As you know, I don’t like to buy too much – stop laughing! – and believe you only need one good example of everything. One black jacket, one navy sweater, one Breton. Only once that good example you have falls to bits are you permitted to go out and seek another example. (An exception to this rule is jeans, but that’s another story.)
It stops you from having a) nothing to wear because all you have in your wardrobe is Breton tops and b) that compulsive shopping quirk where you buy the same thing over and over again because you are seeking validation but are directionless.
To that end I have had for years a hand-me-down long printed Zara dress and as far as I was concerned that was my long printed dress option. Except it has never really fit me properly as it’s a little too big and gapes at waist so I’ve ended up shying away from it in any long-printed-dress situation, which means that even though I technically have a long printed dress, I effectively don’t.
And I have decided that they are useful and have got over my thing of thinking “there’s no point in getting a long printed dress now because they’re about to go out of fashion” because they are really seriously not going anywhere for a long time. So a few weeks ago I bought the “Della” dress from Gerard Darel via John Lewis on sale – it is still there, but it is now only left in a few sizes.
If you don’t have a long printed dress – or if like me you technically have one but effectively don’t, get one. Wear with a suit jacket or biker jacket and plain white sneakers, or your ugly trainers or any kind of boot.
I feel like a high, round neck is a little more modern than a v-neck, but do as you please. I also feel like print is more forgiving and hides that cheese-and-rose tum left over from summer. Of course, everyone is wearing long leopard-print dresses but I am shy of leopard print anyway and then there’s that thing that wherever you go someone else will also be wearing the long leopard-print dress. I went into town yesterday and there was so much leopard print it was like being at the zoo – and there’s a fine line between looking modern and looking like a suckah for a trend.
I’m sorry about all these pictures aligning left by the way – I centre them before posting but they insist on scooting over to the left, it’s dementing and my web designer is on holiday so I cannot ask her how to fix it.
This Kitri dress also comes in red – if you fancy it snap it up sharpish as the whole thing with Kitri is they don’t make very many of any one dress.
Size one down on this one – I tried it on and it was too big so sent it back, but I am still vaguely thinking about it.