I think it’s fair to say that most people have heard of Joules, the store that seems to cater for the whole family! However, here in Ireland, we don’t have a Joules store, so I was very curious to see what the clothes were like in ‘real life’ when I passed a small shop in Gatwick Airport a few weeks ago. As much as I like to shop online (and they do deliver to Ireland) I’m always happier when I’ve also seen the clothes for myself beforehand.
And I like them! As always, I scanned the store with a psoriasis trained eye, instantly discounting anything that was sleeveless or cropped. I’m happy to say there were still quite a few items left to choose from. Yet again however, I was scuppered by the limitations of my Ryanair carry-on bag, so no purchase was made.
However, the leggier of those amongst you might be interested in the range of fabulous tunic dresses available. This is not a look that I ever wear, because I honestly believe you need to be tall to carry it off with aplomb. Equally it is a look that I have admired on lankier friends and neighbours and it occurred to me as I browsed through the Joules website, that tunic dresses could (warning! there’s a pun on its way!) scratch that itch for those of you longing to wear a dress instead of trousers.
Clearly I’m focusing on those with sleeves, and my favourite was the Alexi range which has a flattering (read, tummy concealing) gathered skirt. Perfect with leggings or skinny jeans and either boots or flats. If you prefer to show off those pins to better effect, these would also work with opaque tights and heels. The beauty of them is that if you live in our somewhat erratic climate, these can also be layered with shirts on colder days.
Alexi Women's Jersey Tunic, French Navy (for those 'good scalp' days)
If you don’t need the camouflage of a full sleeve, the following tunic dresses have three quarter sleeves which would work well during the Spring months (Who am I kidding? It’s lashing cold with threats of sleet later today. In March! The end of March!)Amabel Woven Shift Tunic, Taupe Posy
However, do not for a moment think the offerings stop at tunic dresses. The following is just a small selection of items that caught my eye.
The endless search for a suitable white top might just end here?Suzanne Woven Top, Creme
And also in powder blue for those of you who don’t share my aversion to the colour!
And whilst I may not have jumped aboard the trainer trend, I could definitely see myself wearing these Lottie shoes in the summer months.
Anyone else share my love of Breton tops, or Harbour tops as they are called here? Well, how about one in every colour! The following are only a selection.Melon (that's what it's called folks!)
And of course, original Navy
So there you go! Now I’ve seen the clothes in the flesh, I will perusing the website with far more interest. Will you?
This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own