Saturday, August 13, 2011

Early start to summer dressing

Last week's weather was such a tease - sunny and a maximum of 24-25. It's back to winter this week but that preview was enough to make me all excited for summer and new additions to my wardrobe.

A tweet by Glamour UK on 50 dresses under £50 led me to the Dorothy Perkins site and there are some lovely summer dresses on sale at the moment. I've never bought from them before but I'm tempted. Here are my picks.

Green block dress (on sale, £21) - I love the colour blocking trend!

Ginger block dress (on sale, £17)

Multi print oriental dress (on sale, £25) - what a fun print!

Multi check zip back dress (on sale, £17) - I picture this with a lightweight denim jacket

Navy stripe zip front dress (on sale, £10)

Red abstract print dress (£32) - I love the print but Mr Curious thinks it's hideous. What's your verdict?

Black/white cat print dress (£28) - what a fun print (click to enlarge)

What are your picks?

Update 13/8: I tried to place an order last night (for dresses #1, #2, and #6) but the DP site didn't accept my credit card (it's a 28 Degree Mastercard which I use for online purchases with no problems in the past). I went back to the site today and a lot of the prices have changed - some up and some down.

I ended up buying only dress #2 from the list above (now down to £12!) but chose another 3 items.

Purple floral sequin dress (on sale, £17)

Blue stripe tie waist dress (on sale, £15)

Lime cornelli scallop hem top (on sale, £20)

The 4 items came to a total of £64. Postage to Australia is £10.50 but for some reason I received a £10 discount so postage was practically free! The website still didn't accept my credit card so I used Paypal (which is linked to the same credit card) instead.

As an aside, The Dorothy Perkins website is a delight to use. I like the review system. One of the drawbacks of online shopping is that you can touch and feel the product, and it's really useful to hear other shopping's comments. I ordered one the dresses in a smaller size because the feedback was that the dress runs large. Negative comments of a particular item may affect sales but the whole system provides shoppers with more information and gives them confidence in making a purchase so it's a big plus to me.

A small bugbear - the search box on the top right of the page needs to be bigger!

I also wish DP (and other online shops like ASOS) allow user to filter by fabric. I don't like wearing polyester, especially during summer, so I exclude all dresses made with polyester. At the moment I have to find out one dress at a time. It'll be good if I can just exclude polyester in a search.

I hope they arrive before I go to Hong Kong later this month so I can put them into good use before summer in Sydney!


  1. I love Dorothy Perkins and am a regular purchaser! Word of warning - their dresses can sometimes be on the short side and that is coming from someone who is not that tall. I find if they mention that the dress is 92cm in length or over than I am fine!

  2. Thanks for the tip Kelly. Fingers crossed that the dresses are not too short - unfortunately they do not always list the length in the description.

    I don't think Mr Curious minds if the dresses turn out to be on the shorter side :-D

  3. Oh, I LOVE the red abstract dress, perfect for Summer withh a pair of wedges.

    I agree, I also find their dresses to be a bit short, and I'm only 5'5"

    I kept getting the emails from them about the sale, but I'm trying to restrain myself for now. But they have such pretty things, it's so hard!

  4. Julia, I decided the red abstract dress at the end because I wanted something more casual. Will be a bit OTT to wear that to do grocery shopping!

    I'm working on my legs right now so hopefully they'll be hot enough to be on display during summer.

    When I see e-mail from places like ASOS and Shopbop I just delete straight away so I am not tempted :-/

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