Mama Spree | Very Valentino

Mango tulle dress - Little Spree

Valentiono catwalk look on the high street - Little Spree

1. Mango Tulle Dress, £25.99
2. Valentino Chain Embellished Ballet Flats, £535.00
3. Topshop Leather Biker Jacket, £165.00
4. Whistles Small Velvet Clutch, £65.00

I fell in love with this look (for the second time) when I was in Florence for work recently. We were shooting right outside the Valentino store, and this outfit (top) was in the window. Ok, so on a shop mannequin you couldn’t see that you would basically be exposing most of your breasts when you wore it, but as we all knowm fashion is just as much about inspiration as it is about reality. And anyway who is actually going to wear a Valentino look head-to-toe anyway?? No one with a mortgage anyway. But the very idea of a tulle skirt or dress worn with ballet flats (preferably with some kind of metal on) and a leather biker was just too perfect for words. We love this high street version of the ‘tulle bit’ from Mango (Zara has done a good version too) – layer over or under – the important bit is the skirt…
Whilst we’re talking tulle, we should also mention silk, satin and lace. This bias-cut dress would look so great with a chunky jumper chucked over the top with trainers. Love the colour. And sometimes I literally buy things (dresses and skirts anyway) just for the pretty hem detail (don’t discount a dress because of the top half, or because you’ve got big boobs or hate your arms – just think of it as a gorgeous skirt (but better – I personally find skirts tricky, and often uncomfortable…). This dress is a great example. Oh, and for any curvy mamas out there, how gorgeous is this lace trim dress? And the layering has already been done for you!

Sarah xx

ps: in other (totally unrelated) news, I just bought these to wear with slouchy jumpers and ballet flats for those ‘mum’ days. Not the most exciting addition to my wardrobe, but my God, they are so warm and toasty!! SC