No matter what the season, I do love a pretty, printed dress. In fact, I have to stop myself from adding to my already extensive collection. You see, for years I subscribed to the ‘less is more’ mantra and steadily built up a wardrobe of basics in white, black, navy and taupe. But I missed colour SO much, and quickly realized that colour can, and often does, impact my mood. Green, yellow and turquoise are definite mood lifters for me, while red and orange add a fiery element of energy to my temperament.
The pretty printed dress I’m wearing above is from Signature Clothing (R690), and features bold pops of pink and yellow on a burgundy-patterned base. I see they don’t have the exact one on their website, but HERE is a very, very similar version in the same fabric, with slightly shorter sleeves, and lumo yellow piping on the neckline.
This dress has become a favourite because it’s so easy to wear! For a day of running around, I pair it with my taupe coloured espadrilles. For beauty launches and business meetings, I throw on a pair of heels and a bold pink (MAC Candy Yum Yum) lippy. One thing, you do need to wear a slip under this dress (and most of the other dresses in this collection) as in certain light, it can be see-through. My favourite slip is this one HERE from Country Road. It costs R299 and is available in neutral and black.
These leather heels were bought in 2003 – the year I found out I was pregnant with my daughter – from Woolworths W Collection. I think I paid around R800 for them, which was a lot at the time, but so worth it given that they still look great after all these years. The style reminds me of something my mom would’ve worn in the 60’s, with their wooden heels and slightly distressed tobacco coloured leather. Best of all, they are SO comfy because the have a cushioned sole.
I like accessorizing this dress with my Missibaba clutch – also boldly patterned in shades of pink leather. I bought the one above 5 years ago, but you can find very similar styles in the Missibaba stores or online HERE. I love the Missibaba brand very, very much. And yes, while their bags are expensive, remember that no two are alike because they’re handmade. Missibaba bags are like wearable art pieces, and bring a VERY unique element to ones look. I’ve been collecting their bags and earrings for years now, and will one day hand my collection to my daughter.
As I mentioned earlier, this dress is by Signature Clothing – a Cape Town based brand that designs with the wearer in mind. I really like their timeless pieces that are stylish, modern, comfortable and wearable. The clothing is easy to style, and you’ll find a selection of shirt dresses, kaftans, t-shirts, harem trousers and (amazing) sleepwear all at affordable prices. Check the brand out at www.signatureclothing.co.za