So, it’s April now which means it’s spring and we can put all the winter jumpers to the back of the wardrobe and swan around in pretty dresses again now, yes?!
Yeah, I wish, but occasionally the sun will start to come out and we’ll have glorious days like the one we had a couple of Sundays ago (I wrote about that here and took pretty pictures of the Peak District) and every now and then I will actually be able to wear pretty dresses.
Let’s be clear from the start here, I am not a fashion blogger. I don’t consider myself remotely fashionable and I value comfort and flattery of clothes over anything else, except the price!
What I do love though is dresses. If I could swan around in dresses all bar a couple of months of the year reserved for cute jumpers, I would be very, very happy. But you’ll never see posts on here about what’s the next up and coming fashion or photos of me wearing said fashions.
This post is just an indulgence of my love of dresses and 14 I’ve found in a little online perusal the other day that I would like to go and buy if I had the money to get them all. I might, MIGHT treat myself to one or two when they reach the sale. They’re all technically high street, but a price range of Primark to Levis, basically. So here they are.
Khaki Button Front Jersey Pinafore Dress – New Look – £19.99
I love the simplicity of a pinafore dress. I find them so versatile too, rubbish weather? stick a jumper underneath. A nice spring day with the warmth of sunshine? Cap-sleeved tee underneath and you’re ready to go. I like the colour of this one and the two I currently own are denim and corduroy so I like the idea of a Jersey material one for the warmer weather.
Innocence Red Spot Tie Front Dress – New Look – £12.99
I love New Look. I find their fit more flattering than of any of the other mainstream high street shops and their sizing a lot more consistent than anywhere else. I’m gutted they’re closing a lot of stores because bar Primark, it’s the shop I’m in the most. I’m not really an online shopper if I can help it so I’m a bit sad to see everything go online. Unfortunately I’m not really a frequent shopper either so I can’t really say I’m doing my bit to help fight back either…
Anyway, this is a really pretty dress! I like the tie detail and the bright red. I’m all about bright colours in Spring and Summer, especially if it’s compensating for the less than summery weather. All of my muted coloured outfits will be firmly packed away for the next few months at least! I’ve got a feeling though it’s the kind of thing that I love the look of online but would actually look hideous on me, so I’m going to admire this one form the sidelines.
Denim Bardot Dress – Primark – £12
I am a big Primark fan. I get at least 80% of my stuff from there, mainly because of the attractive prices. I’ve been steadily increasing in size for about 3 years until recently so clothes shopping was becoming less and less fun and I was having to size up every season. Now, I’m going back down (yay!) so having to get smaller clothes which is very good for my health and confidence, but not so great for my bank balance, hence Primark being my BFF. I’m not often on the Primark website and tend to just go in store as I’m lucky to work close to the big Tottenham Court Road store, but I found this and it’s a really pretty, simple style. Perfect for relaxing in or mooching around pretty Grecian streets on a weekend break to Athens… a girl can dream… I really need to get back to Athens… I digress!
Embroidered Linen Blend Sun Dress – Next – £38
I’m not a big Next shopper. It’s not somewhere I tend to think to go, but the other week I went in at lunchtime with a colleague and saw some nice pieces so had a little look at the website and found this beauty! I’m blessed to be able to wear yellow. I have a beautiful yellow bardot top I bought last year and I always get complimented on it. I really like the relaxed style, the fact it’s linen and the detail on this dress. It’s one of the ones I’m most considering actually buying although I’m not 100% convinced the shape will work for me.
Khaki Floral Linen Dress – Peacocks – £16
I found this lovely number on the Peacocks website and it instantly struck me as suitable for work. I’m lucky, I work in Media and therefore most things are ok for work wear but there’s still a line between summer dress suitable for work and summer dress that shows a bit too much skin, totally more suitable for weekends. I think this would be totally fine for work and a nice, cool outfit to wear in the office which is sometimes quite warm! It would also be great for going straight on to dinner with friends or something straight from work. Also, I love a Floral.
Dark Blue/Floral Jersey Dress – H&M – £8.99
A couple of years ago I picked up two great, stretchy, super comfy and really pretty dresses from H&M in this same style and I love them. Every year I wear them probably more than any of my other dresses and I can’t get enough. This is my favourite of this year’s offering. Again, it’s all about florals for me. Also, for less than a tenner, you can’t really go wrong!
Riviera Printed Navy Whitstable Floral Jersey Dress – Joules – £39.95
Ah Joules. A lovely British brand that I am always super pleased with (apart from their wellington boots, but that’s a different story). This pretty offering is just lovely, again for me I can see it as a perfect wear to work dress on warm summer days. I can see it working really well paired with a pale pair of lace up pumps. Lovely. I feel like I’m back at my Agricultural College Uni days where Joules made up a far bigger percentage of my wardrobe than it does these days. Sigh.
Falmer Schiffley Lace Dress – Matalan – £25
So I saw this dress and my first though was ‘DAY DRINKING’. I promise I don’t have some kind of problem. What I actually meant was this is the kind of dress you can wear for an afternoon in a beer garden that inevitably turns almost seamlessly into a summer night out and this dress would be fine for both settings. It’s beautiful and perfect for that relaxed beer garden, festival summer feel but equally sassy with the striking neckline that would carry it into a nighttime setting. It’s another one I’m seriously considering actually purchasing.
White Karen Woodblock Paisley Dress – FatFace – £52
I want to be wearing this dress and a pair of cute Sunnies as I wander around the cobbled streets of an old historic town centre in the heart of a European City please. That is all.
Navy Willow Linen Dress – FatFace – £65
A dress that would be equally suited for a barbecue in the back garden of summer comfort in the office. I like. I like a lot. I’m desperately waiting for a sale price…
Navy Butterfly Print Lace Dress – Quiz – £26.99
Stepping it up to something a little more formal, I’m thinking maybe a family garden party or posh Sunday lunch somewhere with a lovely outdoor setting to enjoy the sunshine. It would also be good for wearing to the wedding of your friend that you know has gone for the boho/festival theme and will make an enviably beautiful boho chic bride.
Cornflower Blue Baroque Style Tea Dress – Elsie’s Attic – £75
I love pale blue, I love Baroque, I love lace overlays, I love tea dresses, I bloody love this dress ok! I only have one wedding to attend this year and this may well be what I wear. It’s beautiful! Elsie’s Attic stock some truly beautiful dresses, most of them are formal wear. I just wish I had more formal occasions to go to…
Puffin Cotton Dress – Cath Kidston – £75
I’m borderline obsessed with Cath Kidston which makes my heart sing and my purse weep. I very rarely buy clothing from there due to the price tag (and until more recently, lack of bigger sizes…) but this might have to be a treat I save up for. It’s BEAUTIFUL. The style is my very favourite style of dress and I am a big puffin fan. They’re such cute, quirky and characterful little birds! Until last year where I had to admit it was falling apart, I had a lovely navy dress in a similar style covered in Flamingoes. I reckon this will be it’s replacement.
Iconic Western Dress – Levi’s – £90.
I’ve not owned a denim shirt dress since I was a kid, but I really, really want one. I was looking at this dress in the Levi’s store the other week and I’m thinking if I’m going to go for an iconic fashion item such as a denim shirt dress, I’ll save up and go for a Levi’s one when I finally get down to my target size. I’ve got a little while to get saving the pennies!
I’ll let you know if I actually end up buying any of these dresses! Or any others for that matter…