Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! Remember back in February when I said I was ready to start writing these posts again after having baby? Yeah, sorry about that – turns out having a baby is quite time consuming. What I have found time for, however, is online shopping and over the past couple of months (mostly at 3am) I’ve been saving all the frocks that have caught my eye meaning I’ve accumulated somewhat of a bumper crop. So, here they are all! ENJOY.
*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*
Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! We both had our babies over Christmas and New Year (check out our Instagram for lots of baby spam) so the blog has had to take a bit of a back seat while we both spend time with our beautiful newborns and learn how to function on very little sleep! I am just about coming out of the foggy mess that was the first few weeks and, as my baby has decided to take a nap, I thought I’d dust off the old keyboard and find some dreamy dresses!
*FYI click on the image for a direct link to the dress*
First up, we are absolutely loving the new Yumi collection! It’s full of beautiful bold colours, fun prints and some excellent frocks! Our pick of the bunch is this Kate Spade-esque striped beauty. It’s a clear winner and, thanks to those lovely buttons, breast feeding friendly too! Hoorah.
We always love seeing what Boden have up their highly fashionable sleeve and their latest offerings are, as is to be expected, rather wonderful indeed. We are digging this retro long-sleeved shirt dress (BF friendly once again!) that has a super flattering fit and flare shape. It is however the fab botanical garden print that makes this one a knock out! If pink isn’t your thang it’s also available in navy.
Oh my God it’s like a magical unicorn threw up on a dress! This & Other Stories number is simply heavenly. It has everything! Pleats! Frills! Buttons! Colours! Sleeves! Flares! As the kids say, I die.
How dreamy is this dress by TU? I always find Sainsbury’s have incredible clothes but sadly for me (not so much for my bank balance) my local store doesn’t stock fashion. It’s a good job they sell some of their pieces online now! Anyhoo, I’m totally obsessed with those fluted sleeves!
Argh my novelty print klaxon cannot cope with these new Cath Kidston dresses! I also cannot cope with the fact that I won’t be able to wear either until I’ve stopped breast feeding. I NEED BUTTONS, PEOPLE. The fast car print is excellent fun and I actually really love the beige colour it’s set against. This new CK shape with sleeves and pleats is also a winner and one I hope we see more of in the future. The roarsome dinosaurs are also a sure fire hit especially as they appear on the classic CK sleeveless shape. I am all about those hidden pockets.
As my new baby (have I mentioned that I had a baby?) is called Poppy, it’s only right that my wardrobe should be full of them. Weirdly, the high street seems to know about this as poppy prints seem to be popping up left right and center. This Warehouse number is my current fave, mostly due to that stretchy waistband. I am all about a bit of stretch right now.
Good ol’ Next have got some lovely pieces in at the moment. There’s just so much detail on this stunning floral print and the high neck looks so fab with the ruffles and long sleeves. Dreamy.
Speaking of ruffles, I am also a big fan of this nautical but nice striped shift dress from M&S. It’s such a great silhouette and, praise be, there are buttons!
Last but not least, it would be remiss to be this close to Valentine’s Day and not feature a red dress! This frilled frock from Pull and Bear ticks all the V Day boxes and it’s a bit of a bargain too. You’re welcome.
Do you remember back in September when we stepped out in matching twee as anything Winnie-the-Pooh dresses from the extremely popular Disney X Cath Kidston range? Well, they’ve only blooming done it again! This time we’ve gone full on red, black and blue for the brand new CK range dedicated to Mickey Mouse and his beloved Minnie! Mickey Mouse X Cath Kidston launches online at 8pm on Friday 2nd December and our advice is to get ready! If it’s anything like the super cute Winnie-the-Pooh range, you will need to be real quick if you want to get your hands on your favourite item from this collection – you may even want to schedule a trip to your nearest store for opening time on 3rd December. We wish you luck!
We’ve styled the spotty fit and flare dress* and matching skirt* (how cute is Minnie?!!), statement rucksacks* and those ridiculously cosy knits*! But it’s not just clothing and bags those cheeky mice have taken over! From mugs to brollies, there’s lots available for all budgets and all in time for Christmas. Bravo Cath Kidston, you’ve aced this collaboration! We have been living in these seriously snug cardigans since they dropped through our letterboxes last week, and the city scene rucksacks have proven to be really popular whilst out and about. Both items will definitely be staples in our post baby wardrobes, if we manage to make it out of the house that is.
Let us know your favourite piece from the collection!
Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! You can blame pregnancy for the reason it has been a while since our last DT but I’ve seen so many AMAZING dresses this week that it felt rude not to dust off the old keyboard. Apologies in advance to your bank balance! Let’s crack on…
It’s raining cats and dogs at Cath Kidston HQ and this novelty print lover couldn’t be happier! Those colourful pups are perfection and are sure to leave people hounding you for style tips whenever you wear it! And how cute are those kitties? The retro collar is just puuurrrfect and I love the blue and white combo. The only bone I’ve got to pick is how I’m going to afford both!
*Click individual dresses for direct links*
Spoiler alert! This gorgeous Emily and Fin frock is going to be appearing in an upcoming style post but I simply couldn’t leave my favourite festive frock out of Double Thumbs. I absolutely adore this dress! Who doesn’t want to be festooned with festoon lights? Gorgeous!
Yes to absolutely everything about this M&S dress! It’s gold, it’s shiny, it’s got sleeves, ruffles and a big ol’ Christmas bow. I am sold!
As a librarian, I was always going to need this novel frock from Joanie and despite being 38 weeks pregnant I may have made a cheeky purchase! I look forward to fitting into it one day! I just couldn’t resist those glorious book shelves. What a fab print.
Hooray! It’s an enchanted forest in dress form! Isn’t it just lovely? This Warehouse number is rather magical and I for one am pining for it.
Ring ring – it’s your bank manager on the phone. He wants to know why you’ve spent a small fortune on novelty dresses. Oops! How is one supposed to resist such marvelous prints though? These Ted Baker telephones are calling my name! It’s also available in navy blue if you, like me, are prone to spilling mulled wine down everything.
Masters of the perfect print, Palava, have totally nailed the ultimate Christmas day frock with this ravishing red number. How beautiful are those illustrated Christmas trees? It’s the most lovely festive scene and I want to twirl around it immediately.
And finally, courtesy of Lindy Bop, a dress perfect for all seasons! Who doesn’t want to wear a space scene featuring dogs in flying saucers? A BORING PERSON, THAT’S WHO.
Every September, The Mall in Bristol is the place to head to if you are looking to gaze upon a catwalk of high street trends to suit every age, style and budget. TV stylist Mark Heyes is joined by a different celebrity co-host every season, and this year we were both particularly excited to hear that it was going to be Henry Holland. We are big fans of Henry’s hip label House of Holland, and are always terribly sad not to be invited to his London Fashion Week shows (hint hint Henry), as they are consistently colourful, expressive and fun, which is what fashion is all about to us. Because of our passion for the (ever so) slightly flamboyant, some of the trends seen at Bristol Fashion Week, such as Military and Gothic, are a tad chic and sophisticated for us colour lovers.
Nevertheless, we were really pleased to see She and Hem favourites Cath Kidston feature for the first time in the Mismatch trend, starring many items we already own. Lovely stuff! Also, the pink and yellow combo, seen above, as part of the Animal trend from John Lewis really floats our boat. Although Bristol Fashion Week is now finished for this season, we picked up a few tips from Mark and Henry that will hopefully see us all through until next September. For instance, if you can’t wait to try out the military trend, be subtle, as you don’t want to look like you’re actually marching into battle. You could also soften the trend with romantic frilled blouses, which we spotted in the Opulence section of the show from Marks and Spencer. Thanks for having us BFW. See you next year!
Did you attend a BFW show? If so, what was your favourite trend?
Two Cath Kidston posts in a month! Well aren’t you a lucky bunch? After their super successful book and pencil collection (here), Cath Kidston are back with a bang with their first Disney X Cath Kidston capsule collection. Cute prints teamed with Disney characters? Umm, yes please! What a truly magical combination and whether a Disney fan or not, we are sure you will find it truly wonderful! The first drop, which celebrates 90 years since the first Winnie-the-Pooh book was published, hits stores and the website today, with the Mickey and Minnie Mouse items due on 5th December – just in time to add to your Christmas lists!
Our favourite item is the Balloon Spot Short Sleeve Dress*, which also comes in a cute skirt. We love the cornflower blue colour and it perfectly combines Cath’s cheerful trademark polka dot print and AA Milne’s adorable Winnie-the-Pooh and friends, not to mention loads of super cute balloons! And you know how much we like a balloon here at She and Hem! We’ve also got our eyes on the gorgeous yellow and grey baby bodysuits for mini She and Hem, who we must admit were very well behaved during this windy photo shoot. So much so that we decided to add a (not so) little bump picture to the post below – our very own honey pots. Aww. Do let us know your favourite piece from the collection!
The Winnie-the-Pooh x Cath Kidston collection is limited edition so you may need to move fast if you want get your bear paws on them! We certainly enjoyed larking around in our own version of Hundred Acre Wood in them so big thanks to Cath for sending these beauties our way.
Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our roundup of the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted double thumbs seal of approval! Let’s crack on….
Our beloved Bryony (formerly Poppy) have been forced once again to change their name and are now known, rather brilliantly, as Palava! And what better way to celebrate a new era than with a whole host of beautiful new dresses! This gorgeous mustard number features a print inspired by 1930s ballroom, the perfect frock to celebrate the return of Strictly Come Dancing on Friday. Or, you know, you could do some actual dancing in it too. Just add a petticoat and you are hot to foxtrot!
You can call me crazy but I think this is one dial-ightful print from Cath Kidston! I love the fab print and the tie belt, it’s really off the hook!
I could parrot on all day about this fab frock from Louche at Joy. I love the retro inspired print and shape, which features a slim fit silhouette and fitted waist. All you really need is to throw on some black tights and ankle boots and you’ve got a winning outfit!
Sticking with birds, this new dress from Sugarhill Boutique is one to get in a flap about. I always enjoy a cheeky bit of flit and flare and the print is just lovely. I also appreciate that it won’t break the budgie-t.
This dress from Run & Fly at Thunderegg might just be your lobster (cutting edge Friends reference for you there, kids). This frock is a true crustation lovers delight thanks to those super fun red lobsters, some cheeky prawns and they’ve even thrown in a few fish for good measure. This one really is the catch of the day.
I think this pretty number from Mango has a touch of the Orla Kiely about it (which is, if I’m honest, all I’m ever looking for) but with a much friendlier pricetag! I absolutely love the soft flowy fabric and the retro spots print is just fab. Also, ding dong, check out those long sleeves. I’ve missed you, Autumn.
Last but not least we have this super adorable dress from Vera Moda at ASOS. It’s so freakin’ cute and if I wasn’t pregnant I’d be shimmying about in it like there was no tomorrow! I love the rust colour (more dresses should be rusty) and the tiered ruffled hem is sublime! I also really like the subtle polka dot to the fabric and that really sweet bow! Basically, it’s perfect.
Hello and welcome to the 38th Accessories to Murder. We’re taking a slightly different direction this week, as I’ve been on the hunt for cute baby clothes for my number one future accessory (just kidding!). My little one is due in January, so it’s high time I started looking for clothes so that the little bundle of joy/poop will actually have something to wear.
We’re not finding out if they’re a boy or a girl, so please expect a few gender neutral gems over the coming weeks. Right, without further ado, here’s a lovely list of all the things that have made it onto this week’s She and Hem’s Most Wanted!
That’s all for now folks. Until next week, keep accessorising!
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You all know how much we love Cath Kidston, so we were super excited to be asked to style up a couple of their delightful new prints for AW16. It didn’t take us long to decide as the Pencils and Story Books prints are a clear match made in heaven! We LOVE how super colourful and playful they both are. Everything in this collection is so cute and quirky.
Victoria is wearing the super flattering Pencils Cotton Button Through dress* which features a multitude of colourful crayons. It’s so super fun and between us and our friends we own at least four of these dresses! Oops. You might even say we were all drawn to it! (boom boom). The button up shirt dress style is a nice change for CK (if you’re anything like us, you’ve got many a sleeveless dress in varying prints from Cath hanging up in your wardrobe!) and it’s a lovely light fabric too. Looking sharp!
I followed the pencils theme with the Pencils Wool Blend Fairisle Jumper* which, as I’ve discovered, looks great thrown on with just about anything! I sized up as I like my jumpers a bit baggy but I think this fit really works and I’m totally going to be living in this later on in the year! I teamed it with one of my favourite ever CK dresses (it’s the librarian in me), the Story Books Cotton Slub Sleeveless Dress*. It’s perfect and like all Cath Kidston dresses in this style, the fit is bang on. I also really like the thicker fabric, which makes it perfect for teaming with chunky tights in the winter but the fact it’s not lined means it’s cool enough to wear in the warmer months too. Just like any bestseller, this one is going to be hard to put down.
It would be wrong not to finish an outfit this creative without featuring the Pencils Embroidered shoes, which are spectacularly comfy. In fact, they do resemble slippers! Our top tip would be to size up at least one size as they do come on the snug side but by golly if they aren’t the most fun shoes ever.
If you’re a teacher heading back to school this September, then you need at least one of these Cath Kidston pieces in your wardrobe!
Hi! it’s sale time again and I am totally ready for some bargains! So, without further ado, here is a pretty massive list of fabulous frocks that have previously been deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval but have now been deemed worthy enough to go in the sale. Enjoy!
If anything takes your fancy, just click the dress and it will take you to the website!