Reviewed – Graphic Print Dress from Planet

I’m a huge fan of Planet and their range of dresses. I always feel sophisticated and grown up when I wear one, the classic, elegant designs are timeless and seem totally designed for women with curves. Recently I was asked if I would like to review something from the latest collection, and, as I had a very special occasion coming up, I decided to choose a dress that I thought would be both appropriate, and eye-catching.

Graphic Print Dress now £69.00 click to visit Planet

Graphic Print Dress
now £69.00 click to visit Planet

The Graphic print dress is certainly eye-catching, in a zesty yellow and navy blue mix print. It has a thin navy belt, and a faux wrap detailing on the skirt. It is 100% polyester (so non stretch), and is fully lined. It is also machine washable, and is currently reduced from £99 to a bargain price of £69.

I decided to wear this to my niece’s christening, where I was thrilled to be one of the godparents. I wanted something elegant and comfortable, and also cool, as it turned out to be rather a warm day. This dress turned out to be perfect on all counts.

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The dress has a back zip fastening, but it is quite generous in size, and once again I could put this one by pulling it over my head. The fabric feels like an expensive crepe, and the lining is substantial – no pants showing through this one. I liked that the v neck is flattering but not too low, you could easily wear this for work wear if you added a navy jacket and court shoes. I also really like that the wrap detail is faux, the skirt is not going to be blowing open and revealing too much.

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Renee’s christening.

DSCN9101I think this dress is totally appropriate for a special occasion, and that the fabulous print means it really doesn’t need lots of accessories and adornment. One point I would make is that the block print is definitely navy, but does look black under artificial light, so be careful if you are trying to colour match accessories.

The dress does come in a second colour, if the yellow is too bright for your taste.

Coral Graphic Print Dress now £69.00 click to visit Planet

Coral Graphic Print Dress
now £69.00 click to visit Planet

To view all current Planet dresses, click here.

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Occasion Dressing with Esprit

Last week I received a very exciting email that left me a little bit shocked and flustered, and asking that age-old question ‘What will I wear?’ I was asked if I would like to be a judge for Ladies Day at Wolverhampton Races. Of course, the answer was an immediate yes, what an absolute honour to even be considered for the role. But now comes the task of choosing a perfect outfit for the occasion. I have just over a month to choose something, so the hunt starts now.

Now, I have said the event is ladies day, but actually it starts in the early evening, and goes on well into the night, which means the outfit will need to be more glamorous than something you would actually wear in daytime. But I have found a host of dresses that may be just perfect, from a label that I usually associate with daytime wear, Esprit.

I have been wearing Esprit for a few years now, I often pop into their store when visiting Central London, and I have one particular boyfriend cardigan from the brand that I live in come winter. But it is not necessarily the first place I turn when looking for evening or occasion wear, and that is a fashion fail on my part, because they currently have some dresses that can only be described as amazing.

I have picked out a few dresses that I think have the wow! factor, and could be definite contenders for my big night out at the races.

Dress 1 – The Embroidered Mesh dress

Long sleeves, acres of lace, a beautiful shade of blue – what is not to love about this dress? Walking around the enclosure to look at the outfits on show may be a chilly business on a September evening, so this may well be just perfect.

 embroidered mesh dress £ 75.00 click to visit Esprit

embroidered mesh dress
£ 75.00 click to visit Esprit

Look 2 – Floaty Lace-trimmed Crepe Dress

A little black dress is a safe option, but it is always chic and elegant. I love the that the lace detail is actually in a leopard print design, just adding an edge.

 floaty lace-trimmed crêpe dress £ 75.00 click to visit Esprit

floaty lace-trimmed crêpe dress
£ 75.00 click to visit Esprit

Look 3 – Cocktail and Party Dresses.

Any dress that is in a shade described as ‘dragon blue’ definitely has to be looked at carefully, and when that dress is stretchy too, leaving extra space for Champagne, then it has to be a contender.

 Cocktail & party dresses £ 59.00 click to visit Esprit

Cocktail & party dresses
£ 59.00 click to visit Esprit

Look 4 – The Maxi dress

A maxi dress is always a good option for a day to evening, and this one is such a lovely shade of blue, and also has a bit of sparkle that will make it a real showstopper.

 decoratively beaded stretch maxi dress £ 99.00 click to visit Esprit

decoratively beaded stretch maxi dress
£ 99.00 click to visit Esprit

What do you think of my picks – what would you wear?