TM Lewin’s dress collection goes from Strength to Strength

Do you remember the days when you would go to TM Lewin when you needed a smart shirt to wear underneath your work suit? For years, TM Lewin built its reputation on providing the perfect shirt that was suitable for work wear, for both men and women. But now it is also becoming a great destination to find versatile dresses that can take you from the office to the restaurant just by changing your shoes and accessories.

I reviewed a TM Lewin dress from the Summer collection and was really impressed with the cut, quality and style. The new season is continuing where Summer left off, with great prints and easy to wear styles that have both practicality and sophistication. The Stella Ruche dress is an excellent example of this.

Stella Ruche Dress now £42.50 click to visit TM Lewin

Stella Ruche Dress now £42 click to visit TM Lewin

The Stella Ruche dress is a soft, jersey style dress that can be put on over the head (no zips or buttons!). It has a gorgeous ruched detail on the side that helps to define the waist, and the striking animal print has a deep blue running through it that is both unusual and smart. The fabric, which is 95% polyester, 5% elastane, feels almost like a brushed velour, it has such quality to it. The style sits on the knee, and could easily be worn with either boots, heels or flat shoes to create different looks.

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DSCN9576This dress is truly versatile, it wouldn’t look out of place for smart work wear, or worn for an evening out, which is how I wore it for a special birthday meal for my sister-in-law at a gastropub. I added blue heels to draw out the colour of the pattern, and a silver necklace that sat on the boat style neckline. It was cold so I added opaque tights, but I think this dress could be trans-seasonal and you could certainly go bare legged if the weather permitted.

Wearing the dress for the special birthday meal.

Wearing the dress for the special birthday meal.

TM Lewin currently have a selection of dresses available in a special, mid season sale. This dress is included in the sale, down from £60 to £42 – a great saving. Here are a few more dresses that are now available with savings.

Millie Knot Dress now £42 click to visit TM Lewin

Millie Knot Dress now £42 click to visit TM Lewin

Nicole Keyhole Dress £45.50 click to visit TM Lewin

Nicole Keyhole Dress £45.50 click to visit TM Lewin

Serena Ruche Dress £42 click to visit TM Lewin

Serena Ruche Dress £42 click to visit TM Lewin

Karlie Paisley Placement Dress £30 click to visit TM Lewin

Karlie Paisley Placement Dress £30 click to visit TM Lewin

Maya Placement Print Dress £45.50 click to visit TM Lewin

Maya Placement Print Dress £45.50 click to visit TM Lewin

To view all TM Lewin dresses, click here.

*I was sent this TM Lewin dress in return for a honest review, all opinions are my own.

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TM Lewin – the day dress sorted.

Question. You’re off shopping for a new dress. Not a dress for a special occasion or an event, but a dress that would be smart enough to be suitable for work in Summer, or could take you to sport’s day at the kid’s school. Where would be the first place you would look? I’m taking a wild stab in the dark here, but am guessing that the your first port of call wouldn’t be TM Lewin, best known to most of us as the place to find the perfect work-shirts for both men and women. But you would be missing out if you didn’t pay TM Lewin a visit, for they have added some really brilliant day dresses that are strong in design and colour.

Samantha Wrap Dress £65 click to visit TM Lewin

Samantha Wrap Dress £65 click to visit TM Lewin

I was recently sent the Samantha wrap dress by TM Lewin, and have to admit to being totally shocked that this Diane Von Furstenberg influenced dress was from a brand I most associated with shirts and ties. A geometric print dress, in a glorious lime, white and black print, the Samantha dress is a classic faux wrap style that is very easy to wear, and yet still so chic.

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Dress TM Lewin
Shoes Clarks at Spartoo (still available in black click here)
Earrings Select (similar here)

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The dress has a wonderful shape, with ruching on the faux wrap which is great if you consider your tummy to be your problem area. The sleeves are very slightly capped but they are not tight so that they cut off the upper arm, but instead make a slight point on the shoulder. The dress has a deep v neckline due to the wrap style, but again, it is not too revealing – I often wear a brooch or a camisole under wrap dresses but this does not need one.

The fabric contains 5% elastane. This gives it a comfortable stretch and helps the dress to keep its fab shape. I also love that this fabric is fully lined – no see-thru bits to keep you blushing.

DSCN7793[1]I teamed my dress with a great 70s style leather sandal from Clarks. The Popple has a wooden heel and lovely strap detail, and I got it in a lovely tan colour. The sandal also comes in a black version, and a different version with more straps (that one is called the Popple Rumba). I love these sorts of retro sandals which are just that little bit dressier than a normal flat flip-flop or toe post design, and can therefore be suitable for work as well as the weekend. I wore this outfit for a day spent in my son’s school watching sports day and a special assembly and felt cool and comfortable, but still smart enough for the occasion.