Kirstie Allsopp's dresses have become quite the talking point over the years, with the property guru becoming synonymous with a printed, '50s style frock.
Two decades after she arrived on our screens in 2000 as the presenter of Location, Location, Location, Kirstie has cemented her position as the queen of TV property programs. But she's also a style queen. Kirstie Allsopp's dresses mean we're often double-screening, using our phones to work out where her dress is from whilst we watch her on television.
Style that seems effortless, like Kirsty's, is tricky, but usually involves a capsule wardrobe built around core staples, such as your best jeans, with a few signature pieces that are individual to you, such as a selection of dresses with pockets.
Just as Kate Middleton's dresses form part of her signature look, so do Kirstie's: her style is elegant and glamorous, as well as figure-flattering. But the real key to Kirstie Allsopp's dresses is in the labels she supports. The property guru loves female-founded businesses and, in particular, British clothing brands. She explained on Twitter, "Most of the dresses I wear for work are either made for me by the lovely @makwana_rashmi or by Samantha Sung @TheCrossShop or @KjsLaundry."
Those two favorite shops are both in London, The Cross Shop, in Holland Park, and KJs Laundry in Marylebone. She also revealed on her Instagram that she often shops for fabrics in west London's Shepherd's Bush, which she then takes to her favorite designer Rashmi Makwana.
Where to shop for Kirstie Allsopp's dresses—quicklinks
So how can you get your hands on Kirstie Allsopp's dresses and channel her iconic style? Yes, she favors independent brands and boutiques, but when she isn't scouting for unique finds, the presenter also loves to shop at her favorite high-end British high-street labels. And much like Holly Willoughby's dresses, they are bound to be a sell-out. Here's the lowdown on her go-to brands:
- Me + Em—best for quality style that is made to last from £115
- Justine Tabak—best for trans-seasonal styles from £125
- Samantha Sung—best for classic 50s style from £389
- Tucker—best for luxury silk pieces from £159
- Zimmermann—best for statement frocks from £450
Kirstie Allsopp's dresses—our fashion team’s top picks from her favorite brands
From quintessentially British brands to luxury designers, emulate Kirstie Allsopp's signature look from a range of labels. Here are her go-to dress brands, with look-a-like styles and our fashion team's top picks from each.
Me + Em
Founded in 2009 by Clare Hornby, Me + Em’s philosophy is to create intelligent style for intelligent women. The brand ensures its pieces are always flattering, functional, and made to last.
Often spotted on our screens in one of Me + Em’s beautiful floral frocks, Kirstie showcases exactly why we love the British brand so much. Their contemporary prints and classic shapes make for fabulously versatile dresses you’ll want to keep in your wardrobe forever.
Fashion team's picks from Me + Em:
RRP: £295 | A similar design to the paisley print dress worn by Kirstie herself, this maxi dress oozes romance. With feminine frill detailing and a flattering shirred waist, it has that throw-on-and-go appeal. From summer weddings to exotic holidays, this one's a winner.
RRP: £295 | Another floral frock that’s a dream to wear, this maxi dress has a flattering drawcord waist to cinch you in. There are plenty of high-end finishes such as scalloped piping and elasticated cuffs, plus it’s crafted from 100% recycled polyester too.
RRP: £250 | We know Kirstie loves a printed dress but we think this stunning green number hits the mark too. The luxury fabric makes it easy to dress up or down and the built-in belt helps to accentuate your figure effortlessly. Wear with your best white trainers for a sporty twist.
The female-founded brand makes all of its garments in the UK from fine British fabrics using small, local manufacturers. And the pieces are inspired by the British Isles too: in true Brit style, Justine Tabak ensure their collections are in keeping with changeable weather. The trans-seasonal designs can be layered and styled all year round. As Kirstie demonstrates in an Instagram post, the fabulous frocks look great under the best winter coats in chillier weather.
Fashion team's picks from Justine Tabak:
RRP: £275 | Inject some '70s inspired boho vibes to your look with this folksy dress. Featuring a patchwork design with a Liberty print, it’s laid back and extremely wearable. Just add some western-style boots and a fringed jacket.
RRP: £195 | Justine Tabak dresses are super versatile making them a worthwhile investment. This one can be worn loose or you can streamline the silhouette with its drawstring waist. The neckline can be worn open or closed too.
RRP: £265 | Another adaptable dress that can be layered over a roll-neck in the winter or teamed with chunky sandals in the summer. It has a loose, trapeze-style silhouette if you're looking for dresses to hide a tummy.
If you want to learn how to style a shirt dress, then Kirstie is your woman, because this is her go-to silhouette. Belted, a shirt dress offers a clever way to emphasize your waist and creates a stunning silhouette. The classic style provides instant elegance and is perfect for both work and play. The TV presenter once revealed that she has an extensive collection of Tucker shirt dresses. The New York label was founded in 2006 by Gaby Basora. The womenswear brand focus on creating luxury classic pieces that are made to stand the test of time.
Crafted from beautiful printed silk and cotton, each Tucker dress is designed in New York and made in their own factory. The label prioritizes sustainability, creating and printing each individual piece on a made-to-order basis, reducing waste and over-production.
Fashion team's picks from Tucker:
RRP: $225 (international shipping available) | Smart enough for the 9-5 yet easy to dress down with trainers at the weekend. A fitted bodice with a flared skirt, it’s feminine and flattering. Add a contrasting patent leather belt to customize this look.
RRP: $265 (international shipping available) | The vibrant floral print on this beauty is guaranteed to turn some heads. With a more subtle silhouette than the aforementioned shirt design, this has a more casual appeal with a smocked waist and balloon sleeves for added interest. It’s made from sustainable Ecovero viscose too.
RRP: $225 (international shipping available) | Another stunning shirt dress silhouette made from 100% organic cotton. Blue and white makes for one chic color combo and this will work for anything from heading to the office to jetting off on your hols and everything in between. Team with tan accessories for a polished look.
If you love Kirstie Allsopp's dresses as much as us, you might already know that the presenter especially loves a Samantha Sung frock. "I bought my first one several years ago and now have quite a few because they work for every occasion," she said. In particular, Kirstie favors their Audrey dress, a classic collared '50s style gown.
Samantha Sung has worked in some of fashion’s most coveted roles, including a stint as head designer for Ralph Lauren Collections in New York and Cerutti in Milan. In 2006 she launched her own line, known for its feminine elegance and colorful prints.
Fashion team's picks from Samantha Sung:
RRP: £647.14 | The retro silhouette is flattering on everyone whatever your body type. This monochrome design is timeless and guaranteed to go with everything.
RRP: £869.01 | Make a statement in this stunning maxi dress. With a bold floral print and tassel detailing it needs minimal styling. Just pair with some barely-there sandals and take it to any spring soiree. It comes with a belt and there are some handy pockets there too.
Back in 2017, Kirstie showcased her hourglass figure in this bohemian piece by Australian designer Zimmermann. With a cinched-in waist and delicate Broderie Anglaise, the dress was a stunning summer choice for the property expert.
The popular brand was founded by sisters, Nicky and Simone, in Sydney in 1991. Since then Zimmermann has stayed true to its original vision, creating sophisticated feminine pieces in colorful and intricate prints. Just like Kirstie, we are ardent admirers of their floaty frocks.
Fashion team's picks from Zimmermann:
RRP: £820 | Designer Zimmermann has feminine frocks aplenty and this rose-print beauty is a front-runner. Romantic and frivolous, it’s crafted from a silk-blend for an extra luxe touch. The puff sleeves offer a flattering and modern update.
RRP: £1,350 | Looking for a chic wedding guest outfit? From the sunny hue to the statement sleeves, this dress is a real showstopper. The faux shell embellished belt is a stylish touch too. Made from linen and silk, it’s a go-to for summer.
RRP: £775 | Featuring a pretty paisley print and a tiered hem for a laid-back bohemian finish, this dress is cut from lightweight linen—ideal for summer holidays, and certainly deserves a spot on the best midi dresses list.
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Emma White is a freelance fashion and lifestyle writer. She has worked in the publishing industry since she graduated with an English Literature degree from the University of Southampton in 2018. Combining her love of writing and fashion, she started working as part of the fashion team at woman&home in early 2019.
Emma writes about a broad range of fashion topics, from trending seasonal styles, to sustainable fashion, how to get designer looks for less on the high street and timeless wardrobe classics. When she isn’t writing she is probably shopping, looking for the latest piece to update her wardrobe.
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