Friday Affordable Frock Love – New Look

Friday, January 22, 2010

Although I rarely shop on the High Street I do love to drool over pretty things as much as the next girl.

New Look is one of my favourite stops when I do shop the High Street. Their shoes, particularly, I find amazing and affordable, I can pretty much always find the style I’m looking for, like their designers have been peeking in my brain.

I also like their dresses. I’ve never had a problem with poor quality and shrinkage, like I have with other lower cost brands and the styles are so cute.

Currently I’m loving.

Ruffle Hem Dress £25

This one is marked as a Day Dress, but I think I’d be more likely to wear it as evening wear. I’d change the belt as those awful tie belts do absolutely nothing for my figure. I think it’s got a 60s feel. I’d wear it with white tights, black pumps, lots of eye make up and bouffant hair.

Blouse Front Knitted Dress £30

I love the fake blouse detail on the front of this dress, and I think the white detail at the waist would be flattering enough that I could wear it without a belt. Being knitted it’ll either be stretchy enough to incorporate my annoyingly non standard hips, or it’ll look awful. It’s a challenge!

Mela Bow & Sequin Dress £29.99

From New Looks Boutique Brands I know I could make this adorable Mela dress work with black opaques, lace up shoes and a hat for 1930s feel. Understated sequins for day. Perfect.

Striped Halter Dress £25

I love Nautical dresses. For the last couple of years I have almost lived in this one. But it won’t last for ever. I have another Nautical Dress from Lady K Loves that is just waiting for some improvement in the weather for an outing. But you can’t beat a good halter neck dress for keeping cool when the weather is really hot (which I’m fairly sure we’re due after all this snow, right?)

Zip Back Peplum Dress £30

I love this but it will not fit me. I promise you. I adore this style of dress, but I have only ever found one that fits me, and it dates from the late 1950s. I am simply the wrong shape for modern dresses. It will be too wide across the back. Baggy on the waist and then pull across the hips, if it goes over them at all. Still. Isn’t it pretty?

11 Responses
  • Wicked Halo
    January 22, 2010

    I’m in love with the black knitted dress, but I suffer from the same problem as you…hips that tend to be problematic…I’m unsure whether I should order it or not!

    The peplum dress reminds of this one dress Victoria Beckam’s line.
    .-= Wicked Halo´s last blog ..Playing Pretend Hollywood Edition: Kevyn Aucoin =-.

    • Retro Chick
      January 23, 2010

      It’s frustrating isn’t it! I suppose you can always return.

      I thought that about the Peplum dress. I love her line, it’s more than a little out of my price range though!

  • Karissa
    January 23, 2010

    Great selection of dresses! The first one is my favorite. I love your blog, I just discovered it through Twitter!
    .-= Karissa´s last blog ..Rainy Day Style Inspiration =-.

    • Retro Chick
      January 23, 2010

      Welcome! I’m now following you on Twitter 😀

  • Kirafashion
    January 23, 2010


    Those dresses are stunning!!
    Thanks a lot for passing by!

    all my kisses,


  • PinkBow
    January 23, 2010

    i agree – think the ruffle hem is my favourite. you would not know this is from new look!
    .-= PinkBow´s last blog ..My City – Newcastle upon Tyne =-.

  • Miss Neira
    January 23, 2010

    I love that first one! sexy and professional!

    p.s enter my jewelry giveaway!

  • Treacle
    January 23, 2010

    Those first two dresses are two cute. Thanks for the tip!
    .-= Treacle´s last blog ..Want the Chance to Win Free Lingerie? =-.

  • Kate
    January 24, 2010

    Oh that last one is just gorgeous – I love dresses like that.

  • Kristen
    January 25, 2010

    I love the hem of the ruffle hem!

  • sar.
    January 30, 2010

    you know what i haven’t been at newlook for ages because i never seem to find a lot but you have just proven it to me … thanks for these picks, love the knit one..the ruffle hem looks gorgeous but i’m a bit scared of wearing something like that as to not look silly, i think it’s for really pretty girls.
    .-= sar.´s last blog as blood. today’s inspiration. =-.