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Sunday, 25 February 2018

It's not My Style but You Might Like it! #fakeituntilyoumakeit LINK UP

Pink Embroidered Maxi dress in Winter | Fake Fabulous

First world problems, eh?
A blogger getting sent something that is not to their taste.
You may be thinking...
"Awww Didumns. My heart bleeds for you. Just send it back and stop moaning!"
I would normally agree and do just that!

However, this time I started to think about how many times we shop online and buy things that turn out nothing like what we were expecting.
How many times have you not bothered to send something back that didn't suit?
I'm certainly guilty of that!

Maybe that not-quite-right item is banished to the back of your wardrobe waiting for that elusive "one day"?

So today is the day I'm wearing a dusky pink maxi dress that's not my style at all!

Pink Embroidered Maxi dress in Winter | Fake Fabulous

Let's cut this boring story short...
This dress was sent to me by a lovely PR person, who I'm guessing is young and cool and would look fabulous in this romantic style.

I, however, feel like a sack of spuds.

My husband hit the nail on the head...
"That dress looks like something my granny would wear."
I imagine his granny was a lovely (and stylish) lady BUT I'm sure that wasn't meant as a compliment!

I promptly parcelled up the dress ready to send it back.

Then I started to think ...

I remembered reading a while back about a blogger who had been accused of wearing anything she was sent, even if it wasn't her style.
Then I thought about how often I love wearing things that aren't really my style, just because I love trying new things and pushing my fashion boundaries.

I don't want other people to put me in a box, so why put myself in one?

This dress is not my style, BUT could be yours.

So, in the spirit of trying new things I'm styling something that isn't my style.

This dress is a maxi length with full-length sleeves, so far so good.
However, I don't really like the pleated skirt, despite LOVING my vintage knitted pleated skirt.
I don't really like the dusky pink colour, despite wearing pink regularly.
I don't really like the embroidery, despite loving my embroidered cardigan and my embroidered shirt.
Oh, and I hate a self-tie belt... but that's an easy one to ditch, isn't it?

So, I decided to try and style this dress to make it a little more "me".

This outfit is pretty generic in its styling...
Floaty Dress + Leather Jacket + Chunky Boots = Nothing New!
No boundaries have been pushed.
No style rules have been broken.
I didn't want to push any boundaries as I was so far out of my comfort zone to start with!

I just thought there will be someone who thinks this dress is the bee's knees.
A lover of the romantic styles.
A fan of floaty, feminine cuts.

Is that you?
Would you wear a super-feminine dress like this one?

Do you have any "one-day" pieces that you could dig out and rework to fit your life?

Please let me know in the comments.

BTW... I'm giving this dress away!
No strings.
No "Follow me" on this that and the other.
No links to brands or hoops to jump through.
Just a new dress!
(It still has its tags on, as I changed into another to go out)

So, if you're a UK10 (it's quite generous) and like romantic styles please drop me an email and I'll pick a name out of a hat.


If you love this dress and want it in your size find it HERE.

Pink Embroidered Maxi dress in Winter | Fake Fabulous

JACKET: Superdry (old)
BOOTS: Cat... even older!
GLOVES: Primark
BAG: Sweaty Betty
BELT: Lieberskind

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BUT don't let that put you off!
Please leave your links below and I promise to pick a favourite next time!



  1. You, my dear, would look fantastic even in a spud sack. You’ve done a marvelous job of bringing this dress around with your touches of style and flair. No one could say only their granny would wear this dress after seeing how you’ve styled it up. Kudos to your creativity and thank you for the link up.


    1. Thank you so much Rena!
      You really are too kind.
      Thank you so much for linking.

  2. Well done for giving it a go! Spud sack - hahaha. Those must be amazing potatoes! I am not fond of dusty pink or pleats either. I would have thought of hacking off the bottom, but it's far better to pass this along to someone who loves it and looks amazing in it, and I'm sure there are many. Great idea.

    1. Thank you Melanie!
      I did think of a hack job (or taking it into town to a tailor ;oP) but giving it to someone who will enjoy it is a much better idea.

  3. Haha! I'm wondering how many messages you're going to get!
    Laurie xx

  4. Mmmmm, I hardly dare to admit it......I love pleats and I like the dress.....

  5. First of all, Samantha, I love that you are just giving it away! I have often contemplated doing that on my blog and I love the idea. I did give away an adorable pair of fur lined purple booties that I received in exchange for a blog post. I ordered a size up from my normal size, however, being manufactured in China, they were still too small for my big American feet! My photographer friend who sometimes does my professional photos loved the boots and being 3 sizes smaller than the actual boot size, they fit her perfectly and she was more than excited to accept them as a gift! But onto the topic of your dress...I love that you went for it anyway even completely out of your comfort zone. I did that with a velvet turban recently, I don't know if you saw that post (I will find it and link it up). For me, it is all in the trying. This dress is totally adorable, but I can clearly see how uncomfortable you are in it. (Just like me in my velvet turban). While I would be drawn to all of the elements of this dress, I don't think it would flatter me at all. But cheers to you for giving it a go! You do still look really freaking adorable!


    1. I often give things away to friends, especially as I know their style, sizes and colours.
      Anything from shoes and undies sets to bags, coats... you name it!
      I also love to give things to charity and do so every week or so. That makes me feel good too.
      This is the second time I've offered to post something to one of my readers.
      I love it when a parcel arrives here and I love to share that feeling.
      Everyone loves a freebie don't they? :o)

  6. This is a lovely idea, and someone will be very happy and lucky. I can't fit into anything that small - miffed!!!! It does look lovely on you, but I understand where you are coming from. Nice read, thanks for sharing. Jacqui

    1. Thank you so much Jacqui!
      It is a roomy 10 if you're more on the 12 side?

  7. Samantha it's funny - had you not mentioned that it wasn't really you I wouldn't have thought that you look any "different" (you know what i mean) to your usual stylish self. And whilst you still look fabulous and you've styled it beautifully, I can now see that something's not quite. It's as if someone else styled it, does that make sense?

    So despite me loving the dress and loving how you in it, I did contemplate emailing you to say yes please count me in (how kind of you to give it away!) - but I have soooooo many dresses and they hardly ever get worn. So someone else's dress it shall be, not mine!

    Thanks for hosting lovely lady, hope you have a great week :D

    Catherine x
    Not Dressed As Lamb

    1. I completely get that Catherine!
      That's how I felt too... odd isn't it?
      I laughed at the thought of you trying to squeeze another dress into your wardrobe, a wardrobe I'd LOVE to have a rummage through.
      I'm sure we are the same size and if you tell me your feet are a 4 then we're practically twins!! :oP

  8. Even though this is a dress you don't love, I think you look lovely wearing it! I think we all try styles sometimes that we realize are not "us." But, that's how we learn what our style really is!

  9. I'm a HUGE advocate of experimenting when it comes to personal style, dearest Samantha; after all, how else can we possibly figure out what we like and what we don't like when it comes to what we wear?? Unless someone is content to have a style "uniform" that they never ever stray from, trying out new pieces is the only way that personal style can evolve and - dare I say - improve. I think you did a bang-up job turning this pink pleated dress into a look that's as "you" as you could possibly make it...and now you know for sure that it's just not the dress for you. Kudos!! XOXO

    1. Thank you for such a fab comment Monika.
      It IS important to keep trying new things or we are in danger of heading into frumpsville at high speed.
      I tried.
      I failed.
      Now it's someone else's turn.

  10. Nice dress but I am not sure I would wear it either. Love how your styled it though. Thanks for hosting :)

  11. I thought you styled it very nicely Sam, the moto gives it a modern vibe and shape, and the peach top is a pretty mix with the pink dress. I think you gave it a go, tried it, and weren't feeling it! Nothing wrong with that.. we all have to feel comfortable and "ourselves" with our clothes. The color is very pretty on you !

    jess xx

    1. Thank you so much Jess... I could see YOU in it!
      BUT I know you have many many beautiful dresses :o)
      No need for another!

  12. I love the idea of trying to wear it anyways, Samantha. Because a lot of times, I think you can make anything work!!
    It wouldn't fit me, but I think if I had something like it, I might chop it off and make it a ton shorter....that would be interesting!!

    1. I could see you in a shorter version Jodie, with your fabulous pins!

  13. See I quite like the romantic feel of that dress and it is not quite my style either. I think you still stayed true to your style by how you styled this dress. Love the moto leather jacket and edgy combat boots with it and those gloves are to die for, Sam. Good for you for giving this pretty dress away.

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  14. I love experimenting and I love that you gave it a go even though it's not you! That's what fashion is all about...having fun and experimenting. And what a fabulous idea to give it away...I just might borrow that idea from you. :)

  15. mwahaha, I do love that you decided to wear this dress even if it's not your style!, lovely attitude and lovely challenge. I think it's not easy to style something like that!
    You rock!

  16. Samantha, this is such a great post – I love that you decided to give the dress a go, regardless. Although I do think it looks pretty cool with your jacket and boots, it's not something I would choose to buy either. I think if the skirt part was just floaty without the pleats, it would be a perfect summer dress. The pleats just aren't quite right... for me, anyway! It's brilliant that you're going to give it away too. You're just cool that way!
    Suzy xx

    1. I didn't really like anything about it Suzy! BUT I love the fact other people will love it.
      The fact that we're all so different makes me happy!

  17. Well you're certainly a good sport to style a look that you weren't all that enthusiastic about. Sometimes that kind of challenge is very educational! There was "something" about this dress that must have drawn you in just enough to make you take on the challenge.
    I'm with you on the style being very feminine/pretty. It's just a bit too precious for your taste but I love it when it works for someone else. I think that's how fashion helps us to define ourselves for others!
    Great post Sam!!

    1. Thank you Judy!
      It was just a a bit too much of everything... if that makes sense?
      But, the length and the sleeves are right up my street. Plus, it's good to try things that are completely different every now and again.
      It stops us getting too samey and boring.

  18. I love how you styled this. I think it is fun to try to make something that I think I can't wear, work. It is a great creative outlet!


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