WHITE BRODERIE ANGLAISE DRESS OVER JEANS

white broderie anglaise dress | rose gold cuff

I predict you’ll start seeing a lot of white broderie anglaise in the coming weeks. It’s almost like a collective backlash to wearing all the dark colours over Winter. We’re a bit fed up with black & grey outfits so white broderie anglaise makes the perfect antithesis. It’s bright & charming, quite unlike myself today actually – dark & hungover deep sigh
Dear oh dear will I never learn? Still, a girls gotta decompress somehow right? With the noise & interruptions from the loft conversion coupled with 3 noisy, professional interrupters home from school- working on RCM is proving a tad stressful.
What better way to Let it go than sharing a lovely Pinot Grigio with an old mate? Said girlfriend may not be too thrilled being described as “old”, I’ll re-phrase – long time friend?
Lisa & I met on our backpacking travels in Tel Aviv 29 (YIKES!) years ago. She’s English by the way not Australian like me, it’s a testament to our shared love of writing that we remained friends. Back in the olden days before computers & mobile phones we cemented our relationship via good old fashioned letter writing!
Lisa & I were prolific writers, we penned pages of our deepest thoughts for many years after I returned to Oz & she to Blighty. Our friendship benefited from putting our dreams, fears & desires down on paper then flying it all the way across the Planet.
We obviously found it cathartic & enjoyed the thrill of receiving news from so far. I think waiting for a reply was instrumental in keeping the contact alive, unlike now when everything is instantaneous.
I mean why does everything have to be instant gratification these days? Not having to wait takes the thrill out of anything.
This is another argument for saving up to buy something isn’t it? You know how much more you appreciate things that you’ve had to work hard to save for?

white broderie anglaise dress & jeans

white broderie anglaise dress & jeans

Wide leg jeans are a fabulous way to transition a dress instead of the usual skinnies.

The sun popped out a couple of times the day I shot this outfit although it was by no means hot.
This pair of Comptoir de Cotonniers jeans are flat fronted so there’s no uncomfortable bulkiness underneath the dress. You can see more of my jeans in this post. I chose my Halogen pointed toe flats to peep out of the hem. I’ve also worn these shoes in other ways here & here.
The rose gold grommets & horse bit on my vintage Gucci bag link beautifully to the rose gold cuff I selected for this Eternal Collection jewellery post.
My nail varnish is OPI Lincoln Park After Dark which compliments the deep purple silk on the bag so beautifully I’ve also worn them together here.

white broderie anglaise dress & jeans | vintage gucci horsebit bag

white broderie anglaise dress | wide leg jeans | rose gold cuff

white broderie anglaise dress | jeans | vintage gucci horsebit bag | rose gold cuff


Have a wonderful week everyone!

Mx

  • Comments ( 19 )

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    sequinist

    What a beautiful thing broderie anglaise is. I don’t think I own any, but it is beautiful and so summery… I love it in these photos! I’m going to click through your gallery to see if I can find anything to buy, in fact! I’m realising I have a need for something white and lacy now.

    Gorgeous photos, Michelle. You look gorge. xx

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Oh really you don’t have any Lisa? You must get some right now! hahaha
      I have another white broderie anglaise dress that is midi length & am always on the lookout for a top to pair with denim skirts.
      Can’t wait to see what you get x

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    Abby@midlifecrisisnut

    I don’t own many broderie anglaise pieces, but my favourite one remains a tiny little top from Armani jeans. It’s perfect in summer to keep cool and let you breath at the same time. Lovely pictures as usual Michelle, and my favourite cuff bracelet on top of it! Obviously, spring’s in full bloom in the UK, not so much in France though. We’re a bit behind when it comes to warm weather this year, hopefully it will improve at the end of April. Otherwise I’ll start wondering if it was a good idea to move away from London 😉 xx Abby

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Oooh is moving back a possibility Abby? France is picturesque though, perhaps you’re just in a flu fugue? It’ll warm up enough soon for you to wear your pretty little broderie anglaise top.
      xxx

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    Annette

    Love the style, the spring photos and you talking about pen pals! I have great memories and for many years I had a pren pal in South Africa. Writing on thin blue airmail paper and receiving letters from her on a regular basis was such a wonderful thing those days…
    Your lace dress is beautiful and only you can wear it with flared jeans (bulky and Michelle have nothing in common!!).

    xx
    Annette | Lady of Style

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Omg I completely forgot about that lovely blue airmail paper Annette! Wow that is so retro, probably be cool to have it now 😉
      xxx

  • avatar
    Lizzy

    I love Broderie Anglaise so much and can’t wait to give mine an outing. You look so pretty and fresh. What a lovely story too about your friendship. Sadly, letter writing is a dying art which is such a shame xxxxx

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      It is a dying art Liz! I remember in high school, learning how to address a letter correctly. Do they still teach the kids that?
      I can’t wait to see you take on broderie anglaise xxx

  • avatar
    sandypatti

    What a gorgeous summer-y look – I love the embroidery on this lovely white dress. You look fab, thanks for sharing, xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Thank you Patti, it’s always lovely to have you pop by xxx

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    Michelle – The Barefaced Chic

    What a wonderfully summery look – I love it! It hints of warm days, sunscreen and ice cream. I remember having a broderie anglaise dress that I used to wear constantly as a young teenager. It’s not something that has seen the inside of my wardrobe since, but this post has me seriously considering a new purchase 🙂
    Michelle xxx

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Oh really Michelle? I’m so pleased to have given you a little inspiration to try it again xxx

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    Isobel

    Gorgeous top! Especially with the flares! <3

    Isobel x

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Thank you so much Isobel & welcome to RCM!
      Hope to see you back soon, Mx

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    Ann Catherine Actub

    I love you style your flare jeans. It’s so comfortable to look at and so simple but chic.^^ I also do have a flare jeans.^^ it’s trendy right now. I hope flare jeans will stay in fashion for a long time.^^

    http://www.itsbeyondimaginations.blogspot.com

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      retrochicmama

      Thank you Ann Catherine!I don’t think you have to worry about flared jeans going out of fashion any time soon.
      Nice to see you on RCM xxx

  • avatar
    welovefur

    I’m in love with this lovely look perfectly in tune with the back ground
    I love your style and your blog.
    Visit mine if you want
    many kisses
    http://www.welovefur.com

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Great flares! I love them paired with the pretty dress! Great look!

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Thank you Andrea that’s so kind of you!
      xxx

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