Yes it's Phase Eight again guys, once I found I liked and fitted their stuff I went a bit mad at all of their sales this year, stalking Debenhams like a sabre-toothed tiger after its tea. This is the Blue Blurred Chevron Dress in a 18 UK.
This is a very comfortable and nice casual day dress with a simple smart feel. I've literally worn this to climb up a rope ladder and hoist myself onto a tall ship all while easily preserving what modesty polite society requires for such things. I've also worn it in the office to present school kids with a workshop and casually to the park on the weekend. It's good all rounder. I think the pattern is diverse enough I don't bother with a belt, it can be a bit strobe-like, but I like that it looks a little like dappled waves under a boat in a river.
Interesting point, when I tried this on in John Lewis a lady I would estimate to around twice my age with a more conservative (and possibly actual boat owning) style also had this dress in her changing room collection. I don't know if she bought it in the end, but it clearly has a broad appeal. I'll admit I had a brief split second of 'oh is this too mature for me? or too young for her?'' and then immediately dismissed it as a totally ridiculous thought. Too old, too young, no such thing - there is just clothes you like and clothes you don't. That's it. That's the entire thing. Anyone who claims otherwise can suck it, if you are comfortable then you look rad. Go forth and fashion!
The only very small issue I take with this dress, the neckline hits a little low for office work if you are busty, so I have pinned it on work days, but that's just personal preference. Otherwise I've found it a great versatile piece. I'd really like a version of this in another print or colourway with sleeves. Also this is a good dress to throw in your backpack as the pattern forgives some crushing, but it does take a bit more space than you might expect from the airy feel of it due to it's high quality fabric.
Details: Shoes, old Primark, headscarf - Firetoys Large Juggling scarf.