I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love a black (or navy) and white printed dress. It’s been a real love affair between the two of us for many years since my mum kindly made me the navy polka dot dress of my dreams when I was 16 years old. It was perfect, fit with its high neck, A-line silhouette and mini length and I quite literally wore it to death. My mum seems to think that it’s still kicking about somewhere at home so I’ll dig it out and see if it still fits (doubtful) and hopefully share it with you soon, man alive I loved that dress.
Since then black and white printed dresses have come and gone; one that springs to mind is a dress from H&M in this post back in January 2016, a dress I still have and still wear as often as possible now. There’s something so effortless and so comfortable about slipping into a little black dress, whether that be of the LBD variety or in more of a floaty way such as this, it’s a comfort blanket I’ll never tire of.
More recently a piece of this nature came into my life from a new brand on my radar, De La Vali c/o the team at The OUTNET who ever so kindly sent this one over for me to try. As soon as I slipped it on I knew that it was a match made in dress heaven and that we would have many a summer escapade together.
First of all it fits like a little dream, sculpting my curves and enhancing my figure all at the same time. Secondly the length is utterly perfect for me, meaning I can wear it with my trusty Joseph knee boots that you see here, or with heels and even trainers, it’s a good one for whittling down that cost-per-wear.
And finally the ruching and puckering detailing that features throughout the front panel of the dress and onto the shoulders to create the most flattering and statement shoulders a simple dress has ever seen. Now thats what really sold it for me.
There’s something about this dress that feels nostalgic and modern all at the same time and I feel that all of the above work hand in hand to make this dress one of my dreams.
As someone who lost her way with dresses for some time, I feel like I’m finally finding my groove thanks to that Reformation dress, that Rixo dress and finally thanks to this De La Vali piece. This is going to be one fabulous summer of wearing flirty dresses in as many ways as I can conjure up and I’m excited to bring you along for the ride.