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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

One Black and White Shirt Dress, 3 ways | #PPP2

Fake Fabulous | Black and White Shirt Dress 3 ways | #PPP2

This post is the second in a series called the Ping Pong Posts.

This time Anna, Ann and I are styling a shirt dress.
Easy peasy.


Well... I have to admit that I struggled with this shirt dress.
I am not very good at dressing "to order", anyway. Add in the fact that this dress is not mine, made it even harder.
I was beginning to worry that I would let the girls down.

The shirt dress is very oversized, and I toyed with adding a belt in an attempt to make it more fitted.
Unfortunately, the addition of a belt made me look like a little girl dressed up in her mum's clothes.
Especially if I was wearing heels.
Oh dear!
Was this dress going to beat me?

Fake Fabulous | Black and White Shirt Dress 3 ways | #PPP2

I decided to stop trying too hard and just relax.
A casual look was the answer.

The dress is oversized, and too much all-over volume can make me look really scrawny, so I decided to get the "Samantha Bag" out to do some work for me.
It's chain strap lay across my body, adding a little shape.

Luckily the dress has brilliant pockets (I LOVE a well placed pocket) making it easy to control in gusts of wind and adding to the casual feel.

I left the neckline open, and rolled up the sleeves, to make it less overwhelming.
Adding one of my favourite necklaces gave more structure to the look.

Fake Fabulous | Tatty Devine Fishbone.

Shoes were a potentially a problem too.
I discovered that heels were a no-no (too dress up).
Brogues looked odd.
Sandals weren't working either.
In the end I reached for my old faithful gutties.
Simple, comfortable and effortless.
Exactly the look I was going for.

Plain silver hoops finished things off nicely.

Fake Fabulous | Black and White Shirt Dress 3 ways | #PPP2

After my initial panic I actually really enjoyed the look (and feel) of this dress.
What was I worrying about?
It would be a perfect casual look, on a warm day....come on Scottish sun!

Dress: Ichi (this one is pretty)
Shoes: Guess (these are nice)
Bag: c/o Yosa
Glasses: Primark (these are cool)
Cuff and Earrings: old
Necklace: Tatty Devine

Anna, from Anna's Island Style

She is the mastermind behind this ping-ponging and the owner of the shirt dress.
I love the way she styled it, as an over-shirt.

{Why didn't I think of that!?}

Mixing patterns within a simple palette is so effective.
I love the way this outfit keeps your eye moving.

Check out Anna's blog to see how she works wonders with her charity shop finds.
She has such an eye for a bargain!

Dress: Ichi
Trousers: H&M
Top: Primark
Belt: H&M
Shoes: SixtySeven
Bangle and rings: Charity shop
Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Ann, from Kremb de la Kremb

Ann's backgrounds always make me smile.
I love the shot of her looking at the paintings.

{She took these herself, with a tripod and remote}

Her look is totally different, again.
I had a sneaking suspicion she might add some red to the mix.
Black, white and red are perfect together.
Her red trench is making me feel that trench coats don't need to be boring at all!

Check out Ann's blog for more boldness and great DIY projects (she customised this little bag).

Follow her on instagram.

Sequin beret: H&M
Double Back Red Earrings: Chinese Market
Red Trench: Shanghai Tailor
Dress: Anna's
Clutch: DIY with Découpage
Socks: Forever 21
Booties: Zara

How would you have styled this shirt dress?
Please let me know in the comments....or tweet me @samantha4blair



  1. wouuu, love all of these fabulous outfits, and love all of you, dear ladies!, such an inspiring post (particularly because I own some black&white dresses!!)
    Wonderful comfy and cool ensemble, you look pretty relaxed, and love those pockets!, and that necklace is such a funky fabulous piece!!!
    you rock!!!

    1. Thank you Monica. I am so glad you enjoyed it. This necklace is my favourite. I always feel like smiling when I am wearing it! :oD XXX

    2. Yay to this response! I have been searching for Senora All Nut's name, and now I have it!! :D A x

    3. I had to go searching, Annie....but I did it! I like to know someone's name when I am "talking" to them. XXX

  2. Love this dress, what a fabulous print! I don't wear dresses often, but need to remember that button front dresses can also be worn as dusters.

    1. That was a great idea from Anna, wasn't it? I might be "borrowing" that look! XXX

  3. I think your way of styling this is perfect as a casual knock around---yet the jewelry gives the fact that you put thought into it! And I love wearing sneakers with dresses---it feels so rebelish (even though I realize it's not as flattering on my short legs---but too bad!!)
    I have a shirt dress series coming up in 3 weeks---we all must be on the same wavelength!

    1. Oooooo...I will look forward to seeing what you come up with! XXX

  4. You are the cutest lass in all the land!!! I immediately looked on your link for the necklace but it's out of stock. I may have to carve one myself or go fishing...
    All the ladies look great and I would do all of the styles with confidence.
    What a wonderful collaboration!

    1. Ditto on "the cutests lass in all the land!!!"

    2. Thank you Judy (and Annie!).
      As for the necklace...Boooooo...try Tatty Devine directly? They post overseas. They have LOADS of quirky styles. XXX

  5. Such a fun series! I love seeing how each one of you styled the dress!

    You definitely made the dress work for you! I love the necklace - such a fun piece!

  6. Samantha you do look uber cute in this. The fish necklace is such an individual piece that it totally stole the show in my eyes! Loving your casual take on what was probably a quite difficult item to style - well done my lovely xx

    1. Thank you Anna...I thought my favourite necklace and familiar shoes would make this feel more like "me", and it worked! XXX

  7. This was such a fun post! What a great job you each did styling this piece. Each so utterly unique and perfectly suited to each of you.


  8. I love how you styled this dress Samantha. This will sound so silly, but it makes me want to hang out with you. It's like it must be Saturday, and we're meeting for a coffee, and then you're going to show me around to the charity shops you love. And then, when we've found some lovely goodies, we'll go grab that glass of wine (or two) and get some lunch (with another glass or two!).

    How can one outfit create this scenario for me!? I wish it were true...

    Have a great weekend coming up! Think of me this Saturday.

    Love, Annie

    1. Awww too! I would LOVE to look around the HK markets and wee shops with you. Coffee and cake. :oD

  9. All three of you look so fabulous and yet so different in the same dress. What a fantastic idea for a series.


    1. Thank you Rena. It was all Anna and Ann's idea....they are clever cookies! XXX

  10. I would definitely belt it, hahhahahah I belt everything. I would look like a sack of potatoes otherwise.
    Thank you for stopping by.
    Besos from Málaga

    1. I did feel like a bit like a sack of potatoes Sacramento, hahaha...although belting it was worse. I think if I had more in the way of curves it would have belted well. Thank you for popping over to leave a comment. XXX

  11. Hi Sam!
    What a cool series, and so fun to see what each lady comes up with. Love that you all had something different in mind. The casual nature with you gutties make it perfect with your accessories, and I plan on using the word "gutties" in the near future when shopping for shoes☺All 3 of you came up with unique idea, love it as a jacket and the red bold statement as well!

    1. Hahaha Jess, I would love to see the faces of the shop assistants when you ask for gutties! They will be so confused. Too funny. Thank you for popping over to comment! XXX

  12. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Cool looks gals

  13. I saw this ping pong post on Anna's blog first. The dress looks good on you and I particularly like your necklace.


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