Ah the great British summer time; it ‘s a minefield of unpredictable weather forecasting and fashion disasters (those denim cut off hotpants were great for the beach, not quite the same on an overcast sunday in Leeds)
Do I wear tights or not? Is it too warm for a coat now do and I invest in this strappy little summer dress or will it never be warm enough…?
Search summer dresses and what you get in the form of guidance is usually the online magazines recommended looks.
Lovely as they are I have found many of them to be at the plus £200 mark… Even if it was made with spun gold thread handmade by angels I would could not pay that price for a dress.
Being a bargain hunter doesn’t have to mean “cheap” – absolutely not. it is just knowing where to look for quality and style.
Here are my top 3 dress destinations you may not have though about for updating a summer wardrobe. Worn casually with tights, a coat or blazer, for day or night these dresses cover all bases and mean you can confidently take the plunge into summer without breaking the bank.
1. Lovestruck Ditzy Floral Print £38
Online clothing store Love Struck offers “vintage style with a playful twist.”
Founded in 2009, the company’s aim is to offer vintage boutique styling without the boutique price tag.
I was fortunate to be asked to review this dress and It was so pretty it inspired this whole post.
Lovestruck have amassed quite a following on Facebook yet may be still relatively unknown to many. On its arrival I was very pleased with the pattern- the dress was a lovely ditzy floral print, chosen from a selection of other dresses, that would be equally fitting for brightening up a weary winter wardrobe. The online selection including some gorgeous, chic, navy spotty ones as well as a wide choice of pretty tea dresses like this. Very Audrey Hepburn.
2. Sainsburys Lemon Print Retro Dress £18
Check out this peach (or is it lemon) from TU range at Sainsburys. What a find and from a supermarket, no less!
Sainsburys often has some hidden gems and this dress is no exception. Well made and of a thick cotton material. The flared skirt adds a retro feel and the lemon print makes a super alternative to florals.
It was featured in the Sunday Times Style Magazine (the style bible) so that’s good enough for me. And how about this striped one, I am thinking it would look great with some bright red flats…
3. Oxfam online
Have you ever been on oxfam online? Well you really should. Oxfam offers a “selection of second hand clothing for vintage lovers, trend spotters and bargain hunters alike” it also offers tips for second hand shopping and customising. What more could you need treasure hunters?? And you are doing good things as you spend too. Fabulous. The site brings browsers a whopping 20,000 second hand and new items of women’s clothing, so you can virtually rummage through the rails to your hearts content.