I still haven’t worked out who I want to be or what I want to do when I grow up, so on this blog please join me while I try and work it out while keeping child-like creativity alive!  Find home and fashion inspiration; travel and days out; photography, writing and more. Have fun looking around 🙂

 

00

Styling the Joe Browns Pretty Pinafore dress at Boston Common

joe browns pretty pinafore dress

Although it was the heaviest item of clothing in the suitcase, which was straining past the 20kg limit, I couldn’t travel to America without this new grey dress I recently bought from Joe Browns, I absolutely love it! And then, during our month in Connecticut we had the opportunity for a brief weekend trip to Boston, Massatusetts, so we thought we’d use make the most of the New England fall colours to take outfit photos for the blog….

 

styling a prince of wales check dress

Unfortunately it absolutely chucked it down with rain and the storm was big enough to be given a name, but I can’t remember what it was called now! So on our arrival on Saturday, we braved the weather and went exploring until in the end we gave up and retreated to a small shopping mall! The next day began drizzly, but was so much better than the night before, so we decided to walk to Boston Common – a place recommended in an old blog post by Victoria at In The Frow. Unfortunately the storm meant a lot of the trees there were only just clinging on to a few red leaves, but there were still autumn colours around and you could tell it would have been beautiful there in better weather. We took most of the photos of the dress under the shelter of the bandstand.

The bandstand at Boston Common

styling a fit and flare dress

I can’t gush enough about this pretty pinafore dress, the style suits me perfectly and flatters my curvy shape, and even though I’m a little late to the Prince of Wales check party, I love the print, so I won’t be worried when it’s not so much in fashion. It’s definitely one of the better quality dresses I’ve bought from Joe Browns and is a good heavy polyester, viscose and elastane mix fabric. The waistline sits quite high, but as the pinafore straps are adjustable, I could make it a bit longer to fit me better.

Styling a Joe Browns quirky dress

Over 40 fashion bloggerFall at Boston Common

Styling a Prince of Wales check dress

It’s a really smart dress actually, and I think it would be perfect for work-wear. I wore it with a cream jersey long-sleeved top underneath. There is a faint line of red in the check print, so a red top underneath would also work well. I went with the red for a cardigan over the top for an extra layer of warmth, which was definitely needed that day! It’s a cropped wool cardigan from Lindy Bop and works perfectly with a fitted top underneath and a flared skirt. If you’re going on a date after work, the top half of the dress fits well enough that you could actually take off your underneath layer for more of a sexy look. When I grow up I’ll be one of those people who need day to night clothing!

Styling winter office wear

I wore black leggings underneath for warmth, and black suede ankle boots which I bought from New Look.

kicking autumn leaves at Boston Common

If you’d like to see what else I bought in my little Joe Browns haul, take a look at this blog post and my YouTube video of me trying it all on. And if you’d like to watch the vlog of our visit to Boston – I’m currently in the middle of editing the video, so please subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss it!

Shop the look: (The Joe Browns Prince of Wales check Pretty Pinafore Dress and the New Look Black suedette ankle boots are the same; the red cardigan from Asos is similar.) Click the pictures to take you there.

 

Linking with the lovely ladies at #iwillwearwhatilike at Not Dressed as Lamb

PS. If you like this blog post PLEASE vote for me in the UK blog awards. Just click the heart next to ‘When I Grow Up blog’. Thank you! xxx

See the dress in video on my latest Lookbook:

 

Style Inspiration,
002 comments

Other posts you may like:

Weekly Wardrobe
August 22, 2016
I’ve had a hectic week this week. After the New Forest Fairy Festival, I had two days to do about six months-worth of cleaning before my parents came to stay! This is the outfit I wore when we went out for a lovely meal together. I thought I’d take the opportunity to wear these gorgeous wedge sandals from Faith that I can barely walk in, considering I only had to get from the car to the pub and back again! It’s not that they’re too tall – the style of the platform wedge makes them fine in that respect; but the lack of ankle support is the problem. That back heel strap keeps slipping down turning the shoes pretty much into flip-flops. Not ideal when you’re four inches off the ground! None-the-less, as you can see, they are just too pretty not to wear….
fashion blogger wearing a floral shirt dress
How to style a floral shirt dress; perfect spring fashion
May 29, 2018
I don’t know about you, but as we marched into April I had so had enough of winter! I was desperate to move away from my dark coloured winter wardrobe and wear some florals. I only went in Primark to buy a cheap skin-coloured bra as we were away in the camper and I’d forgotten to pack one! But on my way to the till I spotted this floral shirt dress that I just picked up (along with a mustard dress, coming to the style inspo section on the blog soon!) and took it with me….

2 Comments

Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies

Despite the rain your pictures are beautiful! Lovely outfit, you look great! I have just edited some photos with similar lighting – this will be our problem now until Spring brings back the brighter days! I love the reflections and the Autumn leaves xx

Reply

Helen

Thank you Maria; I know about the lighting – AND I boosted the exposure as much as I thought I could get away with! It’s only five weeks till the days start getting longer again though!! x

Reply

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.