Dresses

Shopping the Sales: £5 dresses at Miss Selfridge

I know one of my new year’s fashion resolutions was to only buy things I really need, and not just buy them because they happen to be on sale, but Miss Selfridge are making that resolution really difficult to keep… Each of these dresses is just £5 in the sale: luckily for me (or actually, not so luckily, as it turns out) I have no life, and therefore have nowhere to wear the first two, but I’m loving the 60s vibe of the one on the end. Needless to say, they no longer have it in my size (shocker!), so I’m keeping my resolution, but only for now…

Wanted! 50s Style Dresses from Dolly Dagger

I have kind of a crush on the 1950s. If I could, I’d walk around all day in big skirted dresses and bobby sox – well, maybe not bobby socks, because I’m not that mad, but big skirted prom dresses for sure. This 50s crush means that I’m pretty much required by law to love just about everything at Dolly Dagger, which I totally can’t believe I have only just discovered. This is a kind of UK version of that other great love of my life, Stop Staring. The range isn’t as wide, but it is pretty, and hell, that’s really all we ask for in life, isn’t it?

Dress of the Day: Biaritz Print Dress from Monsoon

OK, so now that Christmas is out of the way, I’m firmly into “thinking about my wedding” mode, and more specifically, into “thinking about my honeymoon” mode. More specifically still, I’m into, “OMG, what will I wear on my honeymoon” mode, hence the appearance of this rather summery dress on these pages in January. Now, I don’t think I’d be able to pull off a print as loud as this one (and the mis-matched centre brings out my OCD tendencies), but it’s just screaming out “BUY ME AND WEAR ME ON YOUR HONEYMOON! OR, IF NOT, AT LEAST MAKE ME A DRESS OF THE DAY!” Well, at £95, I think I’m going to let Monsoon keep this one, but I…

Dress of the Day: Topshop’s Checked Taffeta Dress

Auntie Em! Auntie Em! There’s no place like home! There’s no place like home! Well, we’re definitely not in Kansas any more, Toto, but hell, why not dress like we are, anyway? I seriously can’t decide whether to love this dress or hate it: every time I start feeling the love I picture myself in plaits and ankle socks and this dress, and the love kinda goes away, you know? So the jury’s still out. Luckily – and here’s a complete and utter shocker for ya, folks – Topshop don’t have it in stock in my size anyway! Well, there’s a turn up for the books…

Dress of the Day: Pucci Silk Shift

Every time I go onto the Net-a-Porter website, I get that Barenaked Ladies song, ‘If I Had a Million Dollars’ playing in my head. If I had a million dollars, I’m pretty sure I’d be able to spend them all without leaving the house: I’d just hit up Net-a-Porter website and buy up most everything on it. For real. Now, Pucci dresses. I don’t normally go for Pucci dresses. They’re a bit busy for the likes of me (“No!” I hear you cry. “Why, Emilio Pucci, he is normally so toned down! How can you call his dresses ‘busy’, Fashion Police, HOW?), but this one? This one I like. Not enough to spend £925 on it, mind you, but I…

Ebay fashion: A London Trend

Meet the latest addition to my Favourite Sellers list on eBay… No, I haven’t actually bought anything from A London Trend yet, but that’s something I suspect will be changing pretty soon. Well, as soon as I actually have some cash to splash, anyway. SEND MONEY. Some of the clothes here are from the UK high street, others are less recognisable: prices are around £30 on buy it now, but if you’re lucky, you may be able to grab something on auction for around £10. I’m in love with the plum coloured glitter shift dress on the right of this picture, so if any of you are wondering what to get me for Christmas, you can just send it right…

Dress of the Day: Dorothy Perkins Baby Doll Dress

Yes, I know, Dorothy Perkins call these “tops”. In my experience, though, if it looks like a dress, acts like a dress, and er, quacks like a dress, it’s probably a dress. And this? Is a dress. (Trust me, I know: I have it in green, and I can assure you, it’s a dress. A short dress, for sure, but what, are you saying I ain’t got the legs for it?) So. It’s a dress. A dress of the day, no less! Go forth and buy!

Dress of the Day: Red Silk Taffeta Bow Dress

As regular readers will have sussed by now, I’m a bit of a sucker for dresses that look like Christmas presents waiting to be unwarpped. This red dress is in a similar style to that Adam & Eve gold bow dress we featured a while back: same big bow to the front, same length, similar “poofy” style. Having a puffball skirt, of course, makes this dress even more poofy than the Adam & Eve one, which means you’ll either look totally fabulous, or you’ll look a bit like an Oompa Loompa. It’s $275 at eDressMe.

Dress of the Day: Red Miu Miu Tunic Dress

Because it’s Christmas, and it’s red, and it’s nice and simple but still gorgeous… and because I’ve been having me a bit of a Miu Miu moment recently. Bow down to them – they can do no wrong. £350 from Net-a-Porter Dress of the Day: Rachel Pally Cape Mini Dress I’m into jersey dresses in a big way right now, and I really love the casual, “just pull me on and hey! You’re good to go” style of this Rachel Pally mini dress. So easy to wear (and easy on the ol’ belly, too, after you’ve been over-indulging at Christmas dinner) and to accessorize – a real “take you anywhere” dress. It’s $176 and is exclusive to ShopBop. Dress of…

Dress of the Day: Forever 21 Satin Spaghetti Dress

I know this dress isn’t particularly wintery, or even very festive (despite the fact that it’s red), but actually? That’s precisely why I like it. It’s almost December, it’s cold, grey and rainy outside,  it’s a long, long way from summer, and yet this dress makes me think of blue skies and hot sun, and I like that. I’m imagining it with tanned skin (not mine, obviously – I’m so pale I’m almost blue) and a nice pair of sandals, on it’s way to some balmy beach bar, where it will sit and drink cocktails in the evening breeze. (Not on its own, you understand. That would be weird. Someone would have to wear it.) Lovely. It’s $29.80 and its…

Dress of the Day: Rachel Pally Cape Mini Dress

I’m into jersey dresses in a big way right now, and I really love the casual, “just pull me on and hey! You’re good to go” style of this Rachel Pally mini dress. So easy to wear (and easy on the ol’ belly, too, after you’ve been over-indulging at Christmas dinner) and to accessorize – a real “take you anywhere” dress. It’s $176 and is exclusive to ShopBop.

Style Stealer: Kate’s Striped Sweater Dress

One of the things I still love about Kate Moss – one of the few things I still love about Kate Moss – is that her style is so easy and effortless, and hence so easy to steal. Take this striped sweater dress, for instance. These are everywhere at the moment: just add black tights (or leggings, if you dare), a pair of ballet flats like Kate’s, or tall leather boots, sling on a belt if you need one, and you’re good to go. Kate’s dress is by Juicy Couture, and you’ll find it (in brown) for $298 at Saks. If you can live without 100% cashmere, the River Island dress in the middle is £34.99. Two more after the…

What to Wear to a Christmas Party: Dorothy Perkins

I love the fact that green is still going strong this season… It’s my very favourite colour, so I like to try and grab it while it’s hot, so to speak – hence the green look of this Christmas party pick from Dorothy Perkins. Green sequin band dress: £25Green oval drop necklace: £8Silver satin peep toes: £25Matt silver flap clutch: £5Outfit total: £63

Dress of the Day: Diane Von Furtsenberg Genie Dress

Terrible, shocking admission coming up here: I don’t love wrap dresses. OK, I have wrap dresses, and yes, I sometimes even wear wrap dresses, but mostly? I don’t. I think they make me look frumpy. They certainly make me feel frumpy, anyway, and that’s a good enough reason not to wear ’em for me. This lukewarm-ness I have towards the wrap dress, then, is part of the reason I love this ‘Genie’ dress from Queen-of-the-Wraps, Diane Von Furstenberg. Love the bell sleeves, love the retro styling – don’t normally love an empire line (er, enhance your belly, much?), but happy with it here – just love it. Don’t love the $365 price tag, though. Ah well, we can’t have everything,…

Dress of the Day: Giambattista Valli silk taffeta dress

Now, let’s be honest: you’re probably not going to actually wear this dress – well, not unless you have a spare £1840 and a lot more guts than I have, anyway. It is something of a show-stopper, though, so those of you who really like your attention, this one could be for you. For myself, the frilled section is too big, the vibe too 80s, and the price tag too high, but hey, it’s nice to look at, and that’s the most important thing, isn’t it? Get it at Harvey Nichols…

Dress of the Day: Dorothy Perkins Jaquard Shift Dress

I have a party to go to this Christmas. (Yes, I do get out of the house sometimes). It’s a house party, which = total fashion dilemma. All of the usual rules of “party fashion” go clean out of the window when it comes to house parties. You can’t wear the standard glitzy party dress, because you’d be way over-dressed and people will laugh at you (I’m used to this), but you can’t wear jeans either, because then you’ll be way under-dressed, and, well… people will still laugh at you. I’m thinking of going for this little Dorothy Perkins number, dressed down with black opaque tights (black opaque tights have the power to dress down almost anything) and patent Mary…

Dress of the Day: Black Ponte Shift Dress at Debenhams

So, I guess you could call me a bit of a Betty Jackson fan at the moment, seeing as I’ve featured not one, but two of her dresses this week as Dress of the Day. Sorry. My bad. I just couldn’t help myself, though: I absolutely love this very classic, very sexy-but-stylish look of hers, and I would dress like this all the time if I could possibly get away with it. (By which I mean, “If I didn’t work from home, and would look stupid lolling around the house dressed like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s). It’s a very Audrey Hepburn style dress, though, this one, and I do solemnly swear that one day it will be mine…It’s…