November 16, 2012

Today's Everyday Fashion: Dorothy Perkins




While I'm in Kansas I'm doing segments on two live shows, here are details if you want to tune in!
I'm wearing the top outfit for one or both appearances, and the bottom outfit is a more summery take on the same look. I just ordered this dress from Dorothy Perkins, a U.K. retailer that I've been a fan of but have never tried since they just recently launched a U.S. website. I'm way impressed with the quality, and I used a tape measure for my measurements and went with the size it suggested and it turned out to be pretty accurate (I always have trouble with U.K. sizing!). I wish it were a couple inches longer but that seems to always be the case with dresses. Huge fan of the peplum ruffle though and overall it's a great buy for the price! Have you tried the peplum trend yet? What are some of your favorite U.K. retailers?

Dress: c/o Dorothy Perkins, $35
Cardigan: Express, old (similar, similar)
Necklace: My Stella & Dot website, $138
Pumps: Colin Stuart c/o MJR Sales, $24 (similar, similar)
Sandals: Colin Stuart c/o MJR Sales, $27 (similar, similar)

Jewelry details


1. Rhea Bangles $79
2. Chimera $59
3. Courage $19
4. Renegade $59
5. Stackable rings, $39 (worn separately on two fingers)
6. Sidewinder ring $69
7. Kalahari $79

48 comments:

  1. I love that dress!  I've been oogling Dorothy Perkins online, too, but haven't braved a purchase yet!

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  2. Love DP, bought out the store when I lived in London two summers ago! Also check out New Look.

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  3. Great dress!  I've looked at Dorothy Perkins countless times online but have always been a little nervous about quality.  I'm glad to hear it's worth trying!  

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  4. pretty little thingsNovember 16, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    I love this dress and necklace combo on you -- it's so classic and versatile! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  5. Very pretty!  I like blush and black paired together.  Best of luck on the shows :)

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  6. I Love the black and blush together. You've just inspired me. I have a blush dress that I've never worn because it's sort of a satin material that I think is outdated but wearing a black cardi over it might tone down the Satin shine. Thanks
    k at www.beautystyleandgrowth.blogspot.com

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  7. I was always hesitant to try DP and then my roommate bought a few things. She said the quality wasn't that great one some, but great one other things. It seems a little too inconsistent for me! 


    Not sure if I have what it takes to rock the peplum, it looks great on other people but I have a short torso already and I'm afraid of making it look even shorter!

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  8. jennifoundinmyclosetNovember 16, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    I've also been very curious about Dorothy Perkins as I've found a lot of cute things on their website.  Maybe I'll have to take the plunge and try it out after your great review!
    Jenni
    www.foundinmycloset.blogspot.com

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  9. I love the peplum trend -- I have a black faux leather peplum tank that I adore and have worn numerous times since purchasing it a couple weeks ago. I actually looked at the Dorothy Perkins site recently in search of a dress and really liked what I saw, but also noticed the majority of their current dresses are peplum, which wasn't what I was looking for for this particular occasion. I'll have to check back again when they switch it up a bit!

    www.whenwewander.blogspot.com

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  10. Peplum! OMG i have seen those bracelets everywhere!!!! 

    http://theworkette.blogspot.com/

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  11. Try Boden! A UK brand that has a US website. Incredibly on trend, well made, accurate sizing, quality goods with great variety. Check them out!

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  12. Amazing outfit, you look beautiful! ♥
    Happy Friday :)
    xx

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  13. Wow, you look really amazing in this dress. And your blog is a real inspiration!

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  14. I did not expect the dress and sandals to be under $35! Like, WOAH! 
    Shows affordable can look super high end, you look fab girl! 
    Angela
    http://fashionablecents.blogspot.com

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  15. Never thought you would be in my city!! :) What are you doing in KC??

    LOVE the dress!

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  16. Love the neutrals!! I wish I could wear peplum but it just highlights my midsection which is something I tend to avoid haha.


















    thriftthick.blogspot.com 

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  17. I just bought a navy peplum top with gold studs along the neckline that I love! I still havent worn it yet because I am trying to think of a good way to style it (navy seems to be a bit more difficult).  I was thinking maybe with some dark green skinny jeans, brown boots and a brown leather jacket.  Any suggestions?!

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  18. I'm so excited you will be in STL! Can't wait to watch your segment!
    Jamie

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  19. What a GORGEOUS dress! It looks stunning on you! Hope you enjoy your time in Kansas! I'm a Kansan girl! Woot!

    www.beautyandbows.com

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  20. I'm so excited you will be in STL! Can't wait to watch your segment!
    Jamie

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  21. I love the peplum! I saw a similar dress at JCP the other day and loved it, but like you said, it was too short. I don't do short, but that's how the style seems to be right now. I can find a million styles I like but only a handful that are long enough. Cute, as always, J!

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  22. What is it with dresses almost always being too short.  You have great legs, and shorter lengths flatter nice legs.  But longer lengths are classier and more professional.  It's quite a problem.

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  23. Agreed! I would prefer this dress to be just above my knee - about 4 inches longer! And I'm really not that tall. 

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  24. Navy and gold/mustard is a favorite combo of mine! As is navy, red and cognac. Or turquoise and white when it gets warmer!

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  25. Tracy, I was born in, grew up in Kansas, went to KU. I'm back to be a bridesmaid in my BFF's wedding and to see family for Thanksgiving!

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  26. I agree - lots of peplum on their website if that's what you are looking for!

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  27. Looks great!  I also tried the peplum trend; I was leery at first, because I'm a size 8/10, and the idea of adding bulk to my hips was not the most exciting one.  But it actually looked pretty cute, and made my waist look smaller.  Mine is actually a great length - just above the knee, and with the demure neckline, it's something that's great for both work and play.  I style my turquoise dress with a mustard coloured cardigan.  Loving that combination.  I got mine at Ricki's (Canada) and paid about $80 for it.

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  28. I love the Peplum dress on you. The fabric looks like it is durable for many wears in the future! I love the color against your skin tone! That necklace really makes the outfit pop! You look fabulous! Have two good live show sessions!

    XO http://shesaidhesaid-fashion.blogspot.com/

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  29. This is so pretty! The peplum style is really flattering. I love neutrals with black heels, so classy!

    http://landoftheglam.blogspot.com

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  30. I absolutely adore this dress and your whole outfit.  What a perfect choice to wear for your segments!  I may have to check out Dorothy Perkins.  I had not heard of her before-but this dress is darling and price is fantastic!

    xx,

    Abby

    www.alldolledupblog.com

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  31. Yay for UK brands! Of course Dorothy Perkins is a High Street staple here in the UK. Dotty P's as my friends and I affectionately call it, is Topshop's older sister (for those who didn't know). I like the accessories from this shop, plus they sell some great boutique brands now too. I could write reams about UK retailers... today I am wearing items from Uniqlo, George at Asda and Primark! x

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  32. Yay! Welcome tot he midwest! I will try to catch you on GDSTL! You might be cold. It's been chilly chilly here! But you sure look adorable! :)

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  33. Lovely dress! Awesome necklace too!

    [nat in love]

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  34. You don't know how excited I am that you tried Dorothy Perkins! I have seen it come up many times on Polyvore but didn't know anything about it. So I'm glad that you have first hand experience. Definitely makes me feel better about giving them a shot! And the dress is beautiful!

    http://fashionedible.blogspot.com

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  35. I love peplum! I recently posted an outfit on my blog w/peplum, and plan to do more! Wanna try it in dress form. You have the body for those short dresses so you rock it girl! :)
    ~Karen

    www.sewstitchincute.blogspot.com

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  36. You look v nice.  I don't tend to buy in Dorothy Perkins, but might take a look!  I shop in Next, White Stuff, Boden, Marks and Spencers, Oasis, Gap - all are on the UK high street!

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  37. I don't have peplum yet, but I love it anyway!
    http://work-it-blog.blogspot.com/

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  38. Great outfit and I love Stella an Dot. I haven't tired peplum yet. I'm wondering how much of a quick fad its going to be. Looks amazing on you. I"ve heard of Dorothy Perkins. Glad their sizing is accurate.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.wordpress.com

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  39. I love the silhouette of the peplum dress on you - just a sllight bummer that it is a little shorter than you would have liked.  I've always loved peplums, even before they became a big trend for 2012. This year I bought two sleeveless peplum tops (one from Marshalls, one from ASOS) because they are awesome for layering under a blazer, paired with jeans or a pencil skirt.

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  40. I've always thought peplums were pretty, but---- until I read this article @  http://www.philly.com/philly/style/Fall_Fashion_2012.html    or   
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    I had never really thought how genuinely VARIED peplums could be!!:  "It can be a power ruffle............ a sexy frill............ a clever camouflage.    The peplum returns and waists can celebrate."   

    'Just love your peplum dress and also your sophisticated styling of it, too, J.!!

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  41. I have been SUCH a big fan of Dorothy Perkins since I went to England 6 years ago and bought the cutest silver sandals (which to this day I can't part with even though they've seen better days). I think they are comparable to H&M. :) I love the look J, simple, easy and chic. :)

    -Courtney
    www.415bond.blogspot.com

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  42. GORGEOUS!!! It is hard to believe that dress is only $35!! Defiantly checking it out :)

    Kristine
    www.pugglewearsprada.blogspot.com

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  43. I haven't tried neither DP or the peplum trend yet. I want togive both a try. As far as dress length goes, your dress isn't too short, but I can understand how a few more inches would make you more comfy.

    xo,
    Tiffany
    http://shoeschampagne.blogspot.com

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  44. I ordered a few things from them, but ended up returning both. They were fine, but I probably won't order from them again because it ended up costing me $25 in shipping both ways. From now on, I refuse to order anything online unless I get free shipping at least 1 way!

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  45. GORGEOUS! Love this look! These colors look fabulous on you. Are those shoes comfortable? I always look at Colin Stuart on Victoria's Secret, but always hesitant to order a pair. Let me know. :)

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  46. I love your peplum dress.  I have not tried one one but I love the look of them.  I also love Dorothy Perkins.  Their clothes are so beautiful and fashion forward.  Othe UK brands I love are River Island, Warehouse and Miss Selfridge.  Half my family and all my husband's family live in London, England.  Whenever I am there I make a point to go to these stores.

    coverupchic.blogspot.ca

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  47. Love your look.  You mentioned that you wish the dress were longer.  I cannot agree more.  At 51, a dress that short looks ridiculous on me!  Many stores that cater to a mature style are very matronly.  Can you suggest sites and stores that bridge this gap?

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