Red Gypsy Dress & This Year Of Upheaval

Knowing me is knowing that I love red. I've always had red dresses that are structured and streamlined to the body, and usually in one solid colour. So this one is a bit unique. Not only is it printed, but the shape is so different than what I'm used to in a red dress. I love how it's a contrast between whimsical/ romantic, and bold/ dramatic. The gypsy skirt gives it a Bohemian, whimsical feel while the fire engine red colour makes it subtly fierce. Other details in the dress are a contrast as well. The neckline is a stiff Chinese collar-type high neck, and there are buttons down the front on the body of the dress. Both these two features give the dress a smart and preppy feel. That contrasts with the bishop sleeves which are made of just the outer material which is sheer, and so has a lovely fall and balloon effect near the wrist. The sleeves have elastic at the hem to enhance the balloon effect. 

And while the print of the dress is eclectic with its Victorian motifs in a bold geometric pattern in bright blue and yellow, the skirt is flowy with a high-low hem and a subtle frill, which takes attention away from the bold print and the bright colours. I love that the waist is cinched with a simple belt of the same material which you can tie as a bow or leave untied.

Even though all these things make the dress so interesting, my favourite part about it is the shape. Because the body is fitted, the flare and flow of the skirt stand out against it and flatter the body. I'm always a fan of opposites when it comes to style because it always makes everything eye-catching and attractive. A loose top with a straight pant, a fitted tee with a big skirt, round sunglasses on a long face, etc.  Remember that when you can't decide what top to pair with what bottom or even which shoes to wear with your outfit. Go for ones that are different in shape or colour to your outfit, for a fun addition and to make a statement.

Coming back to this outfit, I accessorized with a silver earring and necklace set in a teardrop shape. The pendant is one of my favourites because not only has little teardrops in a row {my favourite design in jewellery}, but the drops are threaded loosely so that they move and do a pretty little dance when shaken. With the neckline of the dress creating a long narrow V, this necklace was the perfect fit. 

An intricate ring and a leather strap watch completed the accessories. Since the dress has so much going on, I kept the accessories simple.

On my feet, I wore light grey slingbacks with an ankle strap. With this kind of hem, all the attention are on your feet so you've got to wear pretty shoes! 

I carried a big tote in black and white. A demo of how I carry it is shown in the photo below. ;)

I chose shoes and bag are in neutral shades to offset all the colours in the dress, and to pull the whole look together.

Dress: Saji's Couture, Teardrop Set: from India, Ring: Silver Souk, Watch: Fossil, Bag: Parfois, Shoes: New Look.

On another note, I've really been enjoying March and now April, what with all the rain and funny weather. There's also a personal event coming up, which has me busy planning for it with family. It's going to be a big change but I'm excited. A lot of people hate change. I've always happily embraced change because life would be so boring without it, and you never know where change leads you to. Even the bad things.

Thinking about it, I feel like 2019 so far has been a year of change. And not just any change. Big, abrupt change. But GOOD change. Changes in my business, my fitness classes and my relationships with friends and family. Things have happened suddenly and I've had to adapt to accommodate everything, review and alter plans for the future, and ultimately, change old thinking patterns. Which is always a good thing because if I'm not evolving my thinking patterns, I'm not growing as a person.

What do you think? Has this been a year of upheaval and change for you? Do you like change? Hate it? Leave me a comment after this post. 

Read more about change in my book, Loving Yourself In Style. I talk about my life experiences and what they taught me. The book is for BD 3.500 in Bahrain and $10 online.

Until next time


Shabana Feroze


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