31 is one of the kindest people ever and she sent me a dress to try. I chose the Poppy Snake Print Midi Dress (£17), this is what it looks like online


And here I am in as many ways as I can think to wear with items I currently own - to say I'm in love with it is an understatement and I cannot tell you how it makes me feel to wear it - I feel womanly, not frumpy and it certainly raised the eyebrows of my husband when he saw me in it too!


Check me out with the pigeon toe pretending to be cute look that I swore I'd never do!




Not so good but almost ok, would be better with a good patent court shoe





And as with all outfits, there are ways NOT to wear it!




My absolute favourite way is this way


My very good blogging friend Avril from School Gate Style also had a dress sent to her. This goes to show that it is a dress that suits two people with different body shapes and styles.  Check out more of Avril's looks and styling of the dress here.



What do we look like side by side? Shows off the dress beautifully I reckon


So the theory is, never dismiss anything until you have tried it on! The dress is still available to buy today from Room 31 - be quick, this is going to sell out soon.

The dress comes in 3 different patterns, the one I was wearing, the one Avril was wearing and this one.  At £14 can you really pass this one by? I think I'm going to have to get the black and white tie dye one as well.

So, are you tempted by the midi?

Fiona
xoxo






21 comments :

  1. Great post and love the way you showed the versatility of this dress. And wow! Don't you look gorgeous in that first pic?!

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    1. Thank you Helen :-) Was so funny, husband washing his motorbike 2 inches in front of me .. I kept coming out in all sorts of things and he'd have to stop, wipe hands, take photo and carry on cleaning .. I was the biggest inconvenience to him that morning - however - I think a quick point and shoot shot seems to have been very flattering - I am not that photogenic!

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  2. Love how you have shown how versatile the dress is & it looks gorgeous on you Fiona x

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    1. Thank you! I am still AMAZED it looked as good as it did .. I had to wear some supportive underwear because children have ruined my tummy - oh and wine and lack of exercise - but all in all it was a dress that made me feel very nice indeed and that is all that matters - if you feel good then who cares!

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  3. You look great in it! I love it with the black top over it & the necklace! I have a monochrome stripy one on the way from DPs & now I'm on the hunt for 'suck me in large pants'! ;) Ax

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  4. I absolutely LOVE it with the yellow!!! You both look great and more than pull off the midi ;) xx

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  5. You both look totally gorgeous with great figures!! xx

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    1. Thank you - good lighting and good angles!

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  6. You look great too Fiona, they really are a very versatile dress, and I love how you can wear it as a skirt too. My favourite look is the last one too as I love them styled casual like that. you have mad me want one now and I buy very little dresses these days as I think they aren't that versatile - obviouslt I'm wrong!!x

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  7. LOVE the print of yours - and I agree a midi definitely makes you feel womanly - I think the length helps too. I love wearing them with ankle boots and a denim jacket too - and it's fantastic how you made it into a skirt! LOVE it! 2 hot mamas xxx

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    1. oooh do show and tell - I bet you look amazing in one

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  8. Hi there! You and Avril have me very tempted with the midi dress, I am definitely going to get shop around and get one. You look amazing and it's a really flattering and stylish print too xxx

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    1. yes do buy one - I urge everyone to buy!

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  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE it with the boots and denim jacket. Perfect day wear and you should buy 10 more of them xx

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    1. I may be acquiring a few more .. maybe!

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  10. I love a slim midi dress. I don't like things too short... looks awful unless you've got good tights underneath. The maxi is tough for me to wear, too. I'm top heavy and often feel like I'm hiding in a sack.
    The midi you have here, and also Avril's, aren't old-ladyish... you know... like the ones that are flowy and hit funny.
    I saw one like yours at james Perse. I think I must go buy it!

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    1. I would definitely try one one - I was amazed this suited me as much as it did
      Would love to see you in one

      I can't wear tights .. they do something very strange to my middle!

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  11. hi, how does the sizing come up on the snake print dress. i'm a 10/12 on top and 10 on bottom, not sure whether to order s/m or m/l? any advice? thanks, mrs g

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    1. I reckon M would be perfect for you
      Oooh excited that you are buying one too - will you show and tell on avenue57.com?

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  12. Laughing at kats 10 more comment. You both look great, I'm a big fan of midis.

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