MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Vintage Selection
£15.50; available from MAC stores, Selfrigdes, some branches of Debenhams, and online.
Essie Greige Collection
Left: Chinchilly; Right: Master Plan
Index and ring fingers: Chinchilly; middle and pinky fingers: Master Plan
£7.99 each; available at Boots, Superdrug, and online
M&S swing shift dress
I don't usually feature clothes on here, but this is the first thing (and best thing) I've bought in a while and I wanted to share it.
You know those days where you feel like nothing you put on fits? Or whatever you put on looks awful and you wonder what on earth you were thinking when you bought it? To try and avoid that feeling I buy clothes with a bit of stretch in that aren't dependent on me having a 'thin day'. But nice, smart, comfortable clothes can be difficult to find. Quite often I try a beautiful dress only to discover that it's made of a thick, inflexible fabric that will leave me feeling like a Gigantic Blob as soon as I've eaten dinner. That's why I'm so enamoured with this dress - it's comfortable and flattering, but smart enough to wear out to dinner.
It's a simple black swing dress, fitted at the top and gently flared towards the bottom, with a round neckline and straight sleeves which end above my elbow. There's no waistband, which makes a sleeker shape. Instead there's a central seam running down the front and back. The flared swing style means it gently skims over the parts of me that I'm less fond of, too.
The light fabric (94% viscose, 6% elastane - plenty of stretch) is a little thin, so I prefer to wear a top underneath it. The standard fit comes in sizes 8 to 22; the petite comes in sizes 8 to 18. My usual size 16 (in the standard fit) fits perfectly and ends just above my knees. I think this dress would would look lovely on anyone, no matter their size, shape, and style.
£19.50; M&S stores and online (get the standard fit here and the petite fit here.)
Thanks for reading!