The Crossover Back Dress

It probably wasn't the best day to wear this outdoors. A short hemline and windy weather go together like oil and water.

However, I scuttled indoors to the lunch venue as quickly as I could so these photos were taken in a rare moment of wind downtime.

This is a play on the famous Zara skater dress - the only difference being the crossover back which demands a strategic bra choice.

I love the colour - a soft, pale mint - and the overall shape is uber-feminine to the point where it makes me feel like a cutesy walking cupcake. In other words, a little bit gag worthy.

For that reason I had to add the chunky brown belt and a grown up structured bag. Without those two details it just looks a bit silly on me.

As with most dresses, it could be successfully paired with tights, New Look boots and a nice black/contrasting colour coat of the same length. I am obsessed with tights at the moment and absolutely gagging to wear them next weekend in the UK :)





Dress: Zara - Link! (I bought this months ago but it is apparently part of the new season collection, proving that Dubai's stock is a little different to the rest of the world's)
Shoes: Tory Burch - Link!
Bag: Celine
Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Onto reading material...

I don't think we have talked "books" for a while have we?

Well I have two important points to make:

1) I regret the day I downloaded Beautiful Disaster by James McGuire.

I will admit that I didn't have particularly high hopes - I wanted it for poolside reading - but there is nothing worse than enduring a book where you feel absolutely no compassion or understanding of the main characters. The story itself rambles through a destructive relationship but it feels completely devoid of structure or development. The experience is bloody weird!

In a twisted sense it is probably worth checking out for all of the reasons above and especially as it seems to attract completely polarised opinions. Some people adore it and others hate it.

Read the reviews on GoodReads.com to see for yourself! It's quite entertaining reading!

2) In total contrast I am absolutely LOVING my current book - Olives by Alexander McNabb. This may be because the previous book made me question my own sanity but I think its mainly because:

a) It's well written
b) There is an enticing storyline with characters that evolve at a steady pace; and
c) It touches on complex themes, with a landscape of Middle Eastern politics and romance underpinning the book.

I know, I know. The inclusion of those themes means that it sounds like it has potential to be frightfully dull BUT it isn't at all. There are lots of little twists and the ending is apparently an unpredictable surprise... I cannot wait to continue reading it and let me know if you decide to download it and join me :)

Hope you are all well...think the next post will be about a perfume I was given last week and LOVE!

x

87 comments:

  1. I love the color of that dress. Its feminine shape looks great paired with that belt. I have been trying to make more time to read (besides blogs) in my life. You have inspired me. Which is a good thing video killed books.

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  2. Ooo this is a pretty dress. I think it would be a little too short on me. Gorgeous colour thought. You are making me get back into belts and bags. My handbag is starting to fall apart (I say hand bag casually, but I can fit an elephant in it...) Now hankering after a nice black bag....

    P.s. Currently reading In her Shoes, and quite likingit. Different to the film, but then they always are. Still a nice read :) UK= lots of tights. Coldddd!! Although I love a nice patterend pair with plain short skirt- makes it hard to see the snags when I get my nail caught in them on the first wear ;) xx


    P.p.s. I made a list of bloggers heights and put you on there- hope you dont mind. It's http://5foot10.blogspot.com/p/blogger-heights.html but just say if you want to be removed. Have been collecting heights so that people know how tall a blogger is when they sed blogger wearing some nice clothes and wonder if they will fit them :) xx

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  3. Great post! Even if the dress would be too short for me, I love seeing you style different clothes. I always take a bit of inspiration away! Love the bag (still lusting after it). I try saving a bit, but have miserably failed after seeing the China Glaze Electropop collection.

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  4. Oh my goodness the colour is perfect! I really wanted some mint in my wardrobe and this is perfect! I can imagine it looking great with tights and a leather jacket for this freezing weather in England at the moment!

    shabna x x
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  5. I don't think the dress is too cutesy! Actually I think it looks great on you!

    It's an interesting colour too, if it were pink it might be too much but the colour keeps it sophisticated and just feminine enough I think.

    Wind and short skirts, oil and water, SO TRUE!

    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING x

    I WAS AN UGLY DUCKLING BLOG!

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  6. you look fantastic in that dress! i envy your wardrobe so much!

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  7. love it ! as well I" love everything that has open V-back and "closed" front :) well done Laura.
    still "jel" about the bag, ugh !
    maybe one day when my poor student's life will be over I will treat myself for one ;)
    take care

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  8. Very pretty mint color.
    This is the kind of dress that I'd be wearing unattractive bicycle shorts underneath for fear of a subway-grate blowing incident ala Marilyn Monroe!

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  9. I love the colour of it, I could never get away with wearing it though. It'd be a massive change from my usual style that I think my friends and family would be permanently shocked after seeing me in it.

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  10. The crossover back just makes it! Lovely! :)

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  11. You look so cute! I love the dress. I like your layers. What do you ask your hair dresser to cut your hair? I never get nice layers like yours and I tried different places. Is it face framing or all over layers? How does is it look from the back is it straight or v or u look. Can you do a blog the next time you get it done please :)

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  12. @Anita - it's just long layers at the front...I don't overlayer..been there, done that! :)

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  13. I love the colour, it's quite unusual!

    Natalie x

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  14. Love your blog, following now :) Feel free to check out mine and enter my MAC Cosmetics giveaway!

    Laura
    petitchatons.blogspot.com

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  15. @heavanrain - i am not one for boobage - mainly because I don't have any :)

    @AmyRoto - haha yes exactly! I wore big knickers with this baby...definitely one for controlled environments...I wore this out from flat...2 minute walk outside and then into another building :)

    @TheHumanWreckage - i dunno..it's sometimes good to shock :)

    @Shortiee31 - thank you :)

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  16. Obsessed with this dress! The high neckline is so gorgeous, and then with the surprise of the deep v in the back, PLUS the minty green color?! Perfection! :) as always, love your outfits!!

    xo
    Alyson
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  17. This is such a gorgeous dress. Colour + style, perfect.
    Think it will go on my summer list. So excited to get out of the tights and layers, I'll switch with you if you like haha.
    Lovely post.

    Laura xoxo
    http://call-of-beauty-xo.blogspot.com/

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  18. @Alyson - thank you Alyson :) x

    @Laura-xo - i think this is a classic case of "you always want what you can't have" :) So looking forward to wearing snuggly clothes for a few days :)

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  19. I will have to check out 'Olives' as thanks to you I really enjoyed reading 'Room' and 'The Help'.

    Love how you paired the dress :) x

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  20. Another Zara dress that you make look so much better than it does on the website :) One of these days I really need to stop by Zara and see what they have here in NYC.

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  21. Oh I love this dress so much, you'll have to do some OOTD's in the UK so you can inspire us mere mortals over here in the rain and cold ;P xxx

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  22. That dress looks amazing on you! Especially with your beautiful bag : )

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  23. I love the dress. You're right, it is very feminine but in a good way!

    Anca
    http://coralista-xo.blogspot.com/

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  24. You look great! And the dress is so feminine and cute, love the back!

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  25. I have seen it awhile ago in store, you wore it perfectly, I love your choice of belt. Couldn't be more perfect!

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  26. The dress is beautiful! I'll look into buying that for the summer :D
    x

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  27. Love the colour!

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  28. Okay, wow, I really love this dress! The colour is gorgeous and the cross-over back is such a great detail. It does seem a little shorter than what I normally wear... how tall are you? If you're taller than me maybe it will look longer on me!

    xo, alison*elle

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  29. awwwww...even if i tell myself, that you are a "grown-up": the dress looks so adorable and sweet on you! love the colour and your new flats! i'm thinking about getting some tb-flats for me this summer, but i'm still not convinced, that the money will be well invested!...
    EvagoestoRio

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  30. Stunning! I adore the backline!!!

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  31. I absolutely love this dress! The color and the back shape is beautiful

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  32. Love the dress and the deep v! I'd love to know who takes your pictures Laura :-) xo

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  33. Well done! I'm all about those wide front necklines. As a gal with no chest and plenty of hip, anything that makes the shoulders look more broad is high on my list!

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  34. The dress is extremely pretty, but I agree with you that it could easily end up the wrong way...your choice of accessories made the look ;)

    Oh, and I just downloaded "Olives" ;)

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  35. The dress is fantastic, and this colour suits you! I especially adore the back...:)

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  36. That dress is stunning, the belt really makes it - you look amazing :)

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  37. That dress fits you like a glove.. love it!

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  38. The dress is gorgeous!

    Have you tried Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett? It's an amazing read :)

    xx

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  39. beautiful Celine bag and mint green dress. It's definitely going to be a spring must have colour and you are ahead of the crowd =)

    <a href="http://somethingaboutkerri.blogspot.com>There's Something About Kerri</a>

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  40. Beautiful dress! Urgh it's stunning, gorgeous colour and can't believe it's Zara - i'm seriously missing out!

    I've just downloaded Olives to my kindle, so thank you for the recommendation! xx

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  41. I have been looking for a really feminine pretty dress for my trip to Paris soon and I think you've just made my mind up for me! Looks really nice paired with a belt, thank you! xx

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  42. Love the colour of the dress and belt looks fab. suits your figure fabulously! xx

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  43. Laura, this is a very pretty dress. But it looks even more flattering on you - suits your figure a lot. And I think, that belt was a good choice. What type of bra would you wear under such dress - cos you can't have back showing, neither straps? Uhhhhm...
    Lovely post!

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  44. What a beautiful dress, I ADORE the colour of it and the back is a lovely cut x

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  45. Love the dress you look gorgeous I love backless or low cut ( on the back) tops kina unexpected :) I got Olives last week , your review made me excited so will star tonight have a lovely weekend x

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  46. You look fab! Loooove the dress. Thank you for sharing!
    Have a great weekend!
    xoxo,
    http://shoptheworldnow.blogspot.com

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  47. Cute dress, such a pretty soft colour. Looking forward to the perfume post!!

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  48. I really like the contrast yiur dress plays in with your hair. Very nice connection.

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  49. I have those Tory burch in black. I''ve been lusting after the nude. they're a bitch to break in but once you get them there, boy are they a dream! Absolutely fantastic outfit.

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  50. Gorgeous! The colour reminds me of a lot of the clothes in Vogue this month, but the belt and the bag dress it up a bit more. Nice twist!
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  51. I've never been a huge fan of Zara's until I started following your site! Now I must own this dress! The color is beautiful!

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  52. I love mint! The dress is beautiful, and great paired with the brown belt

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  53. Hi Laura!

    Just thought I should mention to you that I have borrowed some of your pictures for my blog, as you are a style icon when it comes to matching great outfits with flats. Feel free to check it out, and if you want me to remove them just let me know. :)

    xo Flat Fashion

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  54. wow that color suits you so much! so pretty!

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  55. hi, laura! beautiful dress...what a unique color! wondering if you would consider writing a post on your guide to dubai? looking into traveling there this spring...especially right now--amidst a nyc snow storm!

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  56. Love the colour of the dress! It's beautiful!

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  57. Love the dress on you! I'm similarly proportioned. Laura, what size did you buy?

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  59. Gorgeous colour! I LOVE your Celine bag! so chic

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  60. love the colour of the dress.
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  61. Love that dress, the color looks so lovely on you!

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  62. Love that colour! Heading to Zara's website pronto...! xx

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  63. I love the colour of the dress!It really suits you :)

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  64. I love this dress, it's very beautiful!
    It's strange, i think not that Dubai's Zara Collection are other than everywhere else, but that zara has a strange and completely illogical "collection" understanding. I saw this dress first this autumn in a Zara shop in Munich, then it was gone, and now it's back - well, I think we shouldn't try to understand and just be happy about this nice dress!
    xxx Anita

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  65. Loving the new post and the dress Laura! And thanks for the book recommendation, i'm really in the mood for a good read!

    please check out my blog, and follow, It would really make my day!

    www.es-jaymakeup.blogspot.com

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  66. Going to check out that olives book!

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  67. Hi Laura, I love your blog, I've just started one up that I hope people will enjoy as much as I enhoy yours! If you want to have a look at my first post: http://missminimarple.blogspot.com

    xx

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  68. Hi Laura,

    Love your outfit! I was just wondering about sizing on the tory burch flats... I've never tried on Tory burch flats, but in general i am a size US 7. How do the flats run?

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  69. I love this style of dress, I wish I wasn't so over the hill now, I have reached that certain age where above the knee shrieks sad oldie!
    Oh and my Scottish hairdresser buggered off to Dubai, sniff - find her and bring her back!

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  70. Oh I just adore the style of this dress, it's such a classic and the colour is so dreamy. Love it :).

    xoxo

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  71. I absolutely love this dress. The brown belt and nude shoes make the whole look gorgeous!! LOVE LOVE LOVE. I'm ordering the dress right now!

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  72. Just felt the need to let you know I LOVE that you comment about the books your reading! I LOVE reading (and apparently writing love in capitals!) I'm currently reading a thousand days in venice ~ true love story that is so lovely to read :) xoxox

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  73. the dress looks amazing :D

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  74. The colour of your dress is so beautiful!! You look lovely:) xx

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  75. You look gorgeous, LOVE the shape and colour of the dress X

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  76. That dress is absolutely amazing. The cut, shape, colour, length - everything is perfect about it! You look absolutely stunning in it. Only just stumbled across your blog, but will be definitely be sticking around as a follower!

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  77. I love this dress, and what great detailing to the back. Great colour.

    Lou
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  78. Super cute dress! I love the color and the back!

    ♥ Shia

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  79. ahhh laura, thank you so much for introducing me to this dress! i am always on the look out for new skater dress' that i can wear on a daily basis and this one looks perfect! i really like the pink version too so i'll definitely have to try them on in zara! after hearing your thoughts on the books, also, i took a look at beautiful disaster and i do actually like the sound of it but you can't always judge a book by its cover ;) X

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  80. WoW! That was really wonderful.=D
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