She pretends it’s a chore, but really I know that Rebecca likes nothing more than stepping away from her laptop and playing dress up with the clothes I call in for our ‘Dress the Ed’ features [sigh, grumble, if I have to, etc --Rebecca]. Last week I saw her eyes gleaming greedily as three large boxes arrived from Covetique – the site that sells pre-owned designer goods at reduced prices. We had lots of fun laying out all the pieces (more of which here) and after I’d put together a few outfits using the designer pieces mixed with stuff from Rebecca’s own wardrobe, we had a little photoshoot in the boardroom. Here she is in a classic blush pink Ghost dress.
Rebecca does her take on grunge style in a classic Ghost dress
Ghost is a British label that was known for its slinky, vintage-style bias-cut dresses made from rayon. The brand vanished from the public eye for a few years, but is back now and making the most of the ‘90s revival with their signature boho-grunge candy-coloured slips – very Courtney Love/Kate Moss. Apparently Dakota Fanning and Ashley Olsen have been buying up vintage Ghost dresses and they're highly sought after in vintage stores.
Detail shot of the Ghost dress
The brilliant thing about Ghost dresses is that they manage to look simultaneously glamorous and cool – so whether you’re wearing yours with sneakers and a leather jacket at a rooftop party in Manhattan or at a rainy wedding in the Cotswolds (both: in my dreams), you’ll feel – and look - amazing. Oh and they’re machine washable (hurrah for synthetic fabrics) and the ones on Covetique cost £49. [Also - look at my rack, they weren't there before! --Rebecca].
Rebecca in the pale pink Ghost dress
And here she is larking about with the iconic Lulu Guinness ‘lips’ clutch (currently on the site for £170 down from the original £245). It’s a design classic, so quirky and quintessentially English and I love it.
Lulu Guinness 'Lips' clutch (and Temperley dress, just seen)
It’s important to note that, although the designer items on Covetique are significantly reduced from their original, scarily high prices, that doesn’t mean that they’re always 'cheap' (although the Ghost dresses are a Stingy Shopper-approved exception). For me the site serves two main purposes: as a fantastic place to find ‘investment’ pieces for your wardrobe (hard-working coats, boots and bags that you can justify spending more on as they’ll last forever and you’ll use them everyday) and for ‘occasion’ pieces like a posh dress for a wedding or ball.
Next week I'll show you a couple more outfits, including one that Rebecca loved so much, she promptly bought it.