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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: 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

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!