LINDY BOP MATILDA DRESS :: THIS OLD THING
As I mentioned in my recent Buyer’s Archive post, I’ve reached a real turning point with my attitude towards clothes and to prove it, I’ve started to clear out a large proportion of my wardrobe. My personal style hasn’t changed, but how I feel in my clothes has taken a swift turn: a turn that I never expected. No, I’m not creating a capsule wardrobe but I am trying to curate a wardrobe of clothes that make me feel confident, sassy and most importantly, comfortable in my own skin.
As a blogger featuring outfit posts, it’d be easy for any reader to assume that I’m oozing body confidence. I’m not. I have never been completely comfortable with my shape, nor size. In fact, I don’t even like having my photograph taken. Naturally, I want my blog to feature polished, appealing photographs but in reality, it’s an edited version of myself: a version I’m happy to share on the days when I make an effort (because most days, I wear my hair in a bun and minimal make up and yes, I’d wear pyjamas if I didn’t have to go to work.)
Despite this, I’ve recently put on weight. Not much, but enough to change my numerical clothes size and make most of my well-loved pieces feel uncomfortable. I’ve published fewer outfit posts around here recently because I’m struggling to find clothes in my wardrobe that still fit! So, I’ve been ruthless in my sort out: selling, donating or chucking anything I won’t (or can’t!) wear anymore. And, in the midst of my wardrobe’s transitional phase, my brother had the nerve to organise a family meal and drinks in celebration of his birthday. Seriously, brothers! I’m joking, but I did genuinely believe that I had nothing to wear! Until, I remembered my summer wardrobe and all of those Lindy Bop dresses, especially the Lindy Bop Matilda dress.
In outfit photographs, I rarely look at the camera because most times I can’t bear to see my gurning face smiling back. Let’s face it, there are style bloggers that came out of the womb with on point poses, I am not one of them. However, give a girl the right dress and she can, erm, face the camera? As we were going out on a Saturday, I decided to dress up and heck, it gave me the confidence boost I needed.
I’m surprised I haven’t featured this dress on the blog before, I’ve owned it for long enough. (I used to also own its red counterpart (worn in the Great British Blogger Bake Off and the Afternoon Tea :: Opus One, Radisson Blu post) until I ruined it in the wash, sniff sniff.) It’s just one of many Lindy Bop dresses, but its the style of Matilda that makes it my favourite. I’ve always loved vintage dresses, original or reproduction and especially those from the 50s, but it’s the cut that makes me smitten: it’s fitted to the smallest part of my body and skims out over my hips (the part of my body I’m least confident with). Let’s just say, this is one dress that I won’t be parting with!
// Lindy Bop Matilda Dress //
// Red heels :: Dune //
// Camera bag :: Accessorize //
// Arrow bracelet :: Purchased when travelling //