C150 – Day 3

Woo-hoo, 2% there. I only have to do this 50 times over and I’m sorted. Yes, the DTs have set in and I’m jonesing for some retail therapy. Eyes on the prize, Amber.

Anyway, at least I’ve had the saga of the world’s most famous baby to amuse me during my withdrawal, and today I’m wearing a bit of George in his honour. You’ll remember I snapped this skirt up after spotting it at the summer preview. I recently attended their A/W press day, which I need to blog over the weekend – there were some great pieces on show, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

I’ve put it with this forest green twist-front tee from Jigsaw, which is one of my very favourites. The style is really flattering and I love the colour – it is surprisingly hard to find! The white version is currently on sale here, if you fancy one yourself. I have a M, and as I’m usually a small in most tees, I’d say it’s slightly smaller than average.

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Outfit:

T-shirt – Jigsaw
Skirt – George
Shoes – H&M

Butter Me Up

I’m always a bit skeptical of multi-use products.”Jack of all trades, master of none”, usually springs to mind. So when the Dressing Room sent me the Signature Butter by Nadia wrap dress to style as part of their Great British Dress Off campaign (more about this on their blog), I was curious to see whether it would live up to the promise.

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I’ve had a fondle of these dresses before, so I expected the jersey would be soft, weighty and fluid, and indeed I was not disappointed. It’s an interesting dress in that it’s really just a skirt with two very long ties attached to the waistband, and it is this design that gives it the versatility to be worn so many different ways. The most enjoyable part of this trial was playing around with the dress, seeing how many ways I could style it. And, wow, there were a lot of ways. I’m showing you three here, and I’ve gone for quite formal styling as we head into wedding/christening/graduation season.

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Firstly, I’ve gone for a simple halterneck style, twisting the straps together down the back and knotting at my waist, leaving the long ties hanging to one side. I’m usually a bit shy of halternecks as I have quite broad shoulders and can sometimes look like a prop forward, but I think the broad straps counter this quite nicely.

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I’ve gone for a Grecian look for my second style, taking both straps across one shoulder, crossing them at the back and then again at the waist before knotting to the rear. I really like this asymmetric style; really elegant, perfect for an evening engagement.

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For my final look, I’ve gone for a crossover halter style, crossing the straps at my chest, then again behind my neck, wrapping the straps around my waist and tying to the rear. Another incredibly simple yet chic style.

Outfit:

Dress – Butter by Nadia
Bag – Anya Hindmarch Valorie
Shoes – Russell & Bromley
Cuffs- George at Asda (c/o)

And I’ve barely scratched the surface here. This image gives a better idea of the myriad ways this dress can be worn:

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Hopefully I’ve proved that this dress works really well for the curvy contingent, but I also think it could work just as well on a sleeker silhouette. It would look amazing worn as a strapless ballerina style, and those of you who don’t need a supension-bridge-like structure keeping everything hoisted could try one of the more daring backless styles.
If you want to know more, the team at The Dressing Room have put together this excellent video showing how to tie the dresses to achieve various styles.

This dress could also be the answer to a lot of occasionwear woes. How many times have I dropped a bomb on a dress for a wedding and then angsted about wearing it again? This dress isn’t the cheapest, but it’s around the price point I’d buy at for a big event and you get a lot of bang for your buck. Swap the accessories round and style it a different way – Hey Presto! New dress!

Hmmm, I think I’ve talked myself into it…

Disclaimers:

  • This dress will be winging its way back to Dressing Room HQ tomorrow morning, and I have not been paid for this feature. I have done it because they are all round good eggs with a great range of products and give superb CS. Oh, and I like wearing pretty dresses.
  • I haven’t taken up cage fighting, as the bruising to my leg may suggest. I actually fell over a slide at the playground. God bless the mum standing nearby who tried to temper my humiliation by telling me she does that ‘all the time’. Course you do, love.
  • My lawnmower is not, to my knowledge, broken. I can’t be sure of course, as I haven’t taken it out of the garage for about 8 months.

George Summer Style Launch

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be invited to a preview of George’s high summer collection at their offices in London. For those of you who don’t know much about the brand, it was established as the Asda fashion brand in 1990 by George Davies, the man who also brought us Next. George is now the third biggest retailer of adult clothing in the UK, and is sold in seven countries worldwide! They have regular collections designed by Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki, and have recently been working with designers from Graduate Fashion week for up-to-the-minute styles from emerging British designers.

I met one such talent, Claire Acton, at the event, who talked me through her designs for the G21 arm of the brand, aimed at younger customers. I particularly loved the graphic swimsuits – very We Are Handsome.

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City-scape swimsuit

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Grrrrr

The collection as a whole was real eyeopener for me. I’ve bought the odd bit from George before, but I wasn’t expecting to love as many items from the collection as I did.

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Gorgeous summer florals

Bold monochrome and neon

The sunglasses were a definite highlight. I love my RayBans, but I have watched too many pairs splash into the sea over the side of a boat to contemplate spending a fortune on my holiday pairs. These catseye and aviator styles are on my wishlist…

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Bring on the sunshine!

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How cute is this folding pair?

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I am so getting these blue aviators!

My favourites pick of the collection was this botanical print skirt. I loved the rich greens, and it was made of neoprene, so I imagine it would be super flattering. And at £12 it is an absolute bargain. I will be snapping this up as soon as it drops in store, to wear to work with a white shirt.

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Tropical print skirt £12

I also loved this Aztec inspired beach bag. The pom-pom detailing is so sweet, I cannot wait to sling my suncream into it!

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Pom-pom tote £10

This twenties inspired dress is just so beautiful. The shimmering, scalloped silver embellishment (try saying that when you’ve had a few) really lifts the simple shape.

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Beaded dress, £25

This top has festival written all over it. Pair it with denim cut offs, a straw trilby and wellies and you’re good to go.

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Didn’t get the price on this one – sorry!

This dress is so far up my street it should be paying me rent! I’m definitely going to buy it, and I’ll be wearing it with a tribal-inspired statement collar and leopard gladiators.

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Jersey midi-dress, £10

As well as getting to preview the collection, George were kind enough to lay on hairstyling, makeovers and manicures, courtesy of the beautifully-turned-out Powderpuff Girls. No shot of the gorgeous deep-red manicure I’m afraid, as in typical Amber style I managed to chip it almost immediately.

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Getting my hair done

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Post-makeover Instagram

And here is what I wore:

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And a close-up:

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Outfit:

Shirt – Diesel via TK Maxx
Jeans – Nudie High Kai
Boots – Carvela
Belt – & Other Stories
Bag – Alexander Wang Rocco
Ring – River Island (old)
Earrings – MariaFrancescaPepe
Necklace – Etsy

All the items I’ve featured here will be hitting stores and the George website over the next few weeks, but if you want more info on any of the pieces, drop me a tweet, comment or email and I’ll see what I can find out.