A Little Bit Alice

how to style a risky dress

Taking inspiration from one of my favourite characters today. I do love a good blue and white combo, and something about pastel blue dresses instantly makes me feel like Alice. 

summer transitional outfit inspiration

summer transitional outfit inspiration

spaghetti strap skater dress*: missguided c/o OcterApp

top: topshop

shoes: newlook

The struggle to put this outfit together though. Wow. The dress is from missguided, which I picked up in my OcterApp haul a while back now, and I pretty much spent the next fourteen days solidly resolute that I would not send it back because the perfect top to wear under it was still out there somewhere. It was in that transitional period when all the boho-summer styles were overtaking the ribbed white mid-sleeved high neck tops I’d failed to get in winter. 

My own fault really but the actual stress

You see, the dress is a little more … risque than I anticipated. It’s not the most risque item I’ve ever bought (the missguided bodysuit still holds that title), but the line the bust cuts falls in a bit of a ridiculous way. So much so that not having that extra layer underneath means I’d probably get done for indecent exposure without taping things in place. It’s a lovely dress, it’s not quite scuba – more a thick knit fabric that’s a little weird to the touch – but hangs beautifully so the skirt stays poofy. I don’t have anything else in this sort of fabric so it’s a new experience, but other than the weird bust line i’m pretty pleased. 

The top was £6 in the Topshop sale. Such a steal, but comes with it’s own issues. As in, it’s white and thin and fab for summer, but so seethrough. If I’d bought this at full price without being able to try it on I think I’d’ve been taking it straight back. It’s a good job that the shirt-under-strappy-dress trend has migrated from Asia to the west because otherwise I’d have two items in my wardrobe that’d be dud purchases. And no-one wants that. 

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Let me know what you think of this outfit, and if you have any tips for styling slightly risky pieces. Or are you more of a ‘don’t give a damn I’m totally owning this’ kinda person?

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14 Comments

  1. Jessica Ayton
    August 18, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Fii I really love this outfit and the photos, so gorgeous! I love Alice in wonderland too ^_^ I collect Alice in wonderland books, the older the better. X

    • Fii Cridland
      August 19, 2016 / 2:04 pm

      Thanks Jess! OOh I have a very old copy of Alice in Wonderland that I love to bits 🙂 Old books just have that ~feel~ about them don't they x

  2. Andini Ria
    August 18, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Love the pale blue shade and how you've layered the dress! Stunning as ever <3Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile 

  3. Carina G.
    August 18, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    Such cute photos !xoxo,atwednesdaysiwearpink.blogspot.pt

  4. Carina Chung
    August 19, 2016 / 3:54 am

    My boobs will fall out of that blue dress. Well… cause they pretty much dont exist so they wouldnt hold the dress up but yea. haha!I LOVE that you put a white t underneath. perfect perfect outfit babe! <3x CarinaBlog-Running White Horses || YouTube

  5. Kitten WolfHeart
    August 19, 2016 / 5:29 am

    You look so lovely!xo Kitten ♥ The Howling WolfHeart

  6. Meg Siobhan
    August 19, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    Oh my gosh this is so, so beautiful and I love it! Like a modern day Alice. Fii, u so beaut. And now I'm gonna go cause I'm starting to sound creepy.Meg | Elmpetra

  7. Helena Mulhearn
    August 19, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Super cute dress, i would probably style this similar looks far too low cut to wear without a top underneath

  8. Kelly
    August 20, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    This is such a cute outfit! I have a jumpsuit that's VERY risque, and as much as I wish I could just say screw it, it's not a cut you can wear a bra with, so if I don't get body tape both of my boobs will probably fall out within like 2 seconds. But after this post, I'm feeling super inspired to layer a black t-shirt under it! So thank you! You've just made a Zara purchase I've had for almost a year wearable!Kelly // Velvet and Vibranium

  9. Alice Spake
    August 20, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    This is so cute! I really love the shade of blue and you look so lovely in it! xxAlice Anne // Annie Writes Beauty

  10. Poppy Demchy-Cooper
    August 22, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    This look is so adorable 😍

  11. Maisie Gibbons
    August 28, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    I adore this dress and the photos are so cute :3 Good call on the little tee underneath! Match made in heaven haha! xx

  12. Lizzie ♥
    August 28, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    This is such a cute outfit! I know what you mean about the cut though – if I didn't have something to wear underneath I would've taken it straight back!

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