Orangeade...

 Dress: Diana Vickers c/o Very
Cardigan: Jil Sander
Clutch: Primark
Heels: Clarks
Earrings: 13 Jewellery
Two dresses in two days! Can you believe it; thats not like me at all. However when the lovely folks at Very sent me this dress for review I knew I had to get it out of the packaging and onto my back immediately. Those of you who regularly read my blog will remember a post I did about the new Diana Vickers for Very range, and this dress features as part of the collection. A gorgeous hot orange number with a cream scarf detail to it; polar opposites of what I'd normally go for but I absolutely love a) the colour and b) the style of the dress. It nods to the 60's without being too 'fancy dress' and it fits like a dream. Here's what the website has to say about it:

"This sizzling 60s inspired shift dress by Diana Vickers inspires a retro revolution. With a gorgeous shape that shows off your curves, this is an essential dress that nods to the vintage.
A shift dress shows off your figure in style, and the simplicity of this Diana Vickers design makes it chic and elegant - an understated dress that makes an instant statement. The scarf detail of this dress contrasts the bold orange fabric, making it stand out - while the cool hue of the scarf softens the look with subtlety.
This is an extraordinary dress that's beautifully cut. To the back, a concealed zip perfects the fit, while a tapered collar lends a unique finish. For an ultra chic style, pair with leggings and shoe boots. Go glam with patent peep toe heels. Sweep your hair into a ponytail to show off the collar detail."

And here's what I have to say about it! It is right on the money fit wise, for me anyway. My pal Lina has had stuff from Very before, and found the fit to be a little on the generous side, (mind you, she is a dot!) and I'm normally an 8 or 10 so I thought I'd go for the 8 rather than the 6. I'm glad I did as it fitted really well around the top, I will say it is slightly looser fitting on the hips and skirt area but I have not been blessed with curves so this is probably why. If I was a little more shapely (read: had a decent booty) it would be a perfect fit, as it is it's pretty darn close. Reading the customer reviews of the dress, this was an issue that a couple of other shoppers had also found, so it must just be the way the dress is cut. In a word(s): Go for your normal size and you should be fine, as the dress runs fairly true.
It's made of a poly/viscose/elastane mix, which means that it not only feels quite expensive, as the fabric is heavy and thick, but it also means you can bung it in the washing machine so it's really easy to wear. I found it hung really well, and the shaped neckline was a gorgeous detail. The simplicity of the cut is juxtaposed with the detail of the stitched-in scarf, which is not only really quirky and unusual, but saves what is quite a basic shaped dress from being too plain. I teamed it with a Jil Sander cardigan, (as the dress is sleeveless) which I am wearing at the moment seemingly nonstop as it's the perfect midweight chuckover for when the sun goes in, which at the moment, it seems to be doing permanently. Sorry there are no pics sans cardigan-it was too blinking cold to take it off! 
To be honest this dress will look as nice dressed down, with a denim jacket and little sandals, or dressed up with heels; I think my Clarks Tribute Act block heels look adorable with it! I would wear it in the winter with opaques and some kicky boots and it would look just as lovely. The 'grown up' trends that are filtering through for AW11 are crying out for something like this to ratchet up the fun factor, and as such this dress will be a wardrobe staple that will go from office to night out with the minimum of fuss. I love it! Can you tell?! What do you think of it?
The dress is Dee.V by Diana Vickers, available from Very.
xoxo
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