Sophisticated and Summery......The Bell-Sleeve Pencil Dress

If you’ve been following me on Instagram you probably know I mostly stick to flared skirts but I like to branch out on occasion and wear a pencil skirt or dress. Being pear-shaped it’s often hard to find dresses that aren’t too tight on the bottom or too loose on the top. Luckily I didn’t encounter these issues with Number 9 Fashion’s bell sleeve pencil dress. This dress comes in two prints, a blue and white gingham, and a black and white polka dot print.

My favourite part of this dress is the keyhole detail on the bust that adds a bit of fun of the dress while still keeping it work appropriate. I chose my usually Size L for this dress and it was a comfortable fit, the fabric is stretchy but substantial enough to not show off underwear or every lump and bump. The length was just below my knees which is perfect for a more formal work environment.

I am styling this dress 2 ways, one for work, and the other for a more casual look.

I think the black and white polka dot best suits a corporate environment. It’s such a classic colour combination for corporate wear. I think this dress shoes that workwear doesn’t have to translate to boring. I paired this dress with red accessories to bring a pop of colour that is still work appropriate. I think this print would work with so many colours like cobalt blue and mustard yellow, or you could keep it monochromatic with white or black pairings.


Sophisticated And Summery......the Bell-Sleeve Pencil Dress 


Blue and white gingham is a favourite print of mine. With my red hair I feel like a modern day Dorothy, or in this case a more polished version of her. This dress is light and comfortable enough to be worn on a summer’s night out. I paired it with my brown Lipstik clogs, a yellow Review belt, and yellow Miz Smitten Kitten hair flower for a breezy summer look.


 Sophisticated And Summery......the Bell-Sleeve Pencil Dress


Let me know in the comments which is your favourite!

Miss Florence Ivy xx

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19 October 2018 — Miss Florence Ivy

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