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

Cream Polka Dot Lace Top Dress     Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Cream Polka Dot Lace Top Dress
Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Mesh Top Dress     Was £55.00     Now £52.25 click to visit Wallis

Black Mesh Top Dress
Was £55.00
Now £52.25 click to visit Wallis

Navy Blue Lace Dress     Price: £50.00 click to visit Wallis

Navy Blue Lace Dress
Price: £50.00 click to visit Wallis

Animal Print Maxi Dress     Price: £58.00 click to visit Wallis

Animal Print Maxi Dress
Price: £58.00 click to visit Wallis

 

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

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

 

 

 

Zalando – Inspired by ‘New Girl’

This has got to be one of my favourite ‘inspired by’ collections ever! Zalando.co.uk have put together a fabulous new collection of must have looks that have drawn direct inspiration from ‘New Girl’. And, as new girl stars one of my fave style crushes, both on and off-screen, the wonderful Zooey Deschanel.

Zooey, who I now doubt will be watching in her blonde stage very soon, in my annual watching of ‘Elf’, has a distinct style often referred to as kooky,but which I prefer to call retro eclectic. Both on and off-screen, she favours ultra-feminine prom queen styles in both primary and pastel shades. Full skirts, nipped in waistbands and strapless bodices all feature heavily in her wardrobe, along with frills and ruffles. Her character in New Girl, Jess, has a similarly coveted wardrobe.

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Zalando has channeled the style and spirit of New Girl with its great pick of Christmas party frocks. There are looks from brands like Laoma and Esprit, as well as serious designer looks from Marchesa Notte and Paula Ka. Classic little black dresses rub shoulders with rich brights and jewel colours. And if you are watching the pennies this year, there are some fantastic budget buys that will look amazing.

Zalando – My pick of the New Girl dresses

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Even&Odd Cocktail dress / Party dress – blue £24 click to visit Zalando

 Morgan REDAR - Cocktail dress / Party dress - red More Morgan | More Cocktail Dresses £65 click to visit Zalando


Morgan REDAR – Cocktail dress / Party dress – red £65 click to visit Zalando

 ESPRIT Collection Cocktail dress / Party dress - black £75 click to visit Zalando

ESPRIT Collection Cocktail dress / Party dress – black £75 click to visit Zalando

 Even&Odd Cocktail dress / Party dress - pink £42 click to visit Zalando

Even&Odd Cocktail dress / Party dress – pink £42 click to visit Zalando

 Just Cavalli Cocktail dress / Party dress - red £285 click to visit Zalando

Just Cavalli Cocktail dress / Party dress – red £285 click to visit Zalando

 Marchesa Notte Cocktail dress / Party dress - black £695 click to visit Zalando

Marchesa Notte Cocktail dress / Party dress – black £695 click to visit Zalando

 Laona Cocktail dress / Party dress - green £100 click to visit Zalando

Laona Cocktail dress / Party dress – green £100 click to visit Zalando

 Cream Cream Monika - Cocktail dress / Party dress - green £70 click to visit Zalando


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Cream Monika – Cocktail dress / Party dress – green £70 click to visit Zalando

 NAF NAF ORGANZA - Cocktail dress / Party dress - white £85 click to visit Zalando

NAF NAF ORGANZA – Cocktail dress / Party dress – white £85 click to visit Zalando

 Zalando Collection Cocktail dress / Party dress - blue £60 click to visit Zalando

Zalando Collection Cocktail dress / Party dress – blue £60 click to visit Zalando

To view all Zalando ‘New Girl’ party dress collection,click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M&Co – A fabulous Festive Offering

I love that time of year when the shops suddenly become all sparkly and glittery, and we start to think about the real party season. Yes, Christmas is on its way, and as much as we are thinking about presents, we are also turning our minds towards our wardrobes.  Because Christmas is the one time of the year it is actually encouraged to be as bright and sparkling as a Christmas tree, and the seasonal offerings from our favourite stores echo this fact.

For a spot of Sunday shopping this week, I’m turning my attention to M&Co. They have started to promote their party shop and it is chocked full of beautiful pieces that will enhance your wardrobe. With some great petite pieces in store at the moment, as well as the mainline range, M&Co are giving you the opportunity to shine, but to also be true to your signature style. If you love your glamorous dresses, they have Temperley inspired embroidery, and full skirted prom dress styles to embrace that inner Grace Kelly. But there are also beautiful tops that could dress up your jeans if you prefer your style more low key, and glittery shrugs that could give you a sparkly daytime look.

Here are some of my key picks… and maybe a bit of inspiration.

Kate Middleton inspiration

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Sequin embellished shift dress £89 click to visit M&Co

Sequin embellished shift dress £89 click to visit M&Co

Zooey Deschanel inspiration

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 Sequin shrug £49 click to visit M&Co


Sequin shrug £49 click to visit M&Co

 

Jessica Biel inspiration

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Petite ivory jewell front blouse £49 click to visit M&Co

Petite ivory jewell front blouse £49 click to visit M&Co

Scarlett Johansson Inspiration

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Red bow prom dress £69 click to visit M&Co

Red bow prom dress £69 click to visit M&Co

Emma Watson Inspiration

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Sequin prom dress £59 click to visit M&Co

Sequin prom dress £59 click to visit M&Co

Beyonce Inspiration

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Ruffle front wrap dress £37 click to visit M&Co

Ruffle front wrap dress £37 click to visit M&Co

Georgia May Jagger Inspiration

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Sequin tunic dress £45 click to visit M&Co

Sequin tunic dress £45 click to visit M&Co

And  a few more fab looks.

Silver crepe wrap dress £69 click to visit M&Co

Silver crepe wrap dress £69 click to visit M&Co

 Baroque fur coat £115 click to visit M&Co


Baroque fur coat £115 click to visit M&Co

Red lace dress £79 click to visit M&Co

Red lace dress £79 click to visit M&Co