... to make you realise that you NEED a particular item.
So I haven't really got my festive gig on this season just yet. I've got one big Christmas Party but for that I'm going to be wearing something that I already have. But I've got lots of smaller dos so yesterday, in between meetings, I had a quick sojourn to & Other Stories where I completely fell in love with a dress. A velvet dress.
Which they only had in an 8 and is now completely sold out. Everywhere. Unless someone knows of a 10 lurking somewhere - or a 12...?! I am literally shoehorned into this. It's supposed to be super loose. I would lose circulation to my wrists after an hour in this. And it's dragged over my non existent boobage in a not particularly attractive way. And I agree there is a slight hint of grown up Nativity to it but I don't care - I love it.
Velvet Turtleneck Dress from & Other Stories £55
And so I went from really not being that bothered by velvet (apart from my Penelope Chilvers velvet boots which I adore and have been making my outfits the last couple of months) to being velvet dress obsessed.
What is even more irritating is that I've found a ridiculously similar dress at Hobbs in a mulberry shade. For significantly more money (like ££££ more). And I prefer the turquoise anyway (although I would happily wear the berry shade..!).
Purple Mayella Dress from Hobbs £349
Then from the sublime to the faintly ridiculous... Although.. I reckon if you maybe sized up hugely.
Crushed Velvet Dress from H&M in grey £29.99
Ok who am I kidding? I've just realised it's got a zip down the front. I fear I would look like a Teletubby in a space suit. No. Just no. (unless someone has tried it and can persuade me otherwise).
Oh my lord, it's basically a onesie with no legs. Almost tempted to try it for pure comedy value. It's like Metal Mickey meets Zippy.
Far more wearable now at & Other Stories again. Not in stock at the mo, so can't order (coming soon) but love the brown, although I fear it won't be long enough for Jolly Green Giant me.
Cut Out Velvet Dress from & Other Stories £79
Not sure this below is worth the difference?
Mulberry Velvet Tiered Paulina Dress by Ulla Johnson from Avenue 32 £500
But this one if it was a SMIDGE longer would be beyond beyond perfect. Although that's not a pocket you can see. Dear all manufacturers. POCKETS. PLEASE.
ASOS Trumpet Sleeve Velvet Dress £68 in green
Moving onto some V necks now.
Burgundy at ASOS £60
V neck again at Bruce Oldfield at John Lewis.
Bruce by Bruce Oldfield purple velvet dress £249
But now an excellent price dark blue one from Zalando.
Vila Vivelvetine Maxi Dress in total exclips £32.99
To finish - I've come across some printed versions. Not something I'd thought of and the price definitely precludes the first. But isn't it just divine?
Chloe Printed Maxi Dress from The Outnet was £2465 now £859.25 Pockets. It has pockets.
Style London Maxi Dress with velvet trim was £46 now £32
So velvet yay or nay? I did also try a velvet top on that I'm still considering but I just find the whole dress thing so much easier. And if anyone has any idea how to get hold of that turquoise & Other Stories dress - I am all ears.
After the excessive celebrations yesterday later on, today was decidedly low key. Am nursing an exceptionally sore throat and so have had to cancel plans for this evening as tomorrow - big day in London ice skating. Can't. Wait.
White oversized shirt - Me+Em
Navy chunky jumper - M&S
Side stripe navy joggers - Me+Em
White leather trainers - Autograph at M&S
Red Soho Disco - Gucci
Hope everyone else has a lovely Friday evening - we've had a takeaway and are now watching Scrooged en famille. I may even treat myself to a glass of mulled wine - I'm sure it has medicinal purposes?