This week my fashion daydreams have been revolving around this cute little cat dress from H&M
I don’t usually wear much black but I would definitely wear this. Did I mention how much I love cats? 🙂
This is the ‘minimum wage dress’ from Shelikes.com. The dress went on sale on 20th June this year and only costs a measly £3.68, the minimum wage for under 18s in the UK. The dress is aimed at young girls who work hard for very little cash and are feeling increasing pressure to still look stylish and follow trends.
The more I have heard about this dress the more curious I have become. When the dress originally launched in June I read a few articles about it in the papers, most of which seemed to be suggesting that it was nothing more than a gimmick and questioning whether the dress was actually good value for money. I have also seen quite a few negative blog posts about the dress, again suggesting that it will probably fall apart after one wash, will look cheap etc. One blogger even claimed to be insulted by the very idea of it! However, none of these bloggers had actually bought or tried the dress before giving their opinions on it. That just didn’t seem fair to me. So I decided that I would purchase the dress and ‘roadtest’ it. I hope you enjoy my review, I have tried to answer some key questions…
How is it made?
My first thought was “where/how has the dress been made?” I had visions of some poor Indian child in sweatshop knocking up these dresses. After a small amount of research I discovered that they are actually made by Figa store, a clothing and fabric manufacturer in Leicester. I definitely favor brands who support British manufacturers and so Shelikes earns brownie points for that.
How does it look?
When I first saw the dress on the website I have to admit that I thought it looked a little cheap and nasty, as did the other bloggers I mentioned above. The main reason for this is that the model in the photo is clearly wearing a dress that is a couple of sizes too big for her. This creates the illusion of a badly fitting and therefore bad quality dress. You should not judge this dress by the picture on the website as it does not do it any justice at all.
The dress is shaped well and I love the way it looks. It fits me perfectly and the colour is bright and fun. I should probably also mention that it comes in four different colours.
Is the material good quality?
I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the material. I was expecting something flimsy that would fray and unravel as soon as I even looked at it, but I am really pleased to say that I was wrong about that. Obviously it’s not the same quality fabric as a £80 dress from Lipsy but if I compare it to some of my other bargain dresses that I have bought in the price range of £10 – £20 then the quality is just fine, if not better. It has a lycra kind of feel to it which makes it quite figure hugging but I really like that.
Can people tell it is cheap?
I posted a pic of me wearing the dress on Facebook and asked my friends to guess how much it cost. Their answers ranged from £25 – £45 with the average guess being around £30. So clearly no it does not look cheap.
Is it wearable?
Yes! I wore it out to dinner with my boyfriend. We went to a nice hotel to eat and I can honestly say I didn’t feel out of place or underdressed or even embarrassed for wearing such a cheap dress as I really don’t think it is obvious that it is a cheap dress. I actually had a few compliments on it!
There were no snags or frays or anything. The one thing I will say is that it is quite short and would start to ride up a little as I was walking. However, I think that can be expected from most mini dresses.
Is it washable?
Exactly the same! The colour didn’t fade or bleed and there was no ‘bobbling’ on the material. I was very happy with that.
My overall opinion.
Despite my initial doubts and skepticism I can honestly say that I love this dress. I genuinely enjoyed wearing it. I think it is great value for money and will definitely be wearing it again.
I hope you enjoyed my review or even found it helpful. Have any of you bought the minimum wage dress? Would you? I would love to know your thoughts.
It feels like I haven’t done an outfit post in ages. There are a couple of reasons for that, the main one being that I have had two bandaged fingers for almost two weeks. The bandages came off yesterday and my burns are looking a lot better (although I still don’t have feeling in my fingertips!) So I celebrated by taking some photos of me wearing a pretty dress.
I really love this dress. I received it as a gift for my birthday. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to wear it.
The print is obviously very loud and busy and I don’t think that it would be to everyones taste. However, I think it’s fab and really enjoyed wearing this dress. I would really like to wear day dresses more often and have been searching for the perfect one for a while. If you are a regular reader you probably know by now how much I adore bold prints and so I was instantly drawn to this bright dress.
The print features loads of different cartoon images mashed together into an all over collage. Some of the pics include puppies, shoes, lips and even the cookie monster! I spot something new every time I look at it. I love it when my clothes are fun and interesting.
Despite the crazyness of the dress I actually feel that it is very girly and pretty. I love the cut of the skirt. It’s not too long or short and I feel that it falls just right. The material feels divine and is really good quality for a £20 dress.
I kept my jewellery fairly simple. There was no need for statement pieces when the dress is a statement enough.
It was a lovely day yesterday so I went to visit my dad who has been in Texas for the last few weeks. It was nice to see him and we went for a walk around some of the pretty villages near to where my dad lives. I live really close to the city centre so it was really nice to escape the city for an afternoon.
Aren’t country villages the cutest?
When I was young I was obsessed with stickers. At school my books, pencil case, lunchbox, everything was covered in adorable stickers. And I don’t think I was the only one, it was definitely a craze back in the nineties.
Lately I have noticed stickers sneaking their way back into fashion. I’ve seen girls customising their phone cases and iPods with stickers and even spotted one cool chick who had covered her converse sneakers in cute puppy stickers. So I decided I would get in on the action and headed to Accessorize where they had a huge collection to choose from.
After much deliberation I eventually settled on these three packs. Look the cat stickers have googly eyes!!!
Ta-Dah!! What do you think of my sticker bag? I adore it, the stickers are sooo cute and now this bag is just so much fun to wear. I took it on a night out recently and all night long I had girls coming over to look at my bag.
Have you customised anything with stickers? Would you try this? I would love to see pics if you have.
Please excuse the extreme lateness of this post! Two weeks ago it was my 23rd birthday. I spent the whole weekend celebrating and was even treated to a shopping spree by my boyfriend (more on that later). I had a wonderful time and luckily I was able to enjoy some sunshine too.
I went out clubbing with my friends the night before my birthday. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to pose for any outfit pictures but you can get a good idea of what I wore from these party pics
I really love the skirt and will definitely be wearing it again. I cant wait to try it dressed down for a day time look. It reminds me of the kind of designs lazy oaf do.
What do you guys think of my party look?
Wow! How is it Tuesday already? I don’t know where the time has been going lately. I meant to post this yesterday but I guess I was too busy with real life and stuff.
Anywhoo, This was my outfit from Saturday. My dad and I went shopping as he has a holiday coming up and so needed my services as a personal shopper/stylist to help him pick out a new holiday wardrobe.
You may recognize the top as it is actually a dress I have worn before but this time I folded it up to make a top. My bag is something I picked up at a market in Bangkok four years ago. I really love it and wear it a lot. I’m a little upset that lately it has become much less unique as every high street store is ripping off the print and calling it ‘tribal’ but never mind that’s fashion for you.
Shorts and sunglasses – Primark
Shoes – Dorothy Perkins
Cuff – Cherry Blossom Bay
Baby Milo necklace – Handmade
Bag – market stall in Bangkok
Hope you all had a great weekend too!