A Summer Dress in Autumn ~ Damart

When I was younger, there were certain shops on the high street that I wouldn’t want to be seen in, much less be caught wearing any of their clothes! As I’ve got older, I’ve realise that it doesn’t matter where your clothes come from, what’s important is that you feel good in them!

Damart is not a shop that I would have necessarily considered for clothes before, because I have always assumed that the clothes, whilst nice, are probably for people with a few miles more on the clock than me. But when I was offered a dress from their collection to style up and blog about, I have to say that I changed my mind. It was a gateway dress, as now I have my eye on a few other pieces from their website!

However, I have had a bit of a nightmare trying to take photos of the dress! I took some a while ago, and then found that the dress was creased, and you could really tell in the majority of the photos! So I decided to retake them, but the weather changed, and the rainy, grey days weren’t exactly conducive to nice outfit shots!

In the end I managed it, and so today I’m showing you how I decided to wear my dress so it’s suitable for autumn. (As always with outfit posts, I feel the need to apologise for the shots – I am at my most awkward when posing like this!)

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Dress ~ c/o Damart
Necklace ~ Birthday gift
Denim Jacket ~ Very old!
Converse ~ Donated by a friend

As you can see, I went with a denim jacket and a pair of Converse. When I was wearing the dress in the sunshine, I was wearing it with sandals, and a long cardigan if necessary. Now that the temperature has dropped a little, I don’t want to get my toes out, and my sneakers are my go-to shoes for this weather! I’d probably need to add a scarf at the moment because the autumnal weather is feeling a little too wintery for my liking!

You may be able to see from the bottom photo that I have had to add a modesty pin to the dress; the way it was before just wasn’t decent on me!

This dress is currently £14.00, down from £35. That’s a 60% saving! It’s also available in a lovely navy blue, or a black and white print.

* PR Sample. This dress was sent to me for review by Damart. All reviews on Is That You Darling are fair and unbiased.

I Heart This Dress

By now, I think most of my regular readers will know me pretty well. I’m not really a fashion blogger. As a lifestyle blogger, I like to think that I can write about whatever takes my fancy really, but that doesn’t often involve me showing photos of myself wearing different outfits. There are a number of reasons for this, but I think the two most important ones are: i) I don’t own enough lovely clothes, and ii) I think I look like an idiot in most outfit photos that I try to take.

But I’m trying really hard to overcome this fear I have, because every now and again I wear something that I love, and I want to post about it! A few weeks ago, I posted a couple of outfit photos to Instagram, and today, I’m bringing you an outfit post on the blog!

Firstly, a couple of disclaimers. The photos aren’t the best quality, because I hadn’t planned to take them, and so hadn’t brought along a decent camera. Secondly, I’m pulling a really silly face in the main photo. But I really wanted to share these photos, because I’m in love with this dress. So bad quality photos and silly face be damned; I’m sharing!

Dress ~ Primark
Leggings ~ Primark
Sandals ~ c/o Clarks
Glasses ~ c/o Pretavoir

I bought this dress last week when I stopped off at Westfield Stratford after my trip to London. I was after a new dress, and I wanted one in a similar style to two others I have, because they are really flattering. They didn’t have any, so I settled for this one (at the bargainous price of £8), and I’m so glad I did. It’s my new favourite dress. It’s a wee bit snug, and I have a bit of a battle to get the zip all the way up, but once it’s done, I think it’s another flattering fit. I love the sleeves, which you can see better in the photo below, I love the way it pulls me in a the waist and flares out slightly. Mostly I love the way I feel in it, and for £8, I think that’s pretty good value for money!

The photos were taken at the Bungalow Diner, in Marks Tey, where I went for dinner with my friend Hannah on Saturday night. It’s one of those places that looks a bit odd from the outside, but once you are inside it’s like a proper fifties diner. I love it, and the food was tasty!

Have you seen this dress in Primark? I am hoping it’s available in different styles so I can buy up lots of them!

Free Your Feet

Summer has finally arrived! Or at least, we like to think it has; we’ve had a few sunny (though not as warm as I would like) days, and we’re all throwing caution to the wind and getting our legs and arms out!

I’m getting my feet out too, and taking part in a Free Your Feet competition with Clarks. The challenge is to take a pair of their gorgeous sandals and style them up in a summery kind of way.

Now as you know, I’m not a fashion blogger. I try, from time to time, to do an outfit post, and I always end up feeling, and therefore looking, totally awkward and self-conscious. I just don’t know how these fashion bloggers do it so much! But as ever, I wanted to give it a go and take part, so here’s how I styled up my sandals.

This is the only maxi dress that I own. As a plus sized woman, with a certain amount of height issues, I can’t say that all maxi dresses are suitable for me. Many are unflattering, and most end up trailing around at my feet and tripping me up. But this one is perfect, and I love it. It’s so bright and colourful, and it’s short enough, and I don’t think it makes me look bigger than I am (I hope!). I got it from George two years ago, and I plan to wear it for years to come!

My denim shirt that I wear over the top is a necessity; if I get my shoulders out they will burn, so they hide under this. And talking of necessities, obviously a hat and sunglasses are the ultimate summer accessories! My hat is brand new, from Primark, and my sunglasses are the ultimate in cheapness – Poundland!

Dress ~ George at Asda
Denim Shirt ~ New Look via eBay
Sandals ~ c/o Clarks
Hat ~ Primark
Sunglasses ~ Poundland

This final photo is a bit of an outtake; I had a cardigan on by this point, because I had got chilly, and you can see my bra that should be hiding beneath the shirt/cardigan. But I love this shot! I don’t even really remember posing for it, but I like the way it turned out!

These sandals are the new love in my life. I think they are gorgeous, and they will be seeing me through the summer and beyond I think. What I particularly love about them is that they are padded on the ball of the foot, so they are really comfortable.

Are you freeing your feet this year? How are you summer-ing up your footwear?

Kitsch Goldy Clarks Boots

I have a new love in my life. I know that at this time of the year, my footwear wishlist should have some strappy sandals on it, but as we all know, spring has not yet sprung, and so boots are the order of the day for a while longer than usual.

So when Clarks gave me the opportunity to review a pair of their Kitsch Goldy boots, it didn’t take me long to say yes! As you may be aware, I’m not very good at Outfit of the Day posts – for various reasons I end up looking like an idiot – but this time things didn’t go quite so badly (if you forget the fact that my camera ran out of batteries, and I was so cold that I was shivering!). My friend Hannah, who seriously covets my new boots, helped me take photos, and if you can forgive the slightly ridiculous faces I am pulling in some of them, I think they turned out OK!

Dress ~ Primark
Cardigan ~ George at Asda
Boots ~ c/o Clarks *

See, I told you! Despite being the daughter of a photographer, and therefore having had my photograph taken a ridiculous amount of times, I am so self-conscious about posing. It’s ridiculous! But I guess the main thing is that the photos show how awesome the boots are (and they really are). So far I have only really worn them with dresses, because I love the way that they lend a bit of an edge to a girly dress, but I’m looking forward to teaming them with my jeans too. I particularly love the metallic leather, they are different from any of my other boots and I know that they are going to wear really well, and I’ll be wearing them for years to come! They have recently been reduced on the Clarks website, they are down from £99.99 to £69.99, so if you like them you should check them out.

I love this dress also – it’s the best style of dress I have ever worn, and manages not to make me look fat, which is always a bonus! The photos were taken in Maldon, if you’re curious. It’s lovely there, but it’s much nicer if it’s not freezing cold.

I’ve included this last photo as a bit of an outtake, because I adore everything about it, even though Hannah cut my head off!

* This item was provided free of charge for review, but all reviews are fair and unbiased.

Dress to the Maxi

As of now, it’s just over four months until I go to see Bon Jovi at Hyde Park. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this, because, of course, Bon Jovi are awesome.

As the gig is an outdoor event, one of the more pressing issues on my mind has been what to wear. I’ve never been to an actual festival, but I know that for those who have, what to wear is a majorly important part of the preparations. Whilst the Bon Jovi gig isn’t a festival, it is outside, and therefore what to wear needs to be considered.

When I went to see Bon Jovi last time, I wore a maxi dress. It’s the only maxi dress I own (though I do have a bargainous charity shop skirt as well), and I felt it was perfect for an summery outdoor gig.

Although this isn’t the best photo, you can see from this that it was a very colourful dress, teamed with a denim shirt to prevent major sunburn, and a slightly obnoxious hat that I only wore because it was a special occasion. I could never pull it off on a regular day, I’d feel like a tool.

Anyway, so given the choice, I would consider wearing this dress again, but I can’t obviously, because that would be ridiculous. But I do want to wear a maxi dress again, because I love the way that I feel in them! So it’s time to start thinking about it, even though it’s still a way off (I’m excited, OK?).

There are two main problems I have with maxi dresses. The first is that they are invariably too long. I would not describe myself as short, but neither am I tall, and my legs are kind of stumpy. This means that when I try maxi dresses on, I find that they pool at my feet, making walking rather perilous.

The other problem is that a lot of the maxi dresses out there are really designed for slimmer ladies than myself. There are lots of dresses that I have tried on that have just done nothing for me. So I’ve been taking a look at plus size maxi dresses, knowing that when a piece of clothing is actually designed for a woman carrying a bit more weight, it actually works to flatter my figure! This is much better than when you try on a dress in a shop, knowing full well it was made to look best on someone who is a size eight!

Also, a lot of the maxi dresses at Marisota are available in a variety of lengths, which banishes the problem of falling over whilst walking too! Now all I have to do is hope for a fabulously sunny day on July 5th. It happened last time I went to see them, fingers crossed for British summer to actually hit at the right time again this year!

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