What makes a dress the perfect everyday dress?

Quite often it can be tricky to find a dress that is as versatile as we might like it to be – and sometimes whether it truly is or not, only becomes apparent once we’ve got it home and worn it a few times.


There’s never going to be a “one size fits all” in that department as we are all different shapes and sizes and have different lifestyles and requirements – but for me this fluoro animal print shift from Warehouse (£50) which I featured last week, fits the bill. I’ve worn it to a friend’s house for a birthday tea, out for dinner, to work and out for lunch.  




I’ve given it some thought and this is why I think it works for me;

  • Whilst the style is fitted, it’s not bodycon so I can still get in and out of the car, put the washing machine on and work in the shops and generally do what I need to do;

  • There’s enough room in it for me to layer a thin cotton H&M long sleeved top underneath, meaning that I don’t have to cover it up with a cardi – which can totally ruin the look of a dress;

  • The fact that it has sleeves also means that I don’t have to cover up too much with additional layers, making it a “throw it on and go” type of dress;

  • It’s the right length to wear with heels or flats. I find that some dresses which are just about OK with flats can be way too short with heels;

  • It wasn’t so expensive that I’m worried every time that I wear it;

  • I like the print and so I’m more encouraged to wear it. On the other hand, the fact that it is printed means that it’s pretty obvious if I wear the same dress a lot – but I can live with that;

  • The print contains both black and navy so it’s easy when it comes to which coloured shoes/tights to wear with it (ie whatever comes to hand first!)

Here I’m wearing it with my favourite coral H&M necklace and my All Saints cocoon coat, plus Zara boots. Let me know if you have any thoughts on what makes your perfect everyday dress.


  1. Treasuresnpleasures
    November 19, 2013 / 10:53 am

    Will definitely have to look into this dress Beth, it's similar to the whistles ones I've been coveting. Is there much stretch in it for a growing bump?

  2. April
    November 19, 2013 / 6:32 pm

    It definitely works for me too, very good tips, thanks a lot

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