Dress Review – The Tove cotton dress from Gudrun Sjoden

Continuing with today’s rather dressy theme, this blog post is dedicated to reviewing a rather beautiful dress from one of my favourite brands, Gudrun Sjoden. It is just a shame that as I write this, the weather has turned decidedly cold and wet, but the Tove dress is one that brings a lovely touch of Summer to your wardrobe, but can luckily look just as good worn with opaque tights and a chunky cardigan.

Tove Cotton Dress £69 click to visit Gudrun Sjoden

Tove Cotton Dress £69 click to visit Gudrun Sjoden

The Tove dress is one of my favourites from the current ‘Women in Art’ collection. In the publicity campaign, this was styled as a mismatch of colours and patterns, a style which was typically Gudrun. But I wanted to style it in a more conservative way, whilst still keeping the essence of colour that makes Gudrun Sjoden so unique.

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This is a lovely summer dress. It is actually a little more fitted on me than on the model, perfect as I am not the World’s biggest fan of baggy clothing. (I am wearing size large.)  The muted shade of blue that makes up the background of the dress is perfect foil for the variety of colours of the flowers, meaning you can team lots of different colours with this dress in terms of accessories.  The dress buttons all the way down the back – but this is easy to put on over the head – I didn’t undo any of the buttons.

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One of the things I really loved about the dress was the pockets. I totally love dresses that have pockets – so useful when you have kids who are constantly handing things over to you (tissues, sweets, toy cars…need I go on?). The pockets give the dress an a-line, 1950s style shape that is so feminine. I also really like the cotton used – thin, but not see-through – a problem that can often occur in cotton dresses.

DSCN6397I teamed the dress with bright coloured items – a sunshine yellow cashmere cardigan from M&S, and hot pink suede shoes from Clarks. However, the images show that the day was extremely windy – hence looking like I was stuck in a wind tunnel when the photographs were taken!

A lovely dress to add to your summer wardrobe – the Tove is currently available in a Gudrun Sjoden Promotion.

Many thanks to Gudrun Sjoden and Rachel Cornick at Varg for sending the dress for review.

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Reviewed – Wallis Red Daisy Fit and Flare dress

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my favourite picks from the new season pieces at Wallis. (You can read that post here.) The pieces I was most drawn to were the 1940s style tea dresses that came in a range of colours, and were floral and feminine.

The lovely people at Wallis offered to send me one of the dresses to review, and I opted for the bright prettiness of the Red Daisy Fit and Flare dress. This was one that had caught my eye from the start. I love bright colours and prints, and this dress definitely had a real feel of springtime about it. I was really looking forward to wearing it.

Red Daisy Fit and Flare Dress     Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Red Daisy Fit and Flare Dress
Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

This is a beautiful dress. The style is semi fitted, with the top more structured than the loose, flared style skirt. There is a zip fastening on the back, and a removable tie belt that you could replace with something thicker if you wanted to. (I think a patent style belt would look great with this.) The sleeves are capped style, but they are not tight fitting and so the dress is perfectly comfortable to wear.

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Dress Wallis
Shoes Melissa Vivienne Westwood (similar here)
Earrings Vintage (similar here)
Bracelet Wallis (click here)

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When I wore this dress for review, the weather was still on the chilly side, so I added opaque tights and a chunky heeled shoe – it certainly wasn’t time for bare legs yet. I think this gives the dress a cute, Zooey Deschanel style feel to it.  But this dress would look great with bare legs and sandals come warmer days, and could also look fabulous as a work dress if you added a tailored black (or white) blazer to the look. A fluffy cardigan and Mary Janes could also give this dress the fabulous 40s style retro look that the design suggests so well.

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Swing Mac M&S (similar here)

All in all, I think this is a really pretty dress that can easily take you from Spring and summer, and from daytime wear to a trip to the pub. With a lovely, elegant shape, this is easy to wear and would be easy and light to pack for summer holidays.

More Wallis dresses

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Orange Floral Prom Dress     Price: £49.50 click to visit Wallis

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