I want to give a bit of context to today’s blog post before I start getting into it. Originally I was going to write about lots of various fashion pieces I’d bought in January/February, but after my Tallulah’s Threads dress arriving, I really want to focus on talking about this piece and the brand behind it. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do a fun photoshoot with Dane for this one. We’ve both been too tired/busy to take any photos together, so sadly photos of me in front of my bedroom mirror will have to suffice. 😦
Due to some of the ways I’ve decided to style this dress, I’ll be sharing some of the newer items I’ve picked up recently too.
All this being said, I don’t know if today’s blog post is going to be one that my regular readers will enjoy or not (although deep down I hope you do…), but it’s one I really wanted to write and share with you all today. This post is going to be my usual review style when talking about independent businesses but clothes, and cute ones at that!
For any newer readers of There Might Be Coffee, back in the day (10 years ago now!) when I first started my blog, I used to write this sort of content often. I was really into fashion in my late teens and early twenties and would try and dress as cute and fashionable as possible. I don’t know what happened but suddenly I just decided to start following all the trends at the time, which I put it down to watching Sex and the City and Ugly Betty, which of course circulate around fashion. I had also started to read Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic (The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic) series, which focussed a lot on fashion too. On top of that, I used to buy as many fashion magazines as I could just to take in all the latest trends and more! This was times before blogs really blew up, alongside Instagram and Pinterest. Who else remembers being like this about fashion?
Just to add here, I had a massive sort out of my wardrobe in autumn 2021 and have either donated or sold most of the items I sorted, which is amazing! However, I still have lots of stuff left at my mom’s to grab, which I’ve been doing gradually. How fashion conscious I used to be is something Dane has only recently discovered after I brought home loads of older pairs of shoes I used to own, including heels, wedges and more! These days I’m happy to live in Vans and occasionally Dr Martens. All about that comfort now. 😛
Covid has done a lot of things for me and unfortunately my mental health declining is one of them, which I know a lot of others have experienced too. Another thing it has done for a lot of people is cause us to dress more casual and comfortable in clothes such as joggers, hoodies, sweaters and even pyjamas! I was definitely guilty of this too, especially days when my mental health was really bad.
Due to this, Covid has actually made me think more about my style and how I’d like to change it up in the future! Before Covid I would mostly wear mom jeans with baggy t-shirts and hoodies and days of binge wearing my mom jeans aren’t as often as they once were, I do still like to throw them on every now and then. Now I want to wear more dresses, in colours that suit my skin tone (purple, red and blue) and with as many cute characters and animals as my heart desires! I also really want to show off the alternative style that I’ve always adored and I think 2022 is finally the year to do that.
We’re three months into 2022 already (how?!) and my wardrobe has definitely changed in a short period of time, which is always good! I have a couple of new dresses (Black Milk Clothing, Simple Be, and of course Tallulah’s Threads) as well as accessories. I do have my eye on getting more bits and pieces in the future, but for now I think I have a good starting place. All the items I’ve bought, including accessories, will be worn for both work and personal. I don’t want to keep reaching into my wardrobe the mornings I’m in the office to pick up the same stuff, which is usually black and consists of baggy trousers and jumpers. I want colourful pieces I can wear in the office and feel really nice in.
Not only will I be showing off the Tallulah’s Threads dress I’ve picked up, but also how I’m planning to style it, which includes newer accessories I’ve bought lately, as well as some older pieces I love!
Tallulah’s Threads Lilac Heart Dress – (link).
This dress has fast become one of my favourites that I own! It’s colourful, comfortable and really does show off my kawaii side, before and after accessories are added to it. Best of all though, it’s by an independent brand that handmake and customise all their pieces and all in the UK too. What more could you ask for?
I discovered Tallulah’s Threads in 2018 through someone on Instagram and fell in love with their pieces. However, at the time I wasn’t 100% into smock dresses, so whilst I admired from afar, I never placed an order. However, since around Halloween last year I have fallen in love with smock dresses thanks to one I own by Disturbia (it’s actually an oversized skater dress…) and since then I’ve bought quite a few to add to my growing collection, of course including this one from Tallulah’s Threads.
I don’t know why but in February I really fell in love with heart prints… Maybe because of Valentines Day and them being everywhere throughout that month? This being said I mostly fell in love with the lilac colour of the dress, which definitely gives me those pastel vibes I’ve been after for years. Plus, purple is my favourite colour. I’m really looking forward to Spring at the moment for lighter nights, adventure days out with Dane and of course, Easter. So, with spring coming up this dress is more than likely going to be worn to death, both for work and outside of work.
One thing I found when looking to buy this dress is, there’s no decent reviews out there of it. There’s a couple of Instagram posts and YouTube videos here and there, but that’s about it. I actually ended up seeking advise from someone on Depop, of all places! She was so helpful though and I’ll link her Instagram account here, as her content is so colourful, it would be a shame not to.
I ended up sizing down for the smock dress, as usually they are designed to be an oversized fit and whilst I love my oversized pieces, I don’t want them to swamp me so much that people query if I’ve lost weight. Due to the fact I like my clothes oversized I usually go for an L (maybe even an XL, depending) in dresses, but due to the advise I was given, I went for an M for my dress. This was definitely a good choice, but I could have probably gotten away with an S due to how oversized it still is. This being said, I’m still happy I went with the M.
The material of the dress itself is soft, stretchy and isn’t too thin, nor too thick, which in turn makes it perfect for all seasons. It’s short sleeved and has pockets! The length of the dress is really nice too as it sits just above the knee on me (for reference I’m 5’7).
My only gripe with this dress is depending what bra you wear underneath, depends if it’s visible or not. The bra I tend to wear with this dress has lace, which when worn shows the outline of on the chest. This isn’t something I want showing when I wear this dress, especially at work. So, I opted to wear a vest underneath to smooth it out a little. Due to the dress being oversized it’s still comfortable to wear with layering and it’s something I plan to try again soon with a long sleeved black t-shirt underneath! This will probably be great during the colder months. Of course to get through this you could also wear a t-shirt bra that’s smooth with no visible outlines, but as I don’t own one, I can’t test this out.
Another thing I want to mention here that may be a gripe for some/most is the price. Tallulah’s Threads dresses aren’t the cheapest, but it’s for a variety of reasons, mostly due to them being handmade. Primark and other big stores are so cheap due to the quality of their pieces and how they’re made. I’d rather pay more money and not only have a longer lasting item, but also helping a small businesses to boot too. This dress is £65, but I snagged mine for £52 with a discount code. I don’t think I’d have bought the dress without some sort of discount due to the cost of it.
I’ve decided to style my dress with my heart belt that I bought second hand, plain black tights/black fishnet tights, my pastel rainbow cardigan and either black flat shoes, or my Lazy Oaf x Vans. I recently also bought a pair of Lazy Oaf x Dr Martens boots from eBay (worn to try on) so I’d love to style and wear with those too! I wore this whole outfit to a friends a couple of weeks ago and felt cute AF!
If there is one thing I really want to do in 2022 it’s try and buy second-hand a lot more. As someone who started to recently sell second-hand items online I just feel like it’s something we should all do to help the planet a little, whether we’re selling or buying. Personally it’s a mixture of doing my bit for the planet, as well as saving some money. I recently picked up a Disturbia skirt I’ve been after for as long as I can remember. It was stated to have only been worn once and was half the price of the skirt brand new. I’ve since worn it a handful of times and it’s in amazing condition. Just an example of why shopping second-hand can be great for various reasons. Anyhoo, back to the belt! I paid less than £2 for this and it’s in a style I’ve been after for as long as I can remember too, so glad I managed to snag it for a bargain! I think this belt is mainly created to be worn on the waist, which is exactly how I’ll be styling it. It works so well with the Tallulah’s Threads dress due to the heart pattern, as well as the black accents too which work with the dress as a whole! I’ve worn these two pieces together at work and received so many compliments.
Primark Fishnet Tights.
Not going to lie, there’s probably not a lot I can really talk about when it comes down to fishnet tights. I was debating buying a pair for a while to go with some of my outfits but left it. Finally, after picking up the Tallulah’s Threads dress and getting some major outfit inspiration off of Instagram here, I decided to get some. Again I turned to second hand sellers to try and snag some new in packaging for a bargain, which I did a lot easier than I thought I was going to! I picked these up from eBay, two pairs brand new in packaging for just £6! They’re from Primark originally and so far they’re been really comfortable, easy to wash and best of all long lasting. I watched a YouTube video on how there’s a knack for how to put on fishnet tights, but I didn’t face any issues.
Overall I really love my Love Bug Lilac Dress and I’m so pleased to have ordered one when I did, especially considering it sounds like this dress is on its way out. They appear to be limited edition, so when the fabric runs out that’s used to create them, that’s it. So, if you like the look of a piece from Tallulah’s Threads, get it as soon as you can!
I have my eye on the Frill Collar Space Dress, but not 100% sure when I’ll pick one up. I feel like I have enough dresses to keep me going, but this being said… Maybe I’ll get it on a rainy day?
What do you think of Tallulah’s Threads? Any pieces you love and would like to get your hands on? If you’re like me and would like to save money, you could always check out websites such as eBay, Depop and Vinted to see if you can snag a Tallulah’s Threads bargain. 🙂
Until next time guys, have an amazing weekend and see you next time!