White Floral Maxi Dress + Becoming Who I Told You Not To Be

Style Speak

I find it so hard to find a maxi dress that's not sleeveless or doesn't have a deep neck. Don't get me wrong. I think those look great, too, and I do have one that's got a halter-neck. But those kind of maxi dresses aren't all-day-anywhere friendly. Which is why when I see a maxi dress that has a higher neck and sleeves, I can't wait to try it on. 

I love the simplicity of this maxi dress from Koton. The print is a simple floral outline in navy, which looks almost like a porcelain print, but in darker blue. The sleeves are blouson, with elasticated cuffs for more of that elegant feel. The waist is elasticated as well. Usually, I avoid such kind of waists as they tend to ride up making my torso look short. But since the skirt is so full in this dress, the heaviness of it makes the waist stay in place.

Dress: Koton, Earrings: Forever21, Ring: Accessorize, Bag: Gifted, Shoes: Marks & Spencer. Photos: Nada Qamber. Location: Attic

I love the little details on the dress - the little ruffles on the sleeves and the waist and an extra tier at the hem to give the skirt more flare and give the dress more flair. {I'm not sorry.} The little pleats on the neckline give it a formal touch. {In this last post I'm wearing the same kind of neckline. Told you I'm becoming partial to it!}

The material is a thin, slightly textured polyester and has a stretchy lining inside, down to almost the whole length of the dress. The lightness of the material and the lining means that the dress moves with you and doesn't feel heavy on the body at all. It's super comfortable to wear. The looseness of the top and skirt mean that you could easily wear thermals under it during winter and maybe add a scarf on top for added warmth.

Since the dress is in neutral shades of white and navy, I accessorized with big teardrop earrings with gemstones in pastels to add colour to the dress. I found a pretty colourful floral ring to match the hues in the earrings. Both pieces are quite old from my jewellery collection.

Since the dress is so flowy, a boxy, structured bag looks great with it. It also tones down the girliness of all those cute little ruffles. The deep emerald adds some more colour to the outfit. I finished with black pumps that have a lace edge {not seen}. But you could easily wear this dress with ballet flats/ loafers or block heels.

This is a great look for tea with the girls on a lazy weekend afternoon. The dress has lots of space for cake. ;) 

What I love about a maxi dress like this one is that it can be styled in lots of different ways. I'd love to try this with a leather jacket over it for a feminine-yet-fierce look. Or switch it up with different accessories like a big colourful statement necklace. Or a tan leather belt. A colourful scarf would work nicely too if you prefer a bohemian look.

Knowing Bahrain's unique workwear trends, this dress can easily be customized for office wear by switching the statement earrings for subtler earrings, wearing a round neck or collared blazer and by carrying a bigger and boxier bag. 

Who have I become?!

I've recently realized something very disturbing. I realized I became the person I kept telling you not to be. The type of person who keeps buying new clothes and doesn't wear them. The type of person who saves their pretty outfits for an occasion or some later date. The type of person who buys something that makes them look and feel incredible but doesn't feel confident enough to wear it on an everyday basis. 

Yes, I became that person. I fell into a rut with my outfits. But what I didn't know was that how deep the problem ran. When I examined why I was repeating the same kind of looks/ outfits over and over, I realized it was because I didn't think I was worthy enough to wear my other more flamboyant things. I was well and truly inside my comfort zone and boy, I got comfortable. 

But I had a cold-glass-of-water-in-the-face wake-you-up-moment when I made a list of all the clothes I hadn't yet worn on the blog. That list went on for four pages. FOUR. I hadn't worn many of the items from that list even once! And I've had some for more than a year now! 

Seeing the long list of items in writing really surprised me. I decided, enough-is-enough, I need to get my butt moving. 

So I decided I'm going to wear the clothes in my wardrobe. 

These beautiful, gorgeous clothes that fit me.

That make me look and feel good.

I'm going to wear them, dammit.

Starting with this dress. It's so far out of my comfort zone of button-up shirts and formal trousers that I've become accustomed to. And you know what? I wore this dress on a workday. Just to shock my system and get myself well and truly out of my comfort zone. 

What's more, I kept my commitment this last week. I wore more of my new clothes. I wore big lacey dresses. I wore quirky tops. Each time, I took photos for the blog while wearing them. 

And I promised myself to post more of these outfit posts. Even if no one reads them. Because it makes me happy to write the posts. It makes me happy to wear the clothes and take the pictures. 

And this is what I talk about in my book, Loving Yourself In Style. How to break out of your style comfort zone, find your own look and stand out from the crowd. {I just didn't think I'd need to take my own advice, but there you go.} 

The book is available in Jashanmal and Words Book Stores in Bahrain and online everywhere. You can always drop me a line if you want a signed copy. 

What do you think? Are you caught up in a similar clothes situation? Are you wearing 20% of your wardrobe 80% of the time? What do you need to do to break the rut? Tell me in the comments below!

Until next time,

Shabana Feroze

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