No outfit post today, I'm off having an adventure! So, instead, the last post with this roundup of failed purchases was such fun, I thought I'd do another one. As with the last one, these are lovely items that just aren't suited to me, but they may well look smashing on you. Why didn't they suit me? Read on.
Above, clockwise from top left: Kiss Me Deadly suspender belt, Pretty Retro swing dress, Hotter Georgette heels.
The Pretty Retro swing dress was gorgeous, I was impressed with the quality and details, seeing as it's the cheaper line (£59) from House of Foxy. It felt wonderful on and I was pleased with the fit. I wanted to keep it. Then my husband pointed out the weird bust area... I couldn't work out why it was sitting so strangely, I thought maybe it needed a steam to pop the shape out properly after having been folded. I thought about it for a bit, and then realised that it wasn't the dress, it was me. My bust was too small to fill the shape out properly. I recalled then that House of Foxy had advertised their version of the dress as well-suited to larger busts. I was disappointed then, but realised I had to return it because it was never going to suit my shape.
I had been lusting after the Georgette metallic 1920s' style shoes from Hotter (£79) since I saw Harlow sport a pair. I ordered them on Black Friday as they had 30% off. Alas, when they turned up, they were a poor fit on me. I've tried half a size down, I've tried the wide fit. None of them suit my long feet, the front part of the shoe is too short in proportion for me. The larger size just makes my foot slide forward and gives me a gap at the heel, crushing my poor toes at the front. I have tried a few pairs of Hotter shoes now and encountered a similar problem, it's like they've scaled up the shoes for larger sizes in a bit of an odd way. This is starting to sound familiar, as I had the same problem with those Miss L Fire slippers. Bah! I'll have to stick with Clarks and hope they bring out some 1920s' styles. I also hope to resurrect my 1920's style wedding shoes, which are currently in a bag in the attic, all curled up and stained. I'm on the hunt for fabric paint that doesn't have to be ironed to 'set' - please let me know if you have any recommendations.
The Jacquotte suspender belt from Kiss Me Deadly (£39) was an impulse buy, to compliment the bra and knicker set I already have. However, it was very tight and uncomfortable, and as I wear suspenders for function (to keep stockings up all day/evening), rather than for boudoir wear, I sent it back.
So, there you go. They didn't work for me, but could they work for you? Have you had any shopping failures recently?