SUGAR, DARLING?

BY NANCY WHITTINGTON-COATES

Off The Grid


Well lovelies, I can safely say that I am bushed. I spent the last four days in Bruges with my family and then had to be up at 5:45am this morning for work and all the coffee in the world could not have saved me today. Bruges was absolutely gorgeous and I'll be posting an image heavy run down of the trip in the next few days but first I wanted to share with you one of my favourite new dresses, the gorgeous Grid Midi Dress from Simply Be.

I literally ordered this the minute I got a flyer through the door that featured it. I've been wanting a sheer grid dress for ages now but had only seen it in too small sizes or not quite the right shape, so when I saw a midi dress with elbow length sleeves I got straight on it. The dress arrived a few days before Plus North which I was really pleased about as I'd longed to wear it for the Saturday daytime event - I ordered a 22 and a 24 and decided to go with the 24 as that was more comfortable over my shoulders, arms and bust. I'd say it's pretty true to size as I've put on a bit since starting some new medication in May and I seem to be a 24 in pretty much everything now. 

The sheer overlay fabric is the perfect length for me hitting a little below the knee as a good midi dress should, however the underskirt hits mid thigh which to be honest is a little too short for me. I tend to wear shorts under my dresses a lot as I prefer the bare legged look but don't want to suffer from chub rub, but the underskirt is so short that even my shorts show underneath so for extra comfort I decided to wear cropped leggings for a long day's walking around Bruges. That would be my only criticism with the dress however as I adore the style, the fabric and the overall fit. 

To add an edge to the more formal midi length I decided to wear my favourite boots and echoed the gold detailing to their buckles with some gold jewellery. To finish off I bought my new bag from Chunky Cat Cuddler that I bought at Plus North, it was just £10 and I love the simple design with the bright blue.


Grid Midi Dress - Simply Be - £65.00
Cropped Leggings - ASOS Curve - £8.00
Catwalk Collection Biker Boots - Fashion World - £69.00*
Blue and Black Zip Detail Bag - Chunky Cat Cuddler - £10.00
Necklaces - Old New Look and Topshop

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