Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Morris Print and Elf Legs

I had a meeting with coworker Carol-Anne today, and I knew she was a fan of William Morris prints, so of course, I had to wear my William Morris dress. She was a fan. 
But BRRRRR...this is not a winter dress! 

  • Dress - William Morris x H&M, vintage store; purchased here for $32.00
  • Bodysuit - Madewell, thrifted; last seen here in August with gold and chrysanthemums
  • Boots - Mini Babycakes, Fluevog; last worn here in October with birthday pleats
  • Coat (below) - Hilary Radley, thrifted; last seen here a week ago

I tried to mitigate the thinness by layering my grey-blue bodysuit under it, and while that did help, I was freezing for most of the day. The tights also helped, although every time I looked at my bottom half, I thought, "Elf legs."
This was originally sold as a tunic, but to me a tunic is a little shorter than this. The length felt fine as a mini dress, but I bet if I wore nylons or bare legs (in summer) it'd feel very short. I will probably play around with belting it at some point and wearing a skirt or trousers under it. 

There was a slight bit of Tight-Creep as I walked to and from work, but it was really windy out and it could have been that. 
I steamed the dress and retied the sleeves from the way it was when I bought it, but I see now why they were in bows as the long ties dragged through everything. 

It might sound like I don't like this dress, but au contraire! I am just highly critical of every aspect of my clothes - I am super-fussy. I also wish it were a better fabric, fully lined, had pockets and was made in Canada! But I love the print and it will be an easy dress to wear in the shoulder seasons (September/October; March/April). 

Masked up: 
I picked leopard to go with my tortoiseshell jewelry. 

All the warm stuff! Cold, windy days are typical this time of year - usually with a good pour of rain for the trifecta. 

I like grey and brown together. 

  • Scarf - gift from Mom, Italy
  • Gloves - Parkhurst
  • Hat - M&S, consignment, Powell River
  • Mask - Lazy Susan's

Love these boots so much. This is their 37th wearing - they are 10 years old. 

Brown bling: 
I bet you didn't notice the necklace! It doesn't show up well against the pattern, but I love to play with it. 

  • Necklace - All Saints, pass-along from Dominique
  • Link bracelet - J. Crew, thrifted
  • Snake bracelet - vintage 1920s, vintage store, Sidney
  • Bangle - Lazy Susan's
  • Jade/Brass ring - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Wood ring - Dots
  • Earrings - local, Hamilton, ON


  1. I found a William Morris for H&M blouse in his Pimpernel print a charity shop last year and although I got loads of compliments when I wore it I loathed the fabric and I sold it on eBay. I can't help but think that William Morris, a man who campaigned for worker's rights, would be spinning in his grave knowing that his beautiful designs were being churned out in Third World sweatshops.
    That being said the dress looks great on you (what doesn't?) and the tights are the perfect shade. xxx

  2. I lean too far for comfort than style so being cold all day would make it a ni but you look fabulous.

  3. I noticed the necklace :-)
    The dress looks fabulous on you and I love those blue tights and gorgeous brown boots with it. Like Vix, I am hearing you on the fabric. However, I love my blouse - in the same pattern - so much that I am prepared to live with it. It is rather thin for Winter, though.
    The Unsafe Ocelot, leopard mask (I've been wearing one too today!) and tortoiseshell jewellery are made for each other! xxx

  4. It is a beautiful dress and a nice surprise you wore it for your colleague! Hopefully next time it's a bit warmer when you wear it you are more impressed with it - definitely not a cold weather piece!

  5. Awesome inaugural styling of this gorgeous tunic/dress. I noticed the necklace and how seamlessly it pairs with a bold print like this immediately. Such terrific accessorizing!

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

  6. Love any Morris print, so delightful!, and love that your boots go so well with the print!

  7. Brrrr! I hope you weren't too chilly. That really is a wonderful print.


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