In The Navy

Navy silk halterneck dress and navy raffia clutch bag

I got this navy silk halterneck maxi dress last year. It’s both versatile and practical, by virtue of being machine-washable and (strapless) bra friendly. I wore it for a lot of different occasions, including the Durham University open day with Poppy, a barbecue with my family and cocktails with Ian. The silk feels divine against the skin and because it’s a natural fibre and lightweight it’s cool; ideal for the scorching temperatures in Calpe. The other benefit of it being lightweight is that it offsets some of the heavier dresses I packed; useful because excessive baggage is a fear every time I fly: I never knowingly underpack. This time, I wore it for a relaxed supper in a small bar restaurant, very close to these steps, which are in turn very close to Calpe Beach. It was from The White Company last year. They have a very similar one in navy linen this season which is still available.

Navy silk halterneck dress and navy raffia clutch bag

Navy silk halterneck dress

Navy silk halterneck dress

I wore my Chandi disc sandals from Aspiga. The pearly beads and diamantes add a little sparkle and it makes them as wearable in a smart restaurant as they are on the beach.

Navy silk halterneck dress

My clutch bag is from my very first visit to Nerja four years ago. I tend to only use it when I’m away on holiday so because of that, seeing it in my dressing room always sparks sunny memories of happy times abroad.

Navy silk halterneck dress and navy raffia clutch bag

Navy silk halterneck dress and navy raffia clutch bag

These freshwater pearl and silver earrings pull the look together and tie in nicely with the sandals. They are from Hersey and Son, a family-run silversmiths. In common with the dress, and they’re understated and elegant.

Freshwater pearl and silver drop earrings

The Perfect Pair

What is the perfect eyewear for this navy silk halterneck dress? Its simplicity means it can take a statement style. A bright-coloured frame wouldn’t work with the understated shade and texture of the fabric, but a strong neutral pattern will. (I do of course class anything that resembles an animal-print as neutral). These  layered sunglasses by Karen Millen fit the bill. The cat eye shape is sophisticated and elegant and they add visual texture which stops the outfit from looking “flat.”

Karen Millen black and white sunglasses

Karen Millen black and white sunglasses

Karen Millen black and white sunglasses

Karen Millen black and white suglasses

 

Style Notes...(contains some affiliate links)

Karen Millen Black and White Layered Cat-Eye Sunglasses (KM5029)
Karen Millen Black and White Layered Cat-Eye Sunglasses (KM5029)
£89
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Aspiga Chandi Disc Sandals
Aspiga Chandi Disc Sandals
£80
Rouge Dior 999,
Rouge Dior 999,
Karen Millen Black and White Layered Cat-Eye Sunglasses (KM5029)
Karen Millen Black and White Layered Cat-Eye Sunglasses (KM5029)
£89
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Aspiga Chandi Disc Sandals
Aspiga Chandi Disc Sandals
£80
Rouge Dior 999,
Rouge Dior 999,
Karen Millen Black and White Layered Cat-Eye Sunglasses (KM5029)
Karen Millen Black and White Layered Cat-Eye Sunglasses (KM5029)
£89
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Aspiga Chandi Disc Sandals
Aspiga Chandi Disc Sandals
£80
Rouge Dior 999,
Rouge Dior 999,
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My dress was a gift from The White Company last year, my sunglasses are a gift from Karen Millen via Mondottica this summer and my sandals are a gift from Aspiga this year. All opinions and content are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support my blog.

4 Comments

  1. mummabstylish
    July 25, 2019 / 6:56 pm

    What a stylish dress, I saw similar in Oasis, but neglected to get it because I normally go for colour! Maybe I should re-think my choices as this looks fabulous on you. Thanks for sharing, do come join the #chicandstylish #linkup that’s live every Thursday. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • elizabeth
      Author
      July 25, 2019 / 7:08 pm

      Thank you so much Jacqui. I’ll head straight to your link up now xxx

  2. July 29, 2019 / 8:54 am

    Such a stunning dress, Lizzy! I have a top in a similar colour and fabric but I don’t think I’ve ever worn it because I’m not sure how to style it! It’s quite long. I need to try it again!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      July 29, 2019 / 6:12 pm

      Oh thank you Suzy. It’s simple and elegant and I always think it looks so much better on than on the hanger! xxx

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