A WINTER CARDI TAKES A SUMMER DRESS TO SPRING

Aspire Style blue lace dress

However much I enjoy my Winter wardrobe I miss wearing dresses, don’t get me wrong I still wear them just not as much. So without fail come March I’m ready to expose my legs sans tights & boots! Brrr I hear you cry in this northern hemisphere, still too cold! I beg to differ, so long as I have a chunky knit it’s all good. I’m constantly extolling the virtues of the over-sized chunky knit cardi & this one is my current favourite. Taken from the Men’s department of Tkmaxx I adore the snuggly feel of its high collar & extra long sleeves that go all the way down to the tips of my fingers. No mean feat with these monkey arms let me tell you, It’s rare to find a women’s jumper with arms that long. You can see me wearing this one with my DIY cropped jeans here, it’s really such a versatile piece so don’t underestimate the gems you can find looking in Men’s.

The funkiest way to stay warm over the brief time between seasons is also my personal favourite of the contrasting styles genre. Take a pretty feminine dress then layer on the most masculine chunky knit you own. To me this is all the better for it’s unlikely mashup plus I adore the cuddle of a chunky cardi on a breezy day.

how a winter cardi takes a summer dress to spring

how a winter cardi takes a summer dress to spring

A Chunky knit Cardigan Over Broderie Anglaise

This Chi Chi Sheridan dress from Aspire Style is the perfect example of a feminine summer dress to transition nicely for spring simply by throwing on a chunky cardi.
I love the bright navy blue colour & the 1950’s fitted bodice with flared to knee skirt but it’s the intricate combination of lace & broderie anglaise that make it so delightful. I’m planning to wear it without the cardigan paired with my navy Lanvin ballets as the weather warms up through spring.
Although there’s a lot going on with a broderie anglaise dress which seems a departure from my usual uncomplicated style, I am actually a huge fan. In fact I have two more that you can see styled here & here. The shorter dress works really well layered over jeans so if you’d like more styling options from a broderie anglaise dress go for above the knee. That way you can also style it down with trousers & jeans.
Now for my bag, which also happens to be from Aspire Style where you’ll find a small but lovely selection of handbags to choose from. The Cath Kidston tote is a good size with loads of handy compartments although not so large that it looks cumbersome against such a girlie frock, if you know what I mean? I like the oil cloth bags Cath Kidston do because they’re so incredibly durable yet with fun prints & an exceptional finish they take a hiding day-to-day & remain in terrific condition. They’re almost indestructible! See another one I styled here.

how a winter cardi takes a summer dress to spring

Shop my pick of the best Broderie Anglaise

how a winter cardi takes a summer dress to spring

how a winter cardi takes a summer dress to spring

zara shoes

how a winter cardi takes a summer dress to spring

how a winter cardi takes a summer dress to spring

how a winter cardi takes a summer dress to spring

To button or not to button?

I also quite like the cardi buttoned once at the waist to give an hourglass shape which you could also define further using a skinny belt. As for these shoes, well I’ve grown to like them more today than when they first arrived. I bought them online from Zara & to be perfectly honest their images looked more Celine-like than the shoes turned out in real life. To be fair there is a price difference of about £600 Hahahahaha. Sorry I actually can’t stop laughing at that…
Although I was skeptical at the time I thought the silver grey colour would be a super match to the grey of my bag so I went ahead with the purchase. When they arrived I wasn’t completely happy with the elasticized leather & probably should have returned them right away. However as it stands now I’m warming to them, confident they’ll get a Celine vibe when I style them with these Acne trousers.

how a winter cardi takes a summer dress to spring

blue lace dress

blue lace and broderie anglaise dress

blue lace detail of dress

Shop at Aspire Style

This has been in collaboration with some of the Over40Collective & Aspire Style. Please click on each photograph to go to the full article on their Blogs. My dress & bag are courtesy of Aspire Style & as always my opinion is my own – If you like what you see or happen to find something else on the Aspire Style site use the code OVER40 to receive an extra 10% off at checkout.

Bye for now lovelies, Mx

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  • Comments ( 12 )

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    simplementlui
    • avatar
      MT

      Glad you like them! Thanks for leaving a comment x

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    What Lizzy Loves (@whatlizzyloves)

    Oh Michelle, I love lace and I love Broderie Anglaise too. The combination is so pretty and the colour is stunning on you. I’ve got long arms too so It’s a great tip about men’s knitwear. The Cath Kidston bag and gorgeous shoes accessorise the look perfectly. So many beautiful photos as always too xxx

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      MT

      Oh yes absolutely Liz this dress is made for you! I think the blue would look amazing with your silky blonde hair too xxx

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    Suzy Turner

    I absolutely love the dress and the cardie too. I wouldn’t have thought to combine the two but it looks cute! I’ll be honest and say I’m a little unsure about the shoes though but they’ll probably grow on me too 😉
    Oh and I love a cardie buttoned up – just one in the middle to create an hourglass shape, or if it’s a more dainty cardie, one button at the top a la 1940s!
    Gorgeous!
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.om

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      MT

      Thanks Suzy that’s so lovely of you. I know what you mean about these shoes, it’s funny I am actually warming to them as you say. I have a few outfit ideas to style them with & I’m keen to hear back from everyone who is unsure about them. You know like a little experiment to see if it’s possible to change the look of them with a re-style? Just as well I enjoy a challenge 😉 xxx

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    jacqui

    Such a stylish dress, I can see that paired with high heels and a big hat for a wedding, It looks fabulous how you’ve styled it too! I like the shoes, have seen similar in clarks that I may well have to buy! Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

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      MT

      Oh gosh yes this dress is so easy to style for a wedding Jacqui! That’s what I love about it, there are more ways than one to get the most out of this style x

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    Abby@Midlifecrisisnut

    Look at you, Lady in broderie anglaise! SO girly! Seeing you there Michelle I feel as though spring has started already. 😘 xx Abby

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      MT

      Well Abby today it was back to grey, dreary & rainy old England 😉 Although to be honest I don’t care I’m waiting with baited breath to go on our ski trip. It’s the first time Hubs has been so I’m curious to see how he likes it. If he doesn’t that’s cool, I’ll go on my own next year heeheehee xx

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    sequinist

    I love the juxtaposition of the girly lace dress with the chunky cardi. It is perfect! A blazer would have been too predictable. I regular womens cardi would have been too prim, especially with that bag and shoes. This is such a great mix… LOVE IT! Your photos are particularly glorious today. The sun, the close-ups, everything! Brava, babe!! xx

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      MT

      Thank you so much Lisa! You always see exactly what I’m getting at, it’s such a boost to get your comments. Thank you xxx

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