Oversized cream smock: my Duo challenge day time outfit..

I love a good challenge, my competitive instincts saw me crowned arm wrestling champion at my work do on Friday (I'm not going to lie, I am massively proud of my mad skillz) so when Duo challenged me to style up a pair of shoes for both day and night, I was super psyched. I chose the gorgeous black suede Hana ankle boots and couldn't have been more thrilled when they arrived. I have been looking for an alternative to my beloved Bertope ankle boots and these have plugged the gap wonderfully. Although the weather was absolutely miserable, I decided that the boots and my leather jacket would toughen up this oversized cream smock dress perfectly. I realised when I was uploading these photos that this could easily be one of those 'festival fashion' outfits but as you are unlikely to see me anywhere near a festival or a muddy field (especially not in these lovely boots!) I figure I can get away with it, right?! ;)

Jacket:  New Look, dress: French Connection, belt: New Look, boots: c/o Duo
French Connection always has an awesome sale and this beauty caught my eye immediately. I had been eyeing it up at full price so as soon as I saw it was reduced, I was thrilled. I sized up because their clothes usually run pretty small but the fit is pretty generous thanks to the smock shape. I should probably avoid any dress that has pannier-like hip details but it is so lovely I couldn't resist. I love the embroidery on it and the mesh details make it more interesting than your average sweet frock! I cinched it in with a belt here but it looks equally nice worn loose. If we ever get the summer heatwave we are promised I can see this dress becoming a staple in my wardrobe!

I love the little heel on these boots, at 5'4" (standing up very straight) I'm not exactly short but it's nice to have the option for a little height. Luckily these boots have a lower front which helps to minimise the stumpifying ability that all ankle boots possess - always a winner in my books! I have been wearing these boots quite a lot seeing as we have plunged back into cooler temperatures and although they are comfy, they have rubbed on the back of my legs. Not a massive deal but worth remembering if you are thinking of purchasing. I think this is probably more to do with my impatience rather than the shoes but oh well!

How would you style these boots for the daytime?

P.S. Duo sent me these boots to style up for this challenge, I can't wait to show you my nighttime outfit! 


Unknown said...

Oooh, how exciting! Those boots are lovely. I think they look perfect paired with your boho-esque dress. :)

Tara x

Sherin said...

Those boots are pretty incredible. They look really cool. And love the daytime look with them - the dress is perfect. Can't wait to see your night time look.

Sarah said...

Absolutely adore how you've styled these Maria!

LillianZahra said...

I love these boots, the heel looks like the perfect height! x

Gem said...

such a pretty and girly dress, nice contrast with the boots :) xx

char said...

Love the boots :)

Unknown said...

you have lovely legs! the boots are lovely, really like the shape of it.

Katrina Sophia Blog

HighlandFling said...

I love that a situation arose at work for you to discover you are the best arm wrestling in the office. I need to work with you.

Emma x