Thursday, 31 August 2017

A Versatile Dress for a City Getaway

If there's one thing I lack in my wardrobe then it's smart, casual clothing. I seem to have plenty of casual items or dressy outfits but nothing in-between. I knew we had a trip to London coming up where I would need an outfit that I could wear all day but would also be suitable for afternoon tea and dinner in a nice hotel.


When it comes to getting clothes for myself, i've always preferred a visit to our town centre rather than shopping online. I hate the task of sending clothes back when they don't fit etc and then i'm left panicking when I haven't found anything. I much prefer wandering around the shops and trying things on there and then. I must have trawled every shop in Cardiff and I couldn't find anything suitable. I decided to pop into Marks and Spencer to grab some food but I found myself distracted by the clothes.

It's not a store that I shop in for myself. If i'm completely honest i've always thought it was a place my nan would buy her clothes. I buy clothes for my girls there as they have a fab children's range but I very rarely browse the women's section. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of things that caught my eye.


There was a section that really stood out for me. It reminded me of holiday's and I felt transported to France. It was full of nautical style with a palette of blue, white and red. A mix of casual and smart clothing but plenty of options for what I was looking for.


I can't even begin to tell you how many things I tried on and how many of those things I wanted to buy but this shirt style dress really stood out for me. I completely fell in love with it. Stripes are such a staple trend and never seem to go out of fashion. They are something that you can keep in your wardrobe and pull out year after year. 



The dress is a loose fit which is perfect for me as i'm not in the shape I would like to be at the minute. It has buttoned detailing at the front and a tie waist which you can wear loosely or tightly to alter the shape of the dress. The fabric is cool so it's ideal for a summer city break. For a more relaxed look you could pair it with trainers and then for an evening out evening you could simply add heels. 


It's a very recent purchase but unfortunately I can't seem to find it online so you'll have to pop in your local store to see if they stock it there.

I recently wore it to afternoon tea at Cardiff's newest luxury venue, The Exchange Hotel which is where all of the photographs in this post were taken
. The venue is stunning. The outside reminds me of being in a European city. It's beautiful. I am officially declaring it as the most instagrammable place in Cardiff at the moment so if you follow me over on instagram, i'm sure you'll be seeing more of the venue on my feed.


I'll definitely be packing the dress in my bag for our London trip. It's such a versatile piece that is perfect for a city getaway. It's something you can wear casually all day and also something to show off at dinner. 









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41 comments

  1. That's such a cute dress. I rarely ever look at the clothes in M&S but I really should x

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  2. That's a fab dress! It really suits you and is perfect for a day out

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  3. Ooooh it's gorgeous and I love the shape it gives you I ageee very versatile indeed!

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  4. What a gorgeous looking dress shirt and it looks absolutely amazing on you. I love the simple style but elegant feel it gives off

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  5. What a lovely dress, it suits you so well. I love that you've paired it with flip flops, perfect for a sunny day exploring the city.

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  6. This is gorgeous! I love a shirt dress as they really are so versatile. You look great!

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  7. You look absolutely gorgeous. I used to think M&S was more for older ladies but theyve had some real gems recently!

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  8. What a lovely dress. Looks great on you too! x

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  9. I really love the dress! I saw some great items in M&S the other day - had some great casual / smart tops :) x

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  10. Never ever shopped in M&S ! But absoulately love this dress, really suits you as well Hun 💜 Kira

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  11. That dress looks gorgeous on you! Perfect for summer but will work so well in autumn too maybe with a cardigan x

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  12. What a lovely shirt dress, great for a chic weekend away. My mummy is the same and doesn't have many nice dress down clothes x

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  13. Oh, what a fab dress! You look lovely. I love the style. I don't really do dresses but I would definitely wear this one x

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  14. love the style of this - like how it can be dressed up and down. I'm in need of some new clothes desperately! ha x

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  15. Ohh I love this shirt dress - perfect for the cross over of seasons and a city break away - very stylish

    Laura x

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  16. I love the loose style of this dress. It suits you so much.

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  17. That dress really suits you and it looks cool and comfy too

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  18. Oh this would be perfect for my time away at Tuscany. I have so many stripe dresses but I love the midi silhouette of this one x

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  19. You always look so gorgeous Kerry. Must admit I struggle to find clothes I like n M&S... they either look too old or they are too big for me... but this is really lovely.

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  20. It is a gorgeous dress - you look fantastic - as always. Kaz x

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  21. Really love this dress! I often find clothes in m&s are a much better fit than some other high street stores!

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  22. What a lovely dress, so easy to wear and it looks great on you

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  23. Ohhhh Kerry this dress looks amazing on you! I have actually been eyeing it up online myself as it looks like it would be perfect for breastfeeding too! xx

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  24. I absolutely love this dress on you, the style and colour really suits you! xx

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  25. I hate shopping, but this you have made it sound like a splendid day out. i am also desperate to visit the Exchange hotel! xx

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