Double Thumbs Dresses #89

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*

Stripe Belted Dress £55 from Yumi
Stripe Belted Dress £55 from Yumi

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.

Posy Shirt Dress £90 from Boden
Posy Shirt Dress £90 from Boden

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.

Flower Power Pleats Dress £95 from & Other Stories
Flower Power Pleats Dress £95 from & Other Stories

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.

Ponte Fluted Dress £22 from Tu Clothing at Sainsburys
Ponte Fluted Dress £22 from Tu Clothing at Sainsburys

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!

Fast Cars Pleated Dress £75 from Cath Kidston
Fast Cars Pleated Dress £75 from Cath Kidston
Dino Sleeveless Dress £60 from Cath Kidston
Dino Sleeveless Dress £60 from Cath Kidston

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.

Poppy Print Waisted Dress £46 from Warehouse
Poppy Print Waisted Dress £46 from Warehouse

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.

Floral Print Ruffle Trim Dress £62 from Next
Floral Print Ruffle Trim Dress £62 from Next

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.

Ruffle Striped Shift Dress £45 from M&S
Ruffle Striped Shift Dress £45 from M&S

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!

Frilled dress £25.99 from Pull and Bear
Frilled dress £25.99 from Pull and Bear

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.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #88

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…

Dogs Viscose Twill £75 from Cath Kidston
Dogs Viscose Twill £75 from Cath Kidston
Mono Cats Viscose Piped Shirt £75 from Cath Kidston
Mono Cats Viscose Piped Shirt £75 from Cath Kidston

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*

Ornamental Lights £70 from Emily and Fin
Ornamental Lights £70 from Emily and Fin

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!

Floral Print Long Sleeve Shift Dress
Floral Print Long Sleeve Shift Dress £49.50 from M&S

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!

Martha Library Book Print Dress £35 from Joanie
Martha Library Book Print Dress £35 from Joanie

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.

Magic Tree Shift Dress £55 from Warehouse
Magic Tree Shift Dress £55 from Warehouse

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.

Javah Telephone Print Shift Dress £149 from Ted Baker at House of Fraser
Javah Telephone Print Shift Dress £149 from Ted Baker at House of Fraser

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.

Long Sleeve Christmas Dress in Red £160 from Palava
Long Sleeve Christmas Dress in Red £160 from Palava

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.

'Holly' Space Dog Print Blue Swing Dress £35 from Lindy Bop
‘Holly’ Space Dog Print Blue Swing Dress £35 from Lindy Bop

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.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #86 *SALE SPECIAL*

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!

Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Seaside print £32.50 (reduced from £65) by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style
Seaside print £32.50 (reduced from £65) by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Deckchair Dress £32.50 (reduced from £65) by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style
Deckchair Dress £32.50 (reduced from £65) by Emily and Fin at Aspire Style
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Anyone For Tennis? £38.50 (Reduced from £70) from Emily and Fin
Anyone For Tennis? £38.50 (Reduced from £70) from Emily and Fin
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Swishy Mara Dress £26.85 (reduced from £89.50) from Boden. This dress is also available in black and white!
Swishy Mara Dress £26.85 (reduced from £89.50) from Boden. This dress is also available in black and white!
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Dolly Dress £27.80 (reduced from £69.50) from Boden. This dress is also available in red and blue!
Dolly Dress £27.80 (reduced from £69.50) from Boden. This dress is also available in red and blue!
Double Thumbs Dresses #86| Azalea Tunic Dress £29.85 (reduced from £99.50) from Boden
Azalea Tunic Dress £29.85 (reduced from £99.50) from Boden
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Sandra Boat Print Dress £14.75 (reduced from £58.50) from Aida Zak at Collectif
Sandra Boat Print Dress £14.75 (reduced from £58.50) from Aida Zak at Collectif
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Mary-Kate Dress £34 (reduced from £49) from Louche at Joy
Mary-Kate Dress £34 (reduced from £49) from Louche at Joy
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Contrast Trim Baby Doll Dress £26.50 (reduced from £38) from ASOS
Contrast Trim Baby Doll Dress £26.50 (reduced from £38) from ASOS
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Stripe Picnic Dress with Double Layer £35 (Reduced from £50) from ASOS
Stripe Picnic Dress with Double Layer £35 (Reduced from £50) from ASOS
Double Thumbs Dresses#86 | Graphic Print Mini Wiggle Dress £27 (Reduced from £45) from ASOS
Graphic Print Mini Wiggle Dress £27 (Reduced from £45) from ASOS
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Cactus Print Skater Dress £43 (Reduced from £85) from Yumi
Cactus Print Skater Dress £43 (Reduced from £85) from Yumi
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Lilah Embroidered Midi Shirt Dress £43 (Reduced from £85) from Yumi
Lilah Embroidered Midi Shirt Dress £43 (Reduced from £85) from Yumi
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Amalfi Coast Print Tunic Dress £15 (Reduced from £50) from Yumi
Amalfi Coast Print Tunic Dress £15 (Reduced from £50) from Yumi
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Flamingo Print Dress £20 (Reduced from £45) from River Island
Flamingo Print Dress £20 (Reduced from £45) from River Island
Double Thumbs Dresses #85 | Rust And Brown Triangle Shirt Dress £26.25 (Reduced from £35) from Dorothy Perkins
Rust And Brown Triangle Shirt Dress £26.25 (Reduced from £35) from Dorothy Perkins
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Mixed Lace Prom Dress £45 (Reduced from £79) from Warehouse
Mixed Lace Prom Dress £45 (Reduced from £79) from Warehouse
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Botanical Floral Shift Dress £20 (Reduced from £49) from Warehouse
Botanical Floral Shift Dress £20 (Reduced from £49) from Warehouse
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Holiday Lace Short Sleeve Dress £47.50 (Reduced from £95) by French Connection at John Lewis
Holiday Lace Short Sleeve Dress £47.50 (Reduced from £95) by French Connection at John Lewis
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Floral Dress with 3/4 Sleeves £17.50 (Reduced from £35) from La Redoute
Floral Dress with 3/4 Sleeves £17.50 (Reduced from £35) from La Redoute
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Sea View Dress £40 (Reduced from £60) from Cath Kidston
Sea View Dress £40 (Reduced from £60) from Cath Kidston
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Candy Stripe Dress £29.99 (Reduced from £59.99 ) from Fever
Candy Stripe Dress £29.99 (Reduced from £59.99 ) from Fever
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 |Pineapple Print Strappy Dress £6 (Reduced from £12) from Boohoo
Pineapple Print Strappy Dress £6 (Reduced from £12) from Boohoo
Double Thumbs Dresses #86 | Gayna Running Horse Shift Dress £29 (Reduced from £54) from Sugarhill Boutique
Gayna Running Horse Shift Dress £29 (Reduced from £54) from Sugarhill Boutique

Happy shopping!

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #80

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….

Double Thumbs Dresses #80 | Woodland Lace Embellished Dress £250 by Needle and Thread at ASOS
Woodland Lace Embellished Dress £250 by Needle and Thread at ASOS

We start with a pretty bank busting number but I think you’ll agree that it was just too special not to include! Victoria and I are both obsessed with all things Needle and Thread and when they consistently bring out beautiful pieces like this it’s not hard to see why. I just wish I had an excuse to spend this much on a dress! That woodland lace embellishment is breathtaking.

Double Thumbs Dresses #80 | Yellow Lace Dress £70 from Next
Yellow Lace Dress £70 from Next
Double Thumbs Dresses #80 | White Lace Panel Dress £65 from Next
White Lace Panel Dress £65 from Next

Next have gone lace crazy and I for one couldn’t be happier! That little yellow number looks far pricier than its price-tag and is the perfect shade of lemon. There’s just so much beautiful detailing! I’m also loving the long-sleeved white number which is rocking a bit of a 70s vibe. It really reminds me of a dress I picked up from Topshop last Summer and subsequently wore to death (evidence).

Click individual dresses for direct links

Double Thumbs Dresses #80 | Botanical Floral Shift Dress £49 from Warehouse
Botanical Floral Shift Dress £49 from Warehouse

Pow! Now that’s a bold floral! I am all about this shift dress from Warehouse which features one heck of a strong print in some seriously eye catching colours. Yes. Please.

Double Thumbs Dresses #80 | Delicate Lace Yolk Dress £45 from Oasis
Delicate Lace Yolk Dress £45 from Oasis

I don’t actually remember the last time Oasis didn’t feature on Double Thumbs, so great has my love been for their SS16 collection. This is such a sweet little lace number (those ruffle sleeves!) but what I am really about is that gorgeous shade of green.

Double Thumbs Dresses #80 | Floral Button-Up Midi Dress £49 from Topshop
Floral Button-Up Midi Dress £49 from Topshop

This Topshop midi has got Summer garden party written all over it (which, as luck would have it, so do I). It’s a lovely silhouette and looks like it would be a nice frock to just waft around in. As you do.

Double Thumbs Dresses #80 | Midi Dress with Floral Embroidery £42 from ASOS Maternity
Midi Dress with Floral Embroidery £42 from ASOS Maternity

And finally….If you don’t follow us on Instagram (or you aren’t on it 24/7 like, ahem, some people I know) you might have missed my little announcement over the weekend that I’m expecting! That means there might be the odd maternity dress sneaking on to Double Thumbs over the coming months, if you don’t mind! So far I’ve really been struggling to find things I like but I take my hat off to ASOS for understanding that, weirdly enough, I’d quite like to dress like me whilst with bump! This yellow floral number is calling my name.

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 #67

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….

The Women Are Boss Dress £180 from BOB by Dawn O'Porter
The Women Are Boss Dress £180 from BOB by Dawn O’Porter

If you haven’t already checked out all-round-awesome-female Dawn O’ Porter’s clothing line BOB then you are seriously missing a treat. Her latest collection features three fabulous novelty prints by designer Karen Mabon which each seek to highlight and celebrate sexual equality! How amazing is that?! I love this 80s inspired frock which features women being all badass in the workplace. YES DAWN.

Chevron Stripe Belted Dress £65 from Warehouse
Chevron Stripe Belted Dress £65 from Warehouse

You’d be chev-wrong not to love this delightful Warehouse number! I’m loving those big bold colours and who doesn’t love a good bat-wing to flap around? It also comes with a nifty matching belt to cinch you in at the waist. What a triumph.

Dolly Dress £69.50 from Boden
Dolly Dress £69.50 from Boden

We do like a pop of yellow here at She and Hem so imagine how happy I was to spy this little beauty on the Boden New In page. This frock, much like me, is lightweight and drapey. I am loving that super relaxed (but also super flattering) silhouette with those delightful 3/4 length sleeves.

Floral Babydoll Dress £45 from Warehouse
Floral Babydoll Dress £45 from Warehouse

It’s another sleevey wonder from Warehouse who continue to make my bank balance nervous with this beautiful red floral dress – aren’t those just the dreamiest flute sleeves? I love the cute high neck detail too. Swoon.

Lace skater dress £179 from Ted Baker
Lace skater dress £179 from Ted Baker

This lace skater dress from Ted Baker is simply stunning. Despite looking rather white in pictures, the website assures me it’s actually pink – which is good news if you’re going to be a wedding guest any time soon as this would clearly make for excellent wedding attire. The skirt is pleated too, how trendy.

Tutti Fruity Eliza Dress £45 from Lady Vintage
Tutti Fruity Eliza Dress £45 from Lady Vintage

(Cue 500 fruit puns)

Oooh what a fruity little number this 1950s inspired dress from Lady Vintage is. No need to feel like a melon with this fabulous kitsch frock! I’m going bananas for it!

Contrast Trim Baby Doll Dress £38 from ASOS
Contrast Trim Baby Doll Dress £38 from ASOS

I am in love with this floaty little chiffon affair from ASOS. Those sheer sleeves combined with the contrasting black and white detailing is just divine. Plus look at that high ruffly collar! It’s just all amazing and I need it in my life.

Bow Front Shift Dress £39.50 from M&S
Bow Front Shift Dress £39.50 from M&S

I like big bows and I cannot lie………. which is why this M&S dress is right up my big bow loving street! This classic shift dress is ripe for layering over the top of exciting novelty print shirts, of which I own approximately 461.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #64

Hello dress fans! It’s time for the first Double Thumbs Dresses of 2016! Partaaay! So, without further ado, I present to you the top frocks that we consider worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval.

Tea and Macarons Dress £75 from Yumi
Tea and Macaroons Dress £75 from Yumi

Oh HELLO! We always love a bit of Yumi here at She and Hem but they have truly excelled themselves with their latest offerings. This Tea and Macaroons dress is the stuff my dress dreams are made of. With its beautiful pastel colouring, delightful twirly fit and print that features teacups piled high with macaroons, it really is a wonder frock. It does also appear to come with straps, if that’s a deal breaker for you. This appears to be a House of Fraser exclusive (fancy) which is great news for me as I’ve been sitting on some HoF vouchers for about 8 months. Happy New Year, me.

Cactus Print Skater Dress £65 from Yumi
Cactus Print Skater Dress £65 from Yumi

And so the Yumi fun continues with this super cute cactus print! This skater dress is so cheery thanks to all those fab colours. I’m pretty potty about those pots!

The Potteries Dress £60 from There's Only One Amy Laws
The Potteries Dress £60 from There’s Only One Amy Laws

Want more pots? Your Potteries luck is in! Another of our favourites, There’s Only One Amy Laws, has just added this beautiful Potteries skyline print dress to her website – defo one for all those die hard Stoke-On-Trent fans out there! I adore the hourglass shape and there’s just so much lovely detail to this dress. Even the smoke is pretty!

Patterned dress in Yellow £19.99 from H&M
Patterned dress in Yellow £19.99 from H&M

I am such a fan of this H&M dress (and no, not just because I’d get change out of a twenty pound note – although that does help!). I love the combination of colours and the a-line shape looks lovely with those long sleeves.

Cobalt Ladybird Print Dress £50 from Next
Cobalt Ladybird Print Dress £50 from Next

I feel like this Next frock might be my perfect Winter work dress! Cute but subtle novelty print? Check. Super long sleeves to keep me warm? Check. Colour dark enough to disguise any tea I may or may not throw down myself? Check. The adorable pleating is an added bonus!

Botanical Floral Shift Dress £45 from Warehouse
Botanical Floral Shift Dress £45 from Warehouse

I keep spotting people wearing this divine floral print, which is no surprise really when you consider Warehouse have whacked it on three tops and two dresses. They obviously like it as much as I do! Personally I love the shift dress but the midi appears to be the more popular choice! But whatever tickles your pickle, it’s all about those glorious blooms!

Chaney Woodland Jersey Dress £45 by Louche at Joy
Chaney Woodland Jersey Dress £45 by Louche at Joy

Yay! It’s The Animals of Farthing Wood in dress form! It’s woodland creatures a-go-go in the brilliant dress by Louche! There are squirrels, deer and racoons to admire, as well as what looks to be Little Red Riding Hood? Amazing.

Backless Sheer Sleeve Tulle Embellished Maxi Dress £185 from Needle and Thread at ASOS
Backless Sheer Sleeve Tulle Embellished Maxi Dress £185 from Needle and Thread at ASOS

Last but not least is this simply stunning dress by the tully scrumptious Needle and Thread. I mean, it’s ridiculous. Just look at all that tulle! And the embroidered detailing is to die for! If you’re getting married anytime soon, just wear this and spend the money you’ve successfully saved on cake. Cake forever.

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #63

Hello dress fans! It’s time for a bit of Double Thumbs festive fun (and some cats). 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, just crackers!

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #63 | Candy Cane Glitter Organza Dress £180 by Oh My Honey at Not On The Highstreet
Candy Cane Glitter Organza Dress £180 by Oh My Honey at Not On The Highstreet

Well a girl can dream, can’t she? How absolutely stunning is this candy cane print dress from Oh My Honey? It’s the stuff that Christmas dress dreams are made of. There’s beautiful gold organza all over the shop with a perfect sparkly candy cane print to set it off. How perfect would this be for a Christmas wedding? *sigh*. I want to twirl around in it SO MUCH.

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #63 | Striped Fit And Flare Dress £75 from Dickins and Jones at House of Fraser
Striped Fit And Flare Dress £75 from Dickins and Jones at House of Fraser

Back to reality and perhaps I will have to settle for dressing like an actual candy cane instead, with this delightful red striped (in deep wine and blush, red shades fans) fit and flare frock from Dickins and Jones. I do enjoy the contrasting stripes and I find Dickins and Jones always do flattering cuts.

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #63 | Kitten Floral Shirtdress £48 from Topshop
Kitten Floral Shirtdress £48 from Topshop

You’ve got to be kitten me Topshop, this isn’t remotely festive! But hey, I’m not going to miss out a dress that’s festooned with cats purely because it’s December now am I? It just wouldn’t be right! I really love this playful shirt dress (and not just because of the cats) and am already looking forward to counting my post-Christmas chocolate coins in the hopes I’ll be able to buy it.

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #63 | Rose Dress Teal Falling Snowflake £75 from Emily and Fin
Rose Dress Teal Falling Snowflake £75 from Emily and Fin

Emily and Fin always know how to do a perfect print and this delightful falling snowflake affair is really ticking all of my winter dress boxes. I’m really digging the new forties shape, which has gorgeous sleeves and, most importantly, is relaxed at the waist – perfect for eating your way through that second helping of Christmas pudding! The teal colour is simply gorgeous and those falling snowflakes are just dreamy.

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #63 | Sandrina Dress £69 (reduced from £169) from Coast
Sandrina Dress £69 (reduced from £169) from Coast

It’s not often I decide to show the back of a dress but holy moly WHAT. A. BOW. I can’t really cope with it. It’s simply the best bow I have ever seen and I’ve seen a lot of bows let me tell you. It’s also in the most Christmassy shade of red possible meaning you are basically dressed as a Christmas present. What a treat! It’s currently on sale at Coast but only in limited in sizes, however it’s also available in more sizes (but for £135) at House of Fraser.

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #63 | Glitter Blouson Sleeve Skater Dress £48 from ASOS
Glitter Blouson Sleeve Skater Dress £48 from ASOS

This ASOS dress is seriously bringing the party! Look at those sleeves! You could comfortably fit a selection box or two up them and be the most popular girl in town. Not to mention that it’s made out of a gold glitter-embellished fabric, making it pretty dazzling! As Craig Revel-Horwood might say, “Gawwwwwwjus”.

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #63 | Embroidered and Sequined Dress £150 from Warehouse
Embroidered and Sequined Dress £150 from Warehouse

I’ve seen this showstopper of a dress a few times on Twitter/Instagram and was so surprised to discover that it’s from the high-street! Take a bow, Warehouse for creating this absolute stunner. There’s just so much detail with beautiful sheer woven fabric that has a multi-colour floral embellishment and sequin details. It would make the perfect Christmas party dress but, thanks to being blue, you could easily crack this one out any time of year – not that I’m trying to justify the spend or anything *cough*.

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #63 | 'Audrey' Black Cocktail Swing Dress £29.99 from Lindy Bop
‘Audrey’ Black Cocktail Swing Dress £29.99 from Lindy Bop

I’m starting to feel like a one woman Lindy Bop fan-club but seriously, they are so good! (I included a skirt of theirs in our November Favourites video which you should totally watch – subtle plug). The drinks will literally be on you in this super flattering swing dress which has the most super fun cocktail print. Isn’t it fab? Cheers!

She and Hem | Double Thumbs Dresses #63 | Greenwich Rose Contrast Detail Crepe Dress £65 from Cath Kidston
Greenwich Rose Contrast Detail Crepe Dress £65 from Cath Kidston

And last but not least is this new floral print from Cath Kidston! CK have not answered my wish for their super cute Christmas print to be turned into a dress, a missed opportunity I feel! The closest I could find is PJ bottoms, if you’re interested in that sort of thing (I know I am). However, this dress does contain both red and green so I am going to consider it to be a festive effort.

Have you found the perfect festive frock? Let me know!

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #58

Well hello there and welcome back to Double Thumbs Dresses! Just when you thought I’d forgotten about you, eh? As Cher Horowitz would say, AS IF! I am back with a new roundup of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval…..

Harriet Shift Tunic Dress £69 from Boden
Harriet Shift Tunic Dress £69 from Boden

We begin with this bit of retro gorgeousness courtesy of the wonderful Boden, who continue to knock it out of the park season after season! That massive floral print is bloomin’ marvelous and who doesn’t love a cheeky little shift now and again?

Amelie City Print Sundress £59.50 from Oliver Bonas
Amelie City Print Sundress £59.50 from Oliver Bonas

Oh blimey, you should all know by now that the way to my clothes-loving heart is with a hot air balloon so naturally I was all over this Oliver Bonas frock when I spotted it in store! As well as the balloons this dress features adorable hand drawn images of famous landmarks from London, Paris and Pisa. It’s so pretty and perfect for Summer.

Floral Sleeveless Shift Dress £50 from Warehouse
Floral Sleeveless Shift Dress £50 from Warehouse

I love love love the colours of this chic little Warehouse dress! It’s just so darn bright and the 70s style and print are totally fab! I usually worry about a high neck but actually I think this dress would be super flattering.

White Boat Print Skater Dress by Cutie £32.00 from New Look or $59.99 from Modcloth
White Boat Print Skater Dress by Cutie £32.00 from New Look or $59.99 from Modcloth

This ship shape dress from Cutie (available from New Look and Modcloth) is really floating my boat! The tugboat illustrations are just lovely and make this simple dress so delightfully playful.

No Peep™ Denim Button Through Shirt Dress £45 by Limited Edition from Marks and Spencer
No Peep™ Denim Button Through Shirt Dress £45 by Limited Edition from Marks and Spencer

I wasn’t initially sure about the whole denim dress trend but thanks to seeing a lot of other bloggers looks fabulous in them I now find myself coveting this little beauty from Marks and Spencer. It just looks so nice! and so easy to wear! and I want one!

Poppy Print Shirt Dress £25 from F&F
Poppy Print Shirt Dress £25 from F&F

The new in section of F&F is a triumph at the moment, it really is. They’ve gone a bit 60s & 70s inspired dresses crazy and I for one am LOVING IT. This poppy print shirt dress is my pick of the bunch thanks to those dreamy sleeves.

Paisley Print Shirt Dress by River Island £50 from ASOS
Paisley Print Shirt Dress by River Island £50 from ASOS

I’ve also really been loving River Island of late and this neat little paisley print shirt dress is a fine example of why. The colours are just dreamy with the yellows, pinks, and browns all complimenting each other perfectly. Worn with the collar open and the sleeves rolled up, you my friend would be hot to trot.

Strawberry Cami Dress £32 from Oasis
Strawberry Cami Dress £32 from Oasis

Wimbledon might be over but surely strawberries and cream never truly goes out of style! I think this fruity number from Oasis looks good enough to eat and I am eyeing up ready for my sunny summer holiday next month!

Jx

 

Double Thumbs Dresses #53

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?

Hattie dress £69 from Boden
Hattie dress £69 from Boden

First up we have this bodacious beachy dress from Boden which features a super summery print of sailboats, parasols, and even the odd cheeky sunbather! Oh how I wish that could be me! It’s a lovely and flattering fit and flare shape from a brand which never fails to disappoint.

Red lips dress £50 from Lady V London
Red lips dress £50 from Lady V London

It’s time to pucker up and offer 50 of your best smackers as this delightful Lady V London lips print dress is sure to bring a smile to your face. Made in one of their signature 50’s shapes, this dress is destined for twirling in!

Seagull stripe dress £85 from Laura Ashley
Seagull stripe dress £85 from Laura Ashley

It’s time to flock to Laura Ashley who have brought out a lovely range of seagull print frocks! This stripey number with its nautical feel and fit and flare silhouette is my pick of the bunch. Plus look at those cute seagulls! They must be plotting something….

Cactus dress £59 by Emily and Fin
Cactus dress £59 by Emily and Fin

You’ll look pretty sharp in this cactus print dress from the marvelous Emily and Fin, which you can currently pre-order from Aspire Style. The dress is such a gorgeous colour and the white print with pink details looks perfect set against it. I’m going to be real prickly if I don’t get hold of this!

Botanical Specimen print dress £48 from Yumi
Botanical Specimen print dress £48 from Yumi at House of Fraser

What a botanical specimen you’ll look in this pretty Yumi dress! I’m not sure I have mushroom for anymore puns but I am a big fan of the casual crotch tortoise. More dresses should feature them.

Floral jacquard dress £85 from Warehouse
Floral jacquard dress £85 from Warehouse

I am in love with this stunning Warehouse prom dress. It’s the most beautiful shape and the floral jacquard print is just swoonworthy. Yellow and grey look set to be big colours this season and with a dress as knockout as this it’s not hard to see why.

Sweetie print dress £75 from ASOS
Sweetie print dress £75 from ASOS

Sweet dreams are made of this tasty ASOS dress which I can totally think of hundreds and thousands of reasons to buy. Number one being that it’s COVERED IN SWEETS, obviously.

Playful days dress £59.80 from Miss Patina
Playful days dress £59.80 from Miss Patina

Last but not least is this super cute dress from Miss Patina! It’s a lovely simple cream frock with nice striped detailing on the sleeves and, just in case you hadn’t noticed, it also features a massive cat face. Puuuurfect!

Jx