Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Dress parade

My bargain buy in the Whistles sale was this cotton sweater dress by American Vintage, reduced from £55 to a mere £15! Grey is always a winner for me - and even more so when it's sooo velvety soft.

American Vintage is a French label, which is maybe why I've been feeling ever so chic working my sweater dress with leggings and the Chie Mihara heels - it's fast becoming my favourite outfit. Come autumn, I'm sure I'll be replacing the leggings and sandals for woolly tights and ankle boots or taking the 'dress' out of sweater dress and wearing it with skinny jeans. Oh, I do love a versatile buy.

The second of my three dress purchases was this grey jersey Whistles number, down from £65 to £35. Given my penchant for grey jersey, it was hard to resist. Especially with the flattering empire-line detail. And the slouchy side pockets. And the silky, lightweight feel of the jersey.

Again, I've been teaming this with leggings and the Chie Mihara heels. It's like having a uniform! Likewise, I'm picturing this with tights and ankle boots or skinny jeans when the weather turns. Plus, a big chunky cardie thrown on top.

Last but not least, this silk Whistles piece completes my trio of dress purchases. It was the most expensive of my choices at £60, reduced from £130, but it's also the most elegant of the three. I love its gently draped front that nips in at the waist and the sexy hemline that rides up at the front to give a flash of leg. Like the grey jersey dress, it also features slouchy pockets and, on the shoulders, it's got that exposed zip detail going on which I wrote about earlier this month.

Yes, those zips definitely give the dress attitude, making elegant look slightly edgy. Which I like. This is a great day-to-night dress. Keep it simple with a fine-knit cardigan or a tailored jacket by day, then sex it up in the evening with some killer heels. Talking of which, the Chie Mihara's compliment this dress, too. What a stellar find.


  1. I am on the look out for some new wardobes and clothes storage. I really fancy something along the lines of the drawers in these pictures.

    Would you mind saying where they are from?

    many thanks

  2. I got the drawers on eBay. They're originally from an old shop. I've put some Florence Broadhurst fabric behind the glass front of each drawer for a neat finish - and so that you can't see the jumble of contents in each drawer!

    Glad you like it.

    Bargainista Fashionista x x x



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