My high street crush.

After my success with the River Island jumpsuits I was lured into searching all things River Island on  Each time I’ve been back to the UK I’ve been more than pleasantly surprised by some of their offerings.  Yes you have to do the mutton check on most of it – but I have a couple of jackets of theirs, and now the jumpsuits, which I love.  So what else can they help me out with this summer?  Well how about some fabulous, bright, summery dresses – all in great comfortable, stretchy fabric!  So easy to throw on with a pair of sandals.

Here are my picks – several of which you’ll see me in over the coming weeks.  I’ve provided ASOS links to make them easily accessible here in the US.

This is the dress that caught my eye first – I love the print – loud and yellow.  I was concerned about sizing but the UK 12 is perfect – the fabric has plenty of stretch in it.  Such a statement dress that is so easy to wear.

yellow and black


My love for the yellow dress led me to these two – the same style but a snake print – in both yellow and coral.  Again a dressier version of a t-shirt dress that will take you from day to evening in the summer.

reptile yellow reptile coral

For those of you who are averse to print – this gorgeous pink dress delivers the same impact.

pink dress

The following are jersey stretch swing dresses.  Again I tried the UK 12 in both and they are perfect – even around the bust.  These dresses will be great for transitional weather too, and I can see myself wearing them in the Fall with over the knee boots.

This marble print is on sale at just $33!

marble dress

The blue leopard print is stunning in real life – the background is more cream than white.

leopard print

This dress has to be my favorite.  It’s a swing dress – slightly more fitted around the bust with less stretch so it might be worth sizing up if you are of ample bosom.  I just LOVE the print on this.

swing dress

Next a maxi dress. I’ve been on the look out for a tie dye max for a while and this fits the bill perfectly.  I really like a racer back and the side split makes it less restrictive.

maxi dress

Finally this is a print that caught my eye back in February.  I sized up in this to a UK 14 as it isn’t quite as stretchy and it is body hugging.  Again this is currently on sale at $35.

floral body con


Now just for good measure – this one is ASOS, not River Island, but I had so many compliments about my red checked dress that I wanted to share this one with you.  It’s the same style so size down.  Lovely and girly – but it will look great toughened up with a pair of sneakers.  Also on sale at $60.

dropped waist ASOS So get the legs out and get a dress on – you’ve no excuse now!

Finishing off with a couple of outfits from this week.  I’m in workout gear right now, about to take the dog for a run while it is cooler!

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Sneakers – Adidas Samoas with floral trim // Dress – Marks & Spencer Limited Edition (old)

IMG_8489 IMG_8478 Trousers – Zara (old) // Shoes – Marks & Spencer Limited Edition (old) // T-shirt – J.Crew // Cardigan – J.Crew (on sale plus an EXTRA 50% off with code SHOPNOW)



14 thoughts on “My high street crush.

  1. EveWornOut

    I have the first dress too. The print is lovely and I really like the neoprene look to it. Do River Island have stores in the US or do you shop on line? I find their quality patchy and it’s a shop I like to go in to. I was actually in there yesterday and saw an almost tie dye jumpsuit that made me think of you – I can’t find it on line but I’ll take a photo next time I’m passing. X

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      There are no stores here – they do sell online here but I have been stung by customs in the past so I only ever order them on ASOS now. Plus I have ASOS premium so I get it in 2 days meaning it’s sometimes worth the risk to just order and return. Would love to see the jumpsuit!! x

      1. Martha Wills

        I check Asos as often as my other favorites. I seem to NEVER pick my sizing properly. Any advice? Also.. I’m dying to try RI. Love so much that they do.

  2. Keri Gray

    Love the yellow and black ones Joanna – fab colour for the sunshine! Also the dropped waist dress one is just my style – in fact I also lucked out on your grey Marks and Sparks dress. I ordered a size too small which was ridiculous because the body was fine but the arms were skin tight then I missed on the right size – I’ll admire yours instead! x

  3. Avril Keys

    Hello sexy mama – CHECK you in those camo trews…stunning. Also went for a look at that cardi and it’s £75 in the UK and $32 in the US…someone’s making a bucket of cash on the JCrew love in the UK! Any room in that suitcase of yours???!!
    Loving River Island also at the moment – they’ve been quite up and down in recent years but this SS14, there is SO much I want. xx

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