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 present the perfect white shirt

The perfect white shirt is the holy grail of shirts. Finding a shirt with the right cut, the right fit, the perfect buttons, the crispest whitest of whites is not an easy task, and when you add into that the fact that of a rather large bust that needs to be flattered rather than flattened, you make the task virtually impossible. So thank goodness for the legendary English tailoring of TM Lewin.

TM Lewin has been a must visit London destination for the discerning gentleman since 1898, when Thomas Mayes Lewin first opened his Jermyn Street store. These days the company has just under a 100 stores in the UK, catering to the shirt orientated needs of both men and women.  Recently there has been a surge in interest in women’s shirts, as androgynous styling and boyish trends have been adopted by stylish stars like Rihanna and Alexa Chung. Adding another lustre of cool to the brand was the recent use of this masculine tailoring as an accompaniment to the millinery of Philip Treacy during London Fashion Week.

So when you are looking for the perfect white shirt, it is hard to look anywhere else but TM Lewin.  I found my perfect shirt in the Fitted White Poplin Shirt. This was a gorgeous white cotton shirt that addressed a lot of my needs in a shirt. It had a cutaway detail on the neckline, which I felt was more flattering than a buttoned up design. I also loved the cut of this shirt with its contoured side detail and seams, again adding shape to the general design. I loved that this shirt was slightly longer in the body meaning it could be worn tucked in as well as hanging loosely. All in all, this was a shirt that seemed made for a curvier body, designed to flatter and enhance those curves.

Fitted White Poplin Shirt £32.50 click to visit TM Lewin

This is a versatile piece that every wardrobe needs – it can simply be styled so many ways. I concentrated on styling two classic ways. The first was based on a Olivia Palermo look. Olivia Palermo styles her white shirt in a luxe boho style with a maxi skirt. I love this look and wanted to see if I could do something similar. Here was the result.

 The second look is the absolute classic, indigo blue denim and crisp white shirt and flats, a la Kate Moss, Marilyn Monroe, and a whole host of other icons of style.

This shirt would also look great under a suit for a perfect, smart workwear look, worn open over a coloured cami for a casual look and even teamed with city shorts for a cool summer look.  Everyone needs a crisp white shirt in their wardrobe, and this one has the cut, the tailoring and the crispness that makes it a wonderful, versatile buy.

More fab shirts from TM Lewin

Fitted Berry Flower Print Shirt £32.50 click to visit TM Lewin

Fitted Blue Print Shirt £32.50 click to visit TM Lewin

Fitted Black Poplin Shirt £32.50 click to visit TM Lewin

Fitted Black Stripe Shirt £32.50 click to visit TM Lewin