Then the film Notting Hill came out and Portobello became my next hangout. I loved trawling the stores for cheap Topshop knockoffs, student designer gear and vintage finds. This affair lasted for a few years and I’m not quite sure how it happened but I discovered Spitalfields market.
The mustard dress in this photo was one of my finds from a few years ago. I was in-between jobs and temping at a solicitors close to Holborn. During my lunch hour I liked to wander up to Fetter Lane market. Most of the stalls along the market sold food, packet stuff and things for the household – quite useful if you’re looking to stock up. But it was a clothes stall that happened to catch my eye. And this dress in particular.
It wasn’t so much the mustard colour but the style, material and cut of the dress. It looked like the kind of dress that I could wear season after season with confidence. I went with my gut and parted with what wasn’t really very much money at all. The mustard dress was mine.
I’m so glad I made that decision as I still dig it out today. The cut is fantastic, a heart-shaped neckline with buttons down the front, fastened by a black belt around my waist. Made from a thick cotton and lined with black polyester, the dress also acts like a coat. I can wear it over tights or leggings, with or without a polo neck top or simply stick some thermals underneath and no one knows any different. It really is comfortable and most importantly of all I feel elegant when wearing it.
You could say that this is my go-to dress – a piece in my wardrobe that I can wear day or night and know that I look good. Before buying this piece, I’d never really been a fan of mustard but season after season it comes back, which is fine by me. For this means I am on trend without even trying.
If you’ve heard of the designer Ou Han Ri Pai, please let me know.
What do you think? Do you like my mustard dress?