Price Per Wear: The Monsoon velvet dress


Ginger velvet midi dress, Monsoon | Element faux fur shoe boots ASOS | Leopard bag, Boden (out of stock, but similar here)

I get it. Not many of us have pots of cash to splash on lots of clothes. I’m with you. So when you spend big, it needs to be on something that’s going to last – and a piece you’ll be able to wear over and over.

I’ve started spending a bit more on clothes, but buying less. I was actually getting quite overwhelmed by my fast fashion habit. A recent wardrobe cull meant our local charity shops did very well thanks very much, but being able to see everything clearly when I open my wardrobe makes me feel so much calmer.

So, I’m going to be including more Price Per Wear posts on here and on Instagram, to show how I re-work the same pieces over and over again.


Kicking it off is this beauty of a dress, which I spied in Monsoon as soon as it came in. It’s not cheap, but I just knew that it would be able to work really hard in my wardrobe.

In velvet, lined and in a classic, timeless shape, it’s the kind of dress I will definitely pull out every Autumn. Plus, the print taps beautifully into this season’s Seventies boho trend, so it’s definitely something I knew I’d be able to wear a lot this season, both day and night.

Last weekend I wore it to a friend’s birthday party with heels and my much-used Boden clutch bag (Boden really do need to do all year round leopard bags as they’re such a great print).


Dress, Monsoon as before | Heels, Jigsaw | Coat, ASOS Black (last year, but similar here) | Bag, Boden (as before)

It’s such a comfortable style, so I also wore it to a meeting at the beginning of the week. I wanted to wear it as a skirt, so dressed it down by throwing a black men’s cashmere crew neck over the top and with black 70’s style knee high boots.

PS the jacket is another classic that will definitely be making an appearance in Price Per Wear. It’s from Jigsaw, tailored and slim fit, which means it will work over dresses or trousers. Result.


Dress, as before | Men’s cashmere jumper, Marks & Spencer | Harmony boots, Ted & Muffy | Compact wool jacket, Jigsaw | Beamish bag, Village England


  • Comments ( 6 )

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    School Gate Style

    Oh I adore it worn as a skirt – I always forget about doing that with dresses! And those Ted & Muffy boots……SWOON X

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      Thanks Avril! The boots are such a great investment, I’m so pleased with them! x

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    Tanya Jackson

    Love that you’ve shown how the right dress for your shape & style can be reworked. Looking forward to more cost-per-wear features šŸ™‚ It’s a gorgeous dress on you!

    Tanya @highflyerstyle

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      Thanks so much Tanya! x

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    Love the dress, looks a bit heavy but at this time of year im sure that’s a bonus.

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      It’s actually not heavy, but it is warm! X

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