The last days of Summer with High Street Outlet

The latest in my review series for the brilliant High Street Outlet is a dress from the Cornish Brand Seasalt. The Seasalt Gylly dress is lovely, a navy and white cotton dress with a fit and flare style. Ostensibly a summer dress, I think this would be lovely with a chunky white knit added to it, either in the form of a jumper, or a cosy cardigan.

Ex Seasalt Sea Salt Gylly Dress click to visit High Street Outlet

Ex Seasalt Sea Salt Gylly Dress click to visit High Street Outlet

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Wearing the Gylly dress on a warm day at Sandwell Valley

The Gylly is a semi fitted dress in quite a stiff form of cotton. This gives it a wonderful 1950s shape – ultra feminine, and one you could easily add a net underskirt under if you wanted to go for the retro look. The print, like many Seasalt pieces, has a nautical feel with white anchors all over it. Combined with a knee length, high back and fitted waistband, this is a dress that is flattering and a little more covered up than the average sun dress.

With Joe.

With Joe.

This is a dress that is easy to style. Red, white, black and tan all look great against the blue, which is almost a denim colour.  A denim jacket would be a great cover up for a casual look, but strappy sandals and a cropped cardigan would be another way to style this more formally. I will definitely be wearing it as a skirt, with chunky tights and a jumper, when the weather turns cool, but this is a good dress to be wearing right now, as the days can move from chilly to warm very quickly. (I roasted at the weekend when I put a Barbour style jacket on and it turned very warm.)

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High Street Outlet is a fantastic destination that sells High Street surplus for up to 70% off the RRP. At the moment, it has a range of dresses that are perfect if you are heading on holiday in the next couple of months, looking for some Winter sun, or if you are merely looking ahead to next year and grabbing a bargain when you can. Go and take a look, you will be amazed at the prices.

 

Boohoo Plus size range just gets better

It is no secret that I’m a real fan of the plus size range that Boohoo introduced late last year. I have quite a few pieces in my wardrobe and they tick a whole lot of boxes. They are well sized – if anything they can be quite generous, they are superbly priced, and the style and quality have both proven to be pretty good. Now Boohoo are further extending the collection, with pretty much anything you need for Autumn/Winter included in the latest collection.

The dress I am reviewing on the blog today is now in the sale, and I would say it is an absolute bargain if you are a dress fan. The Charlotte Mesh inset dress comes in two colour ways, black and a very sweet coral colour, which is the colour I went for, just for a change.  The dress had cap sleeves, a knee length skirt, and a very eye-catching lace/mesh panel. I liked the simplicity of the dress on the website – the neckline took away the problem of finding a necklace, and the length was just right, neither too short or long.

Charlotte Mesh Insert Cap Sleeve Dress now £12 click to visit Boohoo

Charlotte Mesh Insert Cap Sleeve Dress now £12 click to visit Boohoo

I do like this dress, but must admit that  I wish I had opted for the black, as I think I would probably wear it more. I loved the fact that it was stretchy in a sort of scuba material, this is the sort of dress that just goes on over the head, with no zips or fastenings. The colour is gorgeous, a lovely deep coral shade that contrasts so well with the cream mesh detail.

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DSCN9496I do have a couple of issues with the dress though. Firstly, this is not the dress I would wear if I was going out for something to eat – it clings to the stomach a little, so no good for hiding a food baby. Secondly, the beautiful lace panel on the front is a little low for me, it revealed a lot of bra and so I added a vest underneath to spare some of my blushes. But, all in all, I really liked how pretty it was. It was a very different style for me to wear.

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The low panel I added a vest to.

I wore this dress for a night at the ballet. It was a lovely warm evening, and so the colour and style seemed just right. I added animal print accessories, and just a large cuff bangle.

At the ballet.

At the ballet.

Boohoo have so many other items I currently have my eye on. Here are a few more key picks.

Lisa Metallic Crinkle Midi Skirt £20.00 click to visit Boohoo

Lisa Metallic Crinkle Midi Skirt
£20.00 click to visit Boohoo

Beatrice Textured Wool Look Collarless Coat £50.00 click to visit Boohoo

Beatrice Textured Wool Look Collarless Coat
£50.00 click to visit Boohoo

Jenna Cold Shoulder Oversized Dress £15 click to visit Boohoo

Jenna Cold Shoulder Oversized Dress £15 click to visit Boohoo

Gwen Wrap Front Trench Coat £40 click to visit Boohoo

Gwen Wrap Front Trench Coat £40 click to visit Boohoo

Lee Printed Full Circle Skirt £16 click to visit Boohoo

Lee Printed Full Circle Skirt £16 click to visit Boohoo

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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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