..surely it's about time for another dress blog?
I know a couple of people have either been trying to get hold of the Vero Moda dress that I posted on my Danish blog and can't, or have it and aren't sure about it (I'm hanging in the latter squad...).
So whilst I'm making my mind up, I have come across another couple which may be also worth a look. Seeing as I had such success with dresses in the Summer and it being so hard to dress for this not cold but not hot weather, it suddenly struck me that I should be wearing my dresses all the time.
I therefore feel totally justified in my choice of new dress yesterday - yet another good old maxi. Viscose and swooshy, it is perfect with trainers, it looks amazing with ankle boots. At the moment, I am planning on wearing with shrunken leather jackets (and I just remembered this evening, I have a Primark navy faux leather one that I got a couple of years ago that will be perfect with it. Completely perfect. There is nothing I like better than when a new purchase means something from the back of your wardrobe gets a whole reinvention. And if that's not justification for a new dress, I don't know what is. Not to mention it goes perfectly with my old Rag & Bone Newbury boots. You can see why I love it and can totally justify another one.
Starting with a fairly random number but I promise, promise you, this is sublime in the flesh. I will definitely be trying it on and yes, it is possibly a tad more "out there" than most, but if any of these dresses have the more expensive factor, this is it. Think Net A Porter. Not Laura Ashley (yes I said Laura Ashley...)
Heraldic Print Tie Neck Maxi Dress from Laura Ashley £125 Discount of 10% with N501 This is off first orders at Laura Ashley online. I think it might work on furniture too).
If maxi isn't your style, then this - with a v neck peeps as I know so many of this have Victoriana style high necks which do boobage no favours whatsoever - may be right up your street. It's definitely on the shorter side of midi.
Floral Print Midi Dress £35 from M&S
More floral at Topshop and again, what I would call a midi for the not so tall amongst us (or should I say you). As midis go, these are mini midis and not maxi midis. Never let it be said that I can't confuse an issue that one would normally think completely unconfuseable. (or that I don't make up way too many words).
Rose Keyhole Midi Dress £46
And then I've found a bargain at Matalan. The styling perhaps isn't what I'd go for but with a pair of ankle boots and a biker. Or I like the ideas of a flowy trench too. Mini midi.
Floral Print Midi Dress £20 from Matalan
Whilst we're talking brands I don't usually look at, I saw an ad the other day for the most amazing dress and it was at Debenhams. I can't actually remember the last time I went to Debenhams. I think it might have been when I had a brand new baby (I think he was two weeks old), a one year old and a three year old and became OBSESSED with this dress that you could only get there (randomly it was a maxi as well). I drove to Gravesend (or Dartford..) in 30 degree heat with all three babies to try and hunt this dress down. I remember getting lost in the one way system, stuck in the multistory carpark in my ridiculously massive new car that was like driving an articulated lorry, with a screaming baby and a one year old who had escaped from his car seat and weeping in the lift at the futility of it all. BUT I got my dress. Post natal depression affected us all differently...
This dress looks amazing. 20% off dresses at Debenhams by all accounts.
Black Rose Print Midi Dress from Nine by Savannah Miller was £65 now £52
AND LOOK - PREEN!
Preen/Edition Black Floral Midi Dress was £69 now £55.20 They're not entirely selling it to me with this model. And to be honest, I wouldn't call this a midi dress on her. However what it does mean, is that on a more petite person, this would be THE most perfect length. That will be another mini midi.
And the bargains continue at La Redoute where there is now 40% off everything. Yes, 40% off everything, including brands. With the code BIG40. (check out the branded trainers and jeans would be my advice...)
Printed Maxi Dress R Edition £39 pre discount Maxi midi. Unless she's 5ft 3. In which case mini midi.
And a slightly dressier option, again at La Redoute (and a more expensive option but that's where 40% off comes in very handy). I have to say I do absolutely adore the idea of this with a black biker and biker boots or sneakers.
Floral print maxi dress Delphine Manivet x La Redoute £139 Simply a maxi maxi.
But then I saw this on Matches and lo and behold, it's a Self Portrait. Who would ever have thunk it?
Plum blossom-print crepe dress from Self Portrait £290
Moving away from the floral now (I can hear a collective sigh from the back of the room) I do love a floral but that's not to say a different print isn't very appealing as a contrast. And seeing as I'm in collecting mode....).
Rather liking this one from Topshop.
Polka Deconstructed Dress from Topshop £120 If you click on the detail, the edges of the frills are raw - hence the deconstructed tag (she assumes).
And then stripes... admittedly swerve if you have curves.
Mono Stripe Midi Dress by Topshop £40
Or plain with a hint of detailing.
Gestuz Kate Green Midi Dress £229
However this is the one I got yesterday. Nothing says "it works" like wearing something the day after you get it. I would never have thought it would go with burgundy but I think it really works. Green and navy houndstooth perfection.
Green and navy houndstooth dress - Quattrorish
Navy Newbury boots - Rag & Bone
Burgundy leather bomber jacket - Gerard Darel
Vintage navy bag - Gucci
And in fact I love it so much, I'm going to do the completely unheard of thing and wear it tomorrow. Two days in a row. When you find a dress you love - I promise you, there is absolutely nothing like it. Someone back me up....