Archive by Alexa – The Eliza Dress
Unless you’ve been living under a fashion rock, #ArchivebyAlexa at Marks and Spencers can’t have passed you by without forcing you to take a detailed look, a sudden, unexpected trip to Marks and Spencers or time out browsing the M&S website. Fashion fans may have been intrigued by the range because of its celebrity curator, but for me, it was this re-imagined tabbard that caught my attention.
The Eliza dress is just one piece taken from Marks and Spencer’s archive and re-imagined by Alexa Chung to form part of #ArchivebyAlexa. Originally designed in the 1950s, Eliza was based on a tabbard; thankfully, its reincarnation was re-imagined by Alexa to feel vintage but perfectly practical for modern life. The dress now includes three-quarter length sleeves, a generous cut over the hips and striking black edging (instead of blue).
In my last post, I mentioned how unhappy I’d started to feel in some of my clothes. Since then, I’ve had a ruthless clear out, trying everything on and I’ve started to sell what I no longer wear, or don’t feel comfortable in, over on my Instagram selling page (click shop to see). I’ve also been browsing in high street shops searching for my next investment pieces.
This is the first investment piece I’ve bought. At £45, I’m expecting to own this dress for a number of seasons and wear it all year round. In winter, I want to wear it with dark tights, boots and a leather but in summer, it’s long enough to wear with bare legs. I love the style as it indulges my love of Paisley prints, but it’s also designed for curves. I’m wearing the size 10, after finding the 12 was too big. It’s comfortably fitted on the top, and floats over the hips. The fabric tie nips in the waist, it’s perfection. I cannot find any faults.
Have you bought any pieces from the #ArchivebyAlexa range?
// Pom pom loafers :: Primark //
// Brass bracelets :: People Tree //
// Red satchel :: Cambridge Satchel Company //