An End Of Sale Bargain Dress From Lovedrobe

As one season ends, you can really find some exceptional sales bargains, particularly when Summer hasn’t been as good as we would’ve wanted. Sales can be a minefield for those who impulse buy, you can end up buying a lot of fashion trends that you then don’t wear, but for savvy shoppers you can get pieces that can work transitionally into the next season, or are worth keeping for your next holiday or for next Summer.

A case in point is Lovedrobe, who have some amazing sales bargains at the moment. One such bargain is the Lovedrobe GB Black Poppy Print Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress, which comes in sizes 14-30 and is now half price at just £19. A beautiful Spanish style dress with more than a touch of flamenco about it, this is a stunning gown with a Bardot style off the shoulder look but with shoulder straps too,

Lovedrobe GB Black Poppy Print Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress now £18 Click to visit Lovedrobe

The print of this dress is classic and would definitely work as a transitional piece, it is actually quite a dark choice for Summer and is much more suited to Autumn, where it could be worn layered over a polo neck or a long sleeved t-shirt for a bohemian look. The fact that it is fully lined also makes it warmer than you might think.

There are a few things you need to be aware of with this dress. The first is that the style is soft and flowing which means you could size down. I chose a size 16, but a 14 would definitely have been a better fit for me, so I decided to add a belt and that felt much more my style. The second is that the dress is long. I’m 5ft 7 and without a shoe with a heel, this touched the floor. I added a pair of 1940s style red wedges which worked perfect, so unless you are very tall, you will need to add some height in order to keep the dress off the floor.

Lovedrobe has some amazing sales bargains that are well worth a look at the moment, you can find all sales buys here.

Late Summer Holiday Style

With the last bank hoilday of the year just around the corner, and with many people opting for a late Summer break, Summer holiday packing and wardrobes are still a hot topic of conversation. But with more people opting to travel hand luggage only in order to avoid the extra charges and the long waits at the baggage carousel, savvy packing and versatile pieces have become more important than ever.

Derbyshire based David Nieper are a fashion company who understand this. With a collection that is fiercely ‘Made in Britain’, both designed and created in Derbyshire, the company has worked hard to create pieces for a travel collection that are multi-functional, and non-crease (no need to pack that travel iron). Add in the fact that they are elegant style classics and you get pieces that will serve you for vacations for years to come.

Here are some pieces from the current travel collection that caught my eye.

The Uncrushable Jersey Dress

Uncrushable Jersey Dress £115

Uncrushable Jersey Dress £115

This dress is a total no-brainer. This is a soft, stretch jersey that will not crease – it can literally be scrunched up and thrown into your case. This dress comes in two lengths, but, for me, the maxi length is classic elegance. It would work for both day, with some toe post sandals, or evening, teamed with a strappy sandal and silver jewellery.

The uncrushable skirt

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Uncrushable Crepe Skirt £89

Another great holiday piece. White is always a great choice when you have a suntan, and, as you can see from the picture, this skirt can serve you well worn over your swimsuit for a bit of sightseeing. Add a silky camisole in classic black for a retro monochrome look that will hark back to all those chic 1950s Riviera looks.

The Essential Soft Jersey Vest

Essential Soft Jersey Vest £69

Essential Soft Jersey Vest £69

I love this piece – it would go with everything, from Capri pants to a pencil skirt, or just worn casually with cut off jeans. The straps are so perfect for actually covering your bra straps, and this is also double fronted to avoid see-thru moments. Just a total hero piece.

Luxury Swimsuit

Luxury Swimsuit £89

Luxury Swimsuit £89

This super glamorous swimsuit is the height of poolside glamour, but is also totally sensible. The design is perfect for covering up ‘jelly belly’ as the draping is super flattering, whilst the legs are classic cut. You could easily add a skater skirt or a pair of shorts over this for cocktails at the poolside bar.

Pure Silk and Cotton Kaftan

Pure Silk and Cotton Kaftan £149

Pure Silk and Cotton Kaftan £149

A beautiful silk kaftan is a versatile piece that has had a real surge in popularity in 2016. This is thanks to fashionista’s like Rihanna, who have shown that they can be a cool and stylish choice for City wear as well as for the traditional beach cover up.

What do you pack in your hand luggage only case?

 

Maxi dress style – Perfect for Summer

The calendar says that it is Summer, but standing outside today watching Joe play football in biting wind, I’m not so sure. But one thing I am sure of is that it is maxi dress season. Confused, well let me explain.

Maxi dresses have become a real summer staple, one that suit woman of all shapes and sizes, and work for pretty much every occasion. You can buy them in regular, petite and plus size fits, in styles that come from strapless to long sleeved, in heavier jersey to the lightest of cotton. And this is what makes them perfect for English Summer, as well as throwing in that holiday suitcase.

A maxi will work for a wedding, a summer garden party, or thrown over a bikini or swimsuit at the beach. They are perfect for holiday evening wear as they look great with jewelled sandals and a clutch bag, but add a blazer or a lightweight cardigan and they can take you smartly into most work situations too. A stretchy jersey vest style version works for a day at the park with the kids. Wear a stripy version and a straw hat and you are all set for summer in the city. The boho styles loved by everyone from Kate Moss to Rihanna cover all manner of sins with their long sleeves and ethnic prints, and Kylie Minogue shows how well they can work for petite girls too.

Here are some of my favourite maxi styles, along with some suggestions on how to get the look too.

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Get the look

ASOS High Neck Swing Maxi Dress £45.00 Click to visit Asos

ASOS High Neck Swing Maxi Dress £45.00 Click to visit Asos

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ASOS Ruffle Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress in Vintage Floral Print £48.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Ruffle Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress in Vintage Floral Print
£48.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Border Print Bardot Maxi Dress £35.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Border Print Bardot Maxi Dress
£35.00 Click to visit ASOS

Kate Moss

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Only 3/4 Sleeve Boho Maxi Dress RRP £32.00 £28.00 Click to visit ASOS

Only 3/4 Sleeve Boho Maxi Dress RRP £32.00 now £28.00 Click to visit ASOS

Simply Be Paisley Print Maxi Dress now £25 Click to visit Simply Be

Simply Be Paisley Print Maxi Dress now £25 Click to visit Simply Be

Catherine Zeta Jones

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Boohoo Basics Clara Tie Back Maxi Dress £15 Click to visit Boohoo

Boohoo Basics
Clara Tie Back Maxi Dress £15 Click to visit Boohoo

**Dress by Oh My Love £49.00 Click to visit Topshop

**Dress by Oh My Love
£49.00 Click to visit Topshop

Padma Lashkmi

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Darcie Boho Paisley Maxi Skirt £15 Click to visit Boohoo

Darcie Boho Paisley Maxi Skirt £15 Click to visit Boohoo

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 Bardot Long Sleeved Flora Maxi Cut Out Back Dress now £30.50 Click to visit House of Fraser


Bardot Long Sleeved Flora Maxi Cut Out Back Dress
now £30.50 Click to visit House of Fraser

Gestuz Audra Maxi Dress in Floral Print £169.00 Click to visit ASOS

Gestuz Audra Maxi Dress in Floral Print
£169.00 Click to visit ASOS

 

Rihanna

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**Girls On Film Blue Print Maxi Dress Price: £50.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**Girls On Film Blue Print Maxi Dress
Price: £50.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**Hawaii Floral Wrap Dress by Nobody's Child £28.00 Click to visit Topshop

**Hawaii Floral Wrap Dress by Nobody’s Child
£28.00 Click to visit Topshop