Thursday, 3 March 2011

The stripy £9 Primark Dress

If you read my recent post about Primark, you may recall me mentioning a dress I had spotted for £9 which could potentially be loli-able. I didn't purchase it at first. Then I saw somebody had posted the dress on EGL and I thought it looked better than I expected. So I went back to Primark and I got it.

So here is the dress I was referring to-

It is a very simple dress as far as the details go. It has thin straps, there are a few small gold buttons running down the front and not a single bow in sight. The pattern features stripes and a pink floral pattern. Close-up photos are below.

Considering how cheap the dress is, I admit I was not expecting a lot from it but it turned out better than I expected. So I very quickly tried it on and whilst I think I need to put a little more work in to my outfit, I was very happy with the results.

I would like to apologise because a) I desperately need some new petticoats b) my wardrobe still has holes in it so I was randomly throwing things together and c) it had been a very tiring day so I look a little zombie-ish.

I really should wear that belt more often because despite it clinging to me a little too tightly, it really emphasises my waist!

After putting on a very un-puffy petticoat, the dress sat a tiny bit above my knees (I am about 5'4'' just so you know). I am very tempted to wear a classic skirt underneath and then pin the Primark dress up to expose the other skirt. I think it is a shame that I don't have my Meta Rose JSK as a skirt as well because I think that would go well with this. I also think a deep burgandy coloured skirt would look pretty underneath.

This is the front of the bodice. You can just about see the gold buttons.

This is the back of the bodice which has some shirring in it. I should point out that the shirring does not stretch that far but Primark offers a wide range of sizes anyway. The shirring blends in with the pattern quite well and runs the whole way along the back.

I have just realised I forgot to photograph the bag I am holding! I got that in Primark too.

You can tell this is not a very expensive dress but for those on a limited budget, I would recommend it. It can look good worn casually and with a bit of effort it could be worn with lolita too. If anybody has some further suggestions for this dress I would love to hear them.


  1. That dress looks incredible for £9!
    I remember seeing it in the window of my local Primark and thinking "classic lolita potential!" XD
    I like how you've coordinated it with that belt. It creates a nice silhouette :)

  2. Thank you! I posted it on Facebook and Daily Lolita and I was really happy because it got a very positive response. I can't wait to try new things with it.

  3. saw your post on Daily lolita and wanted to comment but I'll do it here ^^
    Very lovely dress! and what a find! you=lucky!
    That belt looks really good with the dress.
    Perhaps a black blouse will look good too?

  4. Does that dress come in any other colours?
    They did one similar last year in blue and one in black and red I seem to remember, I tried to get the blue and red one but they only had size 16s left... >_>

  5. I am definitely going to try a black blouse. It looks like most of the people making suggestions are agreeing on a black blouse. I think it will look great!

    I don't think this dress comes in other colours sadly. I guess it is worth having a rummage to see what you find. Primark is not the easiest shop to browse!

  6. Ahhh, lovely dress looks really nice with the belt on!

    If you love barggains you haev to check out it's like Primark but online got soem good styles- would love to see how you'd dress up a few things from there...


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