Monday, 6 June 2016

fashion and frocks

Blue Prom Dresses


I'm back with a fashion post today, discussing my arch nemisis... the dress. Okay so I don't actually hate them that much, in fact they are slowly becoming my most pinned thing on Pinterest I think (not that my addiction to that app needs to be fuelled any more) and I'm definitely being persuaded to take a plunge into the depths of my fashion fears. Also I know the title is probably really old fashioned, who even knows what a frock is? But I wanted a catchy title to reel you in and this was the only one I could think of... fashion and frocks it is.

So... what does it take to find the dress for you? Well after plenty of soul searching and hours of research... I joke - it is only an item of clothing! But if you are on the hunt for the perfect dress I would say knowing your body shape is a good place to start. I have quite an awkward body shape, a small (er) waist then my thighs kind of go out (describing my body shape is seemingly very hard) but everyone's shapes are different so if you want to buy a dress or any items you're not sure about trying them on is definitely the best idea even if it does mean waiting in a queue. I know I suit a babydoll style as it doesn't cling to me (bodycon dresses make me look like a sack of potatoes lol - I do not suit clingy dresses) but there are so many other different styles on the market to choose from.

there will be a day when I do a proper outfit photo, I promise ... 
Trying to buy clothes that you find awkward buying due to your body shape online is a total no go area for me - I am literal a total fail when it comes to online shopping (despite looking at conversion charts, trying out online shopping tips etc. hardly anything I buy online ends up suiting me). It's honestly so much easier to go to a store, try something on and not waste your money! Obvs you can send clothes back but that's effort and if you can spare a trip to the post office then I would. Knowing shops that sell dresses that suit you is also a good start as they can sell similar shapes whatever the season. The dress I'm wearing is from UO and I absolutely love it, it hangs gorgeously and looks great with and without a T-shirt underneath.

Have you got any favourite shops to buy dresses from? My favourite is probs Urban Outfitters because everything is just gawgussss and expensive but nice for a #treatyoself moment .
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  1. I buy all of my clothes from charity shops, which means I always try everything on and it has taught me that clothing sizes are weird haha! Lately though I think my favourite dresses have all been from TU (sainsburys) and F&F (tesco) which has really suprised me!

    Good luck in future dress hunts!

    Charlotte

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    1. I actually really love clothes from F&F and they're quite cheap as well which is good! x

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  2. That dress looks so pretty on you! I don't own any dresses because I also have a awkward body shape but might try looking in Urban Outfitters now xx
    www.blossomofhope.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! It's a really good shop for nice dresses :) x

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  3. I tried that dress on last week but didn't know how I liked it, it kind of came up too short on me (because I'm lanky af yay) so thats annoying but I love the criss-cross back...might have to go back for it who knows... -i love asos for dresses-
    Dalal
    monochromedaisies.blogspot.com

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    1. It's so annoying when dresses are so short, but it is vv pretty (asos is also fab)

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  4. I love this dress on you and love how you've styled it with the t-shirt it looks cool! I find it so hard to get the right dress as I'm not really a dress person either! But I've found boohoo & H&M to do some good dresses! :)

    Heather Xx
    100waysto30.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much! H&m do some really nice dresses actually :) xx

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  5. So glad you found one you're falling in love with <33 it's absolutely gorgeous and what a perfect post to accompany it!

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  6. I agree with you, it's so much easier to go to a store, try on a certain dress and see how it suits you instead of ordering it online and having to send it back in case it doesn't look great on you. Plus, I actually love going to the store because I can feel the clothes, see if I like the material, does it fit perfectly ect. which is something you can never do with online shopping :) And your dress looks amazing!

    xx, Matea
    www.smilesnapsparkle.com

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment, trying things on definitely makes life a lot easier! x

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  7. Dress shopping is always the worst for me. Like you I have a hard time finding something that fits me right without making me look like a sack of potatoes! Some styles are a hit and miss depending on the pattern as well making it even harder. If anything I have to roam the mall to find different dresses I like. And hey, at least you admit you have a slight addiction to Pinterest. (:

    Single Vegas Girl
    http://singlevegasgirl.blogspot.com/

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    1. Definitely patterns make a difference (not a good one in my case) but I hope you find a nice dress soon! x

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  8. The back of that dress looks so beautiful, I need it haha !!

    Olivia // BLONDE LA MODE

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  9. That dress looks so lovely! As for buying dresses I don't have any specific places. I think it's all about keeping an eye out for every shop :)

    http://nikoleannj.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you! Shopping around definitely helps as well :)

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  10. love love the detail on the black dress! x

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  11. Knowing your body shape and what suits you best makes shopping for clothes so much easier and that black dress has such a cute back design; nice pick!

    ISA Professional

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  12. Love how you've layered that dress over a tee - the detail is stunning and its given me some serious inspiration for going away outfits for next weekend! I totally know what you mean about online shopping too - for me, its when it arrives and the material is completely different to what it looked like on the site! x

    Viva Epernay | Vote For Me - Beauty Blogging Awards

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    1. I try to look at what it's made of but online shopping is just such a fuss! x

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  13. I find dresses quite an easy thing to wear, but I think that's from years of finding the right sort of style of dress for me personally which just so happens to be a skater dress style - super flattering!

    Musings & More

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    1. I love the skater dress style as well, it is so pretty! x

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  14. Lovely post - I love that dress and how you styled it with a shirt. It makes it really cool and casual :)
    xx, Camen - http://www.carmitive.com

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  15. I have the same problem as you, my waist is smaller than my hips and thighs so finding a dress is so hard! I love your dress though, the back of it is so pretty and I love how you styled it with the shirt underneath.
    -Alice
    alicejlorna.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I think a lot of people with this body shape find it hard so you're not alone! x

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  16. You look so good in that dress! The shirt add so much to the outfit, I love it :)

    www.blossomikebana.com

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  17. Love that dress! I have a pretty awkward body shape for dresses too and always find it hard, great advice though :)

    Hannah xx
    www.hannahemilylane.com

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    1. Thank you! I hope it helps the next time you're trying to find a dress!

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  18. I tend to buy everything from asos (tg for premier haha!) I'm short but plus size so dress shopping can be hard x

    http://www.secondswatch.co.uk/

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    1. Premier is literally the best thing ever! I feel for you when it comes to buying clothes then x

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  19. That's such a nice dress and it looks so good with the t-shirt underneath it! I used to find it so easy to find clothes, but I've become a bit more picky about how things fit me recently, so I'm finding it a lot more difficult!

    Kelly // Velvet and Vibranium

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    1. Awh thank you :) I've definitely become more picky as well, at least we get a piece we really like though xx

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