Unusual Dresses + The Exciting New Things In My Life

I would have never, ever picked this dress out from a rack in the shop. But now it's one of my faves. It has got to be one of the most comfortable dresses I have ever worn. You have to have dresses like these in your wardrobe. They're the perfect quick-fix to when you don't know what to wear, you're in a hurry, or when you know you're going out for a big lunch. ;)

About the Outfit

Like I said, this dress wouldn't have been my first choice. My mom picked it out for me and asked me to try it on and I was like, "This? Really?". But once on, it looked amazing and felt SO comfy. Just goes to show you that you should always try on different and new stuff. {I talk about this in the Fashion & Style chapter of my book, Loving Yourself In Style.} Which is why I love taking my mom shopping with me. She always steers me away from my safe zone. Not to mention she has the funniest comments on styles and patterns. {"This looks like you're in prison."}

The cut and the print are not something that I would usually wear. You know how much of a florals/ solid colours person I am. This kind of print is out of the question for me. But on closer inspection, I loved how it looked. The print is very Moroccan, with an eclectic mix of patterns and bright colours. I love all the little motifs and swirls.

The dress drapes beautifully on the body and has a slightly loose fit. The material is a cotton mix and is a bit crinkly. It has some stretch because of the crinkliness. Which is why it doesn't need any side zippers or buttons or the neck or any other fastenings. I LOVE dresses and tops that don't need fastenings because you can just slip those over your head without anything getting caught or stuck.

Another reason why I wasn't attracted to this dress was the length. I usually like dresses and skirts that are midi {knee length} or maxi, all the way to the floor. In between these two lengths can make me look awkward. What I didn't realize is that the hem of this dress is very interesting- it's longer in the middle and lifted up from the sides. It still manages to look long, without having the heaviness of a full maxi dress. 

The sleeves overlap at the top, and fall in a pretty flare down to the bottom, finishing just above the elbows. Again, an unusual design for me. But I love it because it means that your arms feel free and unencumbered. 

This is a great sundress that just doesn't look like your typical sundress. I've already worn it several times and also worn it on the trip to Kerala where it was hot and humid like Bahrain. It makes for a great travel dress. I actually wore it to my friend's wedding, with a bigger necklace and strappy sandals.

I paired it with navy blue pumps and a black bag in this look. The blue of the shoes goes great with the blue accents in the dress's print. I accessorized with a golden necklace, a brown embroidered cuff, and a statement watch.  

I'd love to wear the dress again with colourful shoes and a bright bag, to bring out the colours in the print. And maybe try it with a belt as well.

What clothes and styles are in your comfort zone? Who makes you change your safe looks and try something new? Do you like sticking to one type of style or trying different ones? Let me know in the comments at the end of this post!

 Dress: Koton, Necklace: c/o I Am, Bag, Watch: Gifted, Shoes: Primark. Photos: Arif Feroze

On A Personal Note

It's been a few weeks in my new office and I'm loving it. What I'm not loving is walking to and fro from home to work because OHMIGAWD THIS HEAT IS NUTS. But there's no way I'm going to get in my car for a 30-second drive. The solution - an umbrella and doubling my sunscreen cream. And walking really fast.

Another thing I'm really excited about is giving classes in a new gym. I'll be giving BodyCombat classes in Dessange in Adliya. I've been teaching at Fitness First for ages now, so this is a big change for me. So far I'm loving the vibe of the place. I've been attending other instructor's classes too at Dessange this whole week and I'm on a natural high, all the time. Not to mention VERY sore. I'm like Chandler after Monica has been training him.

That aside, can you believe that half the year is over? It's July already. Most people will be travelling and getting away from the crazy heat of these months. But I won't be. I'll be staying right here and getting baked. And roasted. And grilled. {Please can scientists do more to stop global warming? Please? Please? We're dying here in Arabia!}

What will you be doing this summer? Travelling to cooler climes or getting baked with me?

Until next time,

Shabana Feroze

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