Saturday, May 21, 2011
What I wore to work – dissected
So, this is the lace dress I wore to work on Monday. Back in darkest January, I followed my own sales advice and snapped it up in the final days of the French Connection sale.
It was a canny buy as:
1. I did shop with the new season in mind
It's easy to do – after a quick swot-up on the s/s 2011 show reports, I knew that the lace trend would still be going strong and that the little white dress would be a new-season key piece.
2. I didn't just shop by the size label
I couldn't find my size so I tried the next one up – and it fitted! (Maybe thanks to all the excess eating over Christmas!)
3. I did think about how I could alter a sale buy
I wasn't keen on the shoulder pads in the dress, but a quick glance at the lining revealed I could easily remove them, so they weren't a deal breaker. With a stitch picker, the job was done in a minute.
Oh, and it was reduced from £95 to £30. Bargain.
I like the pretty romance of this dress – it's innocently sweet and sexy without any bridal connotations. I also had spring/summer's coloured lace trend at the back of my mind. So, if I get bored of white, I can work Erdem's red or Christopher Kane's fluoro-pink lace with the magic of Dylon.
Marks & Spencer does a similar lace dress to mine for £59 from its Autograph range, while for more white and coloured lace dresses on the high street, try French Connection, Topshop, ASOS and Monsoon. Then just team with some layered chains like my Marc Jacobs I love you spinner and wishbone necklaces.