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Independents day

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Hello friends.

I have fallen in love. With independent labels. Again.

Reasons why independents (indies) are great:

1. Nice different fabrics, prints and colours that you don’t find in your standard high street store.

2. Prices are the same as or not much more than you would pay in somewhere like Toppers or Zara.

3. You can be pretty sure when you wear an item of clothing from an indie that you won’t rock up to a party and find someone else wearing the self-same thing.

Downfalls of the indie:

1. They are often only available in the larger stores, or online (where you have to pay ruddy postage. Twice if they don’t fit.)

2. The smaller the indie, the less range of sizes they will have – S/M M/L or worse still the dreaded ‘One size’. Yuk.

3. They have limited stock, so you don’t really have time to um and ah about whether to get something, as next time you look there might be none left.

The current objects of my affection, namely Ruby Rocks and Louche, seem to manage to avoid these three quite nicely though. The former is available on it’s own website (www.rubyrocks.co.uk) but also at the likes of ASOS and DP; the latter, available at Joy (www.joythestore.com).

Here are the ones wot I ave been looking at recently…

1. Ruby Rocks

Ring-Ring! Hello Ruby Rocks, can I help you? Hello yes, I would like a well cut, lined dress in a funky fabric at a reasonable price please? No problem, here you go. Wow, Ruby, you rock. Thank you.

Check these badboys out:

L-R: Ochre coffee bean print midi dress, £30; Turquoise car print dress, £28; Lemon bird print dress, £26.

I own the first one and have my greedy fashion peepers on the other two as well. And the beauty is…all of these are available online at Dorothy Perkins in their brands section. Well done, Dotty.

2. Louche

The fact that Louche’s main stockist is at a shop called ‘Joy’ is no coincidence. I nearly squealed with delight when I walked in the other day at all their lovely wares. When I say nearly, I mean actually. Eyeball these beauties:

 

L-R: Navy/orange Paloma dress, £50; Square check Zaza dress £45; Multi print Cassidy dress £49; Blue floral Julita dress (as seen in Grazia, apparently) £55.

I also metaphorically dribbled over this mac there too, although it is £75 so you would have to justify in terms of pays-per-wear before getting it:

 

Word to the wise: Louche sizings err on the smaller side, so you might need to size-up from what you might normally buy.

But don’t let that put you off. There are a whole host of wonderful independent brands out there, Ruby Rocks and Louche are just two.

Further your research by checking out Closet, Numph, Soaked in Luxury, And/Or and Dahlia. Quality. Nice. x

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Wedding guest appearance: mark 2

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So with the wedding only a few weeks away, the hunt is still on to find a nice dress.

Attempts 3 – 5: I am currently loving concessions ranges – and Closet at Dorothy Perkins usually gives me plenty of loveliness in classic shapes, bright prints at reasonable prices. I challenge anyone not to swoon! So off I popped with a friend and tried a host of different dresses, some of which included the following:

I liked the coral pleated dress (£48), but although it looked really nice and I loves a tea dress, I felt it broke rule 4 (too casual). Similarly, the purple fit-and-flare frock (£42) looked lovely, but felt a little bit too worky (thus breaking rule 5). Nightmare.

If I could have found it in the store, I would have tried this retro baby. Pure 50s magic in dress form. This would have called for a pair of leather driving gloves, like these cute heart cut-out ones, £22 from Accessorize. Obviously you could team this with a pair of black courts if you wanted something a bit more subtle, but if not, I think these block heeled bow courts, £29.99 from New Look, would set the whole thing off a treat!

Attempts 6 and 7: Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s back to Topshop concessions we go. But this time it was the biggie – Topshop’s flagship store at Oxford Circus. And this time I had a friend with me to help. They have a great range of concession labels here including Love, CiCi, Orion, Tara Starlet, Wal G, Dahlia, TFNC and, of course, Traffic People.

I tried on MANY dresses here! I won’t go through them all for fear of you falling asleep into a cup of tea and suffering 2nd degree burns on your nose. BUT here are the best of them.

Normally I dismiss Orion as a) being cut for the shorter lady and b) a wee bit expensive, but in the spirit of trying on the whole shop, I gave these beauties a go:

The first is called Julia and costs £67 – it hit the middle of my thigh in terms of length, but looked really lovely on. The cowl neck sewn into the waistband gave me some killer curves. I loved it very much, and this is definitely on my shortlist. Apologies about the dimensions of the pic of the second one – I had trouble trying to get a picture of the white version. Click the link on the name to see it properly. This dress was called Queenie, and at £76 it was one of the more expensive dresses I tried. Although I loved it on, I didn’t seventy-six-pound love it, and white chiffon felt more like cocktails-on-holiday than autumn-wedding. So, if I’m feeling flush, when I go on hols in September I might treat myself to this, and wear with wooden jewellery and a pair of thong sandals.

I also tried, and dismissed these: Turquoise Eva dress by TFNC (£60, too short!); royal blue frilled dress by CiCi (£45, made me look like I had massive shoulders) and some horrendous orange dress (I can’t remember the brand) with a weird cape bit on the back. Just no.

Onward, dear friends… x