Dress: Topshop, £38

It's not often I pay out full price for an item at Topshop. No matter how much I do shop, I'm quite a "sensible" shopper when it comes to the high street as almost always wait until sale season! I've found Topshop a little greedy with the prices they ask for not particularly great quality clothes. For example, I paid over £20 for a cream woven vest with a gold foil cross on the front on a whim - one wash later I'm left with a plain cream vest! However, when I saw Pixie Geldof modelling her Topshop picks in this month's Vogue (right) I fell in love. I'd seen the blogging world going nuts for the stripey version, but in all honesty I didn't think too much of it. Maybe it's because I've never been particularly fond of stripes? However, my love affair for paisley stretches far back!

The day after discovering the dress I literally ran to my local store before work after reading they had low stock on their website. I grabbed the size 10 assuming it would be fine, because I usually find I have to go up to a 10 in Topshop. Unfortunately, it was quite big on me - in fact it was too big to even pull off, but I bought it anyway because I so desperately wanted it in my wardrobe. Needless to say I'm not a sensible shopper when it comes to sizing - I ALWAYS buy things that are too big and convince myself it's fine - "it'll be a cool oversized look" when in fact it looks like I'm wearing a potato sack.

Thankfully, I popped into Topshop today they had a new delivery and low and behold they had a nice little selection of size 8's, which fit like a candyfloss dream. As I said before I hardly ever pay full price for Topshop pieces and I usually find them a little greedy for poor quality items. Based on this dress... I take it all back! £38 is a reasonable price that I'm happy paying for a dress, I found myself getting frustrated with Topshop when they were charging £50 +. In my opinion this is one of the better quality dress I've seen from Topshop. The material is thick and stiff, so unlike most of their other dresses in the past it's beautifully shaped. Also, the print is unlike anything else on the high street at the moment! It's different coloured patchwork means every dress is slightly different. I spent a while choosing between the selection they had for the one with the best print! As you may be able to tell from my gushing, I'm a little bit in love with my new dress.

I'm not sure when I'm going to take it for it's first outing. I'm going to BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekened next week, and I think it would look beautiful at a festival. However, I'm scared that our great British weather may find it hilarious to open the heavens so I'll be knee deep in mud. If I ruin this dress, I will ACTUALLY CRY. I've developed an emotional attachment to an item of clothing. Send for help.

Dress: Topshop, £38

It's not often I pay out full price for an item at Topshop. No matter how much I do shop, I'm quite a "sensible" shopper when it comes to the high street as almost always wait until sale season! I've found Topshop a little greedy with the prices they ask for not particularly great quality clothes. For example, I paid over £20 for a cream woven vest with a gold foil cross on the front on a whim - one wash later I'm left with a plain cream vest! However, when I saw Pixie Geldof modelling her Topshop picks in this month's Vogue (right) I fell in love. I'd seen the blogging world going nuts for the stripey version, but in all honesty I didn't think too much of it. Maybe it's because I've never been particularly fond of stripes? However, my love affair for paisley stretches far back!

The day after discovering the dress I literally ran to my local store before work after reading they had low stock on their website. I grabbed the size 10 assuming it would be fine, because I usually find I have to go up to a 10 in Topshop. Unfortunately, it was quite big on me - in fact it was too big to even pull off, but I bought it anyway because I so desperately wanted it in my wardrobe. Needless to say I'm not a sensible shopper when it comes to sizing - I ALWAYS buy things that are too big and convince myself it's fine - "it'll be a cool oversized look" when in fact it looks like I'm wearing a potato sack.

Thankfully, I popped into Topshop today they had a new delivery and low and behold they had a nice little selection of size 8's, which fit like a candyfloss dream. As I said before I hardly ever pay full price for Topshop pieces and I usually find them a little greedy for poor quality items. Based on this dress... I take it all back! £38 is a reasonable price that I'm happy paying for a dress, I found myself getting frustrated with Topshop when they were charging £50 +. In my opinion this is one of the better quality dress I've seen from Topshop. The material is thick and stiff, so unlike most of their other dresses in the past it's beautifully shaped. Also, the print is unlike anything else on the high street at the moment! It's different coloured patchwork means every dress is slightly different. I spent a while choosing between the selection they had for the one with the best print! As you may be able to tell from my gushing, I'm a little bit in love with my new dress.

I'm not sure when I'm going to take it for it's first outing. I'm going to BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekened next week, and I think it would look beautiful at a festival. However, I'm scared that our great British weather may find it hilarious to open the heavens so I'll be knee deep in mud. If I ruin this dress, I will ACTUALLY CRY. I've developed an emotional attachment to an item of clothing. Send for help.

24 comments

  1. Oh that's an awesome dress! Total wardrobe envy over here.. definitely worth the money! :) x

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  2. URRMMM absolutely in love with this dress too, my topshop account card might come out to play on friday... x

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  3. It's such an unusual dress, but absolutely gorgeous! Like you I'm not massively keen on stripes and usually go for prints like this one :) I also agree with topshop's prices, it can be ridiculous sometimes, and that's even with a student discount! I usually find some topshop gems on ebay though :)

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  4. Can't wait to see you in this Leigh! I love it a little more each time I take a peek!xx

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  5. I saw this and no 8's either :( but Oh my gossssh it is amazingg!! Love, love, love! x

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  6. Oooo I love it! Definitely wear it to Hackney if it's good weather. I'm going too :) What day are you there? xx

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  7. wooopa, so happy you have it! If you've going to spend full price on any dress, then this is the one to do it on! x

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  8. oooh looking forward to seeing how you style it! love that feeling of being head over heels for clothes :) ha xx

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  9. Such a pretty dress, i stood and observed it for a while yesterday. :)
    xxx

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  10. I feel like Topshop are unnecessarily expensive. Even though they have some gorgeous pieces, I often find that I can't justify the prices. This dress is gorgeous, and I'm sure it looks lovely on you! Can't wait to see the styling! xx

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  11. I am in love with the print on this dress! I just don't like the cut of it as I have the stripe version! I agree that it is a reasonable price too!

    xx

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  12. Well I can understand why you're so in love with this dress, it's a beautiful cut and print! <3

    Anna @ FEED ME NANA xoxo

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  13. I want this dress too, but can't get hold of it!! :(

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    xx

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  14. I'm unsure whether to get this!! What day are you going to Big Weekend gurlfrieeeeeend? x

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  15. I love how each dress is slightly, and the cut-out detail on the front is perfect x

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  16. That's actually beautiful, I wish I was a sensible shopper but no, I'm always paying full price in Topshop, never end up wearing it and then it goes in the sale. Not good.

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  17. Oh no! This is gorgeous and now I really want it!! I'm more of a stingy shopper than a sensible shopper, if I can't get at least student discount I won't buy it xx

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  18. That is a gorgeous dress! I'm sure it's going to look great on you x

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  19. That's so nice, bet it looks great on you too! Hope you get to take it on its first outing soon :d

    Laila x

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  20. Definitelyyyyy worth justifying the money for! Absolutely gorgeous!

    Sarah
    http://fashionismyh2o.blogspot.co.uk/
    xx

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  21. AHHH SUCH A LOVELY DRESS! Could not BELIEVE this was Pixie Geldolf in this Vogue because I don't really like her that much...but goodness did she look gorgeous in this! I wish I had this dress, it is so special! However DO NOT TAKE IT TO THE HACKEY WEEEKEND! Just in case! I went to Leeds last year and took a goregous pair of light coloured shorts thinking I was retro and cool. Then it rained non stop for like 3 days. I fell in the mud. The shorts were never the same again.

    Gemma x

    www.gemmasatire.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. It's amazing, and so you! I've noticed Topshop seemed to have lowered their pricing again recently - I remember seeing stuff for £100 a while back and thinking what are you playing at Topshop, but then more recently I've seen lovely dresses for £38 which like you say is quite reasonable. Have an amazing time at the Hackney Weekend!

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  23. such a nice dress, I tried on the stripey one and it looked awful on mee so I think I agree with you there, but this however wowowowow. Outfit post soon pleaseeeee xx

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