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A Dress for That Occasion

Since downsizing my wardrobe at the beginning of the year, I’ve noticed a couple of gaps needing filled. Specifically, I had nothing to wear in the event of a somber occasion. And let’s be honest, in the midst of a crisis, the last thing we want to do is shop for clothing we’re going to wear to mark a sad time. So I decided to buy a dress now and wear it at other times so that the garment doesn’t become a symbol of death and sadness. Because I’m trying to be mindful of my purchases, I decided not to simply buy a black dress to keep in the closet. I wanted the dress to be something I could wear in any season and for things other than funerals, so I was delighted when I came across this beautiful linen dress from Gudrun Sjoden. It’s a simple, elegant dress with 3/4-length sleeves and subtle embroidery. The fabric is light-to-midweight, so it can be worn year round here in Scotland. I chose the ash grey version …

What’s Your Kibbe Type?

I’m sure it was someone effortlessly stylish who said ‘fashions change, but style never does’. I imagine they were tall, thin, rich, and beautiful – and any advice they had didn’t apply to someone like me. I’m a skosh over 5’2″ and I’ve struggled with my weight since my mid-twenties.  I have tried so many ‘looks’ but until recently, I’ve never been able to determine what works best for me. This has meant a lot of wasted money on all sorts of things that didn’t suit me. The fashion and beauty industry is weird, and its nomenclature is bizarre. Am I an apple? A pear? Is my face an oval or a diamond? What colour season am I? Should I wear all black to hide my roundness? Statement jewellery? Balayage? So much to consider and all of it confusing, at least for me, but I recently discovered something that clicked everything into place and I am so sad I didn’t come across it 30 years ago – long before I spent loads money on clothes …

Gudrun Christmas Picks

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the Gudrun Christmas Collection, and was delighted when my catalogue arrived.  In the past, I’ve found one or two outfits to covet, but this year’s collection is full of lovely things I’d wear in or out of the Christmas season. Most of my favourites come from the Frida Kahlo collection.  The Azul dress, £69, is at the top of my list.  It’s a pretty print that will look lovely right through until spring.  In colder months, it can be worn with a long-sleeved top underneath and would look great with either tights or leggings.  Available in three colours.  I’ve gone for black. From the Folklore collection comes this gorgeous Froda tunic, £65.  With a pretty print and generous fit, this goes well over a dress.  It can also be worn with trousers, leggings, or tights.  Because it’s sleeveless, you can mix it up with different tops underneath.  It comes in both red and black.  I am looking forward to wearing this on Christmas Eve. Also from the Folklore collection is the Frojda …

Gudrun Winter Picks

The Gudrun winter collection is out!  With Christmas fast approaching, I’ve not gone too crazy with the purchases, but there are three items I just couldn’t resist. At £99, the Alicia dress is little more expensive that most Gudrun dresses, but the attention to detail is exquisite.  There is beautiful cross-stitching on the bodice, and the pockets and hem are trimmed in a pretty ribbon.  It’s a great item to wear with a long-sleeved t-shirt now, and it can be paired with a warm turtleneck when the weather gets colder.  In three lovely colours.  I went for blue. I always look forward to tights season, and this season’s Cuzco tights will keeps legs warm.  They’re slightly sheer, but also quite heavy, and the pretty floral pattern looks pretty peeping out of boots or paired with contrasting-coloured dress.  They’re £22 and available in three colours. The Ocho skirt is currently £49 at the club price, and a great addition to your winter wardrobe.  It’s a wonderful, warm velour that pairs goes nicely with all sorts of pieces.  I have it in black, …

Current Gudrun Favourites

As I’ve aged, I’ve found it hard to find clothes to suit me.  I’m not very tall and I’m not very thin – and I feel ignored by the fashion industry despite being willing to spend money for good-quality clothes (I detest disposable fashion).  I don’t want to wear black all of the time, and I certainly don’t enjoy the pitiful ‘plus’ size clothes that swamp my 5’2″ frame. Thank goodness for Gudrun Sjoden.  She gets it!  And she makes fun-yet-elegant clothes for people of all ages and all sizes.  Everything is ethically produced and there are organic options as well.  In the two years I’ve shopped with Gudrun, most everything I’ve ordered has been true to size, but they offer a great returns policy for mail order, and the few things I have sent back have been replaced or refunded with no hassle. It took me a little time to understand how to shop with Gudrun, but once I got the hang of mixing her Basics with her Collection pieces, I was off.  Since her colours …