April and then it's May. That's virtually around the corner.
And come May, I have quite a few dates already in the diary. For which dresses will be needed. But the main issue that I've found over the past couple of years is that it's not necessarily warm. It might be.. it also may be downright chilly.
However I think I've come up with a solution (is this a rather nifty excuse to buy new dresses - hell yes)
I am all over Shirt Dresses. I now have a couple of these and I love them. They have that perfect quality of being able to be worn all year round. The ideal dresses for when it is a tad nippy and anything strappy or, god forbid, totally sleeveless, just isn't going to happen. Especially when you have legs on show as well. Far too much flesh exposed to the elements with way too much opportunity for plucked chicken goosebumps a plenty...... (there is only so much magic fake tan can work)
If you have your arms covered though, then somehow, it makes having your legs out that little bit easier. Baby steps...
Into the Autumn they will look great with the Over The Knee Boots that I promise you, we will all be sporting.
For now, easy to dress up with heels but I also think they work really well for more casual affairs with flats.
Jacket wise, I wear mine with blazers, I've worn them with denim jackets and they also look great with a little leather number as well. Alternatively a mid thigh dress or cocoon coat is the perfect addition for a dressier occasion.
To make things even more attractive, we are settling nicely into offer season and it seems silly not to take advantage.
There's currently 20% off at Warehouse at John Lewis (price match...) and their dresses are stunning this season.
Shirt dresses are a go here. And the scarf print one perfectly ticks the 70s category box too so we're win win. This would be amazing with opaques whilst it's still on the chilly side - gorgeous with bare legs as well.
Warehouse Aztec Scarf Print Dress £38.40
My beloved Khaki again at Warehouse - this with leopard print or snake print would be amazing.
Warehouse Shirt Dress in khaki now £38.40
Also 20% off Boden and this is off everything, not just dresses. I think it ends today, so go forth and shop! Code is X3X5
Printed Shirt Dress £89 pre discount in the navy daisy. Love love love it with the ankle boots.
And in the multi deco floral print. This is growing on me.....
Also 20% off at Coast at John Lewis and this monochrome would work for dinners and those special occasions.
Coast Mono Adlina Shirt Dress now £92
Hippy vibe a plenty at M&S Paisley Print Shirt Dress from M&S £39.50
Star Print Shirt Dress from M&S £39.50
Super 70s at M&S again and this isn't going to suit everyone but if this is a colour that works for you, it is so unusual and would look amazing on. You could team with camels or whites for Summer but I also love the idea of navy or black. (I do love the idea of camels or white more though, it has to be said....)
No Peep Cotton Rich Lace Shirt Dress from M&S £45
More print at French Connection. They have some gorgeous things in this season.
Misty Mountain Shirt Dress was £125 now £85.50
Again in the sale at FCUK - the Ali Gator Shirt Dress was £110 now £39
The Deco Dream Drop Waist Shirt Dress FCUK £130 This would work if you stick with the monochrome colours but you could also add either a print like a leopard or another colour - anything that takes your fancy to be honest. Love the idea of the M&S black and white stripe shoes from the other day.
There is plain out there - a purple/blue shade (apparently this is more purple than cobalt) in the sale from LK Bennett. Plus belted which I know works better for lots of people.
LK Bennett Brindi Belted Shirt Dress was £195 now £125
More plain in the sale at Matches
Freda Isla Dress was £425 now £127
Love the 70s shade of burgundy, also 70% off at £127 again by Freda.
Finishing with some gems in the sale at Matches - these are classic DVF styles which just happen to be in last season's print and are therefore bargaintastic now.
Prita Dress from DVF at Matches was £350 now £140
T72 Dress from DVF was £390 now £156
Bruna Dress was £410 now £164
So I have my couple of dresses - I have to say I'm probably most tempted by the Topshop ones I had on my khaki thread. Or the Freda one above is probably worth a look as well for the amazing discount. I already have both leopard and snakeskin accessories which is half the battle for an outfit.
Finishing with outfit from yesterday - fabulous day in London with a lovely group of Bloggers. Today I am absolutely shattered to say the least. And with all those Bloggers, I can't believe I didn't get anyone to take a photo. So this is me with the tipsy eyes in the mirror again, very late doors.