A Dress A Day

You know those days when you go out with a list and a steely determination to get everything done no matter what? Only you don’t think to include ‘stop for coffee and cake’ to the list and once that’s wriggled its way into your schedule at no.2 (no.1 was ‘get petrol’ which doesn’t really count since if you hadn’t done that you wouldn’t have got to no.2) you’re really behind so you might as well have a natter on the phone while you’re sitting down. No.3 (formerly no.2) inevitably gets knocked off the list as it’s not urgent – you were supposed to ‘return bra to M&S’ but since you only bought it in order to reach the £10 spend needed to get free parking for an hour, it would probably look more genuine if you kept it for 24 hours anyway.

Best for Skinny Minnies

Pleated dress by French Connection, reduced to £85

Pleated dress by French Connection, reduced to £85

Everyone knows you should do the most dreaded tasks first to get them out of the way so you don’t drag your feet through the more pleasurable things such as no.3 ‘buy birthday present for Mum’. This turns into a rummage in Gap where you unearth a beautiful powder blue bag you featured in this very blog months ago but couldn’t afford – now selling at 70% off! You get into a conversation with the studenty-type cashier about whether or not the rather sexy looking male model featured in the poster above the till is in fact the actor who plays Junior in Breaking Bad, as disturbingly you quite fancy him (the actor not the cashier). The cashier looks unwashed and while you don’t have many expectations when it comes to Gap, wholesome staff strangely is one of them. The unwashed not on-brand cashier says he doesn’t know as he didn’t see Breaking Bad. It then becomes a discussion about how you were only now watching it yourself and you thought you were the only person in the world not to have watched when it was aired. This is actually a lie as just last night you had a conversation with a friend who posted on Facebook that she was the only person in the world to be watching Breaking Bad now and not only you but three others chimed in with the same thing.

Best for next season                                                                              Best for holidays

Lace dress by Whistles, £65

Lace dress by Whistles, reduced to £65

4 in 1 stretch dress by Gap, reduced to £24.99

4 in 1 stretch dress by Gap, reduced to £24.99











Best for Pear Shapes

Maxi dress by River Island £30

Maxi dress by River Island £30

There’s just never enough time and (here comes the link) that’s why getting dressed in the summer is so much easier, or at least it should be. I absolutely swear by dresses because put on a dress and you’re done. You genuinely only need think about what shoes to put with a dress and in that respect really anything goes.* If you’ve got legs that aren’t ready for exposure then you wear a maxi dress, if you feel overdressed in a dress in the daytime wear it with trainers and a denim jacket, if you worry about getting tan lines with a strappy dress get one with detachable straps.

Best for Hourglass shapes

Silk dress by French Connection reduced to £90

Silk dress by French Connection reduced to £90

There is a dress for every occasion and for every shape this season. Soon enough we’ll be back in layers of wool, denim and leather so go buy a dress! There are LOADS of fabulous styles out there and most of them are half price now. Clean the bathroom and put the washing on before you leave the house or get coffee and then reward yourself.

What are you waiting for?!


Best for Everyday

Cynthia Rowley lycra dress at TK Maxx, £16

Cynthia Rowley lycra dress at TK Maxx, £16




Best for Anyone at Anytime

Shirt dress by Hobbs, reduced to £29

Shirt dress by Hobbs, reduced to £29





* Anything, that is, except for Crocs.











About aftercarrie

I help people refine their wardrobe to suit their shape, colouring and lifestyle. I am a style consultant, personal shopper and colour analyst working in London. Be the loveliest possible you. My first book SHOPPED was released on 5th July 2016 (September Publishing). www.emilystott.net
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