In life there those things that go together so well that you just couldn’t have one without the other… sunshine and Pimms, Mary-Kate and Ashley (where my 90s girls at?) … payday and ASOS!
This payday my ASOS ‘wishlist’ soon became my ASOS basket and quicker than you could say “where’s all my money gone?” a bundle of dresses was being dropped in my parcel box. My “I’ll only keep one of them” rule went out the window pretty much as soon as I tried them on (in fairness I hadn’t even convinced myself when I made the rule) as I fell in love with a handful as soon as I put them on. Here’s a little haul of what I’ve decided to keep…
JDY Ditsy Floral Tie Waist Bardot Mini Dress
I often fall victim to the habit of buying so many outfits for going ‘out-out’ that I never actually have anything to wear in the day so I made a conscious effort to include in my order something that I could throw on if I needed to look presentable in the daytime without looking over-dressed as I so often do.
Side note: my looks always fall into two polar opposite categories. I either take the lonely freelancer lifestyle to such an extreme that I rock around in clothes most people wouldn’t even walk the dog in, or I dress like I’m on my way to Buckingham Palace to receive my damehood. So to purchase outfits that could actually just be classed as presentable daywear had become more than a tad necessary.
Although the description says mini dress, this fell on or just below the knee on me. The neckline can be worn in both a t shirt style or off the shoulder with both proving equally as comfortable.
I paired it with pink booties for a date last week but have since dressed it down for daytime with white sandals and brown suede Birkenstocks.
Value for money: 5/5
Find it here: JDY Ditsy Floral Tie Waist Bardot Mini Dress
ASOS Design tall exclusive mixed print midi dress
Similarly this dress was bought for daytime wear. In this muggy weather we’ve been having lately, the last thing I want to do after getting out of the shower is pour myself into some skinny jeans, getting my sweat on with the ever necessary skinny jeans jig, so to have a throw on dress with minimal fuss is very handy.
It’s not the most flattering of cuts as it just falls straight with nothing to demonstrate that underneath I’m not actually the shape of a potato. However the subtly exaggerated sleeves and quite low v neckline save it from just draping like a sack.
If you’ve ever been to a family party / dinner / gathering in ripped jeans, you’ll know all too well the frustration of laughing along with gritted teeth to at least one joke about not being able to afford clothes without holes in them. The worn out Dad gag we all know and hate is the one about the shop “running out of material”. Well, this dress unfortunately came into that same firing line during tea at my grandparents’ house. Family members were basically queuing up to throw shade at the duality of the patterns and colours split down the centre line. “Oh what happened to your dress, did the shop run out of one of the materials half way through?” “Could you not decide which dress to wear so you got two and stitched them together?” “Are you in a one-man show playing two characters at the same time?” (I don’t really understand this one). Even my Dad – or Judas as he’s now called – had a pop. So this dress may not be my top choice for gatherings where anybody over 35 is going to be present unless I particularly feel like enduring a session of character assassination.
I tried to pair this dress with trainers but I looked too much like a soccer mom for my liking, so I’ve always worn it with flat sandals. It’s great for nipping to shops or staying cool on a summer road trip but by no means gonna knock anyone dead.
Value for money: 2/5
Find it here: ASOS Design tall exclusive mixed print midi dress
ASOS one shoulder pleated crop top midi dress
I adore this dress. Period.
I’m not afraid of a vibrant shade, especially not in the summer when my skin tone’s a bit warmer, so this dress’ fluorescence is a big plus.
The way it cinches the waist with the illusion of a crop top flowing over makes for a flattering cut as it showcases the narrowest part of the frame instead of falling shapelessly. The one shoulder feature is also helpful if you’re a little too broad in the shoulders to feel comfortable in a halter neck but want to show off some of that collar bone you’ve shimmered with highlighter.
I wore this dress last week to the launch party of new clothing brand Emzzy and it was wonderfully cool in an otherwise hot bar. I’m someone who overheats by just looking at sunlight, so it was refreshing to wear an evening outfit that kept me from burning up on a packed dancefloor at 1am. I’ve also worn it out to eat and felt comfortable tucking in without the fear of it clinging to me after a starter a main course and many, many sides.
Value for money: 4/5
Find it here: ASOS one shoulder pleated crop top midi dress
Flounce London tall satin wrap midi dress in abstract stroke print
Although another waist hugger, this dress is a little less forgiving. The fabric is heavy so I won’t be wanting to bulk it out any further, therefore going for dinner in this dress won’t be an option (or if I do, maybe I’ll have just the one side).
However the retro print and pastel shades are so elegant that I couldn’t not keep it. The neckline is a little exposing and could potentially lead to disaster on a breezy evening, so I will need to invest in some tape before braving this dress in public. I don’t fancy having ‘arrested for indecent exposure’ on my CV.
Whereas many sleeved dresses can prove uncomfortable around the underarms, on this dress they are fitted but non-restrictive. Ever been on a night out and tried to readjust your hair but your dress won’t allow your arms to reach that high? Nightmare isn’t it. Mercifully I don’t see that being an issue here.
Value for money: 3/5
New Look tall long sleeve midi dress in snake print
I think this is what Queen Beyoncé would call a ‘Freakum Dress’. For those of you who aren’t quite as street as me *cough* this refers to the dress you put on and know you’re about to freakin’ s.l.a.y.
When I saw this dress in the packaging I was underwhelmed at best, but when I put it on I legit felt like I could strut into Usher’s Yeah video and take over the floor.
Warning: your everyday t-shirt bra won’t do with this dress. I’d recommend a plunge bra to avoid exposing any underwear as it would be such a shame to dampen the wow-factor with an unbidden flash of bra underwiring.
I’ve worn this once so far on a girls cocktail night and was pleasantly surprised that, despite the long sleeves, the fabric was actually quite cool. It’ll be the ideal outfit from summer to autumn which makes it even better value for money.
Am I making evening plans just so that I can keep wearing this dress? Maybe…
Value for money: 5/5
Find it here: New Look tall long sleeve midi dress in snake print
ASOS Design tall pleated tie front midi dress
Disclaimer: I didn’t actually keep this outfit. I was very close to keeping ahold of it as I was really fond of its appearance from the front. Also, I genuinely don’t own a single red dress which I feel should be a staple, especially for someone of my skin tone, so I was hoping that this would be my first. However it wasn’t to be.
I was really liking the classiness of the tie front and the length to which the dress fell. It cinched the waist and elongated the leg length with the skirt starting just under the bust. So far so good.
From the back, I looked like a yoghurt pot. It was not pretty. The material gaped, making my back and shoulders look shapeless – after weeks of killing myself in the gym in a bid for a more sculpted upper body, I’m not going to then do myself an injustice by throwing on something which sags.
I wanted to include this in my haul because I was very close to keeping the dress as from the front I felt it was the perfect option for my first red number, but upon catching a glimpse of myself from the back I couldn’t send the dress back quick enough.
So, the search is still on for that first red dress. I just want to look like the dancing lady emoji, is that too much to ask?
Value for money: 2/5
Find it here: ASOS Design tall pleated tie front midi dress
ASOS Design utility button through midi dress
Does anybody need their boiler fixing?
Justifying keeping this dress was very easy as it can fall into both daywear and eveningwear…basically two dresses for the price of one, right?
I wore it to the last House 21 brunch in Birmingham where I paired it with trainers for a more casual look. It was comfortable, smart enough for the event and did not crease despite a five hour round trip in the car and two very cramped train journeys. Admittedly, it was a tad warm and I found myself working up a bit of a sweat when making my way to the venue, but then again that could have been down to the fact that I’d completely blanked on where the Alchemist is and my Google Maps kept telling me I was in actually in Penzance. Helpful!
I ordered this a size up because with a belted dress I like the top to ruffle over slightly which I feel was the right decision with this number.
I can’t wait to wear it in the evening with some heels and a nude clutch.
Value for money: 4/5
Find it here: ASOS Design utility button through midi dress
Here endeth my August ASOS haul! I’d better not have another one in September if I want any sort of savings by the end of the year. That said…what’s payday without a treat or two?