King of the castle

A short but smug update today, just to let you know I have purchased (in my opinion) the best dress for autumn that’s out there – oh, and it’s from Tesco.

I think F&F’s current campaign featuring pieces from their amazing range (cosy jumpers, funky skirts and lots of checks) and slogans like ‘I just popped in for milk’ is so fitting – I definitely wasn’t expecting to come across this dream when picking up a tin of beans that’s for sure.

I honestly could have left with a trolley full of clothes but the changing room was closed – a blessing in disguise for my purse. There was no way I was leaving without this beautiful ruffle-detail dress, though, so I played it safe with a 10 and the fit is true to size.

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Who would have thought a piece from a supermarket could look so designer? I don’t think it would look out of place on a catwalk at fashion week, it’s very Alexa Chung inspired with the detailing and floaty material and the high neck adds a classic Victorian elegance.

The colours are just right for autumn and the floral print isn’t too overpowering which it so often can be. It’s most probably the only reason I’m okay with wearing tights at the moment and I’m excited to style it up differently throughout the season because it’s so versatile. With heeled boots or loafers it will scrub up great for a job interview (if I ever get one) or workwear, and with hair tied up, dainty heels and shimmery accessories I can see it being the ideal party dress.

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DRESS Tesco (only available in store) | BOOTS Dr Martens | BAG Vintage

For now I’m liking how my chunky Dr Marten’s toughen the outfit up, contrasting completely with my vintage purse and the dress’ frilly adornments. It was £22 which is such a bargain, even by supermarket standards. I think F&F is only available in store but it’s totally worth going to check out the whole collection (or just browsing if you’re doing the weekly shop).

I often think supermarket clothing is underrated; I’ve purchased some lovely things before in ASDA, Tesco and even a gym top from Aldi. It’s so convenient (almost too convenient…) and makes a change from other high street brands that everyone else seems to be wearing.

If you didn’t already know I’m a massive history geek and castles are my favourite thing of all to explore – there’s just something intriguing about the history surrounding them that draws me in and leaves me wanting to find out more. I used to go to Scotland to see family a lot when I was little and loved finding hidden towers in the hills and ruins to look around. My favourites though are the huge fortresses that still have a lot intact so you can actually venture up the stone staircases and see the views from the top.

My Welsh castle bucket list is still in its early stages but there are so many amazing ones I want to visit, most in North Wales. Raglan is one of the best I’ve seen and the other day I ticked off Caerphilly, where we took these photos, which was incredible!

History rant aside, I hope you love this dress as much as I do. I certainly felt like the king of the castle prancing round in it!

Lily x

ph. Anna Herring

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