The New Look Leopard Print Tea Dress has been all over my Instagram at the moment, and as soon as I saw the dress of dreams I knew I had to make it mine. But it’s been sold out everywhere, and after bidding on one in my size on eBay that was cancelled by the seller just before the auction ended, I thought this one had alluded me. Then the wonderful Kaye told me that New Look kept restocking late at night, so I stayed up, crossed my fingers…and grabbed one.
For me, leopard print is as much a neutral as black, grey and denim, and it’ll always have a place in my wardrobe. Some people feel like it’s very ‘Bet Lynch in Corrie’ (for those who understand that reference!) but I think if styled properly, leopard print can look both smart and flattering, even a little bit edgy.
I went for a size 18 although I’m more of a 16, because reviews online said they come up small. They weren’t wrong, and when I received the 18 I could fit into it, but not actually breathe or move. Because I loved the dress, and because I knew I wanted to lose weight anyway, I kept it-and this week, after dropping just over a stone, it fits! So I headed off to Leeds Dock with my Olympus Pen and my Joby Gorillapod and shot the photos for this post. I absolutely love them. I added a simple black blazer, a statement bag and my favourite low heeled black ankle boots for a shopping trip to Leeds and I like how the outfit looks-I was even complimented by a blogger friend I bumped into, who said she liked my overall look.
I’d also wear this dress with bare legs and trainers in the summer, and on a night out with patent heels and a clutch bag. It’ll look great with a coloured jacket and even a chunky knit cardigan or jumper. I’ll try and do some more shots for Instagram with different items, so you can see how versatile the dress really is.
For £20, this dress is a real bargain and I’m so glad I got one. I know I’ll be wearing it a lot this autumn/winter and hopefully through to next summer, if it’s not too big by then.
What are your thoughts on the dress? Do you own a ‘dress of dreams’ of your own? You can tell me about it in the comments.