Everyone needs a versatile dress in Summer

What would your definition of a versatile dress be? For me, it is something that I want to have in my wardrobe because I will get lots of wear out of it, for lots of different occasions. It is a failsafe dress, one that doesn’t really need a lot of thought – you can just thrown it on. And, of course, it is super flattering and comfortable, a dress I feel good wearing.  The ex White Stuff Mauve Mist printed summer dress from High Street Outlet is the latest versatile dress added to my wardrobe. It has already had three wears, all for different occasions, and I know it will emerge from my wardrobe time and time again before the Autumn comes.

Ex White Stuff Mauve Mist Printed Summer Dress £21.99 click to visit High Street Outlet

Ex White Stuff Mauve Mist Printed Summer Dress £21.99 click to visit High Street Outlet

The print of this dress is very eye-catching and super pretty, almost like something you would find on Wedgewood pottery, and the colour is a soft grey/blue which is very unusual for summer. The fabric is a silky feel viscose, one of the reasons why I think this dress suits a lot of different occasions, and is also fully lined, another great feature when you consider so many summer dresses are thin and see-thru. The dress has a gathered, elasticated waistband which gives the dress shape.  And, of course, as I already mentioned, this dress is really versatile.

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Why? Well, as I mentioned, I’ve already worn this dress 3 times in less than a month. I’ve worn it with flat shoes and a cardigan on a rather breezy school run. I’ve worn it with a denim jacket and sandals for the airport and traveling. I’ve worn it on my hols for a day out sightseeing. For each occasion it was cool, comfortable and perfect.

I think this dress would also be a great addition to your summer workwear uniform if you added a thin blazer and kitten heels, so yet another way to wear the ever versatile dress. High Street Outlet currently has a great range of dresses that can suit all your summer needs (you can check out the current intake here, and remember new lines are being added every week, so bookmark the site.)

Introducing High Street Outlet

This week, a lovely lady called Julie got in touch with my via the medium of Twitter (how did we ever live without it?) to see if I was interested in hearing a little more about her company and possibly reviewing some of the products they sell. The company is High Street Outlet, and a quick look around the website made me very interested in both the concept and the stock it sells. You know when you have one of those ‘How much?’ moments, but in a good way? Well High Street Outlet gives you those moments time and time again.

The reason for this is simple. How would you like to buy quality products from your favourite high street brands, but with as much as 70-80% off the recommended retail price? I’m guessing the answer is totally in the affirmative. Well that is what High Street Outlet offer. They buy surplus stock, both current and past season, from a range of retailers that include M&S, Topshop, Zara, Laura Ashley, Monsoon, White Stuff, Dorothy Perkins, The Jacques Vert group and many more, and then sell these on to the customer at a massive discount. The clothes are de-tagged, but the brands and ranges are instantly recognisable to anyone who shops the High Street or trawls websites regularly.

I was sent some lovely pieces to review from High Street Outlet and I have to say I think this may well be my new favourite destination to find affordable pieces. As someone who likes to wear what suits me, rather than just following fashion, and also as someone who loves a bargain, High Street Outlet answers all my needs.  For my first review piece I chose a day dress from a brand I have long admired – White Stuff.

Ex White Stuff Navy Blue Flying High Dress £17.95 click to visit High Street Outlet

Ex White Stuff Navy Blue Flying High Dress £17.95

The navy blue Flying High dress is a great day dress. In thick cotton, with a full lining, this dress is perfect as a day dress – it has no buttons of zips, you simply slip this on over your head. The dress has elastication that gives it an empire line shape, and it sits nicely on the knee. The print is a full of swallows – there is also a purple version that has a butterfly print.

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This dress is a great transitional piece – add tights and a blazer or cardigan for a great Spring look, but in Summer the cotton will be a cool option and the dress would look great with espadrilles or sandals. It would pack neatly into a suitcase and would be great for sightseeing – the cool cotton would be both smart and practical. And (drumroll please…) it has pockets, which is the greatest thing any dress can have in my humble view, especially as I’m snuffling at the moment and really need a tissue at all times.

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To check out the full range of dresses available currently at High Street Outlet, click here.

High Street Outlet also has a sale at it’s factory Outlet on the 1st Saturday of every month, click here for details of the next sale.

Family Fever

 

White Stuff have skirts all sewn up this season.

I was recently given the opportunity to review my first White Stuff skirt. Being a huge fan of their fun and flirty dresses I was really interested to see if they could convert this avid dress wearer to the joys of wearing skirts. I do have skirts in my wardrobe, but tend to pass them over as I carry my weight on my stomach and often think waistbands draw attention to this. However, I had totally fallen in love with Helsinki midi skirt from the Apothecary’s daughter collection, so I was happy to give it a go.

white-stuff-skirts-helsinki-midi-skirtThe Helsinki midi skirt is basically the perfect Winter skirt. An elegant pencil shape, this is a stretchy design with a thick waistband that means it looks good if you tuck a simple white t-shirt into it. The thick, wool style design makes this gorgeous when teamed with boots, and I loved the fact that this was charcoal and white, a great alternative to the ever classic black and white. The polka dots make it a fun option, whilst still smart enough for more formal occasions.

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If I’m being honest, when I wore this skirt, it was still quite a warm day, certainly for early October. Because of this I teamed it with a thin baby pink knit from Laura Ashley, and some heeled lace ups from Peacocks. It was comfortable to wear and I think it is definitely smart enough for daytime work attire, but I must admit to being more excited about teaming it with a thicker, fluffier jumper and knee high boots once the weather becomes colder.

This skirt has proved popular for White Stuff and is currently out of stock, but fear not. White Stuff has an amazing range of skirts in its current collection, ranging from minis to midis, and with lots of great winter fabrics represented, including a very Christmassy velvet skirt that is well worth a look.

 SUMMERS END KNEE VELVET SKIRT £47.50 click to visit White Stuff


SUMMERS END KNEE VELVET SKIRT
£47.50
click to visit White Stuff

 POLLY PENCIL SKIRT £45.00 click to visit White Stuff


POLLY PENCIL SKIRT
£45.00
click to visit White Stuff

 TWEED DENIM MINI SKIRT £37.50 click to visit White Stuff


TWEED DENIM MINI SKIRT
£37.50
click to visit White Stuff

Click here to view all White Stuff skirts.