Several of my favourite bloggers participate in a "Frock on Friday" outfit post challenge every Friday. The principle is simple - it's Friday, so wear a frock! See here for some inspirational examples from Desiree of Pull Your Socks Up and the frocktastic Vintage Vix.
This is my first ever Frock on Friday post. Though I have, in the spirit of the challenge, been making more effort to wear a dress on Fridays, I've never had the time to take a photo or blog about it until today. After the coldest, wettest summer in twenty years the UK has been enjoying unseasonably warm weather this week and I've actually worn a dress every day of this week to take advantage of the last days of a surprise Indian summer.
This rose print cheongsam was actually a gift from Mr V and it's been in my wardrobe going on ten years. It was given to me around about the time the sublime film "In the Mood for Love" by Wong Kar Wai came out in cinemas. Who didn't swoon over Maggie Cheung's wardrobe of more than twenty, exquisitely tailored cheongsams in one gorgeous print after another? So you can imagine how delighted I was to receive this dress and I still love it to this day. Let it be said that Mr V is great at picking presents!
This is definitely a Friday only dress and here is me attempting that office wear minefield, the boardroom to bar outfit (albeit, kind of backwards).
There is an informal dress down policy at work on Friday and as the ladies use this as an excuse to dress up for after work drinks, the office is full of frocks aplenty. While I do love a shift dress in a bold print with a smart jacket for work, I still think the lace trim and cutaway sleeves on this dress make it more of a cocktail dress and to me it shows a bit too much skin to be suitable for an office. But what's a gal to do when the sun is shining and calling to you to wear your favourite frock?
I never want to come across as unprofessional but I conceded that this is probably the last week ever in which to wear a nice summer weight dress and caved in. So I took several measures to tone it down for work. Firstly I wore it with flats and threw a sharp blazer over it. Secondly, though I haven't shown it in these photos (as strangely it's too hot!), to keep things covered up even more, as well as keep me protected from the rampant air conditioning in the office, I also wore a cropped, long sleeved, fine knit, grey cardigan and opaque tights all day. I swear I looked positively dowdy! However after office hours, taking the tights and cardigan off and adding heels completely changes the look. Ready for martinis!
Thankfully I also managed to sneak out for a lunch in the sun with a friend and got the shoulders out for a last bit of UV exposure. It's a tall ask but long may this Indian summer continue!
As you can see I have a camera cable again. So holiday snaps up soon!
Lace rose print cheongsam: Karen Millen; Patent Mary Janes, Pedro Garcia; Bracelet: Random Spanish shop; Blazer: Zara; Ponyskin ballet flats: Dune