Five Ways To Style the Thimbleweed Dress

cottagecore dress, slow fashion, ethical fashion blogger, nour and the merchant, cottagefairy, linen dress, cottagecore aestheticToday I'm sharing five different ways to style one of the dresses from my capsule collection! I originally designed the Thimbleweed dress with Nour & the Merchant with white linen in mind. White is my favorite color to wear in spring and summer...and well even into autumn and winter! It goes with everything and I actually find white easier to clean than other colors! But Cristina of Nour & the Merchant suggested we make the Thimbleweed available in other shades of linen as well and offering a variety of embroidery choices beyond my original concept--and honestly I love how these came out! Now the Thimbleweed is available in over a dozen different colors (all linen) and with half a dozen different embroidery choices too (a mix of animals and flowers) and I actually might like some of the other colors more than white. Today I'm wearing the Thimbleweed in royal blue with the white flower embroidery and it's so lovely I decided to show it to you styled five different ways for summer. cottagecore dress, slow fashion, ethical fashion blogger, nour and the merchant, cottagefairy, linen dress, cottagecore aesthetic cottagecore dress, slow fashion, ethical fashion blogger, nour and the merchant, cottagefairy, linen dress, cottagecore aestheticWhile it may seem like a statement dress, the Thimbleweed dress is actually very wearable for every day and it's a perfect silhouette for styling different ways. My favorite way to style it--my default look really--is simply with a belt and matching ballet flats. To add a bit more visual interest I might add a hair accessory, like an oversize straw hat, and for a more personality you can't go wrong with a book holster! the pen is mightier than the sword. This is my favorite way to wear it, very summery and breezy with just enough details to make it special. I love that the dress has its own special details like the embroidery and ruffle sleeves, but that it is also simple enough that you can wear more statement pieces with it. The dress can either be the center piece, or a supporting piece depending on how you prefer to style it.   cottagecore dress, slow fashion, ethical fashion blogger, nour and the merchant, cottagefairy, linen dress, cottagecore aesthetic

The most cottagecore inspired way to style this dress has to be with an apron and headscarf! Personally, I would usually choose one or the other of these accessories to make the outfit feel less like a costume--as much as I love head scarves and aprons together they do look a bit housewife! But I decided to play up the "peasant princess" look here and I actually love it. Maybe I should wear these pieces together more often, especially on days when I'm doing some foraging or baking--it's playful and makes me feel like a character from a fairytale. Why not dress a bit costume-y every now and again for fun?  cottagecore dress, slow fashion, ethical fashion blogger, nour and the merchant, cottagefairy, linen dress, cottagecore aesthetic
For a more casual look the dress also looks great with a jean jacket and sneakers. This also how I would wear this dress most summer evenings--my trusty light wash, loose fit denim jacket goes everywhere with me in the summer because it's such an easy layer when it gets breezy. One of the reasons I love linen dresses is that they never feel too formal to me, no matter the silhouette. There's just something about linen that feels comforting and like it's meant to just be a natural part of your every day life; the fabric is soft and breathes and never feels fussy.cottagecore dress, slow fashion, ethical fashion blogger, nour and the merchant, cottagefairy, linen dress, cottagecore aestheticWhenever I shop for new pieces I try to imagine different ways I will wear that piece and different ways it can be styled. So when I was designing the Thimbleweed dress this was another question I asked myself: what ways will people be able to style this? Another thing I love about this dress is how perfect the neckline and bodice work for layering whether it's with a long line stay or corset like the outfit on the left above, or a lower cut, shorter linen bustier like the right. The clean scoop of the neck is perfect for whatever piece you want to layer on top and the ruffle of the sleeves add a perfect balance to the more fitted lines a waistcoat or corset creates. I love how even the slight changes in the silhouette of these pieces changes the overall feel of the whole outfit. They're so similar and yet so different and the way the embroidery peeks above or through the laces is so fun too. Plus you can also customize this dress to have it without embroidery as well. cottagecore dress, slow fashion, ethical fashion blogger, nour and the merchant, cottagefairy, linen dress, cottagecore aestheticOne last important note on my limited capsule collection with Nour and the Merchant: some prices may be increasing in July and certain colors or fabrics may go completely out of stock. In July we'll have to begin re-ordering fabric based on new orders and due to increases in customs fees or shortage of stock some pieces will see an increase in price while some colors may not be able to be re-stocked. So if you are in love with the Thimbleweed dress or any other piece in my collection I would advise ordering it before July to snag them at their current prices and be certain to get your first color choice! Everything will be made in Italy at Nour and the Merchant's slow fashion atelier. You can shop the full collection by clicking here.

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  1. I didn't have the budget to get this (I did order the Hawthorn and Hollyhock, but I was on the fence about this one for summer weather, and I am trying to prioritize separates) but it really is so stunning. Price hike or no I might have to reconsider it if it sticks around. I love your styling suggestions! It would also be so cute under your Doen pinafore in the pumpkin orange color. This is such a silly question but for a future post, perhaps you could consider tips on choosing colors when you order something that offers several? I have such a hard time when multiple colors are offered! It's a big reason I haven't ordered from LWA yet and took up most of my mental energy when deciding to get the Hollyhock skirt.

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    1. Aw thanks! It would look nice with that pinafore! I think that'll be great for autumn. I think when it comes to color personally I just choose whatever colors I'm craving at the moment. But another way to think about color is thinking about styling in general--like if I look at a new piece I try to think of four or fives ways I would wear it with what I already own. So color is a factor in that because I think about what colors would suit what I have; like do I have the accessories to match this in green or red? Will it get more wears if it's in white? There's certain colors I just don't buy as much, like red is always a bit statement-y to me so I like red dresses but I only need like 1. But other colors I know will mix with a lot of browns and creams and whites and maybe even yellow so those colors I'm more likely to buy and wear. So if you look at the colors of your accessories and those pieces and think about what larger clothing items mix in with them. I tend to have a lot of brown accessories, like the warm brown of my belt and then like natural linen colors, because I just love those tones. So if the new piece will suit those tones then I know there's a lot of ways I can wear it. Hope that helps!

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  2. I adore this royal blue color - the white one is gorgeous, but royal blue somehow really "does it" for me. I'd say it's my personal favorite from all the pieces of your collection - so fun & romantic and yet so wearable, as you say. I love all the ways you styled it, but the Look with the headscarf is definitely my favorite - just like out of a fairytale:)

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