I Got Frills [Joanie Clothing]

As much as I love bright colours, I’m not much one for clashing. I’ve actually been known to say before how much I hate pink and red paired together, with an unnecessary amount of passion. Turns out, that dislike is more of a contextual thing, because when I spotted this Eden frilly fronted cardigan I was totally on board. I immediately pictured it paired with a sky blue skirt and a wicker basket handbag, and then when it arrived I styled it exactly so. It’s just like I pictured it would be. Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?

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Cardigan: Eden Colour Block Frill cardigan C/O Joanie Clothing
Bag: Emmy Rattan Basket bag from Joanie Clothing
Skirt: Blue Jade dress by Collectif Clothing
Sunglasses: Old River Island
Bangles: Woven Bamboo by Splendette & Assorted bamboo bangles
Shoes: Old Primark

To some, this outfit might seem obnoxiously bright but to me it feels like spring. Not the soft pastel colours of spring, the gentleness of the baby blooms, nor the subtle shifts of the weather, but more the hope and excitement it brings me, the joy with which I greet the sun as it begins, ever so slowly, to pop up more frequently and with greater warmth. This outfit, to me, is frolicking lambs and the first time you eat an ice lolly with an actual risk of drippage. This outfit is BLAM, I’M BACK, BABY, AND I BROUGHT THE SUUUUN!

TL;DR: I like this. The colours of the cardigan definitely clash but I somehow find that more endearing than I typically would, I think because I like the frill detail so much. I wear cardigans with almost every outfit, because hello, I live in England, where uncovered skin is rarely greeted with warmth here. But all my cardigans are plain, cropped styles and I’ve long felt I wanted to find some cute patterned or detailed styles that would add some variety to my wardrobe. I’ve never really known where to look but it turns out Joanie Clothing has a ton of fun cardigans on offer, so in future I’ll definitely know where to look. (This is a full length style, not cropped, so I’ve tucked it into my belt, just FYI.) I ordered it in the L (to fit UK 16/18) and it’s definitely true to size, so I’m glad there won’t be any guesswork on ordering more cardigans in future.

While perusing the website for the cardigan I also found the Emmy rattan basket bag, which I might be just a bit obsessed with. I love wicker style bags, I own 3 or 4 now in different shapes and sizes, but they’re all the kind of bags that hang off your wrist and I wanted one that felt more casual. The Emmy basket bag is a shoulder bag, meaning, yes, I could very easily justify adding it to my collection, and the red accents will only echo the red pieces I accessorise almost every outfit with. It’s a nice medium sized bag, measuring 7 inches tall and 10 inches wide across the bottom, 5 inches deep, so it fits my sizeable purse with room for sunglasses, my phone and other knickknacks as well. You can also adjust the length of the shoulder straps by several inches to make sure it hits you at the most comfortable point on your hip. I fully expect I’ll be using this a ton between now and Autumn, which feels forever away at the moment, which is just fine by me. Bring me wicker and bring me sun!

The Eden Colour Block Frill cardigan comes in sizes S-XL (equivalent UK 8-22) costing £35 and the Emmy Rattan basket bag costs £28. Joanie Clothing ship internationally.

Glasshouse Fairy [Collectif + Lulu Hun] 

The Fairy Doll dress by Collectif is one of their staple dresses that receives new print and colourway releases every spring/summer. This year the offerings are tropical themed samples of deliciousness, and I’ve been eagerly waiting for this orange and green combo of bamboo summer fun to be released since I saw the preview of SS17 last September.

I knew I loved the dress instantly purely for its vibrant print, but I didn’t realise it was going to be such a comfortable, easy wear. With no zips and only stretchy, stretchy smocking, this is a perfect dress for wearing on hot summer days when tight waistbands can pinch and rub as your body temperature rises. Plus, that stretch factor means it’s an excellent dress for travelling in both style and comfort, something I appreciated massively when I wore it this past weekend in the hot glasshouses of the Royal Edinburgh Botanical gardens and walking round the gorgeous (but hilly) city.

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Dress: Fairy Doll Tropical Bamboo Dress C/O Collectif
Shoes: Yellow Lidia flats C/O Lulu Hun
Cardigan:
Sage Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up
Bangles: Woven Bamboo bangle by Splendette + assorted thrifted
Necklace: Primark

This dress really is a summertime dream. Along with the comfort offered by the smocked back, the spaghetti straps are adjustable, allowing the whole dress to stretch and be adjusted to fit your body exactly. The decorative wooden buttons featured on the centre panel of the bodice sport a sweet engraved anchor design on each button face. The flared skirt is a great summer retro length, not so short you’ll be flashing your thighs but not so long that the extra fabric adds to the heat. It’s 25 inches long, to be exact, and it can take a medium volume petticoat should you want to add one.

The smocked back means sizing is a pretty easy affair on this style, as there’s lots of stretch in the waist. My size 16 flat measures 34 inches in the waist and stretches to 40 inches, and the bust 39 inches flat with stretch to around 47-48 inches. Your normal Collectif size should see you safe in this dress, but if you haven’t bought from Collectif before or you’re uncertain then I think it’s more important to choose your size according to your bust, so that you don’t put a lot of strain on the straps if you’re especially blessed in the chest department. They are spaghetti straps, after all.

Alongside this dress I also wore these new Lulu Hun Lidia shoes for my glasshouse jaunt. I’ve said before how much I love having a variety of flat shoes in my shoe-rack so I can finish off almost any outfit in a practical, comfortable manner that’s still cute. These Lidia flats have an adorable cut out feature on the pointed toe that offer something different to the almost identical bow-sporting round toed ballet flats I own in almost every colour from various high street chains.

I’ve noted in the past that Lulu Hun is known for sizing small but that I have always managed to wear my standard size 7 in all their styles I’ve owned so far, but this is the first style where I agree sizing up is almost universally necessary. In the size 7 these were very tight around my toes and I almost needed a shoehorn to get them on at the back at first, so I’ve had to stretch them out to a more comfortable fit by wearing them around the house for a few hours with thick socks. I could probably still find more comfort in going up to the size 8, really, so I would certainly advise you to think about sizing up yourself.

The Fairy doll dress comes in this Tropical Bamboo and a gorgeous blue Bird of Paradise print, each in UK sizes 6-22 for £55. The Lulu Hun Lidia flats come in yellow, mint, royal blue and red, in UK sizes 3-8 for £30.75. All of these items are available to order from Collectif’s website, which offers international shipping, or from one of their London or Brighton stores.