The flower dress in Spain and Holland

by Sylvia

The flower dress

In Holland I snapped up this flower dress. A very high-risk purchase for me as I’m not really a flowery girl. It’s all too romantic and too girly really. Still, I was attracted to this fabulous print, the dress had a perfect knee-high length and had a nice detail at the top. It fit me like a glove and was on sales at 50% off. I decided to risk it.

Sofar so good! This dress is proving to be very successful during my holidays. It’s light and breezy, a bit dressy but still casual, and you can easily pair it with a cardigan when needed.

I first wore it in Haarlem in my first week in Holland when the weather was still very nice (see above).

Later I wore it in Holland again. This time though, the weather had completely changed  and it was cold and windy. So I wore it with pants, knee high tights and my black shirt. This is definitely not a favorite look for the dress. I feel that the dress stands much better on its own. It would probably be better paired with some leggings in a colour that is also seen in the dress if you wanted to wear over pants.

flower dress with cardigan

Then I wore it in Girona, Spain. The weather was HOT, so only very breezy clothes would do. It’s great to wear when visiting a new town. Girona is north of Barcelona and has a beautiful old medieval centre. One of many towns that still has many of their old churches, castles and houses. Girona was special as it still has the complete old wall surrounding the city.

And lastly I wore it in Lleida. Not as beautiful as some of the other towns we have seen in Spain, but it’s very close to a spectacular nature reserve. On this day we were totally surprised by a local festival where people wearing very large puppets marched the streat, followed by many people following with lanterns.

Festival in Leida

flower dress in Lleida

Of course, this dress will get much more wear in Singapore as well, where the climate is also perfect for it.

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So there you go. Sometimes you need to step back a litttle from ‘your style” and take a bit of a risk. Some of these purchases will pay off and some of them will not. That is why it is great to make these kind of purchases in the sale.

What has been your latest ‘risky’ purchase?

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I think the dress is a keeper for sure. I love seeing it styled in different ways here. I stay away from things that are too girlie too but the fabric pattern on this one is different to me. It’s got an artistic feel to it which I think makes it better.

A risky purchase for me lately was a spring green maxi skirt. It’s sort of an odd piece because of the color but the price was low enough that even if I only wear it a few times it would be fine.


Thanks Joni. Yes, that’s exactly why I was drawn to it…
Your green maxi skirt sounds lovely. I’m really loving that colour right now…

Greetje Kamminga

It is indeed a lovely dress that suits you well. Especially the last photo shows it well.
I cannot remember when I had a “risky” purchase in the sense that I knew I took the risk. The grey mens jacket I suppose was a risk. And still is haha.


Haha I’m constantly taking risks. My ‘strange’ black dress that I showed on facebook is the latest example… Like you, I can’t seem to find good solid basics!

Red Tag Chic Los Angeles

I’m a big florals girl…..& this one is no exception!



Thanks Rebecca!

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

I think this dress is a lovely addition, Sylvia – very versatile, as you’ve shown here. And not really “girly girly” – because the cut is sophisticated and the print is very modern. You look wonderful!


Thanks Patti!


Pretty dress, but I believe those are butterflies, not flowers.


Could well be. I should check! Thanks for you feedback Nanette.


What a perfect travel dress. It looks great.


Thank you Tracey!

Rachel {Raw-kul}

So I just got a pair of risky shoes that are so colorful they would match that dress! I figured with all that color, they would be worth the risk and work with something, somewhere.I like how you worked all the looks here Sylvia. So fun to see you on your travels too! 🙂


Thank you Rachel. I look forward to seeing them. Please bear with me for the moment as I will need time to catch up with your blog….


It’s great seeing how you’ve worn your dress to suit the variable weather. I especially like how you styled it in Cold Holland. Your neck piece there is wonderful and whimsical. And I love the wristwatch with that ensemble too. Your juxtaposing of the filmy dress with the heavier, dark layers is great. I doubt you’ll be doing this much in Singapore!!


Thanks Melanie. No definitely no need for that in Singapore! The necklace is made of rubber and a new purchase. You will be seeing more of that.


I like your dress, flowers or butterflies, it doesn,t matter. It has a very nice shape, there must be elasthan in it, because it shapes so good to your body. Don’t like the combination with the black, you certainly have better combinations in your wardrobe in Singapore.


Thanks Marianne. Yes lots more options in Singapore. Choice is very limited at the moment!

Heather Fonseca

That dress is very flattering on you! I love the print too, so pretty.


Thanks Heather!

Practical Paralegalism

It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous dress, and super-flattering. I think this is an example of a youthful look that works for all ages.

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