Bitter Chocolate

Blog #dresstoexpress I disliked the colour brown until a colleague came into the office one day wearing a brown jacket and I thought she looked amazing. That day, I realised that brown has the same degree of sophistication and elegance as black but lacks the harshness. I’m not talking here about every shade of brown…

For the love of gold

Blog #dresstoexpress I have to confess, I love belts. A really great belt can make an outfit and this, in my opinion, is a really great belt. It is 4.5 inches wide and made from panels of gold leather joined together, reminiscent of a Roman gladiator costume. The belt is so wide that it starts…

Crazily Long

Blog #dresstoexpress This dress is crazily long. I am only 5 foot 4 and when I take my boots off it drags along the ground but, despite that, I really love it. It is in soft pastel shades of green, pink and duck egg blue with a blurry floral design, reminiscent of Claude Monet’s Waterlilies.…

No Shrinking Violet

Blog #dresstoexpress How would you describe this blue? Cornflower? Lapis? Moroccan Blue? Whatever it’s called, it is a shade of blue I have always loved. When I was a teenager, almost my entire wardrobe was made up of items in this colour. Then I think it must have dropped out of fashion because I couldn’t…

Silver Linings

Blog #dresstoexpress Every season brings its beauty and its challenges. For me, one of the greatest joys of Autumn is the soft peachy early morning light illuminating the overnight dew. It is almost enough to compensate for the darkening nights and the feeling of the energies drawing in and life forces retreating back into the…

Black armour

Blog #dresstoexpress The mistiness of the light, the dew on the grass, the ripening apples… all of this says Autumn in this photograph. I guess it would have been good if I was dressed in Autumnal colours but my calling this morning was for black! I don’t very often wear all black but I love…

Sunshine on a rainy day

Blog #dresstoexpress It can be hard to find anything to feel cheerful about on a Monday morning in October when the skies are leaden and the rain has been lashing down all night. I must admit, I felt pretty down when I woke up this morning and found that my thoughts and the weather had…

Attacked by an apple

Blog #dresstoexpress I’ve posted today’s blog not so much for the clothes, which are pretty ordinary by my standards, but for the fact that I am actually laughing in the photo, which is a bit of a rarity right now. Martin, who takes most of the photos, was with me in an orchard taking these…

Knitted enigma

Blog #dresstoexpress The shape of this coat reminds me of a graduation gown, with the material at the back gathered into a yoke and a pattern in the knitwear that seems to mimic the coloured hood that is worn over the top. This is one of the most extraordinary pieces of knitwear I have ever…

Pirates of the Caribbean

Blog #dresstoexpress Someone said I look like something from Pirates of the Caribbean in this outfit, which is praise indeed. I do like to take inspiration from lots of different places and film and TV is a great place to start. The romantically idealised pirate look is one that appeals to me, although I realised…