Five Day Littlewoods Style Challenge – Day 1

Five Day Littlewoods Style Challenge – Day 1

We’ve asked our lovely menswear buyer, Dorothy, to be the first person to take on our Five Day Littlewoods Challenge. Find out more about the challenge here, and read on to see Dorothy’s thoughts on her first outfit and find out how you can be in a winner in today’s giveaway!

Day 1

On the first day of my five day challenge I was going to be in London for the day at a trade show called Stitch, looking for new menswear for Spring 2012. It was a going to be a really hectic day (hence the action shot!) so my priority was comfort and something I could easily run around in and not have to worry about how I looked.

Me and Camilla at the trade show

Leggings and flats are my go-to items when I need to be smart but comfortable so instead of risking something completely different I decided to go for the French Connection dress which I wore with my own black leggings and the Dune ballerina pumps.  When I was first given this dress I thought it would have to be more of a dressy item that I’d maybe wear for a meal out, but once I’d tried dressing it down with the leggings and pumps I was really pleased with the overall look and it didn’t feel like a huge departure from my normal style.

The dress is made from a jersey fabric which was really lightweight and comfortable, and because the fabric is so soft the dress sits nicely and drapes in all the right places, which is perfect when you’re running around and don’t have time to feel self conscious.

The Dune pumps were lovely – I normally find brand new ballerina pumps a bit uncomfortable at first until they’ve been worn a few times, but these were so soft it really wasn’t an issue. They looked nice and smart and black pumps can look good with anything so they’re definitely a pair I’d like to keep.

Dune Bow Ballerina Pumps

French Connection Rodeo Dress

My colleague Camilla was at the trade show with me and actually turned up wearing the Vila animal print top that I’d been given as one of my eight pieces. She wore the top with some simple black trousers which I think really made the top stand out, and she said it was just a really easy choice to throw on but she still looked like she’d made an effort. I wasn’t sure how I was going to wear that top later in the week as it’s a bit of a statement look, but I’m looking forward to trying it now after seeing it on Camilla.

Overall I was really pleased with the dress and pumps, both items ticked all the boxes in terms of comfort, the fit and the versatility – the dress is the ideal day to night outfit so I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this in the future.


How would you like to win your own pair of the Dune Bow Ballerina Pumps? Just leave a comment using the form below to tell us why you’d like to win them. Maybe you can’t live without flats and want a gorgeous black pair to add to your collection, or maybe you live in heels but think you could be converted to wearing flats if you won these beauties! Whatever it is we want to know, and the winner will be picked at random from all the approved comments tomorrow morning! You have until midnight tonight to leave your comment, so good luck!

1. Entry into the draw will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules. 2. This prize draw is open to any UK resident, aged 18 or over, who posts a comment on any one day during the 5 Day Littlewoods Challenge blog post at the following URL: Only one entry per person. 3. Employees of Shop Direct Group companies and anyone else involved in the operation of the draw are excluded from entering.  The closing time for entry is midnight each day. 4. All entries into the draw must be appropriate and approved so by the promoter. Any entries deemed inappropriate will be excluded from the draw. 5. For each of the 5 days, a winner will be drawn at random from all valid entries for that day. The winners will be notified by email within 14 days of the draw and must respond to their notification email within 30 days otherwise they will forfeit the prize and a new winner may be drawn.  The prizes will be sent to the addresses of the relevant winner and runner up within six weeks. 6. The daily prizes will be shown each day at The prizes are non-transferable, non-negotiable and there is no cash alternative. The promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize in the event of the original prize being unavailable. 7. If you have a Shop Direct Group home shopping account that is in arrears at the time of the draw, you will not be eligible to win. 8. By entering the draw, entrants agree that, if they win, their details may be disclosed to anyone requesting details of the prize winners. The winners may be required to take part in any publicity relating to this promotion. 9. Details of the winners will be available after 5th September 2011 by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Littlewoods Blog Challenge, Park Lane, Netherton, Liverpool, L72 1LF. 10. Promoter: Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, First Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB. Registered No 4663281.

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  1. Posted by Kirsty Caffrey on August 22, 2011

    These are fab – I love flat ballet pumps for everyday with jeans or shorts or to dress up a dress for evening wear x

  2. Posted by CLARE ALLEN on August 22, 2011

    I can’t wear heels due to health reasons , and am desperately in need of a new pair of flats , these would go with anything and everything , so versatile!

  3. Posted by Amber Cauvain on August 22, 2011

    Here is my comment!

  4. Posted by Sarah Anguish on August 22, 2011

    I used to live in heels but since having children they are not practical and wear flats all the time now, these would give me some much needed glamour

  5. Posted by SUSAN HALL on August 22, 2011

    I May not look like a Ballerina but these pumps would get me dancing for joy

  6. Posted by Sharon Batten on August 22, 2011

    Because they’re so pretty, and I have no pretty flat shoes – and i HAVE to stop wearing my dumpy trainers! 😉

  7. Posted by Elaine Fitzpatrick on August 22, 2011

    I’m a nurse and love ballerina flats – they are comfortable and adhere to uniform policy but also add a little bit og glamour to a boring uniform. My fave handbag is from Dune – and if these shoes are only half as stylish they’ll be fab 🙂

  8. Posted by Caroline French on August 22, 2011

    smart with jeans and great for tired mummies feet (like mine!). I’d be able to run around after my 2 babies and still look and feel great!

  9. Posted by Mairi on August 22, 2011

    These shoes would look neat upon my feet

  10. Posted by Rebecca Welch on August 22, 2011

    Why should I win these pumps? Well, I believe in a woman’s right to shoes, and I’m sad to say that I don’t own a pair of shoes this cool and chic.

    If I won these shoes, I would literally tapdance down the street with joy, with my head in the clouds and my heels on fire. 🙂

  11. Posted by Louisa Nippress on August 22, 2011

    WOW gorgeous shoes! I would love to win a pair of these after a good few weeks running around with the kiddies my feet really need some pampering! Love these sooo much !

  12. Posted by Jill Webb on August 22, 2011

    I would love to win these they would look good with jeans

  13. Posted by Linda Hine on August 22, 2011

    I’d like to win these because they are lovely – stylish and elegant so I could actually look smart but be comfortable at the same time!

  14. Posted by Jen on August 22, 2011

    I desperately need new work shoes after getting a fab new job!

  15. Posted by Sarah L on August 22, 2011

    I would really really like a decent pair of flat shoes. I have spent the last four months trawling the high street trying to find some flat shoes that are smart enough to wear to work, casual enough to wear to the family bbq but also comfortable and will stay on my feet. I think these may be THOSE shoes. Please help me complete my quest to find the perfect shoes.

  16. Posted by Kathryn Casbolt on August 22, 2011

    Beautiful shoes equally at home in the office or on a night out 🙂

  17. Posted by Andrew Bannister on August 22, 2011

    I want to show my mates up when we go out

  18. Posted by Michelle Trail on August 22, 2011

    I live in ballet pumps and as a result have a number of pairs of tired, battered (and if I’m honest, slightly smelly ones!) I am in need of a fresh new pair before the Scottish winter forces my feet back into boots!

  19. Posted by anna julian on August 22, 2011

    because they would go very nicely with my new job!

  20. Posted by Mary Baldwin on August 22, 2011

    I’d love to win as any spare pennies go on the house or our son, and I’d love something nice just for me without feeling any guilt for once that I’ve spoilt myself.

  21. Posted by stacey turner on August 22, 2011

    i would love to win these shoes! I love flat shoes, summer autumn winter and spring i live in them. I cant seem to find any soft comfortable ones this year in my price range so please let me win 🙂

  22. Posted by CP Brien on August 22, 2011

    I have two little boys so running after them is difficult in heels. These gorgeous pumps would be perfect.

  23. Posted by Katrina Foley on August 22, 2011

    Its difficult for me to find a well fitting and comfortable ballerina pump! I would love to give them a try I have several outfits they would be perfect for!

  24. Posted by gemma brown on August 22, 2011

    i threw mine away 2 days ago because my toes were wticking out, had superglued them back to the sole dont know how many times and the insoles had turned to dust lol. pleeeeeease i need some new flats and dune shoes are always bang on trend

  25. Posted by heather rees on August 22, 2011

    I would love to win these shoes, I love shoes and these look comfy, practical and stylish! xx

  26. Posted by christine wilson on August 22, 2011

    I really love these pumps really need a new pair of flats mine are falling to peices these look lovely

  27. Posted by Joyce Ballingall on August 22, 2011

    I am really in need of a nice pair of pumps for an upcoming interview

  28. Posted by Val on August 22, 2011

    These are so gorgeous! Love these flats and chasing around after a two year old all day doesn’t half cripple me! I could definitely move faster in these!

  29. Posted by Therese Pastore on August 22, 2011

    I’ve been looking for a nice pair of flats and these look lovely

  30. Posted by Karen Jones on August 22, 2011

    Would love to win these as would like something stylish and comfy for work and these are just gorgeous!!!

  31. Posted by Sally Newport on August 22, 2011

    Comfort for my lunchtime walks, great looking flatties to go with anything. What more can you ask for.

  32. Posted by Raya Fielding on August 22, 2011

    Love these , Dune are spot on with their styles

  33. Posted by katie rushton on August 22, 2011

    I would love to win. Hopefully these shoes would give me luck for job interviews.

  34. Posted by Anna Martin on August 22, 2011

    I’ve always been a sky-high heels girl but these pumps are so pretty they’d have me skipping to my new job

  35. Posted by Jayne K on August 22, 2011

    These would be lovely to wear to work

  36. Posted by sally taylor on August 22, 2011

    Comfort AND Style. Bliss!

  37. Posted by Ailsa on August 22, 2011

    I’d love these as I’m making the change from heels to pumps now I have a toddler to chase after and I love Dune shoes (so comfy and gorgeous).

  38. Posted by tinks on August 22, 2011

    they look very comfortable to wear

  39. Posted by Abigail Craig on August 22, 2011

    They are gorgeous and would be ESSENTIAL for my new job as a trainee social worker. Smart and stylish!

  40. Posted by Sarah Foran on August 22, 2011

    I would love to win these to provide some comfort for my poor tootsies which are worn out running around looking after everybody

  41. Posted by AVELTE on August 22, 2011

    love to win for my daughter,she will be so pleased

  42. Posted by Sam B on August 22, 2011

    They would look really good with different outfits.

  43. Posted by Raj Sandhu on August 22, 2011

    I’m so tall, I live in flats. If I wore heals I would tower over all my friends. I’ve just thrown out a pair of brown ones, but can’t throw out my worn out black ones as I need them replaced first!

  44. Posted by wendy jamieson-price on August 22, 2011

    because im a real prima ballerina and diva – these would be a delight to wear-like walking on air!

  45. Posted by Mary Chez on August 23, 2011

    Because I’m useless at wearing heels and these look so comfortable

  46. Posted by jan wood on August 23, 2011

    They would look great with jeans and skirts

  47. Posted by emma cella on August 30, 2011

    I have been wearing the same pair of sandals all summer. I will probably wear one pair of shoes or boots all winter. I am not much of a shoe person.

  48. Posted by heidi thomas on October 21, 2011

    lookin 4 pair of flats these look so comfy.

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