Outfit: The Lady Of The Fountain

This length dress is simultaneously my favorite thing to wear and least favorite.
You see, it's a very comfortable length. As a petite lady I can purchase this dress and know it won't be so long I need to go to a tailor or wear heels to keep from trampling all over the hem, unlike most maxi dresses. But I also know that a shorter or longer skirt would be more flattering. Tea-length (as this dress approximately is) is one of the worst lengths to flatter and if you are petite then it's definitely a length to stay away from! But I don't always want to worry about what is flattering, because goodness this length is so comfortable to wear! And the rest of the dress ticks all of my boxes in a lovely color combination with pretty vintage-inspired details. How can I resist? Why should I resist? It's good sometimes to ignore "flattering" and just wear what you like.
We took these pictures in one of the many walled gardens that decorate this country. An elegant dress like this feels at place in old manor house properties with walks called the "Ladies Mile" where you can easily imagine some Jane Austen heroine spending her days. But even the quieter, more neglected corners where no gardener's hand is evident, have their own sort of beauty. Like an old fountain quietly being reclaimed by nature, mixing the more classic, controlled elements of a manicured property with the wildness of nature untamed. Here you can feel as if you stumbled into some secret, or forgotten garden ripe to be claimed and made into your own private paradise.
old necklace (more lockets), Romwe dress, old flats (more pink flats), Forgotten Stitches flower clip, vintage purse
*pictures by Thomas*



  1. Awh! It's lovely :) amazing photos.
    When we lived in your village (I am not naming it as I know you wish to keep your location private) we were on the road leading to the "ladies mile", and me and my siblings have cycled it a few times! Oh, I miss it so much. Your posts make me wish we still lived there! Maybe when I'm older...

  2. These photos are stunning and I love the thoughtful comments you have in between.
    Outfit Zest

  3. this reminds me of that podcast you did with your sister years ago, where you talked about how people should be able to wear whatever they want to wear, for the print or the color or the style, whether it is deemed "flattering" or not. of course the discussion was far more elaborate than that but yeah, it certainly comes to mind!

    besides, am i really the only one who thinks this dress length is still flattering on you? haha. maybe because i am the same height as you and i am used to seeing myself in this kind of length, so it doesn't phase me on other petite girls as well. either way, it truly is a pretty dress and i imagine it really is as comfy as you say. <3

  4. So pretty, amazing pictures as always. I hear what you're saying about length and petiteness but I think this dress is super flattering on you! And it does look super comfy <3

    The Quirky Queer

  5. What an incredible place to take photos! I love your dress

  6. I think that length is super flattering on you! I love tea length dresses too, I think they just feel so effortless and lovely to wear. You do you girl! :)

  7. The place was stunning! Your dress seems to blend with the venue very well. Love it! Thank you for always inspiring me with your fashion. I'm a petite myself and feels shy or not confident wearing a long / maxi dress. But when I see you wearing it I feel like 'Not bad!I should give it a try!'

    Thank you!


  8. This location is so perfect and you look like a dream fairy <3



  9. Beautiful dress, I also love how you have styled your hair, with the flowers.


  10. This dress is so gorgeous; you look lovely!

  11. Well,I think tea length dresses and frocks are the most feminine thing,ever! And this dress is so,so pretty. And you look gorgeous wearing it. So there!
    Hugs,Jo x


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