Laura Ashley x joanie: if you only buy one dress this summer…

Laura Ashley x joanie rhian dress
If you only buy one dress this summer…

Today I want to chat to you about my Laura Ashley x joanie dress! I’m a firm believer in buying my clothes and accessories for the long-haul! I have dresses in my wardrobe I bought decades ago and I have no intension of giving them up any time soon. The same goes for bags and accessories too! When it comes to girl math, I’m all about the price per wear.

I also know that, Personally, whenever I clear out my wardrobe, it’s the fast fashion items which go first. Which is why I try really hard not to buy these items. I just know they rarely linger in my wardrobe, so for me, avoiding fast fashion is a good way to be less wasteful. Instead I try to make my impulse purchases vintage or investment splurges. Which brings me onto my new Laura Ashley x joanie dresses!

As soon as this collection launched I was smitten! I loved the prints; the silhouettes and the nostalgic warmth they gave me. I grew up wearing Laura Ashley and as I got older and got into vintage, I knew what treasure the original dresses were. Which let’s be honest, are getting harder and harder to find, especially at affordable prices.

Laura Ashley x joanie rhian dress

Vintage Laura Ashley

The Laura Ashley x joanie collection stayed true to its heritage, using archive prints and design details. It’s all made from cotton and cord and everything that should be lined, is. However, there is a slight modern twist with the Joanie x Laura Ashley collection and that’s the fact that a lot of the original designs stop at size 16 and a lot of classic designs have a drop waist.

Don’t get me wrong, a drop waist is cool, but not everyone can pull this shape off, so I appreciate the fact that they have given us waists, on our waist!

Laura Ashley x joanie

When the collection first dropped, I got a couple of pieces, but when it went on sale, I went HARD and bought myself everything I was interested in. Including this dress in both colourways!

Laura Ashley rhian dress

The Laura Ashley rhian dress comes in two colourways, the green and a blue. On the model it looks like a long midi, but on me (I’m 5ft 6) it’s more of a maxi. So if you are my height, expect it to be a little longer. That being said, at this price you could always buy it and get it shortened. It also comes up large, so I would advise you to size down a full size. Even if you never take the size below, trust me, it comes up big and there’s stretch at the back. The skirt is lined, there’s lovely big milk maid pockets and the neckline and print is perfection.

It’s made of 100% cotton, it’s a dream to wear and if you only buy one dress this summer, make it this one! It’s currently on sale for less than £40 and it’s available in sizes 8-26. I can’t recommend it enough!!!!

shop the Laura Ashley x joanie rhian dress here!

Laura Ashley x joanie rhian dress Laura Ashley x joanie rhian dress