I love these kinds of challenges - style one item multiple ways. Because that's how my wardrobe has to work - if I can't make three or four outfits out of one item, it doesn't make the cut. When Jenny at Hot Squash offered me a dress for this post (and a special discount code for School Gate Style readers - see below!), I chose a dove grey one. Grey is my favourite neutral - it just goes with everything and complements, rather than contrasts (as black does) other colours like pink, blue and yellow.
The style of dress is something I don't have in my wardrobe at the moment. A shorter, jersey, day dress. Perfect for the warmer weather, especially as it's made from the Hot Squash coolfresh fabric which keeps you cool when it's warm. The material is also great for packing as it's crease resistent and lightweight.
Here's the dress I chose as worn by the Hot Squash model.
|Pleat Jersey Dress - Hot Squash|
It's going to be hard to follow that but hey, this blog is all about how these things look on a 5'6" pear shaped mum of 3 - not a blonde amazonian goddess :)
Look number 1 is the school gate look - denim jacket, flat pumps, scarf.
I'm nothing if not consistent :)
|Cropped Denim Jacket - M&S SS12 (similar)|
Scarf - TK Maxx (AW12)
Navy Pumps - Zalando
Look number 2 is going outside my comfort zone a bit. Inspired by Katy Hill (whom I saw at Britmums), I decided to try the ankle boot with a dress look. And I liked it more than I thought I would! Also love how the grey and camel worked so well together:
|White Vest - Primark|
Boots - Mango (AW12)
Handbag - The Sac (old_)
For Look 3, I wanted an smarter option to show how well this dress can go from day to night or from casual to the office. I added a statement necklace, black belt, heels & a cropped black jacket:
|Necklace - School Gate Style Shop|
Jacket - Dunnes Stores (not that similar but would work well too)
Black Leather Court Shoes - New Look (similar here)
Elastic Belt worn with clasp at the back - New Look (similar here)
Finally - Look 4 - it goes beautifully with my rainbow scarf....ok, I know this scarf matches LOTS but it does look particularly fab with this dress. Another casual day look that I'm going to enjoy wearing..
|Scarf - old and not from my shop (sadly)|
White Vest - Primark
Sandals - Boden (now down to £35!)
Necklace - gifted
As I mentioned above, the good news is that there is a Hot Squash discount code for School Gate Style readers. If you use DRESS at the checkout, you'll get 20% off. Sweet.
Thank you to Hot Squash for supplying me with this dress. I am wearing a size 10 in this dress. I would say the fit is pretty spot on. If you are between sizes and bigger in the bust, you should size up.
As always, I was not obliged or paid to blog about it and all views are my own.