A DRESS TO IMPRESS: FLOWERS & LACE

I LOVE DRESSES.

I have no embarrassment in admitting that I own two pairs of jeans, perhaps, three. I own no trousers at all. Not one pair. Or leggings (except running leggings).

I am a dresses girl through and through, whether a jumper dress, work dress, occasion dress, summer dress, dressed up with a heel or dressed down with ballet pumps (although trainers and dresses I am not quite able to get my head around). I love dresses. They are my wardrobe staple of choice. One item. Bang! Done!

I am always looking to refine and extend my collection so when I saw this one on one of my favourite bloggers, Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam, it was purchased within mere moments as an early birthday present.

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It’s not actually one that I would have straightaway stopped at whilst scrolling through ASOS as it’s a little more patterned and busy than I tend to go for. But, as with most clothes, it’s amazing how different they look once on.

The fabric is thick, the pleats are beautifully structured, the colour is unusual yet very flattering and it’s perfect for a summer’s day.

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Morning in Bibury

Julia is one of my favourite people to draw dress inspiration from. I’m really fond of her super feminine style and the mix of high street/high end products. In the last two years I have also followed her recommendations here and here which you can see below.

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This is a perfect summer holiday dress and I also wore it to my mum’s birthday last year. The dress below with gorgeous embroidery is from Chicwish and I wore it to my friend’s baby shower. 
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All images via galmeetsglam.com

 

Another favourite dress she wore, as did another favourite blogger of mine, Briony of A Girl A Style, is the Azaelea dress from Self Portrait.

I had my eye on this dress for the whole of last year and it was only recently that I succumbed and bought it in the blush (although I do love the blue below as well).

It’s gorgeously thick and structured (the sizing is on the small sizes – if you are between sizes go up). It also machine washable which is a big win.

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Azaelea Self-Portrait Dress £240

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Azaelea Self-Portrait Dress £240

This purchase seems to have triggered a never before known love of lace dresses. This year I have got into them in a BIG way. There’s something about them that I just really like and there is a whole host of them on the High Street. Hurrah!

Very much in the style of the Azaelea dress and wonderfully intricate version for £165 from Warehouse:

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And this shirtdress also from Warehouse for £99:

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Unfortunately there is only limited availability left on line (darn you, you lovely lace dresses) but hopefully (fingers crossed) it might be in-store or stock may be replenished.

H&M has also come up trumps with this slightly more relaxed version:

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H&M £79.99

I’ve done  a few shots so you can see the detailing in greater, er, detail.

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Left to right: H&M, Self Portrait & Warehouse

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Left to right: H&M, Warehouse & Self Portrait

The skirts of the dresses  are very similar. There is little between the lace and particularly there is very little between the lace and the detailing of the Warehouse and Self Portrait dresses.

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Self Portrait and Warehouse dresses

Because stock in these dresses seems to be running low, I have added in a few more options. Slightly more formal, but still a winner is this dress for £59.99 also from H&M;

And this dress from Boohoo a steal at £30.

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This one is neither floral nor lace but I do love it and could not help but add it in:

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Do you have a favourite go to summer dress style?