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

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

Everything’s coming up Warehouse

She and Hem | Everything's coming up Warehouse

We managed to get a rare couple of days off work together this week and, after a few healthy hours of slobbing around in our PJs, decided to take full advantage of the beautiful Autumnal weather and headed out for a stroll.

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Feeling rather seasonal, we decided it was the perfect opportunity to go pumpkin shopping and ended up with two rather gorgeous specimens that we have named Phil and Grant. Normal friends take photos of their pumpkins in public, right?

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It was bizarrely warm for late October and we ended up casting our coats asunder for a proper play in the leaves as we had a good gossip and a catch up. We are so lucky to live next to such a gorgeous park!

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Inspired by our frocks, we attempted a bit of a sixties vibe by adding our Boden* coats and white tights. Both of our dresses are from Warehouse* and we thought the colours looked rather spiffing together! It’s always nice when quite basic styles have fun details, such as Victoria’s snazzy collar and the excellent buttons on mine! Victoria finished her look with shoes from New Look and I teamed my look with a Gallic Rooster beret* (hello old friend), Topshop shoes and a black belt from ASOS.

J&V

Putting the Win in Winter: Coats

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the weather seems to have waved a fond farewell to sunshine and warmth and replaced it with rain, wind and a brisk chill. This is, of course, brilliant news as it means we can all finally justify buying those coats we’ve been stroking in shops since mid August. Marvelous. Here are some of our current favourites…

The Katy Coat £95.00
The Katy Coat £95 from Oasis

First up is this dreamy oversized blazer fit coat from Oasis. I adore the natural colour but if you want to be totally jazzy, it also comes in very bright shades of orange and yellow.

Kelsey Coat £125 from Louche at Joy
Kelsey Coat £125 from Louche at Joy

You won’t get the hump about the cold in this luxurious vintage camel number from Louche. If that faux fur doesn’t get you, the lining will – it’s covered in super cute animals!

Colette Coat £99
Colette Coat £99 by Hell Bunny at Aspire Style

Go dotty for this spotty retro Hell Bunny number. Giant buttons and pockets are clearly the way forward.

Stand Collar Swing Coat £19 from Forever 21
Stand Collar Swing Coat £19 from Forever 21

Forever 21 appears to be THE place to go for budget friendly winter coats. The above also comes in black and camel but they have a pretty enjoyable selection of plaid too.

Ronnie Coat £125
Ronnie Coat £125 by Louche at John Lewis

I think this gorgeous Louche number might be my current most coveted coat. I adore the pink, which thankfully seems to be still a big trend for 2014, but it also comes in a rather fetching shade of blue.

Check Coat £95
Check Coat £95 from Warehouse

This Warehouse coat is neatly ticking the pink, plaid and pockets boxes. Plus I do love a brushed fabric. It makes up for the fact I don’t own a cat.

Dolly Coat £33 (was £70) from ASOS
Dolly Coat £33 (was £70) from ASOS

I really rate the ASOS Dolly style coats, having bought one this time last year, and so I thought this was a bit of a bargain. I really like the ice blue colour above but, for a £16 extra, it also comes in the bright raspberry.

Frances Coat £110
Frances Coat £110 by Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser

If you like this sixties style Sugarhill Boutique number with its lovely fluffy collar and velvet (I think?) detailing then I suggest you step on it as it seems to be rapidly going out of stock.

Iris Dress Coat £129.99 from Fever
Iris Dress Coat £129.99 from Fever

The more I stare at this Fever coat the more convinced I am that we are meant to be together. Beautiful colour, beautiful collar and the perfect coat shape.

Swing Coat with Contrast Faux Fur Collat £85 from ASOS
Swing Coat with Contrast Faux Fur Collat £85 from ASOS

Last but not least is this lovely swing coat from ASOS. I think the swing style is super cute and flattering – plus it would totally hide any extra roast dinners! Good work, fashion. It’s also available in pink.

Jx

Fancy Floral

She and Hem | Fancy Floral

Despite rather liking them, I have been a little bit afraid of trying out jumpsuits. People whose opinion I greatly value seem to hate them with a passion I haven’t seen since Nasty Nick wrote all those notes on Big Brother. This, however, is one of the many reasons why I love Victoria for she is usually the one to go against the crowd and encourage me to buy the things I might otherwise chicken out of!

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I finally took the jumpsuit plunge when I spotted this floral number on the Topshop website! A couple of She and Hem whatsapps later and we had concluded that it was destined to be mine. When it arrived I knew I had made the right choice. I LOVE it and am now a complete jumpsuit convert!  

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I accessorised it simply with Topshop sunglasses, a black ASOS belt and some fab black wedge sandals from Warehouse at House of Fraser*. I usually really struggle to find comfy summer footwear but these are just perfect! I can see this is going to be my go to summer look. 

She and Hem | Fancy Floral

She and Hem | Fancy Floral

And, just in case you hadn’t noticed, last weekend I unexpectedly found myself in the most beautiful poppy field on the outskirts of Bristol. Naturally, I then took about 500 photos to document the experience and had a great time larking around like a lunatic. 

She and Hem | Fancy FloralAre you a fan of jumpsuits? Hook me up with any good ones! I am now ready to start a collection!

Jx

All Hail the Sale *Double Thumbs Dresses 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!

Bike Stripe Smock Dress £35 (was £55) from Sugarhill Boutique
Bike Stripe Smock Dress £35 (was £55) from Sugarhill Boutique

Also available at this price from John Lewis and Debenhams.  

Duckie Dress £39 (was £55) from Sugarhill Boutique
Duckie Dress £39 (was £55) from Sugarhill Boutique

Also available at this price from John Lewis and Debenhams.  

Dress with Bell Sleeves £39.99 (was £59.99) from Zara
Dress with Bell Sleeves £39.99 (was £59.99) from Zara
Printed Dress with Wide Straps £39.99 (was £59.99) from Zara
Printed Dress with Wide Straps £39.99 (was £59.99) from Zara
Strawberry Fields Sash Dress £32.50 (was £65) from Great Plains
Strawberry Fields Sash Dress £32.50 (was £65) from Great Plains
Jenna Checked Shirt Dress £40 (was £50) from Great Plains
Jenna Checked Shirt Dress £40 (was £50) from Great Plains
Evette Dress in Green Balloon Print £45.50 (was £65) from People Tree
Evette Dress in Green Balloon Print £45.50 (was £65) from People Tree
Safari Short Sleeved Dress £42 (was £60) from Cath Kidston
Safari Short Sleeved Dress £42 (was £60) from Cath Kidston
Nancy Dress £53.40 (was £89) from Boden
Nancy Dress £53.40 (was £89) from Boden
Audley Dress £139 (was £199) from Hobbs
Audley Dress £139 (was £199) from Hobbs

Also available at this price from John Lewis and House of Fraser.

Vintage Peach & Navy Floral Tea Dress £35 (was £50) from Lady Vintage
Vintage Peach & Navy Floral Tea Dress £35 (was £50) from Lady Vintage
Shannon Fit And Flare Dress £69 (was £99) from Phase Eight
Shannon Fit And Flare Dress £69 (was £99) from Phase Eight

Also available at this price from John Lewis and House of Fraser.

Ribbon Detailed Flared Dress £30 (was £65) from Warehouse
Ribbon Detailed Flared Dress £30 (was £65) from Warehouse

Have you spotted any good bargains?

Jx

Double Thumbs Dresses #34

Hello hello! It’s time for another roundup of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. This week even includes two of your recommended seven a day. You are very welcome.

Lemon Print Dress £18 from Tu Clothing At Sainsbury's
Lemon Print Dress £18 from Tu Clothing at Sainsbury’s

Fruity frock number one comes courtesy of TU at Sainsbury’s! I spotted this one over on A Million Dresses blog and quickly fell for its vintage charm and that pricetag. Hello! I then proceeded to have a slight dress meltdown when I discovered that you can no longer order TU items online (it’s 2014 Sainsbury’s. I expect to at least be able to click + collect) but I needn’t have worried as my lovely Mum (Hi Mum) came to my rescue and picked one up for me. Apparently they are running quite low on certain sizes so GO NOW. RIGHT NOW.

Ditta Pineapple Dress £49 by Louche from Joy
Ditta Pineapple Dress £49 by Louche from Joy

But, hey, if you can’t be bothered to go to Sainsbury’s or you simply don’t fancy being a right lemon, Louche are here with some delightful pineapples. Available from wonder store, Joy, this lovely dress is just begging to be worn in the sunshine.  Perhaps whilst holding an outlandish cocktail.

Dress in Alice in Wonderland Print £205 by Paul & Joe Sister Exclusive to ASOS
Dress in Alice in Wonderland Print £205 by Paul & Joe Sister Exclusive to ASOS

I can’t afford this Alice in Wonderland (!!!) print Paul & Joe Sister dress but that hasn’t stopped me from adding it to my ASOS saved list in some ridiculous hope that one day it might be 75% off and I’ll have a discount code. A girl can dream.

Florida Bloom Mesh Dress £150 from French Connection
Florida Bloom Mesh Dress £150 from French Connection

The new French Connection collection is something to behold but I instantly fell for this super floaty fit and flare dress. What a hot mesh.

Daisy Jacquard Dress £70 from Oasis
Daisy Jacquard Dress £70 from Oasis

You might have already spotted this lovely daisy dress from Oasis on Taylor Swift as she was pictured wearing it whilst swanning around New York. It must have been high fives and back slaps ahoy at Oasis HQ this week, eh? Anyhoo, Old Swifto went for the navy version but I am personally rather partial to this peachy colour.

*Correction* Taylor was actually wearing this Oasis dress. They are pretty similar though.

Ribbon Detailed Flared Dress £65.00 from Warehouse
Ribbon Detailed Flared Dress £65 from Warehouse

I’ve got a lot of love for this ribbon detailed dress from Warehouse. it sort of reminds me of a May-pole! That’s a good thing. The colours are lovely too.

Macie Dress £85 from Coast
Macie Dress £85 from Coast

There are some lovely dresses on the Coast website at the moment but I was drawn to the beautiful scenic print featured on this Macie dress. I love those almost spooky looking trees! It’s all rather enchanting.

Bow Back Denim Smock Dress £42 from ASOS
Bow Back Denim Smock Dress £42 from ASOS

And we finish on this fantastic denim bow back dress from ASOS. It looks like it might give you some serious underwear dilemmas but crikey, look at it. It’s got a massive bow on the back! Yes please.

Jx

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Double Thumbs Dresses #33

Howdy partners! It’s DT time! Your weekly *sideways glance* roundup of the dresses we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. Before we crack on, I am going to make a shameless plea! The nominations for the Company Blogger Awards 2014 have opened and we would be chuffed as nuts if you would consider voting for us. There’s even a blogger duo category! Shameless plea over, it’s frock o’clock.

Map Print Cotton Fit Flare Dress £85 from Laura Ashley
Map Print Cotton Fit Flare Dress £85 from Laura Ashley

I have been waiting forever (at least 3 weeks) for this beauty to hit the Laura Ashley website and it sure was worth the wait. It’s got the most gorgeous old world map print, complete with big ships, whales and deckchairs! Yes, more deckchairs! I hereby declare deckchairs to be a SS14 essential.

Vintage Floral Midi Bardot Dress £85 from ASOS
Vintage Floral Midi Bardot Dress £85 from ASOS

Oh me oh my, ASOS are killing it with the dresses at the moment. They rather inconsiderately keep selling out before I have the chance to buy them (and by that I mean they aren’t hanging around long enough to go into a sale), which is a real bummer. This gorgeous vintage style dress has a beautiful off the shoulder neckline and sublime fit and flare shape.

Organza Prom Dress £25 from Matalan
Organza Prom Dress £25 from Matalan

Matalan are also bringing the pretty this season with some lovely feminine florals. This gorgeous organza prom dress has a super flattering silhouette and the all important  mesh panel.

Wish You Were Here Dress £60 from Great Plains
Wish You Were Here Dress £60 from Great Plains

This postcard print dress from Great Plains is surely worth writing home about (unlike my jokes, eh). I do enjoy a shirt dress and this one happens to have a lovely rounded collar and a very pretty peach and blue pallet going on. It’s also got birds on it. So that’s nice. Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #33

Double Thumbs Dresses #27 *Valentine’s Special*

Wahooo! It’s Friday again which means it’s time for a new Double Thumbs Dresses! But before we press ahead with this weeks’ selection of frocks deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval, a big THANK YOU is in order as you lovely lot have voted us into the shortlist for the UK Blog Awards. Honestly, this is the most unexpected treat for us and we are truly grateful and just the tiniest bit confused. So, seeing as we are in such a loving feelgood mood, this week’s DT will provide you with the perfect dresses for Valentine’s Day. Break out the violins and pass me the Milk Tray!

Love Heart Smock £32 from Vintage Style Me
Love Heart Smock £32 from Vintage Style Me

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers raving about this new heart print smock from Vintage Style Me and it’s not difficult to see why! It’s a fabulously pretty print with a great shape. I love Lily’s playful styling too!

Emily and Fin Abigail dress, heart print
Abigail Heart Print Dress £65 by Emily and Fin from Aspire Style

Speaking of lovely heart prints, this Emily and Fin Abigail dress is pastel perfection. The hearts almost look like confetti! So cute. I love their Abigail style, with full skirt and high neckline.

Capella Dress (Red Wine) (2)
Capella Dress £75.80 from Miss Patina

Valentine’s Day is probably the last day for a while you can get away with wearing a sparkly red velvet dress, so you may as well do it properly in this Miss Patina number. The back of the dress is gorgeous too, with two very lovely red bows.

Dress with Bell Sleeves £59.99 from Zara
Dress with Bell Sleeves £59.99 from Zara

You can’t be the belle of the ball without your bell sleeves on, can you? (said no one) I’m rather smitten with this white dress from Zara as it’s got a bit of a 60s vibe going on. Team it with red accessories and you are hot to trot. Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #27 *Valentine’s Special*

Double Thumbs Dresses #21

Happy Wednesday, one and all. 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’s a slightly shorter installment this week but, hey, it’s quality not quantity!

Buy Almari Contrast Dress, Black/White Online at johnlewis.com
Contrast Dress £65 by Almari from John Lewis

This dress from Almari (available at John Lewis), with its lovely cinched waistline and full skirt, looks pretty great at first glance. Plus, we all like a hounds-tooth right? But wait, what’s that? It’s actually hundreds and hundred of cats? Fetch my purse.

Knitted Woven Skirt Dress £70.00 from Topshop

Heck yes! I love a lazy outfit and this Topshop one ticks all manner of boxes for me. Especially the big one that says ‘can be dressed for work in under 60 seconds’. I love that box. Seriously though, this is a beautiful dress for A/W.

 Roll Sleeve Textured Dress
Roll Sleeve Textured Dress £20.00 from Matalan

I’m really smitten with this simple dress from Matalan. I can’t really figure out why it is that I love it so much but I think it might have something to do with how comfy it looks. I love the little roll sleeve detail and the pockets, oh the pockets! It comes in a variety of colours but I’ve plumped for brown. Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #21