8 dreamy dresses you should definitely consider buying this payday weekend

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It's been a tough year - when was the last time you treated yourself? 

Besides sleeping in on Saturdays, buying a pricy bottle of wine, investing in a new gadget, or going for a deep hair treatment, have you bought yourself something beautiful lately? 

If your answer is no, you should probably consider doing so this payday weekend, even if you set aside only a small amount no greater than R1000 designated solely to frivolous spending - whether you like homeware or fashion. It's 2020 and we all need a little joy.

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And for those of you who can't resist a well-tailored dress, you're in luck because we've picked a dress for every day of the week for you. Plus, one more to change into for that one special occasion whatever it may be. 

Shop these 8 dresses this payday weekend:

Desmond & Dempsey x H&M 

H&M has collaborated with the London-based Desmond & Dempsey for a women’s daywear collection – the first ever by the luxury pyjama brand. Already well-known around the world for their hand-painted prints, Desmond & Dempsey is the brainchild of Molly Goddard and Joel Jeffery.

The H&M womenswear collaboration features prints inspired by Australia in easy-going silhouettes and lightweight natural fabrics. 

Shop this holiday-ready dress for warm mornings on the Sea Point promenade or balmy evenings at one of Parkhurst's trendy dining spots. Or... wear it to go recline on a chair on your patio.  

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Image supplied by H&M South Africa 

The Desmond & Dempsey x H&M collection has been available in South African stores since the 15th of October, so this could be your last chance.


This dress with cutwork embroidery is all you need to epitomise cottagecore. Pair it with wedge espadrilles, and the countryside is your oyster. 

R1099 at Zara 

zara embroidered dress
zara embroidered dress

It also makes for a worthwhile (albeit fast fashion) nod to a piece from sustainable designer Sindiso Khumalo's collections. 

MR Price 

Looking for an affordable dress for your next intimate, socially distanced special occasion? Look no further than this pleated satin dress. 

R200 online at MRP 

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Sissy Boy 

Date night! It's been a while since you and your significant other went outside on a real date, right?

Now's your chance to step out in a memorable dress with a mask to match. 

Moons out maxi dress & mask, R1299 at Sissy Boy 

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Desigual el Love

The el Love SS20 collection is an ode to Desigual’s essence. From this offbeat, fun, and bold selection of women's items, we've picked this relaxed crochet dress for lazy days in your garden, a family braai, or Sunday sundowners on your balcony. 

Available to shop at the Desigual store in Sandton City.

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Image supplied on behalf of Desigual 


Have you been back at the office since lockdown restrictions were eased, but haven't had a chance to jazz up your office wear by even just one item? 

We recommend this linen dress - works with brogues, sandals, and court heels. 

R1499 at Mango 

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Locally made, this 'pretty in pink' dress is roomy and gracefully flowy enough (and it's lined) to let you cheat your way out of wearing a bra. I mean, we still haven't gone back to wearing bras daily, have we? 

Currently marked down to R999 at Poetry 

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Sun's out, legs out. This dress is understated enough to run important errands in, but also makes enough of a statement to wear to brunch. 

R1199 at Woolworths

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All images sourced from featured stores.

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