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.
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