Monday, 23 July 2012

Outfit Post: Whistles Maxi Dress

Something very exciting happened to me a few Sundays ago. I was wandering along Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill with Sherin after a lovely lunch at Taqueria and we decided to stop off in one of my favourite British High Street stores: Whistles. The Whistles on Westbourne Grove has moved up the street from next to Tom's Deli to almost next to Granger & Co. and I really love the new store layout. Anyway, back to the really exciting part. I am short. Not just a little bit short, but almost every single person towers over me at London Fashion Week if I don't wear heels - photos of me interviewing tall supermodels make my friends and family laugh for months - maxi dresses in shops are taller than I am short. Most things maxi look pretty stupid on me, but since I found success with a petite vintage maxi dress, I've been craving another one. It has been rather a depressing shopping Summer looking for one, where for once clothes shopping has been putting me in a really bad mood. But I found it. A maxi dress that I don't have to wear heels with to keep it off the ground. 
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Maxi Dress: Whistles, Sandals: Marc O'Polo c/o Spartoo, Bracelet: Gift, Key Pendant: Tiffany & Co.

It is a pretty amazing dress, and I think the only problem with it is you can't get it anymore; it was a brilliant sale find, reduced to £55 from £95 (even if it did annoy me that the solid black version was £50, I had to pay £5 extra for stripes!). I tried both on, and not only am I really happy I went for the stripes because I love how it looks on, but judging by the dress she describes in her text, I'm pretty sure my best friend Kathryn picked up the black version in the sales as well! It is super comfortable, and I'm really looking forward to wearing it as an every day dress in Los Angeles paired with simple silver jewellery and a pair of these plain black leather sandals like these Marc O'Polo ones I have been living in this Summer. 

Now, as you can't get this dress (or the sandals for that matter) anymore, I thought this post would be the perfect opportunity to try out this shopping widget of similar items to items in my outfits I'm thinking of including at the bottom of my outfit posts in future, and some of my brand focus features too.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this widget, if you think I should try to include more items, make it more specific, do more of them, less of them, if you think it is a brilliant idea, or if you think it is a terrible one!


What is the one item of clothing you always have problems shopping for?

19 comments:

  1. marikokiyota23 July 2012 00:28

    I'm glad you posted that widget because I am always looking for a nice key necklace! So thank you.
    I always have problems buying shoes, actually! I'm technically a 7, but many times pumps slip right off the back of my heels no matter if I put in Dr. Scholl's or not. 6 is too small, and I can hardly ever find 6 1/2. It's mildly depressing!

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  2. Okay, so I totally have that problem too - I just can't wear pumps, be they flats or heels, I always have to have something strapping my feet in because I have really wide feet - and that means I can't fit my feet in lots of shoes with straps either - annoying as hell!

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  3. OMG, yes. That widget is amazing.
    So glad you found the perfect maxi. I knew it'd be amazing when you tried it on in store.

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  4. Story of my life! It's depressing in some ways because I see beautiful shoes everywhere but I have to compromise. There needs to be an upheaval in shoe technology haha

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  5. I'm glad you like it! I made it, and I still endlessly press the buttons and have fun playing with it!

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  6. Glad I did not get the black version in the end - Kathryn picked it up at Bluewater!

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  7. Maira and Diana24 July 2012 19:43

    Lovely dress.
    Looks amazing on you. Loving stripes right now!!
    livingthrufashion.blogspot.com

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  8. I'm petite as well so have the same trouble as you - maxi dresses! Funnily enough I also found one of my favorite skirts on sale at Whistles - occasionally they do seem to make things good for us shorties, though I've found many items there that were only for taller gals :)

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  9. There jeans are a little long, not too bad, but it is their dresses that are bad for petite people - too long in the body!

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  10. Mariel Parton24 July 2012 23:26

    pretty dress, great outfit <3

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  11. Gorgeous dress!! It looks so good on you, and I hadn't noticed at all that you're petite! The widget is an amazing idea, especially for sold out items like this dress! I also love the fact that you're giving options for combining that dress or one of the other dresses. Amazing widget on an amazing blog! :-)

    xo Saskia
    http://formerparades.blogspot.com

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  12. Thanks Saskia, I'm glad you like it, and my blog! I've had so much great feedback from it, I think I'm going to make it a permeant feature!


    And you can only truly see how petite I am when you see photos of me next to people who are not other female family members - I'm the tallest shortie!

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  13. Lovely dress and I think you made the right choice getting stripes they are always a summer favourite!

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  14. What a beautiful dress! And you look lovely! Wait til you have mexican food in Los Angeles! ;)

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  15. lovely dress and brilliant widget, i reckon! x


    http://seeing-ghosts.blogspot.com

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  16. lovely maxi!! I thanks you...enjoy fashion show!!

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  17. lovely maxi!! I thanks you...enjoy fashion show!!Angelababy

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