Donation of the Day…

Today’s chosen piece for Donation of the Day is this gorgeous vintage Laura Ashley dress

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This beautiful original vintage Laura Ashley dress has the loveliest all over floral print in  muted browns & beiges with a striking contrasting navy trim.

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The dress is 100% silk so hangs beautifully and with the addition of darts from the bust help to create a lovely fitted shape.

Side seam concealed pockets are an added bonus for this very wearable dress.

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A lovely vintage item that certainly wouldn’t look out of place on the rails in Topshop or Miss Selfridge.

We have styled the dress with a fabulous vintage brown leather handbag and suede peep toe open back heels by Pollini.

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Laura Ashley Vintage Floral Dress – Size 10 – £22

Pollini Suede Peep Toe Heels – Size 4 – £25

Vintage Leather Handbag – £15

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Donation of the Day…

Today’s donation of the day is this stunning vintage sheer silk gown

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A delicate sheer silk dress with front gathered panel and an ornate diamante rear yoke embellished with tassels.

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With a matching 3/4 sleeve jacket with gathered sleeves, pleated cuff and a pleated front edging you really would stand out in the crowd (perhaps an under garment would be advisable unless you’re feeling brave!).

Approx a size 10 and available from a Blue Cross shop soon

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Wedding Season is here…

Yep, that means getting out those dusty dresses from last year’s season of love, joy and happiness only to find you have nothing suitable for this season. But The Clothes Line have had so many amazing donations this week that we’ve been able to pick out some of the best dresses that we know are perfect for turning you into the perfect wedding guest…

The versatile one

ted baker

First up is this 100% silk dress from Ted Baker. It’s soft purple colour is flattering on most skin tones, and its strapless style makes it ideal for day-to-night glamour. All you need is a cover up for the day in case the weather isn’t great and a clutch bag for instant party-feel come evening. Plus, it’s perfect for way more than just a wedding. We’re thinking a day at the races, formal garden party and even your sister/brother/cousin’s graduation.

Heading to our Henley-upon-Thames shop this week for £20

The understated one

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It’s your work colleagues wedding. You don’t know her too well (despite spending most of everyday with her), and you’re not entirely sure what sort of ‘do’ it is. This is the answer. Understated glamour from Coast in this classic orange number, you’re not going to step on anyone’s toes by dressing up too much, but you’ll still turn heads in this fabulous colour. It’s conservative neckline mean it’s suitable for just about any event (dinner with the in-laws?), but the beautiful draping means it’s interesting and super flattering too.

Heading to our Hale shop on Tuesday for £18

The vintage one

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We all know the feeling, you show up to a party and someone else has the same outfit on. You spend the whole time wondering who looks better in it, and avoiding standing in the same photos. But a classic vintage dress usually leaves you safe in the knowledge that you’ll be the only person in the room wearing it, and leaves way more time for enjoying yourself, which can only be a good thing. This structured dress from Charles Creed is the right amount of party (thanks to it’s metallic gold colour), wow factor (due to it’s unusual print and vintage history), and sensibility (comfortable and flattering) so we think it makes the perfect “I’m important today, but not as important as the bride”. Mothers, we’re talking about you. Pair with a black hat or fascinator for the ultimate ensemble (yes, it’s OK to accessorize with black at wedding. In fact, it’s pretty cool).

This is being sent to our vintage shop in Summertown, Oxford for just £15

The summery one

paisley silk

This dress has summer written all over it. Silk, tick. Paisley print, tick. Bright colours, tick. This wrap dress is not only ideal for that high summer, English heatwave type wedding (some people get lucky), but it’s also perfect for taking on holiday too. Dress up for the wedding with bright orange or pink court shoes and a fascinator, and then dress down with tan leather sandals for balmy summer nights. Not sure about the low neckline either? No problem, a simple stitch will solve that, or layer it up with a colourful camisole underneath.

We’re sending this gorgeous dress to our shop in Wilmslow on Tuesday for £20