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Chiffon layers, blush tones and rosy hues are a sure sign that Spring is arriving and whilst florals for Spring is not revolutionary (I always think of Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada scathing retort; “Florals? For Spring? Ground breaking”), this by no means perturbs me.

I absolutely fell in love with this elegant and uber feminine Hortensia dress from Topshop Unique with its thigh split and occasional tiny, sequinned strawberries when I saw WIT Blog wearing it last week.


The fabric is very delicate, the slip far shorter than its midi length and there is very nice faux button detailing next to the wrist. I suggest sizing down or, at the very least, if you are between sizes, size down. I’m usually a steadfast size 10 in Topshop but this had acres of room so it has gone back for the size 8. It depends how you want it to fit. I am quite short (5,3′) with hips and a bum and I prefer to emphasis my waist with a a tighter fit so opted to size down. Given the red strawberries, I am really tempted to wear it with a pair of red suede laser cut out courts I have which I bought from Karen Millen in the Christmas sale. Nevertheless, do love the way that, above, Topshop has paired it with green accessories.

Whilst I am on a coveting dresses theme, I am yet to own a Self Portrait dress but when I do I hope it’s this Azaelea one. It is still phenomenally feminine but more robust than Topshop’s chiffon, I remember seeing it in raspberry red last season and now it’s back in blush and also in yellow and blue.

imageBoth of the dresses aren’t super purse friendly options, at £255 and £240 (the Self Portrait one surprisingly being the latter). However, this year I’m really trying to focus on quality rather than quantity buying fewer pieces that I really love rather than lots of whimsical cheaper pieces.

That said (good intentions and all that)…

This is a fab, bold £30 number from ASOS and because the weather still isn’t quite warm the long sleeves make it a great transitional piece. I love the mix of colours and the occasional shot of orangey-red.

Whilst I was on ASOS, I also spotted them coming up trumps again with this gorgeous dress for expectant mums for £48. This would be amazing for a Spring wedding.


Whichever one you choose you cannot go wrong by finishing your outfit off with:

 this High Class Affair nail polish from Essie. Essie nail polishes are my absolute favourites – inexpensive, go and stay on really, really well and come in a great range of colours.

♥ this lipstick from Mac which is my friend Sophie’s of From Choo To Goo blog absolute favourite.

…And the crème de la crème, not quite blush (read not at all blush) but I can dare to dream!

I’d love to hear from you if you’ve got any suggestions for great Spring dresses – my wardrobe is looking a lot like jumpers at the moment with few inbetweeny pieces.


  1. Woman after my own heart (I can’t resist everything white, blush and feminine come spring). I adore that Topshop dress (I have it in my wishlist too), but I just ended up going for another Self Portrait dress as I thought it would be more wearable and durable than the chiffon Topshop style. I bought the white Azalea dress last year and loved it so much that I’ve just added the blue version at ASOS to my spring wardrobe (it was between that and the blush). It’s a very flattering length, very good quality, has pockets and – the best part – is machine washable.

    Briony xx


    • You are definitely selling the Self Portrait dress to me – the fact that it’s machine washable as well is a big selling point! I’m surprised normally they are all dry clean only. I was wondering if I did get one between the blush and blue – they are both gorgeous ☺️💕


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