Category Archives: High Street

Ladylike Courts

Oh wowz, I appear to have come over all ladylike. Ok, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but I’ve recently found my footwear interests turning to sensible height court shoes, as opposed to either flat loafers or skyscraper heels. I think it goes back to last weekend, when a mix of A LOT of cheap alcohol, an inviting looking stage and standard 6 inch platforms saw me nearly break my ankle several times in one night. This made me forgo mahoooosive heels for my graduation two days later in favour of 3 inch black courts, for fear of falling on my face on stage.

I have since dug out the courts I have purchased over the past year, and to be honest haven’t worn, to try and mix in with my AW wardrobe. Yes, they do look pretty cute paired with a fur coat and wool tights. Yes, they do make high waisted skinny jeans dressier when I’m going out from work. And yes, the chances of breaking my neck/ankle/dignity are significantly lowered. BUT, they’re really not that comfortable, the lack of cushioning and pointy toes manage to kill my feet off by the end of the day, which is  the main reason I avoided them in the past, and they don’t do any particlar wonders for the derriere either.

Will I still wear them despite the pain? Whilst I’m going through this little ladylike shoe phase, yes. Here are a few high street pairs I’ve been eyeing up…


Dotty Bow Court Topshop £60

Green Triangle Heel Court New Look £25

Dries Van Noten Look-a-likes-at-less-than-half-the-price Kurt Geiger £120

Plain Purple Suede Court Office £58

Black Glittery Court Dorothy Perkins £32

I went a bit eBay crazy again…


I planned to clear my wardrobe as soon as my exams were over, however the celebrations went on a little longer than I expected, but I finally got around to it this weekend! I’ve put 40 items up, some have never been worn, many have only been worn once or a few times. Most of them are high street brands (can’t bring myself to part with designer at the moment) including Topshop, H&M, River Island, American Apperal and ASOS, and there are a few pieces of vintage. Also, everything except one item starts at 99p, so they are definitely worth a look! You can view all of the items here.

Here are a few of them…






SS11 Trend: Hawaiian Prints

Prints, prints, prints, oh how they brighten up my day, week, year. As far as prints go it can be difficult in terms of what’s in, what isn’t and how to wear them right. This makes Hawaiian prints are a must have in my eyes this season with two simple rules. 1, if it’s hawaiian, it works. 2. Just pair it with something simple. Dresses with plain shoes, shirts with denim shorts and jackets with pop colour dresses. There are some great pieces on the high street, but have a rummage through your nearest vintage store for the better, unique pieces.

A few favourites include:

Topshop Hawaiian Print Dress, £25, in-store only.

Motel Emilia Dress, £52.

Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry, Hawaiian Print Short Sleeve Shirt, £82.

Sugarhill Boutique, Hawaiian Tropic Shorts, £18 (Was £35)

Beyond Retro, 1990’s Short Dress, £24.

Beyond Retro, Must Have Casual Coat, £20.

T-Bags Tropical Print Jersey Dress, The Outnet, £77.50 (Was £155)

Oh and here is one I put on eBay earlier…

Vintage Hawaiian Print Cotton Jumper

SS11 Trend: Pleats

Recently, maybe because it’s two degrees warmer, or maybe because I’m getting a bit bored of winter, I have found myself longing for the chance to wear flowing clothes. As I am trying to avoid the whole boho vibe (I tried, I failed, I’m just too clean a person) flowing clothes aren’t too easy to find, however I seem to have found salvation in pleats.

That neat little detailing is cropping up on garments everywhere, with the high street incorporating them into trousers, shirts, skirts and dresses they are an elegant update that will still leave you with that free feeling. Now whilst I’ve only put a few items from them, I recommend you head to the ASOS and Topshop websites for more pleated beauties.

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

ASOS Pleated Bust Jumpsuit – £50

ASOS Pleated Sleeveless Maxi Dress – £65

Love Label One Shoulder Pleated Dress – £48

Motel Sally Pleated Skirt -£12

Peacocks Ladies Pleated Skirt – £18

Purple at Dorothy Perkins Pleat One Sleeve Dress – £38

Theory at Liberty Fuchsia One Shoulder Pleated Dress – £152 (was £380)

Robbie Bee at TK Maxx Pleated Dress – £19

Topshop Pleat Collar Blouse – £38

Topshop Tobacco Pleated Wide Leg Trousers – £48

Mother Knows Best… Uniqlo HeatTech

Growing up my mum always told me that no matter how nice your clothes are, you’ll always look stupid if you’re not dressed appropriately for the weather. During my teens I naturally ignored this, however now I’ve started gliding through my 20’s I’ve put my adolescent stubbornness behind and accepted that pneumonia isn’t just a parental threat. Therefore in the words of Connie Francis “I’m gonna be warm this winter”, but I plan to stay stylish at the same. Bringing me onto the point of this post, Uniqlo HeatTech, yes it’s been around for a while, but I feel I need to since it’s praises!

Now whilst I am somewhat a fan of layering, sometimes I just don’t have the time in the morning to make sure I’m not rocking the Joey look,  especially when it’s twice as hard to get out of bed.

Sometimes all you want to wear is a simple dress and thick tights and still be warm. That’s where Uniqlo HeatTech helps, with their ultra light weight garments that absorb body moisture and turn it into heat, crazy huh? As well as tops, leggings and shorts there are also a variety of accessories, in plain colours and fun prints. Personally I tend to wear them under my usual outfits, however some cute Fair Isle prints have recently been produced that might have me making my thermals a fashion statement.

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

Long Boots

Now although they have been back in fashion for some time, long boots have never really captured my heart. This is partly due to my muscular calves, which don’t leave me with many styles to choose from, and partly down to the Pretty Woman connotation that I can never seem to forget.

However, about a month ago, after seeing them looking gorgeous on customers at work, I tried on Acne’s Knee Length Pistol Boot. They fitted like a glove, looked absolutely gorgeous and I fell in love.

Since then have I started looking around at more styles that are on offer this season, and was pleasantly surprised with what I found. Now although I could only dream of wearing most of these, due to my calf dilemma, but I just had to share them!

Firstly, of course, the Acne Pistol Boot, which I still do not own:

These beauties from Billi Bi, I have the ankle version and I love them:

Next, the most practical, Folk’s Antoine boot:

The warm, on-trend pair, from ASOS:

Swedish Hasbeens Knee-high clog boot looks pretty tasty on too:

Topshop’s gorgeous Panther Boot:

And finally, for that true British weather, Hunter’s Regent:

For Sale, Part 2

Just a short post to say I have more items up for sale on eBay, go and check them out!! Also, I need to apologise for the serious lack of posts recently, my laptop decided to start deteriorating very quickly a few weeks ago, which means it takes a while to do anything, and almost impossible to do blog posts. However, do not dispare, I am getting a new one this week, so About your Dress will resume normal service soon. There is also another pile of clothes that will go up for sale soon too (when I get said laptop), so watch this space…

For Sale…

This post isn’t my usual sort, but I just want to get the word out. I had a wardrobe clearout a few weeks ago and have finally got around to putting things on eBay, there is about 35 items on there at the moment and roughly 20 left to add, which I’m hoping to get done tonight. All starting prices are 99p, it’s mainly high street and some vintage, but I may put a few designer pieces on there tonight if I can bring myself to part from them. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get bidding…

Selfridges Shoe Stories

By now you would have probably heard of Selfridges Shoe Galleries, which will have over 55,000 pairs in stock at one time and 4,000 pairs on display from 150 different brands, including Exclusive to Selfridges shoes. If you haven’t then make sure you have circled the 16th September in your calendar, as this is the grand opening!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Selfridges want to hear your Shoe Stories, and in return you can win a years supply of shoes. One winner will be selected by the Judges, each Friday for 15 weeks, from the 6th August to the 12th November 2010, so you still have plenty of chances to win. And even if you don’t win, the stories are still lovely and funny to read, the pictures along side them to die for and there is something comforting about knowing that you’re not alone in your shoe addiction.

Zara and H&M are Going Online!

If you’re thinking European High Street clothing giants two instantly spring to mind, H&M and Zara, but this isn’t their only similarity, the second being that neither of them have an online store… yet! Yes, whilst the likes of Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Next and French Connection, to name a few, have been long fulfilling our need to buy lunchtime pick-me-ups or that last minute outfit for an impromptu night out, H&M and Zara have held back.

However, Zara, who already have an online homewares store, will be launching their clothing range online on September 2nd. H&M, who currently have no UK online operation, will open their online store two weeks after, on the 16th September. As well as their womens, mens and childrens ranges, they will be selling their new range of homewares too. With both of the stores launching just as you have mentally finalised your A/W10 key pieces, its perfect timing, and if you order more than you can fit into your current wardrobe, well you can just buy another one!