I was thinking the other day about the kinds of prints I love and why, and for some of them it boils down to something surprisingly simple: squares. My winter favourite, plaid, and my summer favourite, gingham, are both prints created by criss-crossing coloured lines to create squares of various sizes. As boring as that sounds, that description can also be applied to picnic blankets, and is there a single person out there who’s willing to say they hate picnics? If there is, there shouldn’t be.
This Lindy Bop Claudine dress makes me think of picnics, and buttercups, and being a bit too excited to be able to bust out one’s sunglasses for the first time this season because the sun, and even some warmth, are finally here. Let’s soak it all in!
Who doesn’t love a good shirt dress? They’re timeless, easy to wear, and simple to style. I have a few in my winter wardrobe in plain moody colours, but it occurred to me recently that I don’t have any cute printed shirt dresses that would work for casual, fun summer wear. Well, as it just so happens, Joanie clothing have taken up that call this season with aplomb.
If you’re a Voodoo Vixen fan you’ll remember the navy and green check featured in their design collaboration last Autumn-Winter season with Rachel Jensen of the as-formerly-known Chicago Chic Blog. It was a tartan-esque print I loved then and still do now, so I was thrilled to see that this season not only was that dress returning in a new red check colourway but that both the red and green prints were coming as full circle skirts. I honestly wanted both and couldn’t decide which. (Yes, those who know me well know there was a large possibility that I would just get both, but my chock-full wardrobe insisted I make a decision.)
I still love the original green so much and felt it fit better with my usual cold months colour palette preferences, so there was a strong leaning towards the green at first. Ah, but I already have the dress in that colour, so the red would be a smarter choice in terms of wardrobe variation, I reasoned. Plus, my friend Giselle held up the red at London Edge and all but demanded I get it, because, yes, we have the kind of friendship where we get to dictate clothing choices to one another. Those two reasons were perfectly good reasons to opt for the red, enough, you would think, to swing it (pun intended, you’re damn right.)
But let’s not be stupid: the clincher was in finding out the green skirt is called Marienne, and the red…the red skirt is called May. May, the month of my birth, the name of my blog. Decision made, vanity won. May it is! And she’s a beauty.