Last month (or was it? January felt like it was 3,067 days long), I wrote all about how this lockdown has stolen my fashion mojo, locking me in a Groundhog Day of joggers and knitted sets.
But no more, because there is a lot of spring newness launching right now, and it's got me very exciting not only for the new season but also to dress up again.
One dress in particular caught my eye in the Net-A-Porter 'new in' section, and it's by none other than my favourite vintage-inspired dress label, RIXO.
There are many reasons I've fallen in love with this dress, not least including the pretty patchwork of prints and pastel colours that are finally giving me a reason to ditch my black and grey wardrobe.
The lightweight silk-crepe fabric and patchwork flared skirt give it a layered look that allows for fluid and graceful movement, and the t-shirt style neckline stops it from looking too dressy and verging into wedding guest dressing territory.
In fact, it would look perfect dressed down with track sole boots and a cardi now, which I would swap for barely there sandals or flips flops in spring. In other words, it'll be the perfect dress for post-lockdown anything social.
Ladies and gents, I think I've got my mojo back.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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