w.i.w.t | great plains are never dull

hat : h&m | dress c/o great plains | belt + shoes : primark

can we all agree this dress is an odd length for me? that's all i ever hear from people about my beloved maxi skirts - that they're an odd-length and make you feel short. let me be clear; nothing makes me feel less-tall than when i am in a midi or below-the-knee hemline. nothing. the problem here is that i actually adore this dress. when french connection's sister company great plains asked if i'd like to try something from their range, i wondered if anything would really be 'me' - fcuk is all a bit... stuffy and structured for me; i'm a pastel princess after all, but i took a gamble and hit their site.

when i saw this checked beauty, i knew it had to be mine. grrranted the model on site happens to be a fair amount taller (and slimmer...ahem) than me, but i ultimately utterly misjudged the length. it needs like, 10cm taken off the bottom, and i can't be bothered doing this myself. i think i will take her along to a seamstress who can fix it right up, because at this length, she's not going to be worn. i guess it's a bit ill-fitting around the waist too - it's almost too long in the body? oh gosh, i don't know. all i know is i wanted this dress to make me look like the model, but instead it just makes me look like a shorter and stumpier version of me.

things i love about this dress and why i don't want this whole post to sound negative; the fabric; 100% cotton so breathes really well in this stinking heat. the cap sleeves; a perfect length to hide back fat and bingo wings. the print; a pretty peach and purple tartan check - something i wouldn't naturally choose to wear, but when i saw online instantly knew i wanted to own it. the price; this beauty is now on sale. yup. bonus points for being a bargain too. so, yeah. let's not focus on the bad, because the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

the best thing about this dress is the accessories it meant i got to wear with it! i adorrre my new straw bowler that i picked up in the h&m sale recently, and these peachy leather sandals have become a firm favourite of mine too. the accessories saved this outfit, that's for sure. now i just need someone to perform a miracle on the shape and length, and i will be one happy little camper. 

do you have one item of clothing you wont quit just because it's not what you thought it would be?