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Thursday 25 July 2019

Slightly Off-Colour

Just popping in with a quickie peeps as today's going to be an el skorchio and I want to max out on it!!!

And I've maxed out on this dress over the years.

It's a go to in summer as it's so easy to wear, skimming the bumpy lumpies and covering my legs' insaney veinies!

I wore it to a christening this past sunny Sunday.

It's from Madeleine and it was described as a beach dress.  Well I call it a posh tea dress and wouldn't dream of beaching with it, though perhaps the Puerto Banus set might wear a posh frock on the playa ...

Now the thing is, I love the quality of Madeleine's pieces, but they are a bit too pricey for my pensioner's purse to support.  However, on a good day with the wind in the right direction, I can just about afford a splurgette.  

And the magic formula for those splurgette conditions?

How to afford a Madeleine dress on a pension

1.  Their beach dresses look like "real" dresses but are in a much kinder price bracket.
2.  They have AMAZING sales.

Get those two stars sync-ing in the heavens and you've just bagged yourself a classy dress!

Accessorising Prints

Now this surprised me ... I normally team this  dress with bright pink as I've always seen it as the print's dominant colour.  
But on closer inspection, I was drawn this time to the red and coral in the dress, so I wore coral jewellery and slipped over my lovely Woolovers coral bead-embellished cashmere cardi.

And I was sooo excited, the two looked fabulous together.  

But ok, that cardi stayed shoved in my bag the whole day (el skorchio, don't ya know?!) but I knew it was there and I knew it was the perfect playmate for this pretty jersey, er, beachdress.

And yes, although the cardi picked out the coral in the dress, the red peep toe espadrilles married in the print's red.  And hey, the (unworn!) cardi was so far removed from the charity-find shoes that there was no jarring of the eyes when looking at this outfit in its pre- el skorchio state.
Do you agree?
And do I worry a little too much about precise colour matching?!

Well, forget colour matching as a precise science!
Yes, my second tip today is that you can pick out the tones of colour from a print and,  indeed,  generally can get away with the slightly-off mismatch of colour if the accessories individually are kept at some distance.

Now,  enough with the tips, I'm off to the beach for a cool-down dip in the sea.
Enjoy your day!

A la perchoine,
Mary x.


  1. Ohh, I love this look on you. You do suit both color and flowers - hope you're feeling better Mary. Jacqui Mummabstylish
    Don't forget to join the #chicandstylish #linkup

    1. Haha Jacqui, took me a while to twig that one!! Thanks and have a nice sunday, x.

  2. Susan Hinesley25 July 2019 at 14:56

    Mary, this just might be the prettiest dress you own. It looks GREAT on you. And this post made me laugh so much. Bumpy lumpies and insaney veinies :-) You are a hoot!

    1. Oh that is such a sweet comment, in every way! Thank you, Susan, x.

  3. I hope you enjoyed your swim and how I envied you! The Madeleine dress is lovely; I do love floral prints. I'd never heard of them I must admit but everyday's a school day. eh?

    1. Haha Vronni, and I love that we keep learning; Madeleine pieces are definitely keepers. It's fab to be in an island when the heat cranks up, 💘.
      Hugs sweetie, x.

  4. Pretty colors!!

  5. You shine my sweet friend and these florals remind me of the prettiest garden amoungst the prettiest lady!

    1. You say the sweetest things, lovely lady. And for those of us who don't have green fingers (like me!), there's always floral dresses!
      Hugs hun, x.

  6. Such a lovely dress and one which never dates. I hope you get many more years wear from it. Regards - Jill stylishatsixty

    1. Thanks Jill and so true, this dress must be about ten years old and Madeleine is still rolling out this dress pattern but with different colours and prints each season.
      Hugs, x.

  7. oh i hope you enjoyed your beachy day.. sounds nice! And I know scorchers as we have had em and the only thing you can do is the pool, beach or air conditioning . Love your dress with coral, red, and pretty florals. The cardi is the perfect color to show off the dress.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    1. Aww thanks Jess, and so true, this is the weather for splashing about in cooling water!
      Hugs my sweet, x.

  8. That's a beautiful dress and I agree - much too prety to reserve for just the beach! I like the bright heels with it :)

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

    Hope that you had a great weekend! :)

    Away From Blue

    1. Thanks, and yes Mica, why do they call these things beach dresses?!
      Have a fab week, x.

  9. I love this dress and the shoes. Looks great on you.

  10. I love the Madeline brand Mary and I'm with you on the price bracket. I'm going to take a look at the beach dresses now. This looks stunning on and you'd never thing it was beachwear xx