Whilst I’m not frugal (or remotely good with money for that matter…) I definitely shop with CPW in mind. CPW - to the uninitiated - is w*nky fashion editor speak for ‘cost per wear’ aka. the cost of a garment vs how many times it sees the light of day. I live in a bedsit (in case you are labouring under the misapprehension that my life is glamourous…), with zero space for surplus clothing - hence why my local charity shop, friends, housemates and sister receive regular sartorial handouts. So the concept of buying a dress designated for the races or a wedding, only to be resigned to the back of my closet post-event is alien to me. That’s not to say I don’t have a handful of smartish dresses – I just choose styles that offer mileage past the main event. With this mantra in mind, here’s nine lovely dresses that will look equally at home (with the addition of a smart jacket and closed toe shoe) in the office as they do in the church pews. CPW FTW!
Top row from L - R: Maisie blush pink dress, Whistles. Daniella tie front dress, Iris and Ink. Margot two tone mini dress, Iris and Ink. Middle row from L-R: Terri blue crepe dress, Iris and Ink. Colour block Toola dress, Coast. Cross back fit and flare dress, Whistles. Bottom row L-R: Marina cross back jumpsuit, Whistles. The Connaught column dress, The Fold. Bolina jacquard jumpsuit, Coast.