Sunday, 23 March 2014

Joules Tunic Dresses and More!


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. 

great dress for anyone with psoriasis
 
Alexi Women's Jersey Tunic, Indigo Stripe


perfect dress for someone with psoriasis



Alexi Women's Jersey Tunic, French Navy (for those 'good scalp' days)

great dress for someone who wants to conceal their skin


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

great dress to wear for anyone with psoriasis


lovely dress for anyone with psoriasis
 

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

ideal top to camouflage psoriasis



And also in powder blue for those of you who don’t share my aversion to the colour!

great top for masking flaky skin on arms


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!)



Lime




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  

35 comments:

  1. Love the Breton tops and Lottie shoes. Off to have a look at their website now x

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    1. The Lottie shoes are very cute, aren't they? And I think the Breton tops in a different colourway makes a nice change.

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  2. Love Joules dresses (and they have some nice bags too...) I hadn't dotted those shoes but like them. Always nice to see things in the flesh first, as some pics are so misleading! Xx

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    1. Sad to say had never heard of Joules, except of course as a unit of measurement for Energy!! (Spot the Science teacher!!) Love the Breton tops and 3/4 sleeve tunics! Great recommendation, must broaden my horizons!!

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    2. Ha, ha! I never made the link between the name and the measurement for energy ... clearly I'm NOT a Science teacher!!

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  3. I love the Bretons too & have been after a red one for a while! I'm off for a browse! The striped tunic dress is cute too! Ax

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  4. Great picks Helen! I love the sneakers you featured.
    Iva

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  5. Love the variety of Breton tops, and some of those tunics are fab too. Great post Helen.xx

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    1. Thank you. The tunics make a nice change from the usual tops and skinnies I think

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  6. The Alexi is really cute... maybe I could pull it off. Could be a good basic. Also love the bretons. Wonder how they compare to Boden's?

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    1. From what I've heard, they compare very well to Boden .. and at a less expensive price point, which is always good.

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  7. I never heard of them! Cute stuff!

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    1. Delighted to have introduced you to them :)

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  8. Love that taupe floral tunic Helen. I have a few Joules items as do the girls, the quality is great. x

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    1. I'm glad to hear that ... although when I asked a few other bloggers, there did seem to be agreement on the good quality

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  9. i want the lottie shoes…. cute!!

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  10. I had a look on their site as I hadn't heard of them..; didn't know if they were in the US or not.. there are some very cute dresses… like the breton top but in a dress!… tempted….

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  11. Love the pattern on the navy ditzy dress. The cut of the dress is nice too. I also like the spotty navy tunic.
    :0)
    Paul

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  12. Love the shape of the Suzanne blouse, looks great in both colours too! Could be very tempted by the Harbour top in melon for Spring as it's lovely alternative to my usual navy or black They have some great pieces and I do love the kidswear! xx

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    1. I think the blouse would be a great casual piece for Spring and Summer. Perfect with skinnies. The 'melon' (red in my book!) Breton seems to be very popular

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  13. I love the breton tops. I have loads of Joules clothing for little Nancy and my Hubby has a Barbour style jacket from them. I have a country style tweed jacket which has great detail and is very well made. They are not a 'go to' store for me but I do usually have a mooch, in their shop, when I visit Chester. H x

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  14. Hi, Kilkenny carry a good range of joules clothes as well as white stuff and other interesting brands

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    1. I didn't realise that. Our local Kilkenny shop doesn't have the clothing range. Good to know, thank you.

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  15. One of my favourite local boutiques stocks this brand and I have been admiring some of the striped tops....the quality is great!
    ~Anne

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    1. Again, I didn't realise it was stocked by anyone in Ireland. But I have heard the quality is great.

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  16. ooh I love a breton, and those ones look fab. They also have some gorgeous print stuff in at the mo!

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    1. Yes, I'm liking the different colour bretons as well. A girl can never have too many stripes!!

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  17. Always good for great basic pieces, and the quality is good too! Loving the stripes.....I am always a sucker for anything stripy!! xx

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