Thursday, 21 April 2016

ARCHIVE BY ALEXA CHUNG ELIZA DRESS








The sun is finally out and right in time for me to show you my new favourite dress, which also happens to be absolutely perfect for what is hopefully going to be a bright and sunny spring and summer.

Today’s outfit post is all about my new purchase from the recent ARCHIVE by Alexa Chung collection from Marks and Spencer. The collection features pieces selected from the Marks and Spencer archives and reinvented by none other than ultimate style icon and all around girl crush Alexa Chung. I think the whole collection is gorgeous and there are a few things I really want.

This particular dress was the stand out for me and it was love at first sight when I saw it in the promotional photos. I knew it was my must have. It’s called The Eliza Dress and was inspired by an apron from the 1950’s, a fact I didn’t actually know when I first purchased it but only makes me love it even more. It’s such a beautiful dress. I’m obsessed with the bold, colourful paisley print, and it features a cute tie back waist, high neck, and black lace piping. I also really love the big pockets at the front of the dress, very practical for me to stash my phone. It has the right mix of vintage touches to the design, as the rest of the collection does as well. Honestly, it is pure love. I haven’t been this in love with a dress for a while. Along with my bomber jacket I got a couple of weeks ago, it is definitely one of my favourite purchases in recent months. I know some people tend to be a bit put off by paisley, but it’s always been a pattern I’m fond of, provided it’s been done right, and this one certainly has. I felt like the colour palette was great too, its white base is splashed with red, green, blue and yellow, in addition to the contrasting black detailing.

To complement the red within the print, I decided to pair the dress with my deep red velvet boots from last season, still a firm favourite of mine. Now I just need the sun to keep shining and somewhere nice to wear it.

Have you picked up anything from the collection?

Katie xx

The Eliza Dress £45 Marks and Spencer
Velvet Boots no longer available Asos (similar here, herehere and here)

You can shop the entire ARCHIVE by Alexa collection here.
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  1. Wow Katie!! This dress really suits you! I'm loving it. I particularly love how you've style it with your boots, they look great. Also, paisley is one of my fave prints so I'm loving it. I really love the ruffle blouse from the collection, quite tempted!
    Natasha
    xx

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    1. Aww thank you very much lovely! I'm in love with it and the print is beautiful. I actually ordered the ruffled shirt in pink and I absolutely love it but I had to get a size bigger as my size was sold out. It's not too big but just seems to look abit odd so not sure what I'm going to do yet. It's gorgeous though, I hope you do get it xx

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  2. This dress is gorgeous! I love the pattern - I'm such a sucker for patterned dresses. The shoes you added with this look finish it off perfectly.

    www.wunderbliss.com

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! I'm the same I love patterned dresses and they take up the majority of my wardrobe. I just can't resist gorgeous ones like this. I'm really happy with it and I love it with these boots so I'm glad you do too xx

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  3. It looks amazing, Katie!!!! :) It's my favourite item from the collection as well! I have also got the gingham cigarette trousers, which I absolutely love! I am however still debating on whether to keep the Harry blouse! It's gorgeous, but not sure I would wear as much as it should be worn.. Anyway, glad the Eliza dress is everything you hope it would be! :)
    Diana xxx
    www.diasway.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Diana! This dress was definitely my favourite piece. I actually ordered a couple of other things from the collection too but I'm not sure if I'll be keeping them. I got the Harry shirt in pink and I'm in love with it but my size was sold out and had to get the next one up. It's a bit big and I'm not sure what to do about it yet although I don't know how I'd be able to return it it's so pretty. The trousers look great too, I love the print and style of them. I'm really glad you're so pleased with them, I hope you do end up keeping the shirt! xx

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  4. I read about this collection the other day. I'm definitely going to check it out now. This dress looks perfect on you, Katie.

    www.mydailywear.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad you like it! It's a really great collection and I think there's a couple of pieces you'd really like that would look beautiful on you. This was definitely my must have item and I'm so happy with it xx

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  5. beautiful outfit
    have a nice weekend love x

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin'

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    1. Thank you so much Stefanie. Thank you for reading and I hope you've had a nice weekend too xx

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  6. The whole collection is so nice, I keep eyeing up pieces but have yet to make a purchase! This dress looks great on you, love the boots!

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    1. Thank you! It is a really great collection and I'm so glad I was able to get this dress. I just love it. And the boots are one of my favourite pairs that I have. They got a lot of wear through out Autumn/Winter but I suspect they'll continue to in the warmer months too as I love them so much xx

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  7. This is totally something I'd wear and buy if I could! I adore the print and I'm a huge fan of mini dresses with high necks and sleeves! You look sensational in it!

    Http://www.blueumbrellalane.com

    Em xx

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    1. Thank you so much! It is exactly my kind of dress and I'm in love with it, I'm always in a printed mini dress of some kind. I can totally imagine you wearing it as well and think it would look beautiful on you. The print is amazing xx

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  8. Love the dress and the boots you look beautiful. Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Gemma! I'm really glad you like them xx

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  9. Big fat girlcrush right here as well, Alexa Chung is such a stunning woman and one of my favourite style-icons, and I love her collection for M&S too! Crushing on your outfit as well babe, you look so stunning it's surreal, love how you combined the delicate flower dress with velvet ankle boots - such a daring and stylish combination!
    XO IMKE | Pastellics

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    1. Thank you so much, that is so sweet of you! I love Alexa Chung's style, she's always been a style crush of mine. I hadn't really expected to love the collection with M&S as much as I do though, I was very pleasantly suprised by how great it is and this dress was just too perfect. I love it. Thank you again! Xx

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  10. I like your boot!

    DadieB. ~
    dadiebradshaw.altervista.org

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  11. I saw this dress online but didn't find my size :(
    You look is great!!
    X.O
    http://www.audreyisaboy.com

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    1. Aww I'm so sorry to hear that! It could be worth checking your nearest store in case anyone returned it in your size. And thank you very much xx

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