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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

It's a Sweatshirt Day! | Comfort Dressing.

Styling a sweatshirt dress without looking sloppy.
{Or, wearing heels!}
Fake Fabulous | Sweatshirt dress, over 40.

Some days you just want to be comfortable, don't you?
Those days when you can't be bothered with tight jeans, tailoring or stiff fabrics.
When you don't want anything pinching or squeezing.
The days you need easy and comfortable dressing.

The obvious thing to do, is to reach for a more casual outfit.
It should be simple, right?

But, with comfortable dressing comes the danger of looking too sloppy.
Or, worse in my opinion, frumpy.
Especially as we get older.
Can we really get away with wearing a sweatshirt dress (or similar) in the real world?

If you look up "Comfort Dressing" online, there are a whole host of beautiful (and expensive) designer items to covet.
Lots of cashmere and silk, quality leggings, luxurious knitted dresses, decedent chunky knits.
However, they are (more often than not) styled with heels!

The whole point in being comfortable (for me) is for my whole body to feel the comfort.
There is no point in putting on marshmallow-soft clothing only to be crippled by shoes!

Yes, there is no denying that heels look amazing.
They lengthen the leg.
Lift the bum.
Tighten the legs.
And, "Smarten-up" the most casual of outfits.

But, even the most comfortable of comfortable heels, is still a heel.
And nothing beats a flat shoe (with plenty of wiggle room) for the ultimate in comfort.

With the help of my "Geek shoes", this outfit is comfort dressing from head to toe!

Fake Fabulous | Sweatshirt dress, over 40.

This outfit was perfect for today's weather.
We are enduring yet another storm, so the wind was crazy!
You can see the plant getting battered in the photograph below....and my hair sticking up!

{My husband was hiding behind the house, popping out to take my photograph between savage gusts}

Fake Fabulous | Sweatshirt dress, over 40.

I really needed to be layered up again today (there is a theme developing with my posts; layers, layers and then more layers, just for good measure!)
So here I am wearing a thermal base layer, then a polo neck, then this sweatshirt dress.

This dress is an easy shape, with handy pockets and a slightly longer hem at the back.
It has sheer panels at the sleeves, which are a navy/petrol colour, so I paired it with navy/petrol thick tights.
{I am actually wearing two pairs as it is COLD}

Fake Fabulous | Sweatshirt dress & Tatty devine fish.

These Geeky shoes were the perfect choice, for me, today.
I could have worn some trainers, or converse-style gutties, but I was not really in the mood for them.
I believe we should always dress to suit our mood, or the mood we want to portray to others.

These fun shoes added a little personality to an otherwise plain outfit.
A pile of necklaces, and my little silver bag (the pom poms are back), finished things off perfectly.

{I even turned my toes in for the shot accentuate the geek chic effect!}

Fake Fabulous | Geek shoes and blue tights.

Dress: Neon Rose (This one is similar)
Shoes: Office (these are nice)
Tights: Levante
Necklaces: Various. (this is pretty)
Bag: Topshop (this one is nice)
Hat: River Island

What is your go-to outfit when you crave comfort?

Would you wear a sweatshirt dress?
How would you style it?

Please let me know in the comments (or tweet me @samantha4blair) I love to hear your ideas!

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P.S. If you like this post you might also like Pared down dressing and Simple look for a lazy day.


  1. Love the shoes! And that fish necklace is pretty fun.

    I agree there are plenty of days when comfort is king. I have oversized wool sweaters that I will layer a cotton t-shirt or turtleneck underneath and wear with leggings and boots.

    On any given day at home though I will wear t-shirts and jeans. That is my standard "no worries about pug hair" uniform.

    I agree that high heels are not comfortable.

    It always makes me laugh when I see all these photos of women being "casual" with 4" heels on. Or even better yet, heels with no socks and it's freezing outside.


    1. Me too, Suzanne. I love the look of heels but often carry and extra pair in my bag as I love comfort more! XXX

  2. You're like me with the layers upon layers!! And one can tell! I think what really makes this outfit less sloppy (and not too casual) is the layered shows you put some thought into it and it looks fabulous! jodie
    ps...and I like the geeky shoes!!

  3. Ahhh, this outfit makes me so happy, I don't know why, but I keep thinking "Omg can Samantha look any cooler here?"

    I would absolutely wear that sweater dress myself, maybe with a nice pair of slim jeans. I actually own similar shoes to yours, these electric blue mary janes that I just adore.

    I used to pile on delicate, thin necklaces, back when I wasn't wearing the hijab. Looking at these photos make me absolutely want to do that again! And by the way, can we acknowledge how incredible that fish-bone necklace is? Just. Super. Cool.

    1. You are very kind to say so Liyana. I am so glad you like my sweatshirt, It would look great with skinny jeans too. Your geeky shoes sound great...Electric blue? Fab! XXX

  4. I love this whole look! It's comfy chic! Love how you've accessorized the sweatshirt dress and the pairing with those cute shoes....yes! Love it.

    1. Thank you Norbyah. I thought trainers would have looked too "boring"? Geeky shoes always make me smile! XXX

  5. Cute! You do look cozy. In fact, I think I'll wear a sweatshirt tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Love, Annie

    1. Aww Annie, thank you! You don't any inspo from me have it by the bucket load! XXX

  6. I love this look, comfy but also fun and original ! I love it how your looks always have your personal touch <3 You look great ! Many kisses

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion blog

  7. But your stormy day has given you beautiful light here.
    Interesting sheer panels, but do they let a draft in I'm wondering?
    baci Sxx

    1. Hehehe...yes, Sally, they would let in a draught! However, I was so layered up that I was okay. Maybe they will act as ventilation on a hot summer's day? (I can dream) XX

  8. lovely comfy&cool outfit!, love particularly your accessorizing, such a great job!, and your cute 'geek shoes', oh yes, they're fabulous!!
    I'm a huge fan of tunic dresses over leggings, it's like wearing a pyjama!

  9. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. This outfit looks incredibly comfy.

  10. This is a perfect example that casual does not have to look frumpy. You look comfortable and oh-so-stylish at the same time! I like it so much that I chose to feature it as one of my favorite looks. I will be featuring it in my Monday post.

    Thanks for lending your flair to the My Refined Style Linkup. See you again next month!


  11. This is a perfect example that casual does not have to look frumpy. You look comfortable and oh-so-stylish at the same time! I like it so much that I chose to feature it as one of my favorite looks. I will be featuring it in my Monday post.

    Thanks for lending your flair to the My Refined Style Linkup. See you again next month!



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