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Primary colours african wax print dress – and, I love my bum!

primary colours african wax print dress
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* dress – craft market * clutch – second hand shop * bangels – cheap import shop and car boot sale * shoes – clarks * purse – gift *

I wore this for a dressy girly night out round the cocktail bars (well, we only managed two of them in the end), which was a good opportunity to dress up! I wore the african wax print dress I got in Brick Lane last summer. I really adore these african print fabrics, did I mention?

On a whim, I decided to take part in academichic’s dress your best week (or couple of weeks), which is all about dressing to emphasise the ‘good’ bits of your body as opposed to hiding the ‘bad’ ones. I didn’t think I could take part, since I don’t do anywhere near daily outfit posts now, and I’m always at least a week behind, but turns out you only need to post once on the theme, and I think I can manage twice at least.

Because, although I took these pictures way before I knew the event existed, they do emphasise a bit I used to not be keen on, then come to accept and eventually to like: my bum. It’s big, it’s round, it’s sticky out-y, it’s made even more prominent because I have what some yoga teachers call an overactive lumber, i.e. a super flexible lower back resulting in an S shaped posture. Dave sometimes calls it a bubble butt, and I kinda like that phrase.

My original discomfort came less from its shape itself than the fact that a lot of guys like it and I was very aware of that when walking around. But then at some point guys stopped chatting me up, and now I can appreciate it for what it is, a nice bit of volume on the generally pretty voluminous thing that is my body shape. And this is exactly what the outfit emphasises: volume around the bottom half. I love bubble/tulip skirts because they build on what’s already there, rather than trying to even out the silhouette. I’m happily bottom heavy (pun intended)!

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  • Citizen Rosebud 27 June 2011, 7:07 am

    we like your bum too. and the outfit. great use of color, as always Franca!

  • poet 27 June 2011, 7:26 am

    Great dress, great outfit, great bangles, and dare I say, great bum? 🙂 I too used to be unhappy about mine, but that came more from my mother's warnings about me having inherited my grandma's ample curves (which so far has not proved true, and if it would, who cares?)… I admire how un-awkward you are about this; I tried to talk about liking my boobs on my blog and I felt like I was inviting all the creeps of the internet. Let's hope they stay away 🙂

  • Frocktasia 27 June 2011, 7:47 am

    Hi Franca,
    I love African wax cloth prints too, every Sunday morning they bring as smile to my face as I see the ladies pile into the happy-clappy church down the road dressed to the nines in fabulous African fashions.
    Your dress is beautiful & I love all the colourful trimmings too.

  • Teeny 27 June 2011, 8:01 am

    Congratulations! On loving your butt! My friend has one of those too, …and she was convinced it was awful…i was like….no way man, you are really lucky. Pants, skirts, dresses they all look fabulous on you! i have a flat bum, and would love some volume. However, I refuse to hate any part of my body or appearance now; my late teens reserved that place. I said it on flickr and i'll say it here, that dress, the whole outfit is beautiful on you.

  • northwest is best 27 June 2011, 8:38 am

    You look great! My sister has what many would consider a 'perfect' hourglass figure – slim waist, big boobs and sassy hips. But she always covers up because she hates the comments she gets from men, plus she's a primary school teacher.

  • oranges_and_apples 27 June 2011, 10:38 am

    Thank you!

  • oranges_and_apples 27 June 2011, 10:43 am

    Yes, I did think about attracting strange people, buy I reckon there's some
    protection in using the British rather than American term.

  • Alice 27 June 2011, 11:04 am

    You look fantastic, we love your bum, and your style. I love the really summery outfit, and your shoes are gorgeous xo

  • oranges_and_apples 27 June 2011, 11:07 am

    You almost never see people wearing those outfits here (Edinburgh african
    community is small and overwhelmingly male student age) and as far as I'm
    aware none of the fabric shops sell it. Which is a total shame!

  • Sally McGraw 27 June 2011, 2:31 pm

    Nobody does primary colors quite like you, Franca. And I'm so glad you've learned to love your fabulous bum!

  • A Thrifty Mrs 27 June 2011, 4:19 pm

    Great bum, great dress! Love those bangles too. You look fantastic.

  • Pearl Westwood 27 June 2011, 4:53 pm

    Fabulous dress and lovely bum x

  • Thefashionturd 27 June 2011, 5:59 pm

    you look like 'Lego' bricks in dress form….wicked stuff!

  • Terri 27 June 2011, 9:06 pm

    Yes, my youngest daughter has a similar bum…and I'm often amazed at the amount of unsolicited attention it generates.  Mine is flat by comparison.  I love all the bright colors here.

  • Ceri 27 June 2011, 9:46 pm

    I love your African print  dress, such beautiful colours. I used to hate my bum as I though it was too big. I am loving it much more now though, perhaps as a result of wearing  different clothes

  • Casee Marie 28 June 2011, 4:39 am

    Oh, I love this post. All the color in that dress is just lovely, and the bangles! I have a similarly noticeable posture uniqueness, but I've not quite mastered dressing to suit it – or embracing it myself!

  • Penny Dreadful 28 June 2011, 11:27 am

    Honestly Franca, I didn't even notice your bum until you said something. And then I had to scroll back and can't even see that it is anything larger than a normal size! Perhaps that is just because I am a bit bootylicious too, I find it hard to fit into pencil skirts and fitted trousers because I have a chubby bottom and wide hips. No problem, I just wear flared skirts and flares 😉 xx

  • Pullyoursocksup 28 June 2011, 11:47 am

    Yay for your bum Franca!!!!  This is my favourite ever dress on you – amazing cut and fabric.  Every time I look online for African fabrics to sew, I chuck everything in the cart, realise I've gone mad, then end up buying nada coz I can't decide.  I like the challenge, I'm a bit shy to do it though – more signs of madness coz my attitude defeats to purpose of the challenge – ga! xoxo

  • Vanessa 29 June 2011, 12:23 am

    I love all the primary colors going on in this look, and I second your admiration for the African print. It's so vivid and bold!

  • Mrs. J 29 June 2011, 3:40 am

    I'm jealous of your bum.. he he 🙂 Your dress is beautiful I love the print it's GREAT!! 

  • Lysy 29 June 2011, 4:57 pm

    What a lovely post and what a nice way of coming round to liking a part of your body you didn't use to!

  • StaceyKay 30 June 2011, 9:10 pm

    I love this dress so much! Those bangles are pretty fab as well.


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  • Marissa 2 July 2011, 12:21 am

    I love your bum, too! Sorry – is that creepy? LOL. But, really, I'm glad you've come to appreciate it. And I think this dress wold be amazing no matter what type of bum you have!

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