H&M's Transitional Dress

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The main subject of today's post is this H&M dress. However, I don't think I can possibly write it without sparing a few words for the bag and shoes too. I hope you don't mind. ;-) All three items are new and I'm obsessed. OBSESSED, I tell you.

H&M Dress
Floral Dress




Let's start with the shoes. Summer is fading fast (does anyone else feel like it only just got here?) and I'm not sure I'll have many opportunities left to wear them. Nevertheless, I've certainly been getting plenty of use out of them this past couple of weeks. (Check out my Instagram if you want to see what they look like with jeans.)

H&M Shoes




I bought them on a total whim. I've been trying to start gearing my mind towards autumn/winter clothes, so I wasn't really looking for sandals at all. But they looked so nice with the dress that I just couldn't help myself. They're also super comfortable. I don't know if I should admit this but my main outdoor activity is shopping, so I love shoes that look good but that I can also pound the streets in. (Although don't wear these if you are planning on trying on other shoes. The laces will drive you nuts.)

Then there's the bag. Ah, the bag. It makes me feel all grown up and put together. It's from Zara, which is my absolute favourite place to buy bags at the moment and has been for some time. I honestly think they do the "could be designer" thing like no other store on the high street. I love everything about this one - the shape, the size, the gold zip. It's got a long strap you can attach when you need your hands free (for ease of shopping, obvs) and little gold feet so that the bottom doesn't get dirty when you put it on the ground. A small detail, but so important! There's a similar (though not identical) black version, which I clearly need as well.

Zara Bag

So, onto the dress. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it in the window of my local H&M. I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but all my dresses tend to be either evening wear or massively inappropriate outside a beach holiday environment. I could see immediately that this one was different. It's a lovely length, stopping just above the knee, and the high neckline and modest sleeves make it so easy to wear when I'm out and about.

Floral H&M Dress
Blue Floral Dress

I could also see straight away that this dress is a perfect "transitional piece". It's light and floaty enough to wear with sandals and bare legs while the weather is still warm, but because it's fairly "covered up" and has a dark base colour, I can see it working just as well with tights, boots and a leather jacket. Since buying it, I've noticed that H&M have introduced another colourway, black with a cream print, which is equally lovely. Do we think I should get it? At £19.99 it would be rude not to, no?!

H&M Dress



Dress - H&M, Shoes - H&M, Bag (available in red) - Zara

One little pointer in case you're interested in the dress - I usually wear a size 8 in H&M but got this in a 6 as it's generously cut.

What do you think of this dress? Are you thinking about new season clothes yet or are you still in full-on Summer mode?

Kate x
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36 comments

  1. LOVE this dress! It's perfect for this point in the season, and will see you into Autumn nicely. Gorgeous :)

    Eve & Faye x
    Sugar Spun Sisters | A blog about charity shops, cosmetics & coeliac disease

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  2. This dress is adorable Kate.
    I really love it
    Kisses
    Maggie D.
    The Indian Savage diary

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  3. Oooh, this dress is gorgeous!!! It looks gorgeous on you!!! You always look beautiful in all your photos hun!! :)

    Layla xx

    www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Layla... but you should see the 50,000 that had to be deleted! x

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  4. Just want to add that I love H&M too…they have some gorgeous things!!! :)

    Layla xxx

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    1. Totally agree. They are on fire right now! x

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  5. Love this dress..it has a beautiful vintage feel to it. I also absolutely admire the way you have styled it..couldn't have done it better myself. :)

    Love Priya

    MyFashionFixes

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    1. Thank you Priya! I always love the chic and effortless way you style clothes so I am glad you approve! x

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  6. Love, love, love your outfit! H&M always do beautiful summer dresses! :)
    http://katiesdressingroom.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

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  7. I love the ouutfit! So cute!

    xx, Be || lovefrombe

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  8. This whole outfit is just gorgeous! I love the shoes so much!

    Anoushka
    http://www.Anoushkaloves.com

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    1. Thanks Anoushka! I didn't really "need" the shoes but I've worn them pretty much constantly since I bought them! x

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  9. Oh wow what an absolutely gorgeous outfit! Loving that dress, and I'm in search for a new bag so I'll definitely have to give Zara a go!

    Jade x
    jadethejourno.blogspot.co.uk ♡

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    1. Thanks Jade! And yes, Zara's bags are nearly always awesome! x

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  10. Your dress is beautiful - the print, the colours, the style.. Everything. I think when it gets colder it would look lovely paired with a thin cardigan and some ankle boots! Your bag is lovely too by the way!

    Ayesha xxx
    Http://alycheeaday.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Ayesha! I like the thin cardigan and ankle boots idea. I definitely want to get as much mileage out of the dress as I can! x

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  11. Great look. I love the shoes and the print of the dress

    Made in Mauve

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  12. First time visits here, nice blog and sharing, I wish you to have a happy day~ =D

    Regards,
    (A Growing Teenager Diary Malaysia)

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  13. pretty dresss!
    www.mrsnoone.it
    kiss

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  14. I like your look.Bag, sandals ,dress ...everything. By the way nature ,and place where you took photos are fantastic. Hope you will visit my blog ,and we follow each other.
    http://nishlika.blogspot.com/

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  15. Oh very cute dress!
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    xx

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  16. I love the dress soo much, you look very pretty xx I've just started a blog of my own and if you're interested you are very welcome to visit. Followers are desperately needed!!! http://xbeyoutifulx.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Aww looking so very beautiful (as always) Kate! You have an amazing figure; this pretty dress just proves it! I love, love, LOVE the stunning backdrop of the photos. You look like a model in these shots (actually better than a model.. Kate Moss really is overrated while here you are radiating happiness and shine, so lovely to see) <3

    Absolutely love the sandals and bag, so stylishly paired with that beautiful floral print. I can imagine the red coloured bag must be just as gorgeous too! I too have been gearing my mind towards AW clothing, but it's so hard when the summer has just simmered away and the clothes are still so gorgeous and beach-y ready! :| I think these are such good picks though, you hit the nail on the head by calling the dress a transitional piece; I can see it working stylishly against all seasons!

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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  18. Such a cute dress, perfect for a summer stroll!

    Clare from Tweet xx

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  19. What a location! Looks like you had a great time :)

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