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4 Sep 2013

The 2in1 Dress

I have posted about Dorothy Perkins dresses before. I love the way they fit, the fact that they wash and dry easily and that they are relatively affordable. So when I was asked to choose an item from the new collection, "dresses" was the first section I scanned on the site.

The 2in1 dress you see below forms part of their "Style Essentials".

The whole premise of which is that all we need are 10 pieces to form the basis of Autumn/Winter 2013.

These are 10 items that can be paired easily with existing clothes in your wardrobe and the starting price is £14, which makes it an affordable approach to a new season style update.

For some reason I get a bit excited when people talk about capsule wardrobes. I think it's because it's a concept I have aspired to for years but in equal measures, have also failed miserably at.

I am too greedy and attracted by newness to ever make it happen and so any attempts at simplifying my wardrobe are ruined when I bring home bags upon bags of goodies. But...as an idea I am all over it. Maybe this season I will make it happen? ;)

Onto the dress...

The dress itself is a gorgeous blend of black and blush. It has an embellished neckline (very pretty/very hair tangle-prone), a built in blush "bodice" or vest to stop it becoming totally see through and a fitted style. I think it's very flattering and it feels good to wear. It's a great evening work-do kind of dress.

My one criticism, and one that I saw someone on the site give in their review, is that it could do with an extra inch or two of fabric. I love pencil skirts/dresses when they come just over the knee. Whilst more fabric does not naturally equate to "more sexy" I think that's when this style looks it's very best.

Dress: Dorothy Perkins - Link!
Shoes: Christian Louboutin "Simple" pump...years after purchase they are starting to get comfortable!
Sunglasses: Celine

PS. Dorothy Perkins are hosting a competition for UK based readers where one of you can win £500 worth of winter wardrobe goodness. Follow the link - Link! - to be in with a chance and if you win do let me know!  :)

Now is it Dorothy Perkins or Dotty P's for you? :)


  1. Beautiful!!!!;)


  2. The dress is pretty and flattering; you look great. :) I, too, aspire to own a capsule wardrobe but I fear it's a lost cause for me...

    Nerve Wires

  3. The capsule wardrobe is just never going to work for me.

  4. Lovely Dress, I like the length which is classy.

    Not always a huge fan of DP, however maybe their new collection is worth a look for more 'sensible' pieces...

    Di x


  5. I'm the same... I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe but I just can't do it! Really like the neckline on this dress, Laura, though I can see how it would be very prone to hair tangling.

    xo, alison*elle

  6. The dress is so beautiful! The embellished neckline really makes a difference

    Louise | Vanity Corner
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  7. Gorgeous dress! I do agree that it could use an extra couple of inches though... I would be a tiny bit nervous wearing it to work.

  8. Dorothy Perkins are definitely getting better these days!

    I'm like you when I hear capsule collection. Not something I've ever achieved but it sure sounds good!

    Amelia @ Ducklingtoswan.com! :) xxx

  9. So chic! What a great find from Dotty P! ;)

  10. This is such a gorgeous dress! I may have to sneak into Dorothy Perkins sometime soon to check it out in real life. Laura, your blog has so many temptations!

    Lucy x

  11. I adore the idea of a Capsule Wardrobe, but I could never make it work for me, I get bored to easily.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  12. love the colour combination of this dress. I always love a good bit of blush xo

    Your Daily Break

  13. Gorgeous dress, very flattering on you!


  14. I absolutely love this dress it's gorgeous! Such a stylish look the pencil skirt...and I love the embellishments on the collar! Stunning!

    K x


  15. I am in love with the colors in this dress!



  16. Love the dress! I think Dorothy Perkins is underrated! Some of the pieces are of much better quality than Topshop.

    Sarah :) http://sarah-warnes.blogspot.co.uk/

  17. I love love love that you've talked about Dorothy Perkins-I totally forgot about their site and I love their dresses. Thanks for the reminder!

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  20. Hi! Thanks for the giveaway! :) OMG all pictures you look stunning! I like the Dress. I love it so much, I can wear it in any occasion. Hoping to win! Oscar Dresses 2013

  21. She is looking great specially that neckless include in her dress is too awesome.
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  22. I ordered this dress from Argentina, and got it in exactly one month! It was supposed to be delivered between 2 to 3 months and when the bell rang yesterday I was really surprised!
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