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Sunday 2 June 2019

One And Done!

But it’s rarely one piece eh, for a cardi invariably comes too.

One and Done Dressing

There is a glorious feel to slipping on a dress.   Slip on a dress. Why, just those words alone conjure up an image of easeful elegance.
One dress and out the door, no faffing about whether this goes with that.  One and done.  OAD.

Of course accessories need to be considered.  Accessories create extra scope with the one-piece, extra dimension.
Accessories allow for occasion and mood changes.

And then comes cardi selection ...
Ok, one-piece dressing isn't quite the one and done it's cracked up to be but it does make outfit selection a whole lot easier when top and bottom selection is taken out of the equation.


Fear of missing the season.
Not so snappy an acronym as FOMO, I grant you, but this convoluted and clumsy  acronym is still real.

What Happened Last Summer

FOMTS is real because at the end of last summer, I suddenly realised I'd spent a huge chunk of summer in everything but dresses.

  Dresses are a one stop choice, OAD.  They're cool-wear on hot days as there are no tight waistbands to endure when the heat cranks up.
So why they had not been my go tos last year was beyond me.

My Strategy

Well, I don't need to think too much about the whys and wherefores of What Happened Last Summer.
I just need to put a strategy in place to avoid it this summer.
Which I did last week.
I hooked out about 15 or so dresses.  Awesome was the sight of freshly washed dresses in their summer hues, fluttering on the line against a backdrop of season-fresh foliage and deep cerulean sky.

  15 dresses gives me 2 wears per dress month max, as some
days I'll be in jeans, shorts or skirts.
By the end of summer (September) each dress could be worn eight times, max.  Let’s see if that’s how it pans out!

Off To A Good Start


On Wednesday of this week I wore a floral dress with ruffles for a dinner date, shown in my previous post, the-dress-that-keeps-on-giving, HERE.


Friday saw me slipping into yellow floral for a night out with girlfriends.

This duck egg blue cashmere cardi was rejected by The Photographer With Fashion Views. 
It was apparently "the wrong shape for the dress" and the remedy was to "best change into the yellow cardi you usually wear with it, that one works."

 Why I have allowed him to have views on what I wear flummoxes me sometimes, but on this occasion he was right.


The day was HOT, the hottest of the year.

We had a family birthday celebratory dinner (absolutely super!).

I chose an aqua linen shift.  I usually wear it with heels but I felt glitzy sandals would be better for the warm evening

The grey and clear beads on the cardi are echoed through to the beaded sandals.  I felt quite smug about that!

This beaded cardi works so well as an evening cover up, for yes, it really rarely is one and done dressing, is it ladies?
There's always a cover up, always a cardi.

A taupe bag and I was good to go.

In Summary (or, In Summery!!)

So yes, I'm enjoying one and done dressing for summer, and my strategy for dress wearing through the season is working.  But it's early days eh?!!

Now it's your turn, ladies!
Are you a one and done dresser in summer?
And do YOU suffer from FOMTS?
And, AND, do you get good use out of YOUR summer dresses?

A la perchoine,
Mary x.


  1. FOMTS? Yes!!! Brilliant! You are so right, that is how I feel so often, especially with my winter clothing. You are stunning in these dresses and I love your hair longer. You are reverse aging my friend and you need to share your secrets - you'll be a millionaire if you can bottle it up and sell it!

    1. Yes I know how you have jumpers just queued up waiting for your three days of winter! And thank you, such a sweet thing to say about my hair, I'm trying to fight the thinning process with shampoos and potions but my hair's putting up a fight! And how very sweet of you, I'd love to think I was reversing the ageing process but the neck doesn't lie! I THINK that's what Shakira will be singing in another 40 years!
      Hugs, x.

  2. FOMTS is so real! I go through it every summer. Your dresses are lovely and you look beautiful! I really love the blue. And maybe TP has learned some fashion sense from your blog. He was right about the yellow cardi. :-)

    1. Oh it's so real eh?! Hope you get going with dresses at the beginning of your summer. Thanks for your kindness and I'll let TP know he made the right choice.
      Hugs, x.

  3. I usually panic in the last few weeks of a season and realise I haven't worn pieces as much as I thought I would and try fix it before the weather changes, haha! :)

    I really like that blue cardi with the yellow dress too - why not try belting it to give it more shape?

    Good luck with your dress wearing goals!

    Hope that you had a great weekend!

    Thank you so much for joining the #weekdayWearLinkUp :) I just posted this week's linkup, I'd love you to join again! :)

    Away From Blue

    1. Oh it really is sheer panic eh Mica!! Thanks, and thanks for your idea with the belt, spookily I found one the same colour as the cardi in a charity shop last week!
      Hugs, x.

  4. Great dresses, and the final beaded cardi may look good with the first dress too …. Lise

    1. Oh you lovely readers are coming up do with great styling ideas. I think you're right, that cardi may just work!I
      Hugs, x.

  5. The duck egg dress is really pretty - love that shade on you Mary. Hope to see you on #chicandstylish this week my friend. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    1. Thanks Jacqui, it's difficult to go wrong in such a pretty colour!
      Hugs, x.

  6. I wore lots of dresses last year but this year I've only worn one so far Mary. I hope the weather is going to pick up and be like last year. You look stunning in all the dresses styled in this post.

    1. Thanks Laurie, so sweet, and get going with all your lovely dresses, summer's here!
      Hugs, x.

  7. Dresses are so nice for easy dressing! I like jumpsuits for that reason too! Both of these dresses look fabulous on you!

    1. Thanks, Laura, let's make this an easy dressing summer!
      Hugs, x.