When I first saw this dress in the ASOS magazine, it was one of those rare moments of complete certainty – I would own that dress. Unfortunately it initially retailed at a not particularly purse friendly £80, so I gritted my teeth and resisted splurging. My patience paid off, as it was eventually reduced to a far more justifiable £30, and I snapped it up without a moment’s hesitation.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love it. The print it to die for, the skirt is fluffy and full, and the fabric is delightfully soft and comfortable. However, underneath the skirt is the most cheap, annoying excuse for a petticoat that I have ever encountered. It is so hard to make the top layer sit comfortably over it, and even when you do succeed it will go lumpy and uneven within moments of moving. It’s so badly designed, especially for something that was originally sold for £80! Thankfully my American Apparel petticoat skirt saved the day and did a far better job than the original flimsy piece of netting (which has now been cut out and burned ceremoniously).
I’m aware that this dress is extremely frothy and girly (even by my standards!), and for that exact reason I pared it down with a studded belt and my trusty boater hat, staying well clear of frilly socks, floral headbands and sugary accessories – there’s more than enough sweetness in the dress alone! I love the final outfit, all I need now is an invitation to an autumnal tea party.
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