Before we get into this can we just take a moment for my maybe excellent but probably terrible fashion-related pun in the title of this post? I couldn’t resist. I’m sorry (but not that sorry).
Anyway, moment over, and let’s turn our thoughts to one of the newest additions to my wardrobe, this little Realisation Par inspired wrap dress of dreams. Realisation Par dresses and dupes have been all over every Insta it-girl in the last year, but it seems to have taken me a while to hop aboard the trend and pick up something similar.
I don’t know why I hadn’t welcomed one into my life yet, because I am so on board with this style of dress; they’re girly but a bit sexy, they’re flouncy and they’re fun, and they make you feel like one of the best versions of yourself. A frilly wrap dress is undeniably pretty, but also gives off a bit of a cool girl vibe (probably at least in part thanks to Alexa et al) – and although I am anything but a cool girl, I must say that when I popped this outfit on, I definitely felt like I was getting closer.
Spending upwards of £150 on a dress isn’t my jam at all, so naturally I had to seek out a more affordable alternative. I spotted this little number in H&M before I went on holiday, but when I got back it was in the sale for £10, so there was no question – it was coming home with me. I can’t find it online anymore, but there are still quite a lot of them in my local H&M, so worth checking out if you’re after a Realisation Par dupe.
Dress – H&M | Shoes – Primark | Bag – New Look | Necklace – Lisa Angel | Sunnies – Primark
The neckline, cuffs and hem tick off the frills and ruffles trend we’ve seen so much of this year already and the wrap shape is flattering as ever – there’s also a decent amount of overlap so when you walk your entire thigh doesn’t pop out. Worn with little blush pink mid heels and a chain strap bag, I felt like I could be good to go for the office, a lunch date or evening drinks, so I can tell this will get a lot of wear.
It actually reminds me a lot of things I would have bought a few years ago, so maybe I was just really early to the party rather than late? Either way, I hope this trend sticks around because there are plenty of other gorgeous ones about – I’ve got my eye on short sleeved or strappy versions in bright or pastel colours next, like this one, this one and this one!
What do you think about this style of dress? Is it something you would wear?
Photos by the lovely Beth Atkins.