So part two of my splurge v save dress fiasco. Yesterday we did more reasonable dresses - the one pre requisite was that they have sleeves of some variety. Tomorrow I'll be going to pick up my M&S dresses to see if we can recreate the magic of the black and blue DVF-a-like shirt dress for a smidge of the cost of its designer counterparts.
Today though, I'm having a look to see if there are any more expensive ones that it's worth investing in. I say "investing" as buying a more expensive dress can be a classic addition to your wardrobe. They can be better quality and they can be more generous in their cut which is more flattering for most people but yes, especially for those of us who are taller.
But is that the exclusive domain of the more expensive dress?
One thing I do know is that I am much more likely to keep a dress that cost more than a cheaper one. Is that the only difference? Well, I have had some (but have tried on more) awful dresses that have made me wary of purchasing more but I have my stalwart little M&S number that has given me new hope.
Without further ado let's see what the designer end offers. Starting with a super sensible place - the Sale at Matches. Now this is a fairy depleted offering at the moment but it shouldn't be too long before there is more sale joy flooding out tinternet.
In the meantime though, absolutely love this orange number. This, with leopard print. Love.
Dita Silk Shift Dress from Saloni was £360 now £195
The obvious at Matches though would be to look at DVF. Of which there is diddly squat left in the sale so we've thrown ourselves in at full price. But there is free delivery until close of play today with the code FREEDEL (and they do free returns as well so the ideal time to try....)
Prita Shirtdress from DVF £308
Now this does have shorter sleeves but I'm sure most of you don't have arms that look like they belong to a corpse. There are only a lucky few of us who have been gifted these. I love this dress but I've a hunch it's really only good for those less Gulliver in their proportions.
Scarlet Dress by DVF £338
However my two favourite DVF dresses are these Freya ones - without a shadow of a doubt. Both will work easily as well in the A/W as well as now. I daren't have one glass of wine otherwise I will press send... I am totally ignoring the fact that like a complete cretin, I had a £100 off a £300 spend that I didn't use. The sensible part of me is saying it wasn't meant to be yet but the part that craves pretty dresses is saying LOSER.
So the issue is, which one should I have gone (or will I go) for? (clearly the right answer is "both"..!)
Freya Dress from DVF £338 Only problem is I don't know which size would work for me. I find all of DVF's dresses are sized slightly differently. The Reina comes up very small - size up unless you want the bursting sausage look. Whereas I do think the shirt dresses come up larger. The drawstring waist one though? Maybe I should order and see whilst it's on free delivery..... (well it would be rude not to, wouldn't it?)
And in the poppy print £338 Have to say if I just had to pick one, it would be this. I need this dress.
And another different style, again not for those of super long limb I would say.
DVF Kaden Floral Print Silk Dress £360 Absolutely love this print and these colours. With cream, nude, orange or pink shoes, this would look amazing for so many different occasions.
Staying designer but moving over to Selfridges (I may or may not have spent hours and hours looking for dresses - like I said yesterday, it really is a needle in a haystack. So difficult to narrow down the options as so many different ones could work and so you don't miss out on any, you have to trawl through all of them. Ho hum. Thank goodness it's a Bank Holiday and I have a small puppy who is doing a lot of sleeping next to me after being worn out by the children)
Very similar print style to the DVF ones but slightly cheaper. Love the shades of this.
Paul Smith Black Floral print silk dress £265
Michael Michael Kors £160 in black (this one is machine washable) Also available online in a grenadine (orangey pinky shade to you and me) and a navy.
Another great one from Michael Kors - I would say Marant in style but in a really unusual colour that you'd have for seasons and seasons. This definitely is for those of us who aren't super tall. I fear I may have vests longer than this.
Michael Michael Kors Sunari Smocked peasant dress £180
Going back to navy and I love this one. Slightly military in its look, this would be just as fantastic with knee high boots in the A/W as it would with either ankle boots, sneakers or strappy sandals now. Or let's go with mid heel tan sandals for the school run. I love love love this. (and no I don't have mid heeled pigging anything to wear yet)
Michael Michael Kors Silk long sleeved dress £265
APC Ethnic embroidered crepe dress from Matches £290 Now in my head this will look fabulously Parisian boho - the reality is I fear that I will look like I've been on holiday to Peru and lost my luggage.... However the model here manages to pull it off - but it's a pricey risk to take.
And there in lies the issue with expensive dresses. They can be a risk. It's not so bad taking a punt on a £50 dress that you'll wear once and consign to the back of the wardrobe until it worms its way out into the charity bag. But an expensive one can keep you up at night, kicking yourself as you salivate over the next season's boots you could have bought.
The other side of the picture though is a fashion love affair that can bring great joy. Yes clearly I am slightly sleep deprived and being slightly melodramatic about this but take me on a normal day when I haven't been up at 5am for days on end and I would still sing the praises of a good dress.
I do pontificate often on the cost per wear element aspect of an item, but (and of course there are always always exceptions to the rules) occasionally it is worth buying an item of clothing that no, you can't wear out to dinner, to a wedding and on the school run, but one that is perfect for all those occasions when a dressy dress is needed. So yes you could wear it out to dinner, you could even wear it to a lunch and to a party party (I reckon that would come under the heading of out out out...)
Those who know me well will of course be aware that I don't do much without an ulterior motive and I *may* be trying to justify the purchase of this.
Self Portrait Aurelia £260