After my photoshoot with Splento last week, I’ve decided that I’d quite like to have a professional photographer take photos of me all the time. And I could have really done with a photographer today because I’ve finally got round to taking photos of the dresses JD Williams kindly sent me.

 

If you follow me on Facebook, you may remember that I shared some screenshots of clothes I liked from the site but alas, it was the height of summer (remember summer?) and I wasn’t quick enough to get them in my size. But that’s kind of worked in my favour because two of the dresses I’ve chosen are perfect for the transition from summer to autumn and one of them … *drumroll* … even has pockets. I KNOW! Could I BE any more excited?

 

A quick word about JD Williams. You’ll probably have seen the ads with our Lorraine Kelly but if I’m honest, at 46, I wondered if the site was just a little bit too old for me. (I remain aged 18 in my head at all times.) But the more I looked online, the more things I found I liked, it was great! The shoes I chose are so comfortable (I’m all about comfort – hell, I’m BUILT for comfort), the sizing is on point because I’ve actually sized down in one dress (which is great for the ego), and a lot of the designs are flattering for women of a certain age and shape. So it’s a win/win/win I reckon.

 

So without further ado … here’s what I chose.

 

Hang on, I just need to say something about the photos first. Now I was all prepared to do a lovely photoshoot in the garden. I’d finally Googled how to use the timer on my camera, I dusted my tripod off (not a euphemism) and I was all set. And then it poured down and I just wanted to get this post live today. So I did what I tend to avoid doing … I roped Dexter in. With an eyeroll and a sigh, he took these photos and considering he’s a teenager with the attention span of a gnat, he did quite well. But of course, if I’d had my Splento photographer from last week here, the quality may be a little better. But there you go – gotta work with what you’ve got right? So I’m sorry some of the photos are a little blurry but at least you know they’re definitely real and not Photoshopped!

 

First up we have this gorgeous maxi, black and white polka dot dress, with a oh-so-slightly-but-not-overly-sexy split up the leg. It has short, capped sleeves with a flattering side gathering.

In the sale at £60 – size 16.

 

jd williams dress

 

jd williams dress

 

jd williams dress

 

 

Next is one of the only dresses I’m not sure about, and I think it’s because I’m just so booby. It’s a cowl-neck, full-length, floral maxi dress.

In the sale at £60 – size 16.

 

jd williams dress

 

jd williams dress

 

These black, block-heeled shoes are really comfortable and the perfect height for me – I don’t do well in high heels anymore! The insoles are padded, and each time I’ve worn them (on three dates no less), they’ve never rubbed my feet. Note that they are a wide fitting so you may need to downsize, but personally I didn’t and I don’t think they’re as wide as shoes I’ve bought in Evans before. They’re a suede effect/velvet material.

In the sale at £21.

 

jd williams shoes

 

Next is my favourite dress. I love everything about this burgundy, knee-length dress. The unusual neckline, the elasticated waist that means you can cinch your waist in with a belt at the beginning of the evening and then eat all the pies, the length and the hang of the material. I think it’s beautiful, and I hope you agree.

In the sale at £23.50.

 

jd williams dress

 

jd williams dress

 

 

And finally, this body-skimming, flowing (royal?) blue dress. It comes in two lengths, and I went for the longer length so it hits my leg at mid-calf. I think it’s really flattering and I love the fact that it doesn’t cling to my main problem area, my stomach.

£55 – size 14.

 

jd williams dress

 

jd williams dress

 

jd williams dress

 

What did you think? Do you have a favourite?

kate sutton

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