The Topshop Open back Shirtdress

Hello everyone! Finally, a post!

So to update you, black seems to be the shade of choice for me at the moment. I got two orders in from Topshop and ASOS and it's basically all black - with the odd nod to a metallic embellishment.

I think out of everything I ordered, my two favourite pieces are pictured below (although there is also a belt from ASOS that I MUST share) anyway...the two items are:

a) The sleeveless open back shirt dress and
b) The studded flats.

First, the shirt dress. This is one of those double layered affairs: slip underneath and a sheer gauzey material on top. There are buttons down the front and a triangle of openness at the back which will, just so you know, reveal a little bit of bra.

It could be belted but I just like the way it flows without any interruption and the silhouette has a nice mix of pretty and weird. It's also a pretty good transitional piece. Although tights are not going to be part of my wardrobe for some time, if I was back in the UK I would definitely pair this with some opaques and inappropriately high shoe boots. I seriously miss wearing opaques....

Now the shoes? Rose gold studded ballerinas in soft black faux leather? Yes please...! I predict absolutely pounding these to death and many of the studs falling off but in the meantime they look amazing, are made of a super soft material and have not caused any blisters. They were also £28 but I think, like the dress, look like they are worth a lot more than that in real life. In my book, that's a win.

Onto the photos....










Dress: Topshop - Link!
Shoes: Topshop - Link!
Bag: Alexander Wang
Clearly visible bra: New Look

As you probably twigged from the inclusion of the obligatory smug face picture I am currently somewhere nice for the weekend. I have worked like an absolute dog this last week (hence my blog silence) and so I am lapping it up with plenty of gin and tonic and crappy books for company. The current crappy book in question is 90-Day Geisha by Chelsea Haywood.
Definitely aiming for a blogpost tomorrow...possibly featuring more black so I am sure that you will all be on the edge of your seats until then ;) 


88 comments:

  1. the shoes!!! OMG :) how cute and perfect!

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    1. thank you :) Love your A. Wang recent haulage btw!

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    2. Aww thanks :) Guess the Rocco has to be next hehe :))

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  2. This is possibly my favorite outfit of yours to this day! I love the bag (would be lying if i wasnt contemplating get the rose gold after loving my black hardware version), and the dress looks like it has just the amount of cover and sheerness with that cut out in the back. Love it.
    x

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    1. Thank you :) I definitely recommend both....the dress has a Wang-esque vibe about it too :)

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  3. Love the dress & shoes, as well as your gorgeous AW bag!!
    Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo
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  4. I love this dress!! fits you perfectly

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  5. I love this! The Rocco is to die for!!!

    -Elodie x

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    1. Thanks Elodie - loving wearing it so much :)

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  6. I love the shoes. The whole outfit look is gorgeous and the Rocco just looks amazing!x

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    1. Thank you so much :) The shoes are amazing :)

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  7. This bag is soooo amazing!!!
    xoxo
    Stacy

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  8. You can never go wrong with black. I love all the pieces of your look. I'm especially crushing on those black studded Topshop flats. So cute. =)
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    1. I definitely recommend them :) Thank you so much!

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  9. Love this. The gauzey material and the shape really soften the look. A very 'pretty' ensemble and as much as I love black, 'pretty' would not usually be my adjective of choice for all black outfits! Hope you're still enjoying your weekend away.

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  10. LOVE the shirt dress from Topshop! I love wearing Black to! but i have also been loving this summer peach shade that has been in the stores! I saw this colage and it totally reminded me of your style! Here it is :)

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  11. Gorgeous outfit! xo

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  12. Have a great weekend! Your crappy book is alot more refined than the Harlequin romance novels I go for when I read without having to absorb a thing!

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    1. haha i doubt it - it was a very light read...finished it in a day!

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  13. I love that shirt dress so much, I need it in my life.
    - Keyta x

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    1. you really do! I love it....literally ripped open the package and put it on straight away!

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  14. Wow beautiful outfit - your shoes and Rocco match so well!
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    1. thanks Emily - it's a very matchy matchy rose gold love affair :)

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  15. Rose gold studded Rocco 'adds to wish list', ballet flats...'adds to bag'! :)

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    1. haha did you get them? They are a definite recommend?

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  16. Those pumps are lovely, I might have to look at getting myself a pair. I'm getting excited about wearing tights again got to say. It's definitely one thing that makes me grateful for the cooler seasons here.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend hun!


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    1. I so miss cold weather....well actually its more the seasons. I find myself wearing basically the same look all year round. Popping back to the UK at the end of September for a few days so hoping for terrible weather so I can mix it up :) haha

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  17. Ahhhh something I can actually buy!! Those flats are adorable!

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    1. hope you manage to get your hands on them :)

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  18. Such a gorgeous dress! It's definitely going on my wishlist for payday! <3

    Rhiannon xxx
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    1. Thanks Rhiannon - definitely recommend it :)

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  19. Need. Those. Shoes. In. My. Life. :O

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    xx

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    1. you do indeed! Hope you get hold of them :)

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  20. I am in love with that dress!! It kind of reminds me of something Alexander Wang would design. I can't wait to see this belt you're talking about and what you wear it with!

    Gem x
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    1. Yes! That's exactly what I though too - like a Wang/Acne type affair but without the silly price tag :)

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  21. Those shoes are exactly what I need! Been looking for a cute pair of shoes that don't give me blisters and go with everything! xoxo

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    1. I have been telling people how pretty they are in real life - the rose gold and faux leather combo is lovely :)

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  22. OMG - the shoes! They do look quite soft and comfortable.

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    1. I definitely recommend them. They won't last an especially long time if you treat flats like I do but they will look good till they fall apart :)

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  23. I love your dress, it's soo beautiful! Lovely outfit! xx

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    1. it's a full blown love affair. :)

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    1. haha :) Are you going to get them? They are so lovely in real life!

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  26. Wow studs galore but I absolutely love them! Have an amazing relaxing weekend :D xxx

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    1. haha yeah a little too much but I don't mind! Hope you have a great weekend too!

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  27. Love those shoes! Have a great weekend! Sounds like you deserve it :) xx

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    1. I think I did :) Back to reality now and got some work to do before the week starts again tomorrow...ah well, got to balance the good and the bad!

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  28. So surprised to see rose gold on the shoes, that one really came out of nowhere.
    I wanted to see an up close shot of your nails, the hint of red was just too much of a tease! ;)
    Enjoy your weekend!

    xx Veronica

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    1. :) It's Gelish's Shake it till you Samba (a bright pink that looks exactly like MAC's Impassioned) and some Essie A Cut Above glitter polish over the top. Yep, I went tasteful :) haha

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  29. That dress looks lovely on you! And I love the shoes, so cute. :)

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    1. Thank you sarah :) Love your blog name :)

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  30. this dress is perfect, casual but chic and black is always a safe choice x
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    1. That's how I feel - black is definitely a comfort zone but its also the type of shade that takes your anywhere. Love! :)

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  31. love the bag
    QUESTION! where did you get your hamsa necklace, love it

    sara
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    1. Hi Sara, I got it from a shop in Dubai called Boutique 1 but the designer is Swedish so I think you should be able to get it online somewhere - look for By Sophie. Hope that helps!

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  32. Loooveeee those Shoes...

    -FAB


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    1. Thanks Fab :) They are sooo pretty in real life...photos dont really do them justice to be honest!

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  33. that dress is hott!! so is your bag xx

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    1. Thank you :) Loved wearing this dress so much!

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  34. That dress is incredible! It falls on you nicely and LOVE the bag!! xxx

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  35. Ooh love the dress - gotta have those shoes too x x x

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  36. omg I love that outfit!! Not sure which I love more the top or the shoes lol!! Great post as usual!! :)

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    xoxo

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  37. Love the shoes and bag! Rose gold is wonderful!

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  38. I am luuuusting over that bag so much! xxx

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  40. I adore that dress, love the sheer fabric!

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  41. I love the outfits you put together! The shoes are sooo cute!

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  42. Adore this look! The bag is amazing...little out of my spending league at the moment but the shoes would make me happy right about now!

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  43. LAURA!!! I blogged about you and would love you to read it!!!!
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    xoxo from Aus

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  44. love this black and rose gold outfit. those studs on your shoe and alexander wang bag match... super cute! :) can't wait to hear more about where you are for your recent getaway!!

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  45. love the outfit and rose gold.

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  46. Those shoes are to die for !

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  47. Beautiful look Laura! Love the all black, very Melbourne x Vydia

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  48. Rose gold everywhere :D Lovely. I love the dress, you look gorgeous x

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  49. enjoy the gin and the crappy books! This look is beautiful by the way! :) xx

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  50. Your outfit is adorable. That dress is very pretty, and black of course is timeless.

    Keep up the good work!

    Ana

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  51. Gorgeous outfit! & I love your bag!

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  52. These flats are really cool! I think I have to order them too now! ;-)
    By the way - it's sooo good to have you back, Laura! I love the way you write.

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  53. You look Amazing :)

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    Kisses,
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  54. i absolutely love that bag!!!!!! it looks great with that outfitt

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  55. This black dress is amazing. Perfect for evening or day.

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  56. Absolutely impressed by its perfection. I was really impressed by the fine creativity and artistry. I am really looking forward to the coming occasion when I am going to wear it.
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