Predictability is my middle name when it comes to shopping and dresses. According to my family, most of my dresses are variations on a theme ….fitted and knee length in winter and fitted and maxi in summer. I argue the exceptions, but to no avail. So elder daughter (not the stylist) and I visited Arnotts to find me a new style. She selected ten and so did I. We were blown away by the selection (there were many new labels) and the price range.
I had put an upper limit of €300 on my purchase and promised that I would try on whatever was handed to me. Have a look at some of them.
The “moo” dress (my name for it) from Coast, priced at a reasonable €150, was a definite statement piece. I really liked the sleeves and it was comfortable to wear (amazing how that has become a major consideration in all my clothes shopping). If you want something different, or if you are a little dotty, go for this.
This lacy blue/black number from Phase 8 (€245) was another winner. I loved the shape, the colour, the lace and also felt that it could be a definite contender. It would suit many body shapes and there was a good range of sizes.
I really loved this sophisticated TJ wrap dress (€285) in a winter red. It’s good to see the longer midi length back in fashion. However, the only gripe I had was the plastic fastener at the front which I felt cheapened it.
This orange dress by Pablo/Gerard Darel (€205) was not a style that I would have picked myself, but I loved the colour and it was really comfortable to wear. You wouldn’t have to worry about panty lines or wearing control underwear. I worried that it was a bit girly for me, but my daughter and some bystanders assured me it wasn’t!
Now this final look, an Adrianna Papell half jumpsuit/dress, was way outside my comfort zone, but I loved the way it moved while I walked. An all-in-one piece, I felt it could be the answer to my quest for something a little different. Oh and when I got to the till, I was surprised to find that it was reduced from €225 to €157. Happy days!