Spring Picnic featuring JD Williams

Spring Picnic StyleWith all this beautiful weather recently Josh and I thought it would be nice to pack up a little bag and head to the local park for a huge Spring picnic. I cobbled together some tasty treats and put on my new glad-rags from JD Williams, threw on a summer hat and settled down for an afternoon of giggles (mostly at my fashion-y poses, thanks Josh!) and good food.

When JD Williams contacted me and asked me to pick out a piece from their summer dresses to feature on Made From Beauty I was over the moon as they have a beautiful section on their site and my Spring wardrobe was crying out for an update. I styled the Button Sleeve Shirt Dress with some accessories I picked up from ASOS and ASDA recently for an easy outfit perfect for the warmer weather.

As a new customer of JD Williams (CLICK HERE for more dresses) I didn’t know what to expect from their clothing but I am really glad to say I was very impressed. I picked the shirt dress in a khaki colour and was super happy to find that the shade wasn’t too autumnal, but more of a light khaki and perfect to pair with tan shoes. The dress had a brilliant weight to it, so brilliant for avoiding those awkward moments where dressed fly up in the wind!

Summer Dress Full Length JD WIlliams

As someone on the larger size (I don’t use the term ‘Plus Size’ I’m just ‘Size’ thank you very much) I always like to go for something that covers my arms as I’m not overly confident about them – so big brownie points for this style coming just over my elbows with a beautiful cuff detail. The other detail I’m happy this dress had was the tie waist! I sometimes find that shirt dresses, although I love them, can be unflattering if there isn’t something to synch you in at the waist. This tie is perfect for a laid back style, but you could always change it up for another belt for the evening too. The small gunmetal buttons also keep this dress from feeling a little ‘mumsy’ and give the dress a slightly younger feel – 10 out of 10 for style details! The best bit? There are lots more beautiful dresses like this in their summer shop for you to try to!

JD Williams Dress Close Up Picnic Food - Prawn SaladSummer Salad

For the picnic I went for my new pair of ASDA wedge sandals which are ridiculously comfy and even more ridiculously affordable! For a bag I went for this one from ASOS as it was big enough to fit most of our picnic in and very Spring with the cut out details. I popped on a few gold bracelets from Aldo at ASOS to add a little bit of prettiness to the look and went all summer-is-here with my new hat! This beautiful Straw Trilby Hat is from Vero Moda at ASOS and I have to say it is my new favourite warm weather staple in my wardrobe.

ASDA Shoes Close Up Arm Candy ASOS Bag Close Up

Josh and I had a lovely time chilling out at the park, it was lovely actually not having our phones, we just took some food and my camera to take some snaps for this post. We chatted, made friends with some cute puppies training to be guide dogs and started to plan our next steps in the masterplan of having more adventures (if you don’t know what I’m talking about head to THIS POST).

Summer Fruit PicnicWatermelonSummer Picnic Drinks

I can see myself definitely being an ‘outfit repeater’ with this look. The dress from JD Williams is such a stunner, I felt like a million dollars! So have you tried a dress like this before? If so how did you style it? Let me know in the comments below!


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  • You look amazing. I love the dress and the wedge sandals. So pretty.

    • Thank you so much! It’s an awesome dress!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • that dress is gorgeous, it’s a really lovely cut on your and i really love the colour!

    • The cut is really flattering, I loved wearing it!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Elanor

    You look lovely! Wonderful styling, everything fits together perfectly :)

  • I love the dress looks great on you, and the shoes go well with the outfit x

    • Thank you so much, love the shoes, they are a great buy!

      Thank you for your comment x

  • The dress is lovely, such a nice design, know how you feel about your arms as I am the same! x

    • It was so easy to style and wear, perfect for warmer weather!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • I love the dress and I really like the colour, I actually own a dress really similar to this but in black and without the collar, You look wonderful xx

  • Melanie Edjourian

    That looks like a lovely dress and I love the colour, great for the summer.

    • You’re so right, great for summer, but I can see myself wearing this with tights in the winter too!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Oh gosh it has been way to long since I had a picnic – I have to say I love your dress :) x

    • I know, it had been such a long time for me too! Thank you for commenting Sarah! x

  • You look amazing Sam! I love that dress and the picnic looks delicious! Such beautiful summery photos :)
    Brigitte x

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    • Thank you so much Brigitte! It was lovely having a little summery photoshoot!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • LOVE this shirt dress, perfect design & colour. You look gorgeous x

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    • It’s so easy to style, I’m really impressed with it! Thank you so much, you’re too sweet!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I love this shirt dress, the design is lovely as is the colour x

    • It’s oh so easy to wear, so impressed with it!

      Thank you for commenting x

  • I love this dress. The style & colour is ultra flattering too.

  • Beth

    That dress and whole outfit really suits you! The colour of the dress is beautiful

  • Cylia Moreau

    You look absolutely beautiful! :) It really suits you. I love that you just want to call it Size, I will do the same :) The bracelets are gorgeous too.

  • The khaki colour is gorgeous but what I like most is how it is functional as well as stylish. I could see this as a dress I would wear all year round.

    • You’re so right, perfect with sandals in the summer, but would be great with tights and boots in the winter too!

      Thank you for your comment x

  • I love this look – very stylish and ideal for Summer.

  • Laura

    Wow you look absolutely gorgeous! The khaki dress is so lush and matches the tan and the sunnies so well xx

    • I’m glad you noticed these little details Laura haha! I thought I was the only one!

      Thank you for your comment x

  • You look gorgeous! The whole outfit looks classy and very cool. I love the sandals too, I think I need to pop to Asda x

    • Glad you like the outfit, it’s so easy to wear! I was blown away at ASDA’s shoe selection recently, worth a look!

      Thank you for your comment x

  • I love shirt dresses and this one is gorgeous – the colour really suits you!

    • They are great aren’t they!? Thank you so much Sally! x