Outfit: Red Dress

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Dress: Matalan
Boots: Primark
Necklace: Dorothy Perkins

Hello everyone, and happy new year! I failed to take any pictures of my actual NYE outfit, so here’s my first outfit of the new year instead. Matalan is not a shop I usually go to as it’s not in the city centre so I always forget about it, but I had a voucher to spend so made the effort to go a couple of weeks ago. One of the things I got was this dress, which was a total bargain at £10. My wardrobe seems to be lacking in nice casual clothes at the moment, so I thought this dress would be perfect with some ankle boots and a cosy jacket for a daytime winter outfit. I’m trying to wean myself off wearing black all the time and this dark red floral print is a good stepping stone towards – shock horror – wearing bright colours.

These boots have done me well (I think they must be about 6 or 7 years old by now) but sadly they’re looking a bit worse for wear now. I’ve had a hunt through the sales online for a replacement and I quite like these Office boots, may have to spend some of my Christmas money on a pair! I also want a slightly sturdier pair of boots for days when the weather is not so nice – perhaps something like these? Have you found any nice shoes in the sales?

Gillian x


Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.


  • Love it, you're beautiful! x

  • Rachael says:

    Ah that dress is gorgeous!

  • I always see people wearing gorgeous clothes from Matalan but I'm the same as you – I never go because they're not in easily accessible places and I can't drive yet 🙁 (I say yet when I'm not even taking lessons so its not like that's going to change anytime soon!)

    I haven't really been shopping to notice any sales but I know New Look were doing 50% off shoes as I walk by there on the way to work so maybe worth a look? Though they probably wouldn't last for 5 or 6 years! :L

  • Megalolz!!!! says:

    Your dress is lovely, the red suits you 🙂 x

  • Caz says:

    I love your dress! I'm so bad at shoe shopping and can never find a pair im completely happy with! I've been living in an £8 pair of Primark boots in the past few months so I really need to find a replacement before they fall apart!

  • you look lovely, what a gorge dress- go matalan! I love the statement necklace too xx

  • Shabna says:

    That dress looks lovely! I really like those boots too! x

  • Love the whole outfit combo 🙂 I know what you mean about wearing too much black, I'm exactly the same aha, I need to wear more colours! xxx

  • Kay says:

    Love the outfit! As for your boots – if you absolutely love them, you can get the heels replaced and rubber toppies added to the bottom of the shoes. I've extended my boots by doing this at least once before giving up on them completely (and it usually buys me at least one more season/year of wear).

  • very pretty photos and dress 🙂 x

  • beewaits says:

    Oh I love matalan at the mo, they are killing it. This dress is super lovely! x

  • Catherine says:

    Matalan are so good at the moment! I'm always seeing blogs with nice things from there. I love the dress, the print and colour are so so lovely! xo

  • GORGEOUS dress 🙂

    Rosie x

  • Leanne Marie says:

    This is a lovely dress and such a bargain! I havent hit the sales at all, completely avoided them infact! I need to be good with my money!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. xx

  • Dilan Dilir says:

    awesome dress! 🙂

  • Caroline says:

    That dress is lovely and such a bargain at £10! I could do with finding some ankle boots in the sales but not seen any so far!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

  • Lovely as always, I love the print of this dress. Happy New Year to you as well. I'm a sucker for buckles so I'd go with the second pair of boots.


  • Love this dress, its gorgeous on you! Your necklace is cute too. I have been looking for some nice kneehigh boots in the sales but not came across any yet…the search continues 🙂 oh and happy new year!
    Lianne x

  • Zoe says:

    The dress is a gorgeous colour, looks lovely! Your hair always looks completely perfect too, so jealous!

    Zoe | zozeze.com

  • Vanessa F says:

    Love the red dress 🙂 I liked your first choice of boots from office with the heel on them. Very classic ^_^


  • Kate says:

    Happy New Year! & may I say, that dress is absolutely stunning on you. You rock red well, my dear.

  • That dress is gorge! And so are you 🙂

    F xx


  • Aww you look lovely! I'm seriously loving your hair with a fringe, it's making me want one 🙂
    http://throughchelseaseyes.com/ xxx

  • I love the pattern on the dress so much, you are absolutely stunning! Nothing like having those old pair of boots, shoes, etc, that's been through with you for a long time 🙂 And they still look great! xx

  • Nomad says:

    Pretty dress – what a bargain 🙂 x

  • Kate says:

    I love your necklace 🙂 x

  • Helen says:

    I can't believe those Primark shoes have lasted you so long! Haha. Lovely dress.

  • Alice says:

    This is a lovely dress – Matalan is always somewhere I forget about too. I've been trying to steer clear of wearing too much black and found lots of lovely things in Dorothy Perkins – another place I don't go into very often

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