Just Tough Enough

Greetings from Scotland, the land that summer forgot...although I'm happy to report that in shooting these photos today, you may notice that it is not raining, and I'm pleased to announce that as I write this, I am still alive, and therefore have not died of exposure to the cold. Sadly, it's not warm enough for me to have even given a second thought to a pedicure yet (a sad state of affairs for June), but still. This is progress, however small.

If you've been reading a while, you'll already know that I can't leave a really feminine piece alone; I like need to add a bit of edge - mess up its hair a little, if you will, in order to make it feel more me.  The last time I showed you this dress, I pretty much presented it as is comes. This time I wanted to try something just a little different, while still paying homage to the lovely, diaphanous drape of the silk material (I still can't believe that I found this Amanda Wakeley dress for £20). I think the toughness of the black leather Obi belt and lace-up sandals (and the black tank layered underneath) provide just the right amount of toughness to make the look a bit more interesting, without being too much. It takes a very feminine piece and makes it a touch more casual...not tailgate party casual mind you, but night out casual. You could throw a denim jacket over this and not look weird, which lately is sort of my standard of measure for how real-life-useful a look is.


  1. Gorgeous dress, shoes and belt! Love the toughness :)

  2. So pretty - and I love a little toughness with a soft feminine dress. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xo.

  3. A wonderful dress and a spectacular look. I love the color combination, and also the design of the dress. Draping pattern, wonderful belt at the waist, and upper cross-piece are gorgeous. A proposal really spectacular, elegant and attractive.

  4. Oh, this is so very good. The obi belt is the perfect addition to that gorgeous dress. I love this!

  5. Draped dresses can be so elegant and versatile and this is definitely a great one! Love the All Saints shoes too 😍😍 Great to hear from you on Facebook. Thanks 😊

  6. Love this! Boy, i really need to portray a Tough Girl once in awhile eh? Love the belt, the grey with the taupe and those shoes are so gorgeous it make me wish for the day i could wear heels. Love the detail!

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday
    jess xx

  7. Very, very cool look -- swooning over that leather obi belt! Visiting from the Turning Heads linkup :)

    Jen @ Librarian for Life + Style

  8. Love this combo of sweet and tough - you do it so well. Love your blog, so inspiring.
    Anna's Island Style.

  9. Love the belt & the shoes & they both add the perfect touch of edginess to the dress! Andrea x


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