Floral dresses aren’t just for summer. Pick a suitably ‘moody bloom’ print, make it maxi in length and this is a frock you can rock all the way through until next summer. Take a look at my favourite picks from the high street.
I’ll be honest, I saw this H&M dress in a magazine while I was stuck on one of my many train journeys between London and Yorkshire recently. Being bored on the train with a fairly decent wifi signal meant I was able to indulge in a bit of retail therapy on my phone but when I searched the site for this dress it was nowhere to be seen.
Hmmm. That’s not how instant gratification is supposed to work! Of course I wanted it even more then, especially as it was such a good price too. For a while now I’ve been after something to get me out of my jeans rut. About this time in winter I start to get really bored and a bit depressed by the habit I fall into of just dragging on some jeans in the morning, when it’s too cold and dark to really care what you look like. I fancied a dress, a flowery, printed one at that. Regular readers of this blog will know that I haven’t worn any multicoloured floral prints for quite some time. So this was obviously a deep-seated need, born of some kind of SADS. Maybe. Anyway, I needed to heed the call.
So I was particularly pleased to find the very same dress in a Leeds branch of H&M a few days later while I happened to be shopping with a friend. I’ve since seen it in a London branch too, so while it’s still not available online (I would’ve linked to it if I could), I think you’d definitely be able to track it down at a shop near you if you had half a mind to.
I love the dark background of this dress and while the floral print is quite exotic, the autumnal colour palette makes it feel totally appropriate for winter. I also liked the fact it was long sleeved and high-necked to keep out any chills at this time of year. Having said that you could always shove a polo neck under some of the other styles I’ve picked out here, which would make the outfit extra cosy and add to the slightly 70s feel of it too.
As you can see, I wore mine with some Converse for a day of schlepping round London for press days. Not only are my Chucks comfy but they have a good grip which was handy when the rain came later that day and the streets of London became wet and slippery. I just struggle with heels a lot of the time but I’d also team this dress with any of my boots in black, brown and grey. I found that a longer length, darker coat helped to tie the whole look together too (anything shorter than knee-length can tend to look a bit odd with a longer dress or is it just me?).