Sunday, 12 July 2015

I feel like I have lost myself and I don't know where I'm hiding..

Lace Dress: George*

Balletomane shoe boots: Irregular Choice
Clutch Bag: River Island

Having a rather important evening out planned this weekend, that common question reared it's ugly head once again. 
What on Earth will I wear?

I'm struggling so much at the moment with my body image and my confidence. I spend most of my days wishing that I looked different, wanting to change things about my appearance and where I used to love putting an outfit together, it's lost all of it's enjoyment factor, of late and I frankly would rather be wearing a paper bag over my head to hide from the world. Reading Maria's post about body confidence really helped me to realise just how bad this situation is getting to me. 

Anyhow. This didn't change the fact that I had to find an outfit for a work-related event. Something which I'd need to go to work first, then travel to, for an evening of networking (blah).  Whilst I don't have a dress code as such at work, I wondered if a homemade dinosaur dress was really the thing. Perhaps not fancy enough for an evening of dinner and whatnot?

Step in George, whose selection of evening dresses really saved the day. They really do have some #GeorgeousDresses lately. When I first saw this one I knew it would be the perfect thing. Well, actually, in reality when I first saw this I wondered when I could have an Audrey Hepburn fancy dress party as it reminded me of this, but the perfect outfit for this event was a close second in the thoughts race.

The bright pink colour of this one is perfect and although close-fitting pencil dresses make me feel a little wary and anxious about my shape, I think the top layer effect helps a little. I also decided to add a fairly simple belt to make the waist more defined and then...let my shoes do most of the talking here. 

Yep, these are the Balletomane heels which I had so many problems with. I ended up being talked into keeping them but as yet hadn't taken the opportunity to actually wear them. So this was their first outing and I think they work quite well with the plain pink of the dress. I had to be pretty careful in them, as walking too hard on the ground makes the musical mechanisms in the heels ping a little, which I'm sure can't be good. 

For the record, I'm still saddened a little by the hassles I had with these shoes. I've received more Irregular Choice shoes as gifts since this episode, but haven't purchased myself so don't have a lot of update as to what the customer service is like these days. Once the year is out and the spending ban has come to an end, it would probably take a lot to get me shopping with them again, but I'm planning to continue to enjoy wearing my existing collection as I do love the shoes I own.

How would you style this dress? Do you think it works OK as a day-to-night outfit? And if you have any tips on gaining some body confidence, please share them!


  1. I think that pencil style of skirt really suits you!! The black belt pulls it together perfectly with those (frankly amazing - even after all your issues) boots. I think you're right, the layering of the lace is really flattering. And I love your hair up, it shows your elegant neck.

    P.S. Ha! If I knew the answer to giving body confidence I could make a fortune! Does a stranger saying "stop obsessing, you look fantastic!" help? Thought not. *g*

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I'm not sure what the answer is either, but I'm trying hard to be confident enough to keep posting outfit photos even if I'm not feeling that confident in them.

  2. Wow. The colour of that dress properly pops on you! You look fabulous! I anticipate a few more comments the same, so that the annoying inner gremlin that makes us so body conscious can do one!!! x PS those shoe-boots are amazing too of course!

    1. Thank you for your lovely words. I really love the colour of the dress. <3

  3. I think you look beautiful here and you have a really lovely figure but I know that you don't believe this about yourself. I got to the point where I realised that everyone was so wrapped up in their own concerns that they wouldn't notice or care what I looked like or was wearing and eventually it got better. I also figure, I will look back at photos in 20 years and laugh about my hair or clothing anyway so I might as well have fun now!

    Thank you for your kind words on my post and please do know that I am ALWAYS here for you if you need or want to chat!

    Maria xxx

    1. Thanks Maria. I think maybe I need to realise that. Particularly places like the gym, where I find myself constantly comparing myself to others and coming up short.

  4. I wish I could help you with the body confidence. I hated my nose and my wonky eye, plus having a large bottom comparatively compared to tiny waist for many years but I just have too much to think about in my daily life to worry about it now, I kind of accept that I am the way I am and I'm lucky I can see out of one eye and can smell things and wear skater skirts, so try to focus on the good ways I have been created but other than that, I don't know what the secret is I'm afraid. I really do think you have a lovely figure and gyms are definitely not a place to feel happy about oneself. X

    1. No, I don't know the answer either :(

  5. Bloody love you in this dress, you should absolutely wear more pencil style stuff!

  6. What a fabulous dress: colour, cut, everything really suits you. I'd never think of George as having something so pretty!