The return of the long sleeved dress

The beginning of February means we are starting to look forward to Spring and some Springtime dressing. The months of thick jumpers and boots may finally be coming to an end, and we will be able to embrace the new season fashion. But, at the moment, it is still very cold, and so a great transitional piece is the long sleeved dress, so thank goodness that the fashion magazines and shops are currently full of them.

Long sleeved dresses offer so much, both in terms of style and practicality. This week’s Grazia magazine has a three page spread about LSDs, and how simple they are to wear, either with heels for a glam look, or layered over a polo neck and suede knee high boots for a 1970s layered look. Long sleeves offer so much for those who hate their arms, or those who work in cold, air conditioned offices. They can be dressed up with a blazer for work, dressed down with a denim jacket for the weekend, or toughened up with a leather biker jacket. They also look great with a long scarf and beenie hat so you can wear them for the whole of February, before reducing the layers come Spring.

JD Williams has heard the call beautiful, long sleeved dresses and has responded with a host of styles. These range from bodycon to tunic style and stretch day dresses to shirt dress styles. I was asked to choose a dress for review and opted for a folkloric style that I could imagine my girl crushes Emilia Fox and Laura Bailey wearing.

Black/Ivory Print Lace Trim Dress £35 Click to visit JD Williams

Black/Ivory Print Lace Trim Dress £35 Click to visit JD Williams

This dress is absolutely beautiful and so easy to wear. It contains stretch so you can pull it on over your head, and is the sort of fabric that doesn’t need ironing. The long sleeves are beautiful with a fluted cuff, and the print is so pretty, delicate flowers with faint touches of red and green. The dress is actually double layered with a tiered effect that is very unusual, and gives the dress a slight retro feel.

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It was too cold to wear the dress like the model, although I am looking forward to pairing this with heels as it warms up, so I add an ankle boot and opaque tights. I also added bright, clashing accessories, my Mulberry bag and a chunky necklace that I love.

I can see me getting lots of wear from this dress, it is such a no brainer, and I love that it is a dress that would be perfect for a weekend away, it really could be scrunched up and put into a case without needing to pack an iron too. The midi length and empire seam make it flattering and demure, an all around pretty look.

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You can find all the current range of dresses from JD Williams here.

Reviewed – F&F tropical Print Knot front Dress

Every wardrobe needs a versatile dress that is suitable for both day and night wear. You know the sort of dress I mean, one that could be worn for a day at the office, or doing the school run, but could then be transformed with heels and a clutch bag. The tropical print knot front dress from F&F is precisely this kind of dress, and the fact that it is also super pretty is an added bonus.

F&F Tropical Print Knot Front Dress  £8.00  click to visit F&F

F&F Tropical Print Knot Front Dress
£8.00

This is a really nice dress, easy to wear and with a gorgeous eye-catching print. Made in my favourite jersey fabric, this tropical print dress features a flattering knot front detail which gathers the dress and is great for drawing attention away from the tummy area. The dress has a  soft round neckline and sleeveless cut, with generous arm-holes. The skirt has a slight tulip shape to it which means it is not tight on the hips. The whole design of the dress gives an hourglass figure, even if you don’t actually have one.

I wore this dress in a size 18, and could definitely have sized down. It is generous in sizing, and the stretch adds to this. The arms felt a little wider than I would normally wear, and there was extra fabric on the hip area. That said, I love how easy this dress is, it doesn’t need to be ironed and the jersey makes it comfortable to wear (I ended up playing football in the garden in this dress – no sweat!).

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The colours in the print make this very easy to match in with a whole host of jackets and cardigans. I wore it with a baby pink cardigan, and green heels – both colours matched nicely. The print also contains blue and purple so this gives you lots of scope when it comes to accessories. The black background means that the dress can be worn to a more formal occasion. I wore the dress with high heels, a clutch bag and hair worn down for a night at the theatre this week and it felt like a good choice. The next morning (feeling a little unwell) I grabbed it again, added a bright coloured lower heel, a thin knit cardigan and a tote bag, put my hair in a ponytail, and it was fine for the school run.

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The dress is currently available in stores for the sales price of £8. A few sizes are left online too. I think this is a real bargain, and well worth grabbing.