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Thursday 4 May 2017

The all-occasions dress & Fabulous Friday Link-Up

Painterly dress in pink, blue and white which can be dressed up or down

When it comes to buying dresses, I know what I'm looking for. Something on, or just below, the knee; draped or gently fitted at the waist, and avoiding big volumes of fabric. This dress from Phase Eight, with its painterly strokes, ticks all the boxes.

It could be described as an all-occasion dress. I would happily wear it to a wedding, on holiday, or for a drink with friends.

I've teamed it with my pink sandals from Topshop which have silver block heels, and a bead encrusted bag I've had for ever (check out my collection of evening bags here). The necklace is an old one from Marks and Spencer. With hindsight, I would wear it with a different necklace. This one has the same colors as the dress and doesn't stand out.

Painterly strokes decorate this all-occasions dress from Phase Eight

In the garden wearing a painterly frock from Phase Eight

Sharing this post with Fancy Friday at Nancy's Fashion Style,  Fun Fashion Friday at Fashion Should Be Fun and CelebratingStyle at Vanity And Me

Dress suitable for a middle-aged woman to wear to a wedding, wine bar or on holiday
'm thrilled to be joining Jennie at A Pocketful of Polka Dots as co-host for the Fabulous Friday link-up

Meet your host for Fabulous Friday, Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots. ∼ Hey y'all, I'm Jennie and I am a 47 year old frugal fashionista! I am mom to two wonderful (and handsome!) sons and one very spoiled Pomeranian. After spending most of my life in black and boring clothes, I now enjoy trying new trends, am a confessed shoeaholic, believe life is too short for boring hair, and never met a polka dot I didn't like. I am also an avid photographer, reader of Jane Austen, Paleo/Primal enthusiast, and lover of DIY. You can follow me here 

Fierce50 member Debbie from Fashion Fairy Dust blog

My favorite last week was Debbie from Fashion Fairy Dust with her tulle dress layered over a sundress and worn with trainers. I love Debbie's attitude as she writes about why women in their 40s and above should "dress ourselves in whatever the hell we like." She looks fabulous.



  1. Gail--this dress is spectacular on you!! You are such a vision of loveliness!!

    1. Thank you Jodie - I don't often do prints but I liked the colors.

  2. Love this dress on you super flattering!!!!

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  4. Wow wow wow! I looooove this dress! What a great design and those​ colors are so very good together! Really love this! Happy weekend Gail!

    1. I wondered if you would like it - you are the "dress queen!"

  5. This is a lovely dress. I like the detailing around the waist, very clever. The pattern is very attractive, nice colour mix and an interesting effect like spread of ink drops

  6. Gorgeous Gail! Phrase Eight does a great cut and produces extra special dresses and you've certainly done the dress proud. Lovely outfit. Just off to check your IG, think I spotted a new hairdo!

  7. Gorgeous colours in this dress Gail. Looks great on xx

  8. ooooh! I love this painted style dress Gail. The colors are so pretty together, and I like you, like to accentuate the waist with some dresses, love the gathering there. The necklace is lovely as well with the flowers of spring.
    Have a great day!
    jess xx


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