If Lady Macbeth wore Athleisure…

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me and em floral georgette dress

Imagine my delight, considering my current preoccupation with dark, moody floral prints, when womenswear brand Me + Em sent over this georgette maxi-dress! It combines a new favourite thing (dark florals) with an all-time favourite thing (side-stripes) to create a dress that is so right for me it’s as though I daydream-designed it myself.

me and em floral georgette dress

I don’t think that many people have ever successfully turned a tracksuit into a sheer-sleeved georgette maxi-dress but Me + Em have managed it with aplomb; the go-faster side-stripes, the drawstring waist, the zip that runs through the neck and down the chest…

me and em floral georgette dress

I particularly like the zipped top, actually, because when it’s done up there’s something almost Victorian Matron about the high, smocked neck but when it’s undone it suddenly looks more like a (very luxe, floral) track top with a funnel neck. Very clever, very cool.

me and em floral georgette dress

And the very first time I put this magnificent maxi on, I experienced an instant sense of drama; I felt like Lady Macbeth, gliding evilly around her castle, the train of her dress sliding over the floor behind her. Obviously the term “athleisure” didn’t exist in the time Macbeth was fictionally knocking about, but had go-faster stripes been all the rage then I’m pretty sure Lady M would have been wearing them. The racy minx.

me and em floral georgette dress

So yes, I was Lady Macbeth, and I was also (at the same time, because my overactive imagination knows no limits) the star of Wuthering Heights 2018, The Movie, the pretty georgette of my skirts fluttering in the breeze as I ran over the moors. Running fast, obviously, because – as we’ve established – the dress is the most delicious blend of low-key ballgown and weekend tracksuit. Which also means that it’s incredibly versatile, lending itself as much to the “white trainers and chunky cardi” look as to the “dressed up to the nines” look.

me and em floral georgette dress

The dipped hemline helps with this versatility; a little flesh (or boot, as is the case here) peeking out at the front stops the dress from looking too heavy and cumbersome and creates an elegant shape that’s more than appropriate for an evening event or party.

me and em floral sheer sleeve dress

Can you tell I love this dress? Here I’m wearing it with some old Belstaff boots and a confident stride. (These are high-heeled boots from years and years ago, but they still make the Trialmaster with lower heels which, I have to say, are comfier than these ones. I’ve had my black Trialmaster boots for thirteen years and they are still going strong – I also have them in white, but rarely find an occasion to wear them! You can find the Trialmaster boots at Belstaff here*.)

me and em floral georgette dress

And here I’ve put on the Lady Macbeth with trainers, just to show you how easy it would be to throw on for daytime. (The trainers are from Hush here*.) Price-wise it’s pretty special, so it’s not the sort of dress you’d literally just throw on to walk the dog or unclog the drain outside the back door or whatever, but you know what I mean. For smart-casual occasions, or daytime meetings and events that require a little more effort, dressing it down with trainers is a very good call.

me and em floral georgette dress

I’m all for wearing snazzy stuff in the daytime – it brings down the cost-per-wear on expensive purchases and stops your precious investments from pointlessly gathering dust at the back of the wardrobe. So if wearing Lady Macbeth’s Athleisure Dress with comfy trainers during the day gets the dress out and about and well-worn then that is what I shall do!

Once I’ve stopped flouncing up and down the stairs in it, that is. And once I’ve grown bored of standing at the sink for minutes on end, scrubbing my hands, muttering “out, damned spot”.

The Floral Sheer Sleeve Georgette Dress is from Me + Em here* – it’s £299.

me and em floral georgette dress

My “R” gold necklace was a very kind gift from Edge of Ember – you can find all of the letters online here. They have some gorgeous rings and earrings too, really pretty gold pieces that are so fine they almost disappear against your skin. Great for those who like to keep their jewellery simple and understated…

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  1. M
    September 22, 2018 / 5:32 pm

    I’ve wanting to get athleisure tailoring for the longest time- this dress btw is stunning. I see more Florence Pugh’s Macbeth here, and not the Bard.

  2. September 17, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    These pictures are absolutely stunning!! The model is lovely and the prints… out of this world! My. New. Aesthetic.

    • September 18, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      I love the model too, she’s great! : )

    • September 17, 2018 / 8:30 am

      The trousers are so good too!

  3. Moo
    September 15, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Erm…. loved it on the wallpaper post of yesterday, but I have to agree that i find this dress as appealing as, forgive me, wet vomit on a kerb. Hand on heart. It’s like the designer had some sort of features fit and couldn’t pack in enough design elements to stop it looking cheap…but wait, it’s nearly £300 for sheer poly georgette not even silk!!! Good. God. That said, I give it a thumbs up for the neckline and the fact that you’ve made it look fabulous as always because you are a magic model.

  4. September 15, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    If I had seen the dress on a hanger, I wouldn’t even have looked twice. Even after seeing it on you, I wasn’t impressed. But your story sold it to me completely. I want to be a racy Lady Macbeth! I need dark floral athleisure in my life!

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

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