I found this dress at the Oxfam in Ealing a few years ago. It's a Thomas & Jonathan of Canterbury print for Liberty. A classic. I paid more than I'd like and I shelled out further to have it shortened but boy, has this blue beauty been worth it. Here we are - me and my dress - in Paris, and together we've been to Barcelona, West Palm Beach and Penzance. In a week's time we're off to Chicago. A well-made shirt dress with or without cardie is the very definition of effortless style. I've got 8 or 10 shirt dresses of varying lengths and colours, all charity shop gems. They're perfectly packable and ideal for the lingering Indian Summer of the Windy City. Once back in London I'll bid my frock a fond farewell until the sunshine returns next year. The dress was £24.99. The Paul Smith belt bought at Fara in Ealing was £20.
I'll be armed with my Herb Lester city guide to Chicago.
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