Double Thumbs Dresses #77

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….

Aida Zak Sandra Boat Print Dress £38.50 from Collectif
Aida Zak Sandra Boat Print Dress £58.50 from Collectif

First up I am loving the boat-iful dress from Collectif! It’s a pretty fabulous print and I love the style of the dress with a delightful full skirt, sweetheart neckline and, praise be, pockets! Race you to the seaside!

Multicoloured Tile Print Sundress £22.00 from TU at Sainsburys
Multicoloured Tile Print Sundress £22.00 from Tu at Sainsburys

Is it Tu late now to say sorry? To my bank balance, that is. I have complained in the past about how Sainsburys didn’t allow you to order clothes on their website but now that they have rectified the situation I am facing some serious financial issues. ALL THE PRETTY.

V Neck PLeated Tiered Dress £60.00 from Oasis
V Neck PLeated Tiered Dress £60.00 from Oasis

Three tiers for this Oasis dress! Hip hip hooray…etc. I mean, you might need to buy your friends some sunglasses for when you wear it but by golly what a frock! It’s so so bright and so so awesome.

Zandra Rhodes Lipstick Asymmetrical Dress in Pink £85 from People Tree
Zandra Rhodes Lipstick Asymmetrical Dress in Pink £85 from People Tree

I appreciate that you might have to take my word for it but this People Tree dress has the most fabulous lipstick print (go hover over the images on their website!). It’s super cute and I really like that, for a novelty print dress, it’s quite a sensible style.

Raddery Sailing Print Dress £59.50 from Jack Wills
Raddery Sailing Print Dress £59.50 from Jack Wills

Those of you with a good memory for dresses (hi) might well remember that Jack Wills brought out an incredibly similar print to this last year. I know this, because I bought said dress and wore it to death (here’s the proof)! JW must have decided that if the nautical print dress aint broke, don’t fix it! I’m so blatantly going to end up buying this one too.

Lusara A-Z Ditzy Floral Dress £179 by Ted Baker at John Lewis
Lusara A-Z Ditzy Floral Dress £179 by Ted Baker at John Lewis

So here’s a story from A to Z! How fab is this Ted Baker print? It’s sort of bonkers, with a mix of giant letters and a floral print, but it just works. Although I do wish the J (the best of the letters) was more prominent.

Graphic Print Mini Wiggle Dress £45.00 from ASOS
Graphic Print Mini Wiggle Dress £45.00 from ASOS

Last but not least is this super snazzy graphic print dress from a small independent company you might have heard of called ASOS. I think they’ll go far.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #73

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…

White floral print frilly dress £55 from River Island
White floral print frilly dress £55 from River Island
White lace jacquard sleeveless dress £65 from River Island
White lace jacquard sleeveless dress £65 from River Island

I’ve really been loving River Island lately! They’ve been adding so many dreamy SS16 pieces to their website that I seem to be adding to my wishlist on a daily basis (weirdly I can never find anything in store though). With an abundance of polkadots, organza, floral and lace between them, these two beauts are my current picks of the bunch.

Abderdy Belted Oar Print Dress £49.50 from Jack Wills
Abderdy Belted Oar Print Dress £49.50 from Jack Wills

I’m just going to stick my oar in and declare how much I enjoy this new nautical print by Jack Wills. It’s a lovely summery affair with a full skirt and fit and flare shape but, thankfully, I think it would look just as nice with a bright cardigan and some thick woolly tights.

Lydia Cherry Jacquard Dress £55 by Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis
Lydia Cherry Jacquard Dress £55 by Sugarhill Boutique at John Lewis

You can’t beat a sweet cherry and this super pretty print from Sugarhill Boutique is a real fruity number. The delicate pinks and greys look gorgeous set against the white of this textured dress.

Synchronised Swimmers Dress £75 by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style/Modcloth
Synchronised Swimmers Dress £75 by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style/Modcloth

You might recognise this fun frock from our previous style post (which you should totally read as it includes the chance to win a £50 Aspire Style voucher)! It’s one of my absolute favourites from the new Emily and Fin collection – the print is just perfection! It’s available from Aspire Style and, for our American pals, Modcloth.

Lace Shirt Dress £99 from Warehouse
Lace Shirt Dress £99 from Warehouse

This lace shirt dress from Warehouse is the stuff of dreams. Argh it’s SO pretty! I love the shirt detailing at the top with the little collar. And then that lace overlay! Stunning.

Pink Peony Printed Lace Insert Gown £350 from Needle & Thread at Libery
Pink Peony Printed Lace Insert Gown £350 from Needle & Thread at Libery

Speaking of dreaming….I am probably never going to own this beautiful Needle & Thread dress but gosh darn isn’t it something? It looks like it would have excellent wafting abilities and that fabulous floral peony print with the little lace inserts is just wonderful. Sigh.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #57

Hello hello and welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses! Our frocktacular roundup of the dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval! What more could you ask for on this Bank Holiday weekend?

70's Dress with Fluted Sleeve in Retro Print £38 from ASOS
70’s Dress with Fluted Sleeve in Retro Print £38 from ASOS

First up we have this massive sleeved wonder dress from ASOS. It’s yellow, it’s 70’s and it went in my basket the moment I set eyes on it! I wasn’t sure if I could pull off the style but for under £40 I thought it was worth a go! You can see how I got on with my newly flared arms over on our Instagram

Map Print Dress £119 by Rachel Riley at House of Fraser
Map Print Dress £119 by Rachel Riley at House of Fraser
Heart Print Dress £119 by Rachel Riley at House of Fraser
Heart Print Dress £119 by Rachel Riley at House of Fraser

Uhoh, I’ve fallen head over heels for Rachel Riley‘s dresses! And no, before you starting Googling, it’s not the one from Countdown….although there are still some rather large numbers involved sadly! Much like our beloved Poppy, Rachel Riley design beautiful clothes for children but, as I have now discovered, they also have a range of wonderful pieces for ladies. Stocked over at House of Fraser, I am now obsessed with their vintage inspired prints and shapes! What a conundrum for my bank balance.

Mocha Floral Dress £59 from Louche at Joy
Mocha Floral Dress £59 from Louche at Joy

You can’t go wrong with a sassy splash of colour and this loud and proud floral from Louche at Joy is screaming Summer! That shade of green is particularly lovely and the reds, yellows and blues really pop when set against it. Gorgeous!

Carnation Blossoms Midi Dress £39.22 (sale price - full price is £46.13) from Chicwish
Carnation Blossoms Midi Dress £39.22 (sale price – full price is £46.13) from Chicwish

Be still my beating heart, what is this glorious Chicwish creation? It is simply perfect. The colours, the carnation print, those sleeves! Not to mention the super flattering cut and the cute little button up detail. Plus I always appreciate a nice belt. It makes me feel like I’m getting a free gift.  I really might need a lie down.

Raddery Dress £59.50 from Jack Wills
Raddery Dress £59.50 from Jack Wills

I do love a nice nautical and this is such a fab vintage style print from Jack Wills, featuring little sail boats, delightful old bridges, and what appears to be a man fishing from the comfort of his canoe. This dress is actually available in a different style on ASOS but I really love this take on the traditional skater dress. The fanned out skirt has perfect twirling potential!

Haute Flair Balloon Dress $79.99 from Modcloth
Haute Flair Balloon Dress $79.99 from Modcloth

I am always on the look out for hot air balloon prints (who isn’t) so you can imagine the gasping that happened when this little beauty appeared on Modcloth! I practically took off! I’d love it whatever but the adorable bow, the gorgeous teal and magenta hues, and the simple A-line shape really do make this one a winner for me.

Cowboy Sleeveless Dress £65 from Cath Kidston
Cowboy Sleeveless Dress £65 from Cath Kidston

Last but not least is a dress that has been a long time coming! The cowboy print from Cath Kidston was one of the first of theirs that I truly fell in love with and it has always distressed me slightly that I’ve never been able to own a dress in the print. Well, consider me distressed no more as I was very happy to find this beauty in their latest collection! Yeehaw!

Jx

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Double Thumbs Dresses #52 * Valentine’s Special *

Merry Monday everyone and welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses, our weekly roundup of the frocks we have fallen head over heels for and deemed worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. We’re seeing red this week as we prepare for nobody’s everyone’s favourite love-fest, Valentine’s Day. Crack out the violins….

Florence Spotty Dress £62.95 (was £125) from Dickens & Jones at House of Fraser
Florence Spotty Dress £62.95 (was £125) from Dickens & Jones at House of Fraser
Poppy Organza Dress £125 from Dickens & Jones at House of Fraser
Poppy Organza Dress £125 from Dickens & Jones at House of Fraser

We start our quest for the perfect red dress with a couple of hot contenders from Dickens & Jones at House of Fraser. I don’t believe I have stumbled across this brand before (insert your own what the Dickens joke here) but I must say it was love at first sight. Polka dots, bows and organza? Sign me up!

Scuba Debutante Bardot Frill Mini Dress £40 from ASOS
Scuba Debutante Bardot Frill Mini Dress £40 from ASOS

You can always depend on ASOS to set your heart a flutter (and clear out your bank balance in the process) with their seemingly endless supply of gorgeous dresses. This flouncy frock looks like it would be so much fun to wear and will surely provide you with the only cold shoulder you’ll receive on Valentine’s.

'Matilda' Fabulously Flirty 50's Rockabilly Polka Dot Shirt Dress £29.99 from Lindy Bop
‘Matilda’ Fabulously Flirty 50’s Rockabilly Polka Dot Shirt Dress £29.99 from Lindy Bop

You’ll leave little option but to be swept off your feet after twirling the night away in this fab full-skirted fifties number from Lindy Bop, who have quite the red dress selection. Phwoar.

Buckholme Eyelet Dress £98.50 from Jack Wills
Buckholme Eyelet Dress £98.50 from Jack Wills

You’ll be a sight for sore eyelets in this beautiful red dress from Jack Wills! This is such a lovely frock and perfect for daytime wear too. That’s how I am going to justify buying it, anyway.

Gabby Dress £58 from Motel at Topshop
Gabby Dress £58 from Motel at Topshop

Glitter-bomb warning!* I am always in favour of an excuse to shimmy in sparkles and this Motel dress is one blingtastic bodycon showstopper.

*If you recognised this as a poor Theme Hospital joke then congratulations! You’re my new BFF

Isobel dress Yours Truly £76 from Emily and Fin
Isobel dress Yours Truly £76 from Emily and Fin
Dolly Bow Prom Dress £34 (was £85) from ASOS
Dolly Bow Prom Dress £34 (was £85) from ASOS

Finally we have two dresses that have actually previously appeared on Double Thumbs but are both so perfect for Valentine’s I’ve included them again. The Emily and Fin Yours Truly dress from Double Thumbs #49 is romance perfection and I’ve been crushing on that ASOS frock since the Double Thumbs Christmas Special. Now that it has been reduced, perhaps it will finally be mine……

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #48 *Christmas Special*

Hello dress fans! I’ve been a bit Caroline Slack with the old Double Thumbs of late but I couldn’t let Christmas go by without digging them out for a bit of festive fun. So, without further ado, I present to you the seasonal numbers that we consider worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. No turkeys here!

Dolly Bow Prom Dress £85 from ASOS
Dolly Bow Prom Dress £85 from ASOS

I don’t think it’s possible to find a more Christmas appropriate dress than this red organza frock from ASOS. It’s ho ho oh so shiny and if that one bow on the front isn’t jingling your bells then there are THREE more on the back. OF COURSE THERE ARE! Pass the mulled wine over because I am DONE.

Floral Jacquard Dress £70 from Topshop
Floral Jacquard Dress £70 from Topshop

Perhaps a slightly more sensible seasonal option might be this darling floral jacquard dress from Topshop. It’s a lovely print and shape and we all know I am a sucker for a good collar.

Chepston Dress £59 (was £98.50) from Jack Wills
Chepston Dress £59 (was £98.50) from Jack Wills

This lovely floaty number is from Jack Wills who, despite being kept busy outfitting every student in Bristol, always seem to have a great range of party dresses! I really like how this one could easily be dressed up or down and the chiffon detailing is super pretty.

Madam Rage Blue Jacquard Baroque Gem Trim Skater Dress £45 from New Look (Online Exclusive)
Madam Rage Blue Jacquard Baroque Gem Trim Skater Dress £45 from New Look (Online Exclusive)

New Look have got it wrapped up this season and this gorgeous embellished skater dress is the glacé cherry on top the Christmas cake! What a gem.

Dress With Full Skirt £39.99 from Zara
Dress With Full Skirt £39.99 from Zara

Now THAT is a cracker of a collar. This Zara dress is ticking all of the yuletide boxes with its festive colour, full skirt and pleasing pricetag. I also enjoy how their model has taken up my usual party stance. Perhaps she is hiding a big bow under there? We can dream.

Glitter Neoprene Dress £55 from Warehouse
Glitter Neoprene Dress £55 from Warehouse

You’d have to be a real cotton-headed ninnymuggins not to love this full on glittery dress from Warehouse. You might need to watch the video over on their website to get the true dazzling effect but goodness me what a frock!

Spot Jacquard Dress £85 from Pepperberry
Spot Jacquard Dress £85 from Pepperberry

You’ll be easy to spot on the dance floor in this polka-dot print prom dress from Pepperberry (easy for you to say). This is such a great shape and those metallic blue spots are excellent!

Sequin Mini Dress £45 from F&F
Sequin Mini Dress £45 from F&F

Yep, you’ve not been on the brandy butter, this sequin showstopper of a dress is actually from Tesco! With mesh sleeves and all over sparkle, this one would see you dancing right into the New Year.

'Cindy' Popularly Pretty Polka Dot Print Vintage 50's Party Dress £34.99 from Lindy Bop
‘Cindy’ Popularly Pretty Polka Dot Print Vintage 50’s Party Dress £34.99 from Lindy Bop

Chanel your inner princess in this super pretty sage chiffon dress from Lindy Bop. I just want to twirl around in it! Is that really so much to ask?

London Premium Metallic Lace Prom Dress with Bardot Neck £67 by Chi Chi at ASOS
Metallic Lace Prom Dress £67 by Chi Chi London at ASOS

Last but not least, this woven fabric Chi Chi London dress from ASOS is a bit of a stunner isn’t it? The neckline is especially pretty and that blue is the perfect winter hue. It’s also available in pink (with a longer sleeve) for a few pounds extra.

 Have a lovely Christmas everyone!

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #30

Hello again! Can you believe we are already at Double Thumbs #30? My how time has flown. But let’s not dwell on past dress success, let’s move forward with this week’s selection of dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. Seamless.

Nancy Dress in Blue Riviera £89 from Boden
Nancy Dress in Yellow Sunshine £89 from Boden

First up we have two corkers from Boden, both in their lovely 50’s Nancy shape. I love both dresses (my bank balance less so) but my overwhelming desire for all things novelty has mean’t that the charming riveria print, complete with little deckchairs, has pipped the gorgeous sunshine print dress to the top spot.

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Premium Midi Skater Dress With Pretty Embroidery £68 from ASOS

I nearly included this gorgeous embroidered ASOS dress in last week’s Double Thumbs but then took it out at the last minute. A riveting insight into my writing process for you there. Anyway, I’ve not really stopped thinking about it all week so, as I obviously made a mistake in omitting it before, here it is. You’re welcome.

Freda Lace Dress £75 by Poem from Oliver Bonas

Behold! It’s the yellow dress of my dreams! Oh, Oliver Bonas, you do spoil me. Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #30

All Hail the Sale: Double Thumbs Dresses Special

Well hello there, readers! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! But enough about the festivities, it’s sale time and I, for one, am ready for some bargains! I decided to have a cheeky look through our  previous Double Thumbs Dresses posts in the hope of finding some tasty reductions. It turns out that LOADS of them are now on offer so it seemed only fair to share this glorious news with you. So, without further ado, here is a list of 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!

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River Island Printed Shirt Dress £22 (was £32)
Nishe Dress In Violin Print £45.50 (was £65)
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Midi Dress In Vintage Floral Print With Pleated Skirt £28 (was £40)
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Minkpink Smock Dress In Kaleidoscope Print £22 (was £55)

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Double Thumbs Dresses #19

Well, it’s Monday again (boo) but that means it’s time for Double Thumbs Dresses (yay!). That’s right, I’m back once again with a round-up of dresses considered worthy enough to receive the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. It really is highly coveted, you know. This week is a bit of an odd one in that I seem to have been attracted to very similar dresses. We begin with three rosy numbers, continue with three sparkly affairs and finish off with something completely different. Just to keep you on your toes…

Hearts & Bows Floral Romario Smock Dress £26.99 from Ark
Hearts & Bows Floral Romario Smock Dress £26.99 from Ark

Rosy frock #1 comes courtesy of Ark. It’s a gorgeous smock shape with beautifully detailed roses, which I find rather Alice in Wonderlandesque. Off with her head! As always, I’m a big fan of the Peter-Pan collar and those lovely short sleeves.

50s Prom Dress £20 from Peacocks
50s Prom Dress £20 from Peacocks

Rosy frock #2 is this dapper 50s number from Peacocks, who have consistently been producing wonderful dresses in this shape for a while now.I bought this one from Double Thumbs #13 and it gets no end of compliments whenever I wear it. Thumbs firmly in the upward trajectory.

Elise Party £85 from People Tree
Elise Party £85 from People Tree

And rosy dress #3 is this twirly wonder from People Tree. A bit more expensive than the other two but surely a dress worthy of a special occasion. Plus, it has a big bow. I’ll spend anything on a big bow.

Sleeveless Spangle Dress Gold - THE WHITEPEPPER
Sleeveless Spangle Dress £58 from The Whitepepper

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Double Thumbs Dresses #14

Another week, another round up of the beautiful dresses considered to be worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. Let’s have a look at what’s been whetting my whistle this week.

The Macaroon Connoissuer $48.99 from Bonne Chance Collections

Those of you who follow us on Twitter might have noticed me crushing on this sweet treat of a dress from Bonne Chance Collections, who often appeal to my novelty print loving streak. This macaroon festooned wonder was destined to go straight into my basket but alas, dear readers, it is out of stock in my size. However, before you light those pitchforks on my behalf, those nice people at Bonne Chance Collections emailed me a sneaky preview of a soon to be in stock dress. BEHOLD….

Scalloped Macaroon Dress *coming soon* by Bonne Chance Collections

Hooray! I’ll be F5ing the website for the foreseeable future.

Floral Dress with Full Skirt £39.99 from Zara

Pockets! Pockets! Pockets! Oh how I do covet a pretty dress with pockets. I really love this Zara dress. It has, err, pockets! and sleeves! and a full skirt! and I can wear it to work! Really, I would stupid NOT to buy it.

Violin Print £65.00 by Nishe from ASOS

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Double Thumbs Dresses #8

Whoopsy daisy! I’m once again slightly late with my round up of the dresses worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval. Or, as I like to think, I’m just fashionably late….

Soft Serving of Style Dress $74.99 (£49) from Modcloth
A Biscuit, a Basket Dress $82.99 (£55) from Modcloth

First up we have two tasty frocks from the consistently amazing Modcloth! The ice-cream print dress will surely sprinkle some joy over your wardrobe with it’s delicious mint colouring and row upon row of tempting lemon and vanilla cones. It’s made from a lovely thick cotton and the a-line shape means that it’s super flattering. A FAB summer dress! Meanwhile, the biscuit print dress is bourbon on the ridiculous! The whole biscuit family is represented in this stunner of a dress, right down to the jammy dodger. Nice!

Purple and Yellow Floral Crochet Waist Dress £14.99 from New Look

Tis the season for pretty, floaty, floral numbers and this dress from New Look will certainly have you hay-feverish as it ticks all of those boxes, plus the all important under £20 box! Yippee! Purple and yellow is one of my favourite colour combinations which possibly explains why I was so drawn to this dress. Sadly for me, I already own an embarrassing amount of little floral dresses but none of them have an adorable crochet lace panel at the waist so maybe, just maybe, this might have to be mine.

Clementine Dress £59 from Monsoon

This beautiful vintage inspired number from Monsoon is just perfect for summer occasions. I think the floral print is just gorgeous and has a wonderful mix of corals, mustards, blues and greens. The scooped neckline, full skirt and pleated waistband all add to its charm.

Hearts Print Dress £34.99 from Mango

It was certainty love at first sight with this adorable navy heart print dress from Mango. It’s made from chiffon so definitely good for a twirl or two, it has beautiful buttons leading up to the scooped neckline and, most important of all, it has hidden pockets! Merciful heavens!

Jacquard Skater Dress £16.00 from Matalan

Hey look it’s another little floral number! But this time, this one has sleeves! And if it’s one thing that improves a dress, it’s a good sleeve. Matalan have this wonderful skater dress in a variety of colours and styles but this one is my absolute favourite! I just love the woven jacquard (you’ll need to go zoom in on the website for that particular insight) which gives it a far more expensive feel than it’s £16 price-tag and the print is just so so pretty. One flor-al occasions, if you will.

Spilsbury Dress £89.50 from Jack Wills

Jack Wills have come up with this fabulous 60’s inspired dress which I have a serious style crush on! I always love a good collar and that one is just screaming out for some fun collar clips! I think it’s possibly a bit too short for work, which is a shame, but it’s definitely a great day dress that could easily be taken through into evening wear with a pair of chunky black platform shoes and some retro accessories.

Hell Bunny Sunrise 50’s Dress £44.99 from Soho’s

Last but not least is this fab 50’s frock from Soho’s, who I stumbled upon whilst browsing Pinterest and then spent the next hour lusting over all of their dresses! After a lengthy internal debate, I eventually settled on this aqua blue dress due to it’s cheerful pattern of sunflowers and daisies. I love the large Peter Pan collar and the full skirt, which would look amazing with a big 50’s style petticoat underneath. Accessories fans will also be pleased to learn that the white belt is included in the price. Wizard!

See you next week!

Jx