Finally, I broke. I had a day to myself with nothing planned - so I headed to my local Peacocks yesterday, determined to spend my voucher on something I need, such as a sleeveless work-appropriate top for the heat, or a work-appropriate summer dress.
Their sale is really good, I have to say! I saw lots and lots of things that I liked, including a fab selection of scarves from the Spring that I never bought, but are now reduced to £3 or so. I headed to the changing room with an armful of dresses - all on sale between £8-£12. Here's how I got on.
Trying on the first dress resulted in a predicament. The zip got stuck halfway up. I had to pop out of the changing room and ask a member of staff if she could release me, which she couldn't, so then I had two members of staff trying to get me out. The zip would go up but not down! I took some deep breaths and tried not to panic, joking to them that I'd have to wear it home. I started to feel a bit hot and light headed, but just as I thought I'd have to ask them to just "RIP IT OPEN!! LET ME OUT!!!", the zip was deftly unstuck and I was released. The sales assistant helpfully said that she thought the thin fabric was getting sucked into the zip, as she had a dress that behaved similarly.
It looked so fabulous on that I decided to risk it, despite the zip, which on close examination I felt could be fixed by a few stitches alongside it to keep the fabric taught and out of the way. I ended up paying for it with my own money though, as my voucher turned out not to be accepted in Peacocks after all!! So much for trying to be good. And so much for not buying any more party dresses, ahem... I think I could get away with it for work though, especially in winter with tights, a cardi etc.
Pink rose print '50s style dress, £12 (was £20 - I would have bought it at that price too!)