Today’s Outfit: Check it Out

So today’s outfit is technically not from my capsule wardrobe.

I may have mentioned before that I am sometimes kindly given clothes as a gift for the writing work that I do. One of said gifts was this Next navy checked shirt dress, which I couldn’t wait to try out.

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The dress is fairly similar to the Next shirt I wore in this post, but while I’m still up in the air about that shirt, I am really liking this dress. Like the shirt, it is in the same soft fabric, but the dress seems to fit better. Well, for a start, it’s a dress – the length is just right for me, whereas the shirt seemed a little long for my petite frame. It’s a relaxed fit, not too tight, and super comfy.

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I also liked the versatility of this dress – it could be worn partially unbuttoned for a laidback look; buttoned all the way up for a preppier style; the sleeved folded for when it gets warmer (the dress has those little tabs and buttons to keep the folded sleeves in place). The dress could also be worn as a shirt with the tails tucked in, as it’s cut fairly high on the sides (well, high for me).

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next_checked_dress6Aaah the smize.

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I forgot to take photos of it (but did remember to ‘gram), in the morning I wore my Forever New cardigan (from my current winter capsule wardrobe) over this dress in the morning – the sun took a little while to warm the day.

These Shoe the Bear boots I’ve been umming and ahhing about – I actually hadn’t worn them much before I decided to include them in my winter capsule wardrobe, mainly because I didn’t think they suited me. They were bought while I was heavily pregnant with my first child, and you can imagine the fenagling I had to do to try them on with my swollen feet and bump. Regardless, I decided to buy them; they were quite expensive for what they were, but I think my pregnancy hormones were raging and I just wanted to buy something, anything, at the time. Ah impulse purchases.

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I’m thinking this dress could indeed be included in my capsule wardrobe, whether it be my winter one or my spring one I haven’t decided yet.

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Dress: Next (similar | similar)
Tights: Voodoo
Shoes: Shoe the Bear (similar)
Watch: Deon Dane (similar)

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