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A Sojourn Into A Slip Dress .. or Two!

February 15, 2023

Trying A Slip Dress …

The little slip dress was big in the 90’s and in the 60’s and 20’s before that and I wore them in a previous decade and I’ve decided to give them a whirl again.

I started with the colour that we’re seeing just everywhere here at the moment of hot pink/fuchsia/magenta, call it what you will and I also picked one up in basic black.

In the Pink!

I’ve styled the magenta a few different ways:

Look 1:

The first look is a bit boho, a look I frequently favour and when I wore this I had a lot of nice compliments come my way.

I’m not gonna lie – I’m a matchy, matchy person so I was pretty happy when this little bag I’ve had for a few years went so well with the embroidered border of the kimono.

The colours match nicely across the kimono, the bag, to the headscarf, sandals, brooch and earrings.

It’s a feminine, fun look and the cover up was great for a summer evening that came up a bit cool.

I added the wide, black belt to give me a bit of shape.

Look 2:

I love this look because I’m crazy about this style of blouse, both in terms of the colourful print but mostly because of the fabulously elegant, pretty and fun bishop sleeves.

It was so fun to pair these orange slides for this outfit and the little cross-body bag was a gift for my birthday, (which is just after Christmas), from my son and his fiancé and it’s just beautiful, I so love it!

On the issue of cross-body bags, they’re apparently no longer on trend. This is my take on them: I’ve been wearing them for over 40 years. I first got onto them when a colleague used to wear them so that she didn’t have to be concerned about her wallet being stolen as we were High School teachers and sometimes the kids could be light fingered. I’ve loved them ever since, they fit my lippy, driver’s licence, credit card, a bit of cash and some tissues, so they’re light and comfortable and leave my hands free… love it!

In the first pic I’m with my daughter who came home to our apartment in Wollongong for a few days in the new year and we went out for a lovely, fun evening. You’ll notice that she too is a lover of colourful outfits!

I think the hair up was a great option and I’ve been doing that a bit more this summer as it seems to give an instant facelift as well as a mood lift!

Look 3:

I paired the magenta slip dress with my lime green linen blazer and it was a match made in heaven!

A medium width black belt over the top cinched in the boxy shape of the jacket, with fancy fuchsia satin heels, a cute little green felt bag with little pink details, pink tassel earrings and I couldn’t resist adding my @erstwilder brooch to finish the look.

This is the lime blazer, paired with the matching pants.

Black for the Win!

I’ve worn the black slip-dress a couple of different ways but I only have pics of the outfit with the black kimono again!

I love the versatility of this kimono but I also wanted to show the lovely lingerie I wore under it.

Having been through breast cancer and having a mastectomy and failed reconstruction surgeries, it’s easy to lose a sense of femininity and sexiness.

As part of managing this treatment, I’ve had to come off Hormone Replacement Therapy, and then following my immunisation for the C19, I had a bad reaction and many of the menopause symptoms I had managed have come back with a vengeance including hot night sweats, reduced sleep, hot flashes, weight gain and just terrible fatigue and so my body sure isn’t what it used to be.

I want to shift that narrative and so engaged with a big sale at Bras ‘N Things and picked up some cute and sexy bodysuits, one of which I’ve shown here:

The other outfit I wore (for which I don’t have pics) with this black slip dress was a black and white satin blouse tied at the waist over the top and paired with black, strappy sandals …

Have you embraced or re-embraced the slip dress trend? If so, I’d love to hear what you think about styling them.

Thank you for joining me in my little corner of the web, you can catch up with me on Instagram @donna.walmsley101

Donna 🧚‍♀️❤️🐝

  • marsha57
    March 7, 2023 at 4:47 am

    Oh, my gosh! You are stunning in all of these outfits! You definitely rock the slip dresses. I’ve been thinking about trying one but have yet to dip my toe into those waters! But, you’re making me think about it!!! Thanks for visiting my blog as an introduction to yours! I’ve subscribed…let’s hope it takes! For some reason, I’m having problems with that! It must be on my end!


    • donnadoesdresses
      March 7, 2023 at 5:04 am

      Hi Marsha, I so appreciate your kind words here, I’m just finding slip dresses comfy and easy to wear, even if they show a lump or bump here and there and they are fab for the warmer weather which you will be heading into soon!
      The problem is probably on my end as I am not very good with the tech aspects of running the blog! It’s the thought that counts and I’m very grateful to have you stop by my little corner of the web today!
      Enjoy the rest of your week!

      Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🐝

  • Jonathan Caswell
    April 7, 2023 at 8:11 pm


    • donnadoesdresses
      April 12, 2023 at 7:33 pm

      Fair enough

      Thank you


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