This is what I’d wear if I was strolling around a market in Provençe. That isn’t going to happen any time soon so my Mediterranean-style-garden-in-Skipton must suffice. The orange floral pattern of this dress isn’t an authentic Provençal print, but it reminded me of the beautiful fabrics that typify the region. It was enough to make me daydream.
The history of such prints dates back to the 16th century when Marseille began to import goods, (including cotton fabrics with bright prints), from the Indies. These were known as Indiennes. They first gained popularity in Provençe and then throughout the rest of France. Local merchants copied the Indian method and developed their own designs, known henceforth as Provençal Prints.
Floral Provençal Print Dress
My orange floral dress is from Chi Chi London, a brand I was aware of but not somewhere I’d had anything from previously. The reason for this was because I associated it with a much younger demographic. The team asked if I’d like to try some dresses so I had a look and learned that the brand is very inclusive and positive. The product range runs from a petite size 4 to a size 26 in their Curve range. There is a maternity range and a tall range for customers over 5ft 8.
“We recognise that we have a voice and are more than just pretty clothes. We celebrate fashion while making sure we spread positivity and empower our customers. We endeavor to give back to our community by working with charities. We want to showcase style made for people of all ages, backgrounds and sizes and show that self love and confidence are key. We are inclusive & diverse both in house and out, using a range of influencers and models from all backgrounds to truly represent our brand values and integrity as a business.”
I liked what I read, so I accepted the offer and chose this orange floral dress. It is lightweight and cool and in my opinion, is the perfect day dress. I’ve styled it for a warm day here, but it looks super with a denim jacket and trainers. The tie detail at the neck is very pretty and feminine but the side split stops it from looking tooooo girly. (It needs minimal ironing too so would be an ideal choice for a city break).
The Perfect Pair
What is the perfect pair to compliment this Provençal print floral dress? This beautiful, stylish cat eye with its sublime blush tones works beautifully with the warm tones of the dress. It is simple, elegant and very lightweight. C’est trés chic.
This isn’t a sponsored post. Gifted items are marked as such and affiliate links are identified by an asterisk.*
Puff sleeve orange floral print dress: Chi Chi London, (gift).
Sandals: Aspiga, (past season). Take a look at Aspiga’s current range for similar Kenyan sandals*.
White beaded drop earrings: Annie Haak, (past season).
Bracelets: Annie Haak and Bella Jane Jewellery, (some gifted).
Bag: Roksana tote by Cult Gaia.
Eyewear: Catwalk in rose gold by Caron Eyewear, (gift).
*Crochet bag: Coast, (gift).