Tuesday, 16 February 2016

THE REPLACEMENT DRESS








Something terrible happened to me, something I imagine we all have unfortunately had to go through at some point in our fashion obsessed lives: I lost a piece of clothing to the spiteful, shrinking washing machine. But this wasn’t just any piece of clothing; this was one of my favourite dresses. You know those days when you wake up feeling far too tired and uninspired, with no clue of what to wear and no energy to make the effort of rummaging through the mess that is your wardrobe? Well, this was my go to dress, the dress that always saved me in those situations. I have talked about my love of this dress in a previous post. Its retro geometric pattern, flared fit and neutral colour palette made it an absolute star of a dress. I could throw it on, cinch it in with a waist belt and I’d be good to go. So when the unthinkable happened and it shrunk in the wash, it’s safe to say I was heartbroken. It had washed fine plenty of times before, but for some unknown reason the washer decided it hated me and ruined it on this particular day. It’s now too tight and drastically shortened in length, making it completely unwearable.

Of course I then did what any normal girl would do and went on the hunt for a replacement. I only bought the dress about 5 or 6 months ago from H&M, so I checked online and in 4 separate stores in the hope they may still have one lying around in my size. But no such luck. They did, however, have the same exact dress in a different pattern. Truth be told, I’m not as in love with this new print as I was the original dress. But it’s a similarly quirky design consisting of the same classic colours. And most importantly, it’s the same fit and style. It’s actually quite a snazzy print. I’ve worn it a couple of times already and it’s growing on me more and more.

I can wear it with a range of different shoes, but these black snake Topshop boots with their fancy gold heel are my every day, casual boots. I’ve shown you them before here, but I’ll say it again that they are the comfiest boots I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning. Their black colour has made them a go to for me as they basically work with everything, and the gold heel adds some serious style appeal.

From now on, it looks like it’s going to be hand wash only for me. Oh, the joy.

Katie xx

Flared Printed Dress £19.99 H&M
Ankle Boots £36 Topshop
Tan Saddle Bag no longer available Topshop (similar here)
Suede Waist Belt no longer available Asos (similar here)
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20 comments

  1. My heart goes out to you! It's so sad when a loved piece of clothing mysteriously shrinks in the wash :( Glad to hear you found the same pattern dress, it does have a great print! And those boots are fab, love the gold heel - as a matter of fact I'm also wearing gold heeled shoes today! Good luck with the hand washing!

    Em xx

    Http://www.blueumbrellalane.com

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  2. My heart goes out to you! It's so sad when a loved piece of clothing mysteriously shrinks in the wash :( Glad to hear you found the same pattern dress, it does have a great print! And those boots are fab, love the gold heel - as a matter of fact I'm also wearing gold heeled shoes today! Good luck with the hand washing!

    Em xx

    Http://www.blueumbrellalane.com

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    1. Thank you! It really is awful when it happens, I've had so many dresses in particular shrink over the years. I'm just lazy and hate hand washing but I'm going to have to from now on xx

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  3. Such a pretty dress and omg that bag, I think I need it in my life, such a shame it isn't available anymore ♥

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I know I love this bag so much, I have it in black too. I'm sorry it's not available anymore, I actually only got it a few months ago but they were very popular xx

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  4. It's such a shame about the dress- it's happened to me way too often! Glad you found another one that you like though. I absolutely adore those shoes!

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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    1. Thank you Lindsey! I'm sorry to hear it's happened to you too xx

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  5. I adore this print so much and this dress looks gorgeous on you! Such a shame when the washing machine ruins a piece you love!! Love your booties honey <3 p.s. Thank you so much for your sweetest message on my blog & all your support, sweetie.
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com/

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    1. Thank you so much Nadia! And I'm really hoping you're having a better week and things are improving for you and your family! Xx

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    2. You are so kind, thanks love. Hope you are doing well, honey <3
      xox

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  6. Such a gorgeous dress, I agree it's definitely snazzy! Love the jazzy print, so subtle yet so cute and impactful! Looking gorgeous as always Katie. So happy you found a replacement you like that's fairly similar; good old H&M always seem to stock clothes (or similar buys) for a good while! What a bitch your washing machine is! :'( Fingers crossed this dress will stay for the long haul ;)

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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    1. Thank you so much! I was very relieved when I found it in H&M, and it's such an affordable price. It's not going anywhere near the washing machine this time xx

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  7. Love this belted dress! Perfect look :)

    Christina ♥ https://caliope-couture.com

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  8. ahh damn washing machines! I never learn either! such a cute ensemble, love how you have put this outfit together x http://sarahinwonderlust.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/the-unif-frost-dupe.html

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah! It's happened too many times to me but I've finally learnt my lesson (hopefully). I'll have to stop being lazy and start hand washing xx

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  9. Love the dress and boots, you look great. What a shame about your original dress. Have you tried looking on eBay for the same one? Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thank you! Yes I checked on ebay and Depop but no one had it. I've mostly made my peace with it now and I'm happy with my new one, I just hate when it happens. Thank you for the suggestion Gemma xx

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  10. Stunning look! Love the boots! So sad about your dress, hopefully you'll find it on Sale or some reseller sites. Good luck!

    xo
    http://thepinkporcelaindoll.blogspot.it

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    1. Thank you very much! I'm glad you like the boots, I've been wearing them so much lately xx

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