Is it too early to say that I’ve found my dress of the year? I’d almost dismissed the Archive By Alexa collaboration after seeing the initial shots with the pie-crust blouse (that didn’t seem particularly boob-friendly), but lo and behold, the day was saved with a paisley print dress. I’ve become rather picky in my late twenties, so the fact that this is a great twist on the typical skater shape really appealed to me. The construction is really flattering, with a tie back and contrast piping to complete the look and the slightly stiff cotton fabric even feels a little bit vintage. It’s a bit bizarre that a store I’ve only really bought pants, chicken and hummus from could come out with a wonder like this, but then again it does have over 100 years of history to draw upon. There’s so many inventive details in vintage clothing that you don’t often get these days and I quite like that this was based on a rather practical apron.
Did you buy anything from the range? I snapped these photos with Hannah, who was wearing her own spin on the Harry dress with a leather jacket and trench coat layered over the top. It doesn’t even bother me that loads of people are obsessed with the range we’ll probably look like an Alexa Army on the streets of London this Summer. I think it’s more of a solidarity thing, we’ve each found a collaboration that suits our style perfectly and there was no crazy queuing needed. Well done M&S!
Dress – M&S, Tights – Ownbrown, Shoes – Boden (similar), Necklace – Tatty Devine, Sunglasses – Le Specs, Ring – Daisy, Watch – c/o Cluse