I was 31 when I finally found my style. Somewhere in my late twenties I lost it. Flagging self-confidence, alongside feeling like the high street no longer served for my style or my shape, I was just in a bit of a rut. I made the decision – or rather gave myself permission – to start investing in quality, wear-forever pieces like those from Toast, and I haven’t looked back.
The Toast dresses you’ve seen me wear in recent months have been bought, cherished & worn on a weekly basis and I know I will be doing so for many years. So when they reached out to work together it was a dream collaboration. Their slow living & slow fashion ethos resonated with everything I try to communicate on my blog and Instagram.
I chose two dresses from Toast’s AW21 collection, which was a lovely if tricky job! In the first set of pics, I’m wearing the check cotton tie neck dress with my vintage basket & beret (or Tam to fellow Scots!). It’s a lovely soft but heavy cotton with windowpane checks & buttons through with a tie neck & pockets. I love the way Toast pieces drape, how they’re stylish but comfy too – and utterly timeless.
In the second set of pics taken at St Margaret’s Loch in Edinburgh – which you may recognise from this archive Everything Looks Rosie post, which I was hoping to recreate – I’m wearing Toast’s cotton wool gingham dress, which has the most amazing puffed, gathered sleeves, lovely length just above the ankle and pockets again! It’s a mid-weight seersucker perfect for this time of year, and I styled it with my vintage Aran cardi and faux fur hat.
I finally feel like I’ve found my forever style. I hope you’ll agree that this collaboration is a perfect fit. Talking of fit, for both dresses I’d advise getting a size smaller than your go-to high street size as these pieces are cut more generously. I’m wearing a size ten for reference. Better still, go in and try them on! They are just so lovely in the Edinburgh shop, big thanks to Emma and team who helped me find my perfect birthday present dress earlier this year.
Thanks so much to Toast for the two beautiful dresses that I know I’ll be wearing for many years to come. And shout out to the swan photo bombers below – they certainly gave us a laugh shooting these pics too!