I fully admit that I am not the most fashion-conscious person. I don't buy any newspapers or magazines (unless a weekly tv guide counts...) and don't spend time trawling the internet to find out what the latest trends are.
The most pertinent reason I don't do any of this is because, in the main at least, 'fashionable' clothes do not suit me. With a classic hourglass shape, I need clothes that define my figure, nip me in at the waist and are flattering across the bust. Many trendy clothes do not do this.
You may have seen my previous post showing the gorgeous dresses I recently bought from Wallis. I adore the shape of these dresses and have since bought several more.
Dorothy Perkins is a sister company to Wallis and both are owned by the Arcadia Group. This explains why DP and Wallis concessions can often be found in BHS, which is also owned by Arcadia. Furthermore, this explains why some of the items available in Wallis are similar to what's on offer in DP, and vice versa.
For me, this is a great thing. On a recent shopping trip to Ashford, I discovered in the BHS in County Square (which has such super-friendly and helpful staff) that Dorothy Perkins had a 'Birdie' dress available in a very similar shape to my Wallis dresses. Now, thanks to the work of other bloggers, I was aware that bird print is a very on-trend design right now. Until this point, I hadn't seen anything in this sort of pattern that I'd wanted to buy...but my trip to Ashford changed this.
I saw this dress and pretty much ran to the changing room to try it on.
This is a size 14. I have found with my Wallis dresses that actually the size 12 and even a 10 fit me better than the 14 but in this Dorothy Perkins dress the 14 was a pretty snug fit. However, it did everything I'd want it to do - encased my waist and clung to all of my curves. It cost £29.50 so I decided not to buy it there and then and instead wanted to see if I could find it on the website and buy it using an online discount code.
To my dismay, that evening I found that it was sold out on the website (which is why I can't link to it in this post). I was then really busy in my everyday life so didn't have time to visit a BHS or DP store on the high street for a few weeks in order to buy the dress. I gave up hope of ever finding one again.
Two weeks ago, I was in Uxbridge for the day and paid a visit to the Dorothy Perkins store in the Chimes shopping centre. To my amazement, I found not one but TWO 'Birdie' dresses...and even better they were on the sale rail, reduced to £17 each! It was simply meant to be. The only slight downside was that they were a size 16 rather than 14 but I decided that beggars can't be choosers so I snapped both of them up right away.
The 16 turned out to be an ok fit on me. It is slightly baggy around the waist but, as with my Wallis dresses, a belt can fix that and gives the dress a different look. It's possible that I could even take the waist in at some point if I felt brave enough.
I love how this dress has a 'faux' wrap look - the bust section crosses over and also there is an overlap in the skirt area, which gives a really feminine waterfall effect. The colours are beige, white/cream and black so I have lots of options as to what colour belt I can wear with it, or perhaps even go for a coloured belt for contrast - I think red or blue, for example, would look great. I could also add a shrug on a cooler day if wished.
The dress fitted perfectly under my arms in order for my bra not to be on display. It's nice to have a more or less sleeveless dress in this shape as it's something I know I will be grateful for on hot summer days.
I am wearing a vest underneath for modesty (as I do with pretty much all my clothes) but there is enough fabric for this not to be completely necessary if I wanted to show a bit more cleavage on a special occasion.
The soft lightweight jersey fabric has lots of stretch and is very comfortable to wear. I did chuckle when I saw how much larger the birds were on my derrière than the on the front of the dress but that's what you get when you have a large backside!
So, all in all, I am left a very happy customer. I have two of these dresses so am considering dyeing one of them - will let you know how I get on with that if I decide to do so.