Double Thumbs Dresses #65

Hello hello! Welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses! It’s time once again for our frocktacular roundup of the dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval….

Heart Print Shirtdress £48 from Topshop
Heart Print Shirtdress £48 from Topshop

How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways! This Topshop heart print shirtdress is simply vintage valentine perfection! It’s just SO cute which is probably why everyone has been snapping it up since it appeared online late last week. Curses! It’s worth checking though as they do keep adding more stock. The print is also available in a just-as-popular shirt.

Stripe Shirt Dress £55 from Topshop
Stripe Shirt Dress £55 from Topshop

But, hey, who needs hearts when you can stripe a pose in this little Topshop number instead? Apparently this print is ‘conversational’, a description that never fails to make me laugh, but I’ll gladly discuss those delectable stripes, the neatly cinched in waist and cute little button up detail with anyone who will listen.

Red Cross and Plaid Belted Flare Dress £42.14 (with discount) from Chicwish
Red Cross and Plaid Belted Flare Dress £42.14 (with discount) from Chicwish

There’s so much I love about this Chicwish dress that I’m not entirely sure where to start! The colour and cross/plaid combo print are pretty magnificent and that whopper of a belt is just everything to me right now. Also, sleeves. I’m all about those long sleeves. It’s really rather cold at the moment, if you hadn’t noticed.

Guards & Friends Sleeveless Slub Dress £65 from Cath Kidston
Guards & Friends Sleeveless Slub Dress £65 from Cath Kidston

Atteeeeentttttion! It’s time to quick march yourself to the Cath Kidston website to grab one of these incredible soldier print dresses! What a print and, not that I’m planning ahead or anything, but the potential perfect dress to wear to the Queen’s 90th birthday party. Assuming I get invited of course.

Retro Floral Print Bell Sleeve Dress £18 by F&F
Retro Floral Print Bell Sleeve Dress £18 by F&F

Yes Tesco! I am digging this retro floral frock. Who doesn’t love a good bell sleeve? and the shift shape with that dreamy print is ticking all the right boxes. Oh and did I mention it’s only eighteen pounds? BARGAIN.

Babydoll Dress in Grey Cat Print £165 by Paul & Joe Siser at ASOS
Babydoll Dress in Grey Cat Print £165 by Paul & Joe Siser at ASOS

So you might need some extra cash floating around for this Paul & Joe Sister affair (and if you’ve got extra cash at this stage in January then you are a better person that I) but, my goodness, it’s only flippin’ covered in cats. Meow! I adore the grey and the pink against the cream, you might even say I’m lapping it up.

Caroline Dress £59.99 from Chi Chi
Caroline Dress £59.99 from Chi Chi

Chi Chi really are the Queens of the occasion frock at the moment and this big ol’ floral number is just the latest in a long line of hits. I love the brown with the gorgeous red tones of the flowers, I think it’s just perfect for this time of year. You could dress this one up but it would look equally fab with thick white tights and brown boots.

Verna Skater Dress in Dutch Floral £40 by Motel
Verna Skater Dress in Dutch Floral £40 by Motel

Last but not least we have this Dutch delight from Motel. The button up high neck with alllll that detail down the front is just great. I’m also, as is no doubt totally predictable by now, wildly into those long cuffed sleeves! Do be prepared to get your pins out though, this one looks short!

That’s all folks,

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses Halloween Special

Frock horror! Welcome to a spooktacular edition of Double Thumbs Dresses! Our roundup of the frocks deemed worthy of the highly horrific coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. Read on….if you dare!

(insert moderately evil cackle here)

1950’s Style Glow in the Dark Ghost Dress with Sleeve £84 from Silly Old Sea Dog
1950’s Style Glow in the Dark Ghost Dress with Sleeve £52.50 (reduced from £105) from Silly Old Sea Dog
1950’s Style Zombie Movie Poster Dress £95 from Silly Old Sea Dog
1950’s Style Zombie Movie Poster Dress £95 from Silly Old Sea Dog

First up we have these two ghoulish delights from the wonderful Silly Old Sea Dog! Both dresses are 1950s in style with lovely full circular skirts – perfect for popping a petticoat underneath and having a good twirl. The first frock features a rather adorable ghost print which, hold the lantern, actually glows in the dark! Amazing. More dresses should be visible in the darkness. The second features a fine display of terrifying zombie posters, sure to give the shivers to all you see.

Spirit in the Fright dress $53.99 from Modcloth
Spirit in the Fright dress $53.99 or £35 from Modcloth

You can always trust Modcloth to get on board with a theme and this Halloweentastic dress is no exception! With a thrilling selection of pumpkins, ghosts, cobwebs, and ermm kittens, you’ll look more treat than trick! Also, purple and orange! What a fabulous combination.

'Audrey' Retro Black Cat Print Swing Dress £29.99 from Lindy Bop
‘Audrey’ Retro Black Cat Print Swing Dress £29.99 from Lindy Bop

This ameowsing Lindy Bop frock has a touch of the Bewitched about it, dontcha think? That retro black cat print is truly wicked and set against that gorgeous blue the whole thing is rather stunning.

Kendal Babydoll Dress in Zodiac Glitter Velvet £38 by Motel
Kendal Babydoll Dress in Zodiac Glitter Velvet £38 by Motel

If you’ve been thinking of vamping up your Halloween wardrobe, it could be a sign that this glittery Zodiac print from Motel should be yours! I am loving the glitter against that luxurious velvet and, oh my, I am just bats for those sleeves! If you’re currently reading this and thinking ‘if only they’d slasher the price’ then perhaps have a little look in our sidebar, I see a discount code in your future……

Lazy Oaf Cat Collar Dress £45 from ASOS
Lazy Oaf Cat Collar Dress £45 (reduced from £65) from ASOS

This Lazy Oaf dress from ASOS is surely the cats whiskers with that puuuurfect bit of embroidery! I’m not sure anyone would object to you crossing their path in this number! I love the stretchy velvet material and the exaggerated collar but my favourite thing about this dress is that it has hidden pockets! Perfect for stashing your sweets.

Halloween Cat Print Short Sleeve T-Shirt Dress £20 (reduced from £28) from Brat & Suzie
Halloween Cat Print Short Sleeve T-Shirt Dress £20 (reduced from £28) from Brat & Suzie

It’s almost like I see Halloween as an excuse to wear as many cats as possible! This Brat & Suzie number from ASOS is perfectly fangtastic and those scaredy cats are actually pretty adorable.

50's Zombie Diner Rockabilly Dress Black £44.99 (reduced from £62.99) by Hell Bunny at Tiger Milly
50’s Zombie Diner Rockabilly Dress Black £44.99 (reduced from £62.99) by Hell Bunny at Tiger Milly

This is a fiendishly fun dress from Hell Bunny at Tiger Milly! Set in a 50’s diner, it features a whole host of zombie pin up waitresses holding ice creams with eyeballs, brains and fingers.Oh my! Perfect! Love the shape and halterneck too.

Zombie Apocalypse $150.00 (AUD) or £70 from Pigtails and Pirates
Zombie Apocalypse $150.00 (AUD) or £70 from Pigtails and Pirates

If you are reading this in Australia (and by golly I would love to know if you are) then you should definitely check out the fabulous Pigtails and Pirates! So many great dresses! This Zombie Apocalypse print is just the ticket for Halloween as it features some rather cute zombies (one of them is even wearing a rather fetching green bow) take over their town. They do ship internationally so don’t freak out!

Skeleton Print Mini Dress £28 from Topshop
Skeleton Print Mini Dress £28 from Topshop

Why did the skeleton go to the party alone? Because he had nobody to go with! Well, Topshop have sorted that old conundrum out with this skeleton print midi dress. There’s no bones about it, you would probably only wear this dress once a year but I think you’ll agree it’s head and shoulders above the rest. (sorry).

High School Horror Zombie Prom Queen £36 from Very
High School Horror Zombie Prom Queen £36 from Very

And if you want to go the extra mile this Halloween and dress as me after one too many gins, then Very have got you covered.

Happy Halloween!

Jx

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 #40

Hello! It’s Double Thumbs time again! Your round up of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. Let’s get cracking.

 London Buses Sleeveless Jacquard Dress £65.00
London Buses Sleeveless Jacquard Dress £65 by Cath Kidston

Beep beep! The top spot this week has got to go to this ridiculously great London Buses print from the ever wonderful Cath Kidston! Will they ever bring out a bad print? We are off to their A/W press day on Thursday and I can only imagine the level of fan-girling that’s going to happen.

Kiah Lemon Dress £49
Kiah Lemon Dress £49 by Louche at Joy

I am loving all the fruity prints on the high-street at the moment but, as a fan of all things yellow, the lemon has to be my favourite. This lovely summer dress by Louche is available from Joy, who are opening up in Bristol this week! Be warned, bank balance. Be warned.

Peyton Wrap Dress £79
Peyton Wrap Dress £79 from Monsoon

Victoria and I popped into Monsoon last week and spent a good while cooing over their Fusion range. This vintage inspired floral print dress was a clear favourite! The pattern and shape are so pretty! 

Fairland Blue Floral Embroidered Organza Dress £40.28 (sale price)
Fairland Blue Floral Embroidered Organza Dress £40.28 (sale price) from Chicwish

How adorable is this organza dress from Chicwish? It’s so cute! I love all of the embroidery detailing and the colours are just perfect.

Alice Skater Dress In Citrus Waffle £40
Alice Skater Dress In Citrus Waffle £40 by Motel

This 60s style Motel dress is a bit of a winner in my eyes! Heck, anything which features the description ‘citrus waffle’ is always going to grab my attention. I am also always a sucker for a peter pan collar. Dreamy! Oh and FYI, you can get 20% off at Motel using the code ‘sheandhem’. You are welcome.

Gingham Empire Waist Dress £10
Gingham Empire Waist Dress £10 from F&F

Bargain of the week comes in the style of this marvelous neon pink gingham dress from F&F! A tenner! It’s a great loose jersey fit, so perfect for those glorious summer BBQs….  I’ll take three!

Cross Stitch Dress £55 by Poem at Oliver Bonas
Cross Stitch Dress £55 by Poem at Oliver Bonas

Last but not least is this fabulous frock from Oliver Bonas. The floral print is simply stunning and the lightweight fabric, slightly flared skirt and short sleeves make it a perfect go to summer dress.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #13

It’s that time again! I’m back with another round-up of the dresses worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval. Let’s see what’s been tickling my fancy this week….

1950s Style Dress £16 from Peacocks
1950s Style Dress £16 from Peacocks

Sometimes putting these lists together can be ridiculously bad news for my bank balance but, dear reader, every so often I discover a budget friendly wonder! Just LOOK at this beautiful dress from Peacocks. I adore anything 1950s and this dress ticks all the right boxes, including being slightly reminiscent of a pair of old curtains. Sold.

*at the time of writing Peacocks are also offering 20% off dresses AND 99p delivery. Umm, amazing?*

Midi Dress In Vintage Floral Print With Pleated Skirt £40 from ASOS

Here we have another lovely vintage inspired affair from ASOS‘s own brand. I was drawn to this one because of that gorgeous midi length, a style which I like but have yet to fully embrace. I really enjoy the contrasting prints and the unusual choice of colours they have used. It just looks effortlessly cool and definitely one which I could also wear to work.

Betty Collared Dress in Floral Love £40 from Motel
Betty Collared Dress in Floral Love £40 from Motel

Ooooh Betty! I do so enjoy that lovely Peter Pan collar! The fashion for smock dresses shows no signs of abating, which I know isn’t great news for everyone, but if you have yet to embrace it then this very pretty floral print number from Motel could be the one to change your mind. Smock it to ’em!

Navy Peter Jensen Rabbit Dress £54.50 (Was £68) from People Tree
Navy Peter Jensen Rabbit Dress £54.50 (Was £68) from People Tree

People Tree are really great at getting top designers in and their new A/W collection is no exception with both Peter Jensen and Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #13

Double Thumbs Dresses #10

Goodness me! It’s time for our weekly round up of all those lovely dresses that receive the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval.

Comic Adventure Mini Dress £80 by Joyrich from ASOS

KAPOW! This super fun Joyrich dress from ASOS makes me want to embrace my inner superhero (It’s Thumbage Girl, for those who are asking)  and sort out the most dastardly of crimes. Crimes of fashion that is, I’m not crazy.

Carmine Dress £34 (was £69) by Louche from Fox and Feather

This little beauty of a Louche dress is currently on sale (with all sizes currently showing as in stock) at Fox and Feather, yippee! It’s made from an absolutely beautiful shimmering fabric which really makes the greens and pinks stand out. It has a great high neckline but beware underwear fans, it does plunge at the back.

Penny Babydoll Dress in Spearmint Daisy Applique £40 from Motel

This beautiful vintage inspired dress from Motel is available in this rather refreshing spearmint colour. I really love the pretty floral applique, it makes the dress so dainty. For me this is the perfect holiday dress as I know I could throw it with sandals and head to the beach but it would work just as well at home with tights, boots and a trip to the pub. Anyone know where I can find a beach pub?

Yellow Floral Print Dress £39.95 (was £79.95) from Joules

Oh Joules, this dress is a bit perfect! I adore the flattering 50’s cut and the colour and print are just dreamy. It’s on sale at the moment and getting hold of certain sizes might be a trifle tricky. The good news is I have noticed sizes coming back into stock so it’s worth checking the website, as well as in store.

Cream Tapestry V-Neck Tea Dress £22.99 from New Look

I can’t be the only person who has noticed how completely fabulous New Look has been recently? This gorgeous vintage style tapestry dress is a prime example of the sort of beautiful piece they are putting out for the budget conscious shopper, i.e everyone. I love the thick, expensive looking fabric and the pretty floral print.

Perdita Floral Smock Dress £55 from Lashes of London

Pass me a fan, I might need a little lie down! The colours of this dress are simply out of this world, they are just stunning. Lashes of London are so great at putting out creative, unique and beautiful items. I love love love the neckline, the lovely turn up sleeves and of course the big, bold floral print. Well done, everyone.

Skater Dress With Pug Print £25 from ASOS

Never one to shy away from a novelty print, this pug print dress from ASOS ticks all the right boxes. You’d be barking mad not to love it!  I love the flattering shape and the fun print, and better still the easy-wear jersey fabric means it’s a great holiday buy as it won’t crease in the suitcase! Winner!

Contrast Collar Dress in Tile Print £48 by Cooperative from Urban Outfitters

Welcome to the 60’s, courtesy of Cooperative at Urban Outfitters. I love the quirky print, which definitely has a touch of the kaleidoscope about it and the contrast of the deep red with the crisp white colour is rather lovely.  It’s a loose fit, so perhaps won’t suit everyone but if you like a retro shape then this one is a winner.

That’s all for this week!

Jx

Game, set and match

Pass me a Pimms, Wimbledon has arrived! And I, for one, never pass up an opportunity to eat my body weight in strawberries. Now, I’m hardly a tennis aficionado but I like to think I know my tennis arse from my tennis elbow and as a result I would like to share with you some, occasionally tenuous, tennis inspired delights.

Catalina Off The Shoulder Skater Dress in White £38 from Motel

Motel get the game underway with this whiter than white off the shoulder number. This dress is so simple yet completely stunning and will certainly make a Ball Boy or two blush with its length! If you’re a mucky pup, it also comes in a variety of other colours.

Ball Print Blouse £32 (was £42) from Oasis

This Oasis ball print blouse is the ace up my sleeve with its super flattering shape. I love the gold button detailing and the adjustable sleeves. This is ‘Grand Slam’ winning attire.

Wimbledon Ball Cord Bracelet £65 from Links of London

As the official jewellery brand of the Wimbledon Championships (obviously), it’s no surprise to discover that Links of London have brought out lots of cute tennis related items. I really like how they have made a literal ‘tennis bracelet’ and incorporated those snazzy purple and greens that are so synonymous with Wimbledon into the design. I can’t fault this one.

Petit Bateau Sleeveless Tennis Dress £40 (was £58) from Urban Outfitters

Time to serve you up something special! Release your inner 60’s tennis totty in this mustard tennis dress from Urban Outfitters. I love the retro feel and, of course, that super cute collar.

Cotton Tote Bag £70 from Fred Perry

I couldn’t compile a tennis list and not include something from Fred Perry! I just love the classic vibe this bag gives off and it’s pretty darn functional to boot with a variety of straps, hands and pockets.

Table Tennis Bat Earrings £3 by Polka Dot Sky from Folksy

What do you mean they don’t play table tennis at Wimbledon? That’s outrageous. They are seriously missing out! Nevertheless, I shall persevere as these brilliant bat and ball earrings from Polka Dot Sky are simply great! Maybe a touch more McEnroe than Savile Row.

Cream cricket jumper £12 (was £22) from Dorothy Perkins

New balls please, we appear to have switched sports. I think this lovely cricket jumper from Dorothy Perkins works just as well for tennis as both sports are, quite rightly, happy to embrace a cable knit. You don’t even like tennis? No problem! You can whack it on during the Ashes in a couple of weeks time, presuming Summer hasn’t decided to arrive.

Lasting Finish Fruities Nail Polish £2.99 by Rimmel from Boots

And finally,no true Wimbledon experience is complete without the faint waft of strawberries filling the air. I rate Rimmel nail varnish very highly in terms of price and not destroying itself 35 seconds after being applied. I am yet to try out the effectiveness of their scented range but the reviews look promising.

Jx