Dress of the day: We predict this animal print number will sell out before autumn

The animal print dress to snap up before it sells out. (John Lewis & Partners)
The animal print dress to snap up before it sells out. (John Lewis & Partners)

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Starting to think about your autumnal wardrobe as September looms? You're not alone. We've been searching high and low for great seasonal frocks and have found an absolute gem. 

The Somerset by Alice Temperley Powder Leopard Shirt Dress is one of those rare finds that combines a designer label and a high street price tag, and we're pretty excited about it. 

And here's why you're about to be too...

Why we rate it:

Exclusive to John Lewis & Partners, the affordable Somerset by Alice Temperley collection is a collaboration between the high street store and renowned designer Alice Temperley, whose high profile fans include The Duchess of Cambridge. 

While Temperley’s creations often range well into the thousands, the collection sees the majority of items under £100, our dress of the day included. 

This flattering pencil cut dress nips in at the waist and has an elasticated back to nail that balance between being comfortable and flattering. 

The button-down front and floaty sleeves add a whimsical, timeless feel to the dress, while the pockets made it functional as well as trendy. Plus, numerous five-star reviews rate the number for its versatility - style casually for day, or smarten up for going out or even work. 

This animal print dress ticks all the boxes. (John Lewis & Partners)
This animal print dress ticks all the boxes. (John Lewis & Partners)

Plus, the fibres used in this product are extracted from sustainable wood pulp and are produced through an environmentally responsible process. Win, win.

The contemporary take on animal print includes pops of fuchsia pink - a new spin on a classic look, with a similar summer design selling out in record time

What the reviews say:

  • "This is a really beautiful dress, very flattering with a lovely print. Fits true to size. Really happy with my purchase."

  • "Beautiful dress. Lovely print and very flattering fit. Super-wearable as can be dressed up or down. I love this brand - pretty & stylish & with pockets! Dresses for real women."

  • "Gorgeous dress very flattering love the leopard print with a hint of pink."

  • "This is now my new favourite dress. I absolutely love it, it's so comfy and fits very flatteringly. I'm usually an 18 but that was too big so I sized down to 16 which is a perfect fit. I love it."

  • "This dress is made from a comfortable material and is very easy to wear. The colours are bright and cheerful and make you feel good when you have it on. It's the type of dress that is suitable for during the day and dressy enough for evening."

  • "Looks great with heels and a work jacket but also great with trainers and a cardigan. The bright colour flecks in it are really eye catching. The dress fits beautifully too. Sits on my waist perfectly and the pleating around the waist is very flattering. So much so I've bought another dress in the same style!"

Buy it: Somerset by Alice Temperley Powder Leopard Shirt Dress | £99 from John Lewis

£99 at John Lewis & Partners

What's even better the dress style also comes in a longer-sleeve version, too, plus a statement midi skirt - though they all seem to be flying off the shelves rather fast. 

Buy it: Somerset by Alice Temperley Powder Leopard Midi Dress | £99 from John Lewis 

Somerset by Alice Temperley Powder Leopard Tiered Skirt | £69 from John Lewis

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