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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

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

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:

AW10 Trend: Capes

I don’t mean to wish the summer away, but like most people interested in fashion I’ve been looking forward to winter since the AW10 shows in February, and one of items that is at the top of my “to buy” list is a cape. There is something incredibly regal and chic about wearing a cape, plus they hide a multitude of sins that may appear over the winter months, especially at Christmas (yes I just cursed myself for mentioning Christmas).

Although it is only July I have already noticed many capes coming into the high street in a range of styles, cropped, hooded, patterned, trench and I can guarantee that by the time the temperature drops there will be a lot more. Also, if you don’t want to risk bumping into somebody in the same one, you can always go vintage; capes are a garment that wavered in and out of fashion over the decades so with a little bit of searching you’ll probably find something gorgeous!

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites (so far):