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13 April 2016

dual purpose dresses

It's not very often that I happen across a dressy dress that I really love but when I saw this H&M one I knew I had to make it mine! The trouble was that it was already sold out online :0(


H&M chiffon maxi dress, sold out online

Undeterred, I stalked the website everyday....but alas to no avail. But this is when it pays to have lovely blogging friends! My saviour Sue spotted that one lonesome, wrong size dress when it suddenly appeared......the consolation was that I had the product code at last! First thing Sunday morning I put in a call to H&M customer services! Boy, are they good!! By half past nine, three phone calls later the fabulous customer service rep had managed to get one put aside for me in Cardiff as my hubby was passing through the Welsh capital on business on Monday! Woo hoo! Love it when a plan comes together! Sue also tipped me off about the Elle Magazine discount code as well, meaning I managed to bag it with a few pennies off too! Happy days!! So! If you want to go down this route and try and get your hands on this dress the product code is 0391347001.....and the number to call H&M is 0344 736 9000. 

See, I really needed this particular dress as I have a couple of weddings to go to but I require my dresses to really work hard for me. There is not much point in having a dress that is only going to see the light of day on the odd occasion. No.....I have to have a dress that will work very hard in my wardrobe and not just be wheeled out for the odd event. This dress is perfect as there are so many ways I can wear it!

The proof is forthwith.....

I have 3 pairs of heeled sandals begging to be worn with this for a wedding....


H&M dress, sold out online
 Vintage Pied a Terre....very similar here from Topshop here 


H&M dress, sold out online
L K Bennett sandals, past season similar here


H&M dress, sold out online
Vintage brown snakeskin sandals
Topshop plaited leather belt, similar here

How do I plan to dress it down? 

First off....with a denim jacket and my beloved Converse


Warehouse denim jacket, similar here
H&M dress, sold out online
Converse, here


Topshop jacket, similar here
H&M dress, sold out online
New Look ballet pumps, here


Topshop sweatshirt, here
H&M dress, sold out online
Converse, here

And finally.......


H&M dress, sold out online
Topshop plaited leather belt, similar here
Topshop sandals, sold out similar here

I think I've completely justified this purchase! One or two things to mention here. I would say sizing is about right.....mine is a size 10 which I'm very happy with. Also it does come with a matching fabric belt that I have chosen to remove, along with the loops!

Is this kind of dress something that would easily slot into your wardrobe?

The usual outfit round-up


Zara jacket, past season similar here
Zara t-shirt, similar here
Topshop jeans, here
Urban Outfitters Percy boots similar here



Topshop jacket, past season similar here
Topshop jumper, past season, similar here
Zara jeans, past season similar here
Urban Outfitters Percy boots similar here


Topshop sweatshirt, sold out online similar here
Zara army trousers, similar here
Converse, here
Zara bag, past season similar here


Zara jacket, past season....this ASOS quilt jacket is gorgeous
Zara t-shirt, similar here
Zara jeans, similar here
Superga trainers, here

Out of interest how would you style this kind of dress and what's your favourite footwear choice with it? I would love to hear!

Be back again shortly!

12 comments:

  1. Michelle I love every way you have styled that gorgeous dress!!! So many options ..... for the wedding I like the first two pairs of sandals .... I would say the first pair is my favourite but the LK wedges are gorgeous too. xx

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    1. Awww...thank you so much Annmarie! It's such an easy dress to wear, I can't wait to give it it's first airing as I'm not going to save for the wedding as that isn't until June and I've no intention of keeping it for best! I think the Pied a Terre shoes will work best for the wedding.....I've bought them years ago on eBay and have never worn them! I reckon they've been waiting for this dress! xx

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  2. I love love love this dress Michelle! H&M have a gorgeous pair of pink suede sandals which might look fab with this dress check out on this link http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0361795002.html
    Uh oh more temptation!! Sue xx

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    1. It's gorgeous isn't it Sue! Those sandals would be perfect with it too! Gah!! There are so many lovely things tempting me at the moment....what's a girl to do?! xx

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  3. What a divine dress - really wish it hadn't already sold out

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    1. Thank you! It's lovely isn't it! I would keep stalking the website as it does reappear now and again! xx

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  4. That is going to be one hard working dress Michelle - glad to have inadvertently helped! And those LK Bennett sandals - I love!

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    1. Isn't it just Sue! I can't wait to wear it! I don't know what I'd do without you! ;0) Those sandals are totally divine aren't they....a whiff of Biba I reckon! xx

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  5. I think this dress works brilliantly dressed down, great with the Top Shop jacket and of course the denim jacket. For the wedding my favourite is the metallic wedges. I'm trying to source some H&M dungarees that I can't find anywhere so I'll give customer services a call now!

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    1. This dress is definitely going to working hard in my wardrobe! So many ways to wear it!
      Do give H&M a call, they are super helpful! Good luck with getting your hands on those dungarees! xx

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  6. I love how many ways you've styled this dress! Honestly, I wouldn't look twice at it from the first H&M photo, but I love it with the green jacket, with the belt, with the sweatshirt, and all the ways you've managed to change it. I almost think I need it now :-) Well done for getting your hands on it, AND with a discount. That is some black belt level shopping. xx

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    1. Thank you! The H&M photo isn't very inspiring is it! I spotted on someone else....on my usual source of inspiration, Instagram and I could see it's potential!! I definitely dogged about getting things I set my sights on...and I've been lucky with the discounts too! xx

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