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Outfit 10.1.11: green, blue, white and yellow, and my favorite shirt dress

10.1.11: green, blue, white and yellow, and my favorite shirtdress

I was so pleased with this outfit! This dress is one of the items I spoke about in Friday’s post on planning outfits, that I repeat all the time. When I have nothing planned and I don’t want to think, this is basically perfect, simple, smart but comfy too. I really do love shirt dresses.

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I bought the dress in 2002 or so when my sister was going to school in Germany (long story, and not relevant), and she said that this is the kind of thing a lot of the Turkish girls in her class wore, with trousers underneath. Like the Turkish version of a shalwar kameez.

It says a lot about how acultured I’ve become in my 11-12 years in the UK, that I know the South Asian name, but not the Turkish one (there are lots of Turkish communities in Germany, so being German, I might be expected to know). Though I just did some googling, and I’m not sure there actually is an equivalent widely used Turkish name, which is probably why I don’t know it. If my sources are correct, the trousers are also salvar, and the dress is entari or kaftan, but that applies to the Ottoman clothes. So it’s probably also that traditional clothes simply aren’t widely worn, the contemporary version my sisters’ classmates were putting together notwithstanding, Whereas lots of people obviously wear shalwar kameezes all the time. Maybe there’s someone Turkish or who knows about Turkish culture who can shed some light?

Anyway, sometimes I like to dress this shirt dress up, and this was one such occassion. I really love these tights, the colour is so good. They are from h&m, so the quality isn’t so good (not up to topsho standards), and they’ve started going into bobbles, and may not survive much longer. I’ll be sad when they die.

dress – h&m
belt – charity shop
scarf – swap
shoes – clarks

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  • fuyume 18 January 2011, 4:06 pm

    oooo i love this outfit the colour really suits you and i adore bright tights. u look soo pretty 🙂

  • laura 18 January 2011, 4:24 pm

    tolles kleid, tolles outfit. ich mag besonders die farben. das tuch ist auch toll. (:

  • Mojca_stefanic 18 January 2011, 5:10 pm

    Oooh, I totally love this outfit. Great colours!

  • Vanessa 18 January 2011, 5:34 pm

    Oh, my! You just rocked this color combination and now I absolutely must find tights in this particular shade of yellow/green and a shirtdress just like yorus. And, while I'm at it a lovely large-print floral scarf. Ok, I just want to steal this entire look! I love the shoes you chose to pair this look with. It really makes it so fun and edgy and stylish!
    Thank you, also, for your kind comments on my blog regarding commenting. I appreciate it, and am happy to have some additional viewpoints from a longtime blogger like yourself!

  • Sacramento 18 January 2011, 6:20 pm

    The dress fits your figure like a glove, and the touch of colours: scarf and bright tight very Gicci 2011.
    You look fantastic Franca.

  • Sally McGraw 18 January 2011, 7:07 pm

    You look GLORIOUS, Franca! A ray of sunshine on a gloomy winter day.

  • veronicadarling 18 January 2011, 9:45 pm

    Love it all, very cute colours on you!

  • Tracey 19 January 2011, 10:00 am

    I love shirt dresses too!! 🙂
    And I absolutely adore the bright colour of those tights … great outfit! 🙂

  • Kristine 19 January 2011, 4:53 pm

    Just found your blog on Friend Friday – I absolutely adore that scarf! It really ties in those bright yellow tights (which are awesome by the way!)

    Kristine. Or Polly.

  • Melissa 19 January 2011, 6:15 pm

    I love a good pop of yellow in an outfit! And the color of that dress is so gorgeous. You look great!

  • Emma Clark 19 January 2011, 6:17 pm

    I love the teal with the yellow and that scarf is the perfect touch to bring it all together.

  • BetweenLaundryDays 19 January 2011, 7:24 pm

    I love the historical/geographical background you gave this dress. It makes a big difference, somehow, in how I see this outfit. Especially since shirtdresses have been extra trendy lately, it's important to know that this was purchased almost a decade ago, and has such specific cultural connotations for you.

    Also, I heart it. 🙂

  • oranges_and_apples 28 January 2011, 8:13 am

    Aren't they? I really will miss them when they die! and thanks!

  • oranges_and_apples 28 January 2011, 8:13 am

    Thank you! shirt dresses are the best!

  • oranges_and_apples 28 January 2011, 8:13 am

    thank you xxx

  • oranges_and_apples 28 January 2011, 8:13 am

    Thank you! i do love those tights!

  • oranges_and_apples 28 January 2011, 8:13 am

    Oh wow, I don't think I've ever been called a long time blogger before! and
    thank you!

  • oranges_and_apples 28 January 2011, 8:13 am

    Thank you!

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  • oranges_and_apples 28 January 2011, 8:13 am

    I have no idea what Gucci 2011 looks like, I must look it up! If it's bright
    colours then I'll love it!

  • oranges_and_apples 28 January 2011, 8:14 am

    fanks my dear!

  • elsie 3 January 2012, 11:36 pm

    Those yellow tights are BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for leaving me a link on my blog!
    xo, Elsie