fashion and frocks

Blue Prom Dresses

I’m back with a fashion post today, discussing my arch nemisis… the dress. Okay so I don’t actually hate them that much, in fact they are slowly becoming my most pinned thing on Pinterest I think (not that my addiction to that app needs to be fuelled any more) and I’m definitely being persuaded to take a plunge into the depths of my fashion fears. Also I know the title is probably really old fashioned, who even knows what a frock is? But I wanted a catchy title to reel you in and this was the only one I could think of… fashion and frocks it is.

So… what does it take to find the dress for you? Well after plenty of soul searching and hours of research… I joke – it is only an item of clothing! But if you are on the hunt for the perfect dress I would say knowing your body shape is a good place to start. I have quite an awkward body shape, a small (er) waist then my thighs kind of go out (describing my body shape is seemingly very hard) but everyone’s shapes are different so if you want to buy a dress or any items you’re not sure about trying them on is definitely the best idea even if it does mean waiting in a queue. I know I suit a babydoll style as it doesn’t cling to me (bodycon dresses make me look like a sack of potatoes lol – I do not suit clingy dresses) but there are so many other different styles on the market to choose from.

there will be a day when I do a proper outfit photo, I promise … 

Trying to buy clothes that you find awkward buying due to your body shape online is a total no go area for me – I am literal a total fail when it comes to online shopping (despite looking at conversion charts, trying out online shopping tips etc. hardly anything I buy online ends up suiting me). It’s honestly so much easier to go to a store, try something on and not waste your money! Obvs you can send clothes back but that’s effort and if you can spare a trip to the post office then I would. Knowing shops that sell dresses that suit you is also a good start as they can sell similar shapes whatever the season. The dress I’m wearing is from UO and I absolutely love it, it hangs gorgeously and looks great with and without a T-shirt underneath.

Have you got any favourite shops to buy dresses from? My favourite is probs Urban Outfitters because everything is just gawgussss and expensive but nice for a #treatyoself moment .


  1. Charlotte Gransden 6th June 2016 at 3:13 pm

    I buy all of my clothes from charity shops, which means I always try everything on and it has taught me that clothing sizes are weird haha! Lately though I think my favourite dresses have all been from TU (sainsburys) and F&F (tesco) which has really suprised me!

    Good luck in future dress hunts!


  2. Eleanor Pritchard 6th June 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I actually really love clothes from F&F and they're quite cheap as well which is good! x

  3. Dalal Tahira 6th June 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I tried that dress on last week but didn't know how I liked it, it kind of came up too short on me (because I'm lanky af yay) so thats annoying but I love the criss-cross back…might have to go back for it who knows… -i love asos for dresses-

  4. Eleanor Pritchard 6th June 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Thank you! It's a really good shop for nice dresses 🙂 x

  5. Eleanor Pritchard 6th June 2016 at 5:48 pm

    It's so annoying when dresses are so short, but it is vv pretty (asos is also fab)

  6. Heather Chambers 6th June 2016 at 7:58 pm

    I love this dress on you and love how you've styled it with the t-shirt it looks cool! I find it so hard to get the right dress as I'm not really a dress person either! But I've found boohoo & H&M to do some good dresses! 🙂

    Heather Xx

  7. Eleanor Pritchard 6th June 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you so much! H&m do some really nice dresses actually 🙂 xx

  8. The Teenage Journal 6th June 2016 at 9:02 pm

    So glad you found one you're falling in love with <33 it's absolutely gorgeous and what a perfect post to accompany it!

  9. Smile, Snap, Sparkle 7th June 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I agree with you, it's so much easier to go to a store, try on a certain dress and see how it suits you instead of ordering it online and having to send it back in case it doesn't look great on you. Plus, I actually love going to the store because I can feel the clothes, see if I like the material, does it fit perfectly ect. which is something you can never do with online shopping 🙂 And your dress looks amazing!

    xx, Matea

  10. Eleanor Pritchard 7th June 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you for the lovely comment, trying things on definitely makes life a lot easier! x

  11. Single Vegas Girl 8th June 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Dress shopping is always the worst for me. Like you I have a hard time finding something that fits me right without making me look like a sack of potatoes! Some styles are a hit and miss depending on the pattern as well making it even harder. If anything I have to roam the mall to find different dresses I like. And hey, at least you admit you have a slight addiction to Pinterest. (:

    Single Vegas Girl

  12. Eleanor Pritchard 9th June 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Definitely patterns make a difference (not a good one in my case) but I hope you find a nice dress soon! x

  13. Olivia 9th June 2016 at 5:08 pm

    The back of that dress looks so beautiful, I need it haha !!

    Olivia // BLONDE LA MODE

  14. Eleanor Pritchard 9th June 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you! Shopping around definitely helps as well 🙂

  15. Ellie Burns 10th June 2016 at 11:39 am

    love love the detail on the black dress! x

  16. Isa Professional 10th June 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Knowing your body shape and what suits you best makes shopping for clothes so much easier and that black dress has such a cute back design; nice pick!

    ISA Professional

  17. Sarah Laird 11th June 2016 at 8:08 am

    Love how you've layered that dress over a tee – the detail is stunning and its given me some serious inspiration for going away outfits for next weekend! I totally know what you mean about online shopping too – for me, its when it arrives and the material is completely different to what it looked like on the site! x

    Viva Epernay | Vote For Me – Beauty Blogging Awards

  18. Eleanor Pritchard 11th June 2016 at 1:56 pm

    I try to look at what it's made of but online shopping is just such a fuss! x

  19. Emily Thorpe 12th June 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I find dresses quite an easy thing to wear, but I think that's from years of finding the right sort of style of dress for me personally which just so happens to be a skater dress style – super flattering!

    Musings & More

  20. Carmen 12th June 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Lovely post – I love that dress and how you styled it with a shirt. It makes it really cool and casual 🙂
    xx, Camen –

  21. Eleanor Pritchard 12th June 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I love the skater dress style as well, it is so pretty! x

  22. Alice Rowe 12th June 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I have the same problem as you, my waist is smaller than my hips and thighs so finding a dress is so hard! I love your dress though, the back of it is so pretty and I love how you styled it with the shirt underneath.

  23. Eleanor Pritchard 12th June 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you so much! I think a lot of people with this body shape find it hard so you're not alone! x

  24. Eleanor Pritchard 13th June 2016 at 6:27 am

    Thank you! I hope it helps the next time you're trying to find a dress!

  25. Eleanor Pritchard 13th June 2016 at 6:28 am

    Premier is literally the best thing ever! I feel for you when it comes to buying clothes then x

  26. Kelly 14th June 2016 at 8:37 pm

    That's such a nice dress and it looks so good with the t-shirt underneath it! I used to find it so easy to find clothes, but I've become a bit more picky about how things fit me recently, so I'm finding it a lot more difficult!

    Kelly // Velvet and Vibranium

  27. Eleanor Pritchard 15th June 2016 at 5:58 am

    Awh thank you 🙂 I've definitely become more picky as well, at least we get a piece we really like though xx

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