One Designer Dress, Two Different Holiday Looks

(self portrait black and white dress abiss restaurant calpe

Self-Portrait Black and White Dress: Formal Styling

It was love at first sight when I saw this Self-Portrait black and white lace dress. The fitted bodice and flared skirt, the graphic floral embroidery, the perfect midi length and the pockets. Everything about it makes me happy.

self portrait black and white dress abiss restaurant calpe

Self-Portrait is currently my favourite label. The clothes are romantic and feminine, yet womanly. A lot of Self-Portrait dresses have a short lining which makes the skirts semi-sheer and removes any hint of twee. I have a navy full-length one that I wore to an awards ceremony and a red midi that I wore on Christmas Eve and for Poppy’s 18th birthday.  Like this black and white dress, both have the characteristic short lining; so they’re sensual rather than sweet. This was an investment, so I intend to wear it as much as possible. I wore it twice in Calpe. The first was for dinner at Abiss Restaurant, a Michelin Guide formal restaurant and part of the Sol Y Mar hotel where we stayed. (We had the 8-course menu degustacion which was incredible. The views are spectacular too. If ever you visit Calpe, you must eat there).

self portrait black and white dress Jimmy Choo shoes

I wore it with the Jimmy Choos I saved to but about seven years ago.  I’ve worn them countless times, so consequently they needed a little TLC;  the buckles were loose and the heels were scuffed. So I had them “serviced.” (A quick online search gave plenty of companies that repair designer shoes and handbags. I used Shoe Spa in London). I’m delighted with the result; they look almost as good as new. I know I could’ve bought a nice pair of new shoes with what the repairs cost, (just over £100), but like the dress, I bought them love and wear for decades. I’ve never seen a pair of shoes that I love more, so it made more sense to have them renovated, than to buy a new pair.

self portrait black and white dress Jimmy Choo shoes

The Perfect Pair

What’s the perfect eyewear to go with this Self-Portrait black and white lace dress? An elegant black cat-eye style with “lace” detail of course! Anything with a print or pattern would be too busy and would detract from the beauty of the dress, whereas these sunglasses compliment it They’re chic, lightweight and very comfortable to wear.

self portrait black and white dress black cat eye sunglasses

self portrait black and white dress black cat eye sunglasses

They’re by French company Morel, and are available in the UK via Zuma Eyewear. You will find Morel in select independent opticians. (Contact @zumaeyewear via Instagram and mention What Lizzy Loves).

self portrait black and white dress black cat eye sunglasses

self portrait black and white dress black cat eye sunglasses

Self-Portrait Black and White Dress: Casual Styling

The second outing was much more casual: I wore the dress for supper in a beach café. This time I wore it with flat sandals, minimal make-up, tousled hair and a cute little basket bag that Ian bought for me while we were there.

self portrait black and white dress styled casually on the beachself portrait black and white dress styled casually on the beach

Self-Portrait Black and White Dress: informal Styling

self portrait black and white dress styled casually for the beach

self portrait black and white dress casual styling

self portrait black and white dress styled casually on the beach

self portrait black and white dress styled casually on the beach

self portrait black and white dress styled casually on the beach

 

Style Notes...(some affiliate links)

Self-Portrait Monochrome Guipure Lace Midi Dress
Self-Portrait Monochrome Guipure Lace Midi Dress
£360
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Aspiga Chandi Disc Sandals
Aspiga Chandi Disc Sandals
£80
Koali Sunglasses by Morel
Koali Sunglasses by Morel
Rouge Dior 999,
Rouge Dior 999,
Self-Portrait Monochrome Guipure Lace Midi Dress
Self-Portrait Monochrome Guipure Lace Midi Dress
£360
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Aspiga Chandi Disc Sandals
Aspiga Chandi Disc Sandals
£80
Koali Sunglasses by Morel
Koali Sunglasses by Morel
Rouge Dior 999,
Rouge Dior 999,
Self-Portrait Monochrome Guipure Lace Midi Dress
Self-Portrait Monochrome Guipure Lace Midi Dress
£360
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Hersey and Son Silver and Pearl Earrings
Aspiga Chandi Disc Sandals
Aspiga Chandi Disc Sandals
£80
Koali Sunglasses by Morel
Koali Sunglasses by Morel
Rouge Dior 999,
Rouge Dior 999,
Share:
This isn't a sponsored post, I just love Self-Portrait! The sunglasses are a gift from Zuma Eyewear and the earrings are a gift from Hersey and Sons. What Lizzy Loves uses some affiliate links. Thank you for supporting the brands that support my blog.

6 Comments

  1. July 28, 2019 / 9:19 pm

    I love that you make such thoughtful decisions for your wardrobe Liz. This dress is amazing and the fact that you wear it equally well with heels and flats is phenomenal!
    Brilliant buy my friend.

    • elizabeth
      Author
      July 29, 2019 / 6:15 pm

      Thank you MT. I love it and I know I’ll wear it over and over all year round xxxxx

  2. July 29, 2019 / 8:42 am

    Lizzy you look so beautiful in all these photos. The dress is absolutely gorgeous, and so are the Jimmy Choos! How funny that I’m wearing my Jimmy Choos on the blog today too!!
    Hugs
    Suzy xxx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      July 29, 2019 / 6:13 pm

      Aww, thank you my lovely. Well of course I’m heading off straight away to look at you Choos! xxxx

  3. July 30, 2019 / 5:32 pm

    Gorgeous dress and loved that you styled it dressed and down. So cute either way. Looks great on you.

    • elizabeth
      Author
      July 30, 2019 / 6:07 pm

      Oh thank you so much Pamela. I’m
      so pleased with it. I can’t wait to wear it again xxx

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Instagram

Subscribe to my blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 4,619 other subscribers

https://prf.hn/click/camref:1100l4bSr