Let me just apologise for the fact that I look exceedingly grumpy in these pictures! I assure you, I wasn’t grumpy, just a little out of my #ootd game. In fact, I’m a little over joyed. Maude (the designer of Catalogue d’une Nymphe) and I had just decided that this beautiful dress had been lost in the mail, when it finally arrived! It would have been a shame, this really is a unique and beautiful dress.

While this dress was sent to me for free, in the interests of being honest here are the pro’s and cons I’ve found while bouncing around in it.

Pros are that the fabric is light and great for dancing in, it’s sustainable and ethically made, hand made to measure and the sewing is very professionally finished. Plus it includes beautiful details like the button enclosure including a scalloped edge.

The cons depend on preference. The dress is very oversize, which could be a con in some people’s books (it fits into my aesthetic perfectly), but the fit combined with the wide neckline means you can’t really forgo a bra without slips. And also because I am a lazy sod, the fact that the fabric wrinkles easily is a con to me. But then again, the wrinkles aren’t too noticeable against the black fabric. Lastly, along with the quality and ethics is a larger price tag at 75 dollars (AUD) per dress.

I’m trying super hard this year to opt for quality and ethics over quantity and trendiness, and looking into minimalism (if you didn’t hear about that in my last post on the topic). I didn’t realise this before, but minimalism is more than just an aesthetic and a small wardrobe. It’s being mindful of what you need in your closet, buying pieces that will last and making sure you look after them so that you can get the most out of them. Although this dress doesn’t quite fit the minimalist aesthetic, I think this dress fits perfectly into my own version of a minimalist wardrobe.

What do you think? Do the pros outweigh the cons? And what would you include in your own minimalist wardrobe?

I’m wearing the Alice Dress sent to me by Catalogue d’une Nymphe, Coen’s cardigan from Boohoo.com, a tiny bucket bag from Gypsy Warrior, vegan leather Victorian style boots from Beserk, an antique calligraphy pen nib necklace from Ami Nyitray Designs on Etsy and socks from Asos.



  1. January 22, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    Looks great! Oversize looks gorgeous if it's cut right for your size and this one is! The price tag is a bit above my current price range ( where I basically am sewing anything decent) but seems like a cheap price for a nice quality dress let alone an ethical one! And knowing the time it takes to sew stuff as well as the cost of fabric I am definitely impressed! Definitely a fan!

  2. January 23, 2016 / 2:49 am

    It does fit your aesthetic really well. Even though I don't go for a minimalist aesthetic, I am very much aware that certain items I own are more versatile and get worn more often… And never seem to look dated. I could see that about your dress… It could seriously work anywhere with any style

  3. January 23, 2016 / 4:35 am

    pro oversize, that beats all cons 😀 looks great on you!

  4. January 23, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    My wardrobe in general isn't in any way minimalist but I'm trying to embrace the style a bit more. I do like how versatile minimalist items are and I definitely appreciate having a uniform to fall back on on the days when I really can't be bothered. My uniform tends to be all black with faux leather pants and top hat. I have a black non-stretch tank top that is really minimalist and versatile and I'd really love to find other similar items.

  5. January 24, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    The dress is lovely and would work with combining with other clothes. In that aspect it's minimalistic. You could even wear it over jeans and a top on a cold day. Your necklace is lovely, like a statement with a wisper. I think a minimalistic wardrobe has a certain colour scheme that works together, clothes that can be combined in lots of ways.

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