By SolihullStyle      Jul 02, 2015

WHITE OUT!

This is a quick one as things are hotting up fast and the Summer sales are in full swing. You’ve guest it, an old favourite! There’s nothing quite like a cool, floaty, white dress on a really hot day and this week we have been blessed with lots of lovely sultry hot days. I bought my white Broderie Anglaise dress when my eldest was a new born in his push chair. I remember my husband waiting patiently with him while I tried a few dresses on. This one fitted the bill!!! Lovely and loose post baby! The fit has continued to serve me well in this heat by being generous with lots of drape! A characteristic synonymous  with GHOST ( a wonderful brand that has fought it’s corner to survive over the years). It’s a brand that has stayed true to it’s roots and is famous for the floaty viscose fabric it always uses. I think I feel close to the brand as I remember having a project at Fashion College where we were privileged enough to work with this fabric for one of the degree shows. I remember all the washing, dying and pre-shrinking we had to do and I was fascinated by how GHOST  managed to create clothes to fit so well from such a temperamental cloth. Some of us students had a few disasters!!! I am a big fan and have collected a few pieces where I can. For some reason I find that boho styling with a white dress ever seems to date. Embroidery, lace inserts and crochet edges just seem reassuringly appropriate on a hot day. A dress is as easy as pie to wear if you find your perfect style. Pop on with sandals ( high or low) or flip flops and you’re out the door.

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DRESS – GHOST, BAG – GHOST

So mine is as old as the hills! An investment that has paid off. A classic that I can rely on year after year. The sales are on and there are lots available. I have noticed that popular styles have sold out on line ( no surprises here) but often the sizes are available on the shop floor. I’ve tried to post ones that I’ve seen in the shops in most sizes but it doesn’t take long for the good stuff to go so I’m sorry if it causes any frustrations.

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JAEGER – Linen shirt dress ( sizes limited on line but definitely available with a bit of leg work) WAS £199 NOW £39

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FENN WRIGHT AND MANSON – WAS £169 NOW £84 ( I’d undo the shirt buttons!!!!)

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FRENCH CONNECTION – this seems to be very popular as It’s pretty much sold out on line but there were most sizes on the shop floor in John Lewis in Touchwood so I’m fairly confident that no matter where you are you could lay your hands on your size! WAS £75 NOW £37.50

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EAST – £69

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FRENCH CONNECTION – on line exclusive WAS £110 NOW £77

The next few dresses I’ve listed are from petite ranges ( a request from a lovely lady at my gym). The NEXT and the GAP options are available in a regular fit. GAP also does a tall fit.

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NEXT – petite £44

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NEXT – petite £65

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GAP – petite WAS  £49.95 NOW £34.99

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GAP – petite WAS £44.95 NOW £32.99

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PRECIS PETITE – WAS £119 NOW £39

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A little nota bene!! This product is a bit like Marmite! I struggle with fake tan. I’m soooo pale I’m blue!! Fake tan is usually too harsh for me and no matter how much or how little I pay they still make me go an odd colour. I have found this Bare Minerals duo a bit of a hero product as it actually hardly does ANYTHING!! Well that just sounds silly I hear you cry?! If you’re really pale and want a natural hint of colour without the full on Tango look then it might be for you. I usually buy my premium beauty brands from QVC if I can as they offer a 30 day money back guarantee even if the pot is empty!I have to pay postage but if I want to try an expensive product like good self tan and I’m sceptical then it makes sense?

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errrm… what’s next???

As always, thank you for reading, until next time…..

Valerie

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