.... you start obsessing about white dresses.
This will be my third week in a row of First Holy Communions and I now officially have dress envy.
Only kidding - I am not planning on upstaging any 8 yr old this weekend (dear lord the shame - can you imagine?) and weather depending, I'm pretty positive I shall be wearing either a print or a darker shade dress.
But I will confess that I have a total hankering for a white dress. This may of course be my mind playing cunning tricks on me to justify the purchase of another Self Portrait dress. I am now seeing them everywhere. Having never heard of them or seen anyone in them, every other person (mostly slebs to be fair) seems to have one. And I can't say I'm surprised as they are the best value (as far as a dress that costs that much can represent any form of "value"...) designer dresses I've come across in forever. Ever in fact.
It will also come as no surprise that none of them are in the sale. Well on the upside, it also means that my Aurelia dress isn't reduced. But I did have my eye on two white midi dresses to add to my collection (ie one dress. Collection my arse)
These are the two that I think would be a great addition to any (ie my) wardrobe.
Self Portrait Panelled Lace Dress £320 Perhaps a bit too similar to my black one.... it is different apparently - although does look exactly the same to me.
Or this one - slightly softer and a bit drapier, I am going to see if I can try this one on.
Self Portrait Checked Organza Midi Dress £250
It did make me wonder what other dresses there are out there that might serve the same purpose so I went a white dress hunting today.
Only rule was that it has to go in the washing machine. As I have bored everyone senseless with, the dry cleaners and I are not friends. Not even vague acquaintances. And as for a white dress that you can't machine wash? No on every single level. Which did rule out quite a lot of more expensive ones, but that's not to say I didn't find a couple of gems in the sales.
So top of my list of ones to try out is this one. I am slightly concerned that I may have a whiff of Amish about me in it - probably only suited to those of a less Gulliver like stature with a more gamine air about them. And infinitely cooler than me may also help.
But I'm going to give it my best shot. Even if I look a bit like Kelly McGillis in Witness. Albeit in the virginal white. On second thoughts, I can't see this working on me....
Pompom dress from & Other Stories £55
However if we're taking inspiration from Self Portrait how about a double layer cut out dress.
Guipure cotton dress from Mango was £71.99 now £49.99
Geometric pattern openwork dress was £71.99 now £39.99 again from Mango.
So whilst we're on the fretwork option, absolutely adore this one from Whistles.
Whistles Patchwork Broderie dress was £120 now £60 This one seriously gets my vote. (yes machine washable)
Moving now to some more summery versions, sleeveless and a bit more floaty.
Artu Dress from Weekend by MaxMara was £158 now £110 This is a great price for a MaxMara dress - so so easy to dress up or down and yes - even a designer dress can be machine washable.
Selected Femme Ophelia Sleeveless Dress in white was £75 now £45 Very pretty, very simple but oh so summery.
However my favourite dress of this style is definitely the one I have from Hush.
Triangle Dress from Hush in Antique White £65 Totally inspired by the addition of Jalouse boots - also must order this necklace from them as well. It's back in stock and it is so so gorgeous.
Shirt dresses are also an option. However we are verging on questionable territory here. The line between cool and summer shirt dress and looking like a dodgy Dr or Lab Assistant is a thin one to navigate.
You can always rely on DVF though.
DVF Josie Dress was £248 now £124
Shirt Dress from Mango was £31.49 now £19.99 Like all Mango dresses - ace if you're on the more petite side. Swerve if you're tall otherwise you will just look senile (as in, where are your trousers?)
Now the Mint Velvet sale has started and one dress in particular that caught my eye was this casual day dress - also perfect for holiday evenings with some strappy flat gladiator sandals.
Vanilla Smock Dress was £99 now £69
Staying with a more Boho vibe - again at Mango.
Mango Beaded Tunic Dress was £39.99 now £16.99
This one has to be my pick of the day though (if I'm not venturing into Self Portrait territory....)
Etoile Isobel Marant was £200 now £120 And this model is 5ft 10 so this would be long enough on me. Ok so I appreciate I did try on some boho smock dresses at the beginning of the season and looked like a homeless Hobbit on steroids (not a look that's ever been featured in Vogue I don't think), but now wearing with glads and a bit of fake tan? - hell, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and give it another go.
On a roll now with all things boho.
Staring at Stars Andree Parachute Dress in white was £86 now £45
Another maxi version at Mango - had this on the blog the other day but I really really love it. Yes, still worried about the Miss Haversham factor but I do adore it.
Mango Boho Maxi Dress was £89.99 now £49.99
Staring at Stars Fringed Tea Dress in ivory was £86 now £50 This would double as an amazing beach dress as well. Love.
So there we have my pick of recent searches and what I've earmarked.
Of course I'm left with the dilemma now of what to wear tomorrow. No more Foo Fighters and no more Wembley but instead, The Husband and I are going out for a late lunch in Mayfair which handily happens to be very near Selfridges, & Other Stories, Cos and JCrew. Oops...... (he is aware of this.... )
What do I wear? Well of course, a white dress would have been top of my list now that I've become obsessed with them but a) it's not going to be that warm and b) I only have one of them - the Hush one.
But, genius moment, I'm going to wear the black Hush Triangle dress, black Hush tux blazer and ankle boots of some description. The most perfect thing about the Hush dress is the looseness of it.
Seeing as dinner tonight has been a bag of Pita Chips (I would love to say I shared them. I didn't) and a bottle of wine. Reason for such a healthy supper was that my supermarket time earlier was taken up with sewing Beaver badges on for the 6yr old. Which wasn't part of my plan as I had intended it to be a 5 min stick on task with the Liquid Thread which assured me it was a "sewing machine in a bottle". My. Arse.
So an hour later, much cursing and very sore fingers to boot, the badges were very badly sewn on and I had no time to go and get something decent for tea. (can I point out this was just for me and him - the children had something else!)
Therefore I will be bloated as a bloated thing tomorrow and my lovely loose dress will be the perfect attire for a slap up lunch.
Very very much looking forward to it.
Outfit from today.