Two ways to wear the feminine dress (and still feel cool)

WHERE — Paris, France
PHOTOGRAPHY — Sam Flaherty

The ankle-grazing, floaty floral dress is having a revival. So how to wear the feminine frock without feeling like ultimate girly-girl?

At first glance the long-sleeved, shoe-skimming printed dress seems far too feminine for everyday wear. And yet, somehow I’ve been reaching for a version of said dress almost as often as my denim.

There’s certainly something to be said for the humble dress – one of the few pieces hanging in your wardrobe that is also an entire outfit, no additional bells or whistles required.

So how to waltz out of the house in a dress that wouldn’t look amiss in The Sound of Music, all the while still feeling cool?

Go Casual

If you over feel overdressed, nine times out of ten a pair of trainers will do the trick. Easy, comfortable, and instantly makes even the girliest of dresses look day-time appropriate.

Baum und Pferdgarten dress, Gucci bag and Nike trainers

Layer Up

Layering is always an excellent way to inject your own attitude into any look. To keep the dress looking from like it just walked off a mannequin, layer it up with your favourite pair of jeans and your go-to jacket or sweater.

Nanushka jacket, Baum und Pferdgarten dress, Levis’s, Gucci bag and M&S heels

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