Tuesday, 13 September 2011

My love affair with Laura Ashley...

Whilst I adore Autumn clothes, I think floral dresses will always be my favourite thing to wear. I found these pictures on my computer and had to share them with you before summer becomes a distant memory... If you are a long-term reader of this blog, you will know how much I love Laura Ashley. Their clothes are beautifully made and although initially (fairly) expensive, do last for years. Their dresses have to be some of the most flattering garments on the high street and best of all, parent approved ;) I first saw this dress a few months ago whilst still at uni and sadly had to leave it on the rail as it was just too expensive to justify. When it was reduced in the sale though I had to have it and it now has pride of place in my wardrobe... 
Dress: Laura Ashley, sandals: Marks & Spencer, cardigan: Mango, bag: vintage 
There's just something irresistible about the gorgeous floral print and the pop of coral was the cherry on the cake! I also loved the fact that the dress is fully lined, so few shops bother to do that nowadays and it is one of the reasons why I love Laura Ashley so much! Their dresses always remind me of Char (who always looks stunning!) It's weird how you associate particular brands or styles with bloggers, I always find myself saying "That is totally so and so..." when I am out shopping! 


It is strange, I am usually wary of midi lengths on skirts but on dresses I never seem to mind, maybe because the hard work of matching a top half has been done for me?! The skirt on this dress is so swooshy, I felt like some kind of princess when I wore it! 


Wearing the dress with sandals probably wasn't the best idea with my stumpy legs but they were so comfy and a bargain at only £6 from good old M&S and I bought them at the same time as my bargainalicious coat... that was definitely a good day's shopping! The striped pattern on the sandals adds a bit of pizazz to any outfit and they are ridiculously comfy... what's not to like?! 


Apologies for the awkward looking pose here, it was so difficult to get a decent picture of the crossed straps at the back without just focusing on my rather freckly shoulders! The straps are adjustable thanks to some rather cute buttons and again, I think it is this kind of attention to detail that is really worth paying for!


Although this dress won't get a lot of love during the colder months (sob!) it is the kind of dress I will keep for years and put back as soon as there is the slightest glimmer of sunshine, definitely a wardrobe classic! 

Do you like Laura Ashley? Have you tried midi lengths? 
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21 comments

Stephie said...

That is such a gorgeous dress! Laura Ashley always has the most beautiful, vintage style dresses! Looking very pretty :)

Stephie x

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Victoria said...

Beautiful dress, so pretty :)

Lizzy said...

When I was little I had two Laura Ashley frocks, and I loved them! They were my princess dresses, and even now my mum still has them somewhere. Your dress is gorgeous, what a lucky sale find!

I've been wearing midi lengths for a while now and am addicted. Even when they go out of fashion again I will still wearing them. x

dinoprincesschar said...

I am a total Laura Ashley junkie, I always have been, and it's my mum's fault - she's always loved their dresses, and I guess I spent my early years thinking how pretty her princessy dresses were, which is why I love them so much now - they do make such fabulous quality garments, and so so pretty - I'm slowly building up a collection of vintage and newer ones, recently they have done some gems from their archive collection - like this pretty pink one! You look gorgeous and it matches the sandals so so well! xx

Steph0188 said...

Such a pretty pretty dress, you look lovely. so bright & sunny too- what is this weather. haha
gorgeous as always x

Caroline said...

Beautiful dress, worth paying that bit more for one so well made that you'll get lots of wear out of, I must look in Laura Ashley more! x

binia said...

It is such a gorgeous dress! I've strangely never thought of Laura Ashley for dresses - I'm off to peruse their website right now!

fritha louise said...

That is such a pretty dress, the pattern is lovely and it really suits you.

Yu said...

I looooove Laura Ashley! Their homeware and bags/wallets especially :) Your dress is such a find though, it's gorgeous I love the length and the straps are lush! I remember seeing a dress with that kind of top half from TopShop in a Glamour I got before I came to the UK and I was sooooo annoyed I didn't live there yet. Then my 1st year flatmate I hated had it. Anger.

Winnie said...

Oooh! I love that you swooped in and managed to bag that in the sale, it's a gorgeous dress and paired PERFECTLY with those sandals! Love!

daisychain said...

Ohhhh that dress. Please stop owning such pretty things x

Victoria said...

You look really pretty, I love Laura Ashley dresses, they have some beautiful prints and this one is now exception! :) xxx

Sherin said...

What a perfect dress! perfect for nice weather, even for cooler weather with a cute cardigan. I love that print.

Harriet said...

That is such a lovely dress! I absolutely love your cute shoes too - will definitely have a peek inside Laura Ashley next time I pass!

Gem said...

I love the neckline on this. Laura Ashley have the best sales.
I got my first midi this week and I love it although I can't really wear tights with it, looks odd x

Gillian said...

I love this dress, the print is so cute! I've never bought anything from Laura Ashley before but I love floral dresses so I should probably invest in good quality ones!

danniekate said...

don't judge me, but i didn't know laura ashley made clothes! lovely post xx

Intrinsically Florrie said...

Oh yes, it is very Char! I love all her dresses!

Yours is absolutely divine. I really should pounce on the next Laura Ashley sale, the store in my hometown got clothes a little while ago and they're dreamy. Don't know if I could beat your floral print though!

Florrie x

Eloise said...

This looks retro-ey yet summery yet flattering-ey all in one. I think its sometimes nice to spend that bit extra on something when you know its going to last for a while. Like back in the day topshop jeans

xx

StephanieDJL said...

That dress is so lovely & it looks like it was made for you. You look gorgeous bb! :)

Lil said...

You look so pretty in this! I'm not very good at midi lengths, they don't seem to look right on me. I do love a floral print though! x

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