Finally, I broke. I had a day to myself with nothing planned - so I headed to my local Peacocks yesterday, determined to spend my voucher on something I need, such as a sleeveless work-appropriate top for the heat, or a work-appropriate summer dress.
Their sale is really good, I have to say! I saw lots and lots of things that I liked, including a fab selection of scarves from the Spring that I never bought, but are now reduced to £3 or so. I headed to the changing room with an armful of dresses - all on sale between £8-£12. Here's how I got on.
Trying on the first dress resulted in a predicament. The zip got stuck halfway up. I had to pop out of the changing room and ask a member of staff if she could release me, which she couldn't, so then I had two members of staff trying to get me out. The zip would go up but not down! I took some deep breaths and tried not to panic, joking to them that I'd have to wear it home. I started to feel a bit hot and light headed, but just as I thought I'd have to ask them to just "RIP IT OPEN!! LET ME OUT!!!", the zip was deftly unstuck and I was released. The sales assistant helpfully said that she thought the thin fabric was getting sucked into the zip, as she had a dress that behaved similarly.
It looked so fabulous on that I decided to risk it, despite the zip, which on close examination I felt could be fixed by a few stitches alongside it to keep the fabric taught and out of the way. I ended up paying for it with my own money though, as my voucher turned out not to be accepted in Peacocks after all!! So much for trying to be good. And so much for not buying any more party dresses, ahem... I think I could get away with it for work though, especially in winter with tights, a cardi etc.
Pink rose print '50s style dress, £12 (was £20 - I would have bought it at that price too!)
This next one wasn't on sale but I thought it might be good for work in the winter. It wasn't amazingly flattering, so I left it there.
Jersey dress, £18
I then tried on a power-dressing black shift dress, again thinking of work, but there was some odd ruching on the bust that probably was only there because my bust wasn't big enough to fill it.
Shift dress, £8ish I think
Next up, a floral tea dress, which I really liked, a nice navy blue that I thought would go well with lots - but it was a size 10 and too tight across the back and shoulders, it's not even zipped up in this picture. No size 12, so I missed out there.
Tea dress, around £9
A red shirt dress was next, which I really did like. It was a size 10 again but much roomier than the floral tea dress. A tad tight on the hips maybe? I might try and track it down online in a 12, or go to another store. I could see me wearing that to work in the winter with tights (it's quite short), and bare-legged for socialising. Please excuse the wrong underwear.
Red shirt dress, £9
Finally, I really loved this fun cotton shirt dress, the fabric is lovely and light and the colours are amazing. Alas, again it was only in a size 10. I would snap this up in a 12. As it was, I couldn't do it up over my bust.
Shirt dress, £8ish
Online has a really poor selection compared to what was in store - check out your local one. I tried Cardiff St David's store the other day and there was nothing left, but my local store was filled to the rafters!
Do any of these take your fancy?
** Update! Tracked down the red shirt dress in my size, but no joy on the tea dress or tropical print dress yet! The hunt continues!! **