26 October The Great-Tess-t Love of All

Bonjour and hello

Well. This is a bit odd. Actually writing DlikeT from a secret location somewhere under a tree in France and actually DIDN’T WATCH STRICTLY THIS WEEKEND! Argh. Fortunately not only was DlikeT co-ed Amanda “the talented one” in charge, but she played Saturday’s DlikeT with long-time DlikeT-er Charlotte, now of Somerset, and friend-of-DlikeT Harriet.

So anyway, we leave the country and Tess doesn’t wear flipping black. Good grief. Let’s celebrate the cerise first with Amanda, Char and Harry’s Somerset Tessery. Pink tights. Can’t live without ’em.

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I think at this point it’s important we see a shagpile carpet. Yes?

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Actually it might be cushions. Oh. We were ever so excited that regular DlikeT-er Sally in north London (come on, you know Sally… she stands up in court in a wig… for all the right reasons) had a deep fluffy carpet but on closer inspection that might be yer actual sofa-embellishment. Any road, shall we see Sally’s Tess?

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Sally says “perfect pink”. We happen to agree.

So shall we go to Norwich? We probably should. Just because the East Anglian Dress like Tess office has run away, doesn’t mean Norwich stops being a hive of Tess-based excitement. First up, here’s Amelie. We like Amelie. Not only has she done a Tess AND a Claudia but members of the Dress like Tess office have directly benefited from Amelie’s hand-me-down trousers. Fact.

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Still in the Fine City, here’s regular DlikeT-er Jenny. A bit of tissue has come up lovely as Tess’s frock, but Jenny’s house failed to get excited by Claudia. “More drab than gaudy today,” she told us. “Tempted to use a bin bag to mirror our feelings for the dress but recycled last week’s tights and added a bit of paper to finish it off (and a lot of sellotape).” Actually Jenny, we rather like your Claudia.

And that’s how you play. Can we use last week’s? Why not. (Incidentally if BBC budget tsars happen to be reading, please do not adopt this approach to actual Strictly. Although certain other shows might as well be recycled…)

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To Yorkshire now, where Kathryn Rhodes gives us both Tess and Claudia, and once again we’re really impressed by Claudia’s black frock.

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Let’s stay in Yorkshire, shall we, for what’s rapidly becoming a DlikeT highlight: Lego Tess! Rosie and her family in Farsley are ALL OVER this. Next week a Minecraft Tess? Made of lava?



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And so to the results show. Lego Tess submitted by Maisie, as her mum Rosie went out for the evening. On a Sunday. Good grief.

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Back at home, the Herts office rather spectacularly gave us necklines. AND SLEEVES. And for that they will always be the powerhouse of DlikeT. Although not the “northern powerhouse” because that’s a silly expression and sounds far more like a dodgy discount telly shop than an actual economic THING.

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And finally… let’s hear it for the Herts office’s guest, Jan. Jan’s what we’ll call a PROPER RUNNER, which is exciting enough in itself, but left alone with some pins and some pants, Jan did this Exploria

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We are liderally forming a queue outside Jan’s house with our underwear and a hopeful expression.

Anyway, it’s Halloween next Saturday so anyone not being forced to wander the streets collecting cheap chocolate is welcome to play along…


a bientot





18 October the quiet-Tess-ed part of the weekend


Just the DlikeT editors playing along tonight… and quite frankly the Norwich office is too tired for Tess-ery following a pair of late nights, but there we are. We have it on good authority that the Herts office has met actual** Disney princesses this weekend so how they have the energy to drape a doll in tights is beyond us.

Anyway, having been stalking yer actual Tess Daly’s Instagram we were convinced she was going to wear something black and strapless (again) tonight. Some of us had even got the tights ready. Well you could have knocked us down with a roll of sellotape when she appeared in a white top with silver embellishment and a black skirt. Kitchen roll, obvs. And foil. We like to think that had she worn this on a Saturday we’d have gone nuts with the glitter but we only get 45 mins on a Sunday so it’s always a bit more of a rush. Meanwhile, at the other end of the A11 (and left a bit), the Herts office has just had a tights clearout… which is useful. See if you can guess which Tess belongs to which house…



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Meanwhile, Claudia was in red. We liderally threw some old leggings (which have been about eight DlikeTs already) at Claude and held them down with hope and sello.

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Thankfully Exploria’s here! And she’s wearing Iggle Piggle’s blanket. Postmodernism. Totes.

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Right, well, we’ve got a cup of tea and a Galaxy and are contemplating getting up at 515am to go training. Right now there’s a high chance of hitting the snooze button when the alarm rings…


STOP PRESS!!!! Lego Tesses from Yorkshire. We have Rosie, Amelia and Maisie to thank for these beauties.

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Absolutely LOVE these!




18 October 2015 a cup of restorative tea and Tess’s legs

Morning world of DlikeT

So last night the Norwich office was off celebrating a family birthday in a rather lovely hotel in north Norfolk (www.felbrigglodge.co.uk — no, they’re not sponsoring this post but we might as well mention them) but thankfully the Herts office took charge of http://www.facebook.com/dressliketess. Anyway, it’s Sunday lunchtime, Mr Dress like Tess has gone to the allotment to dig up all the spuds in case we get a frost this week and we’re catching up on Strictly and wondering how many cups of tea it’s going to take to rid our mouths of the metallic taste of hangover. So Mr DlikeT is out there in the rain with his spade and we’ve stuck the heating on. (We wouldn’t be surprised if Mr DlikeT has a plan to spend the rest of the day watching sport, though.)

So. Tess in lace and showing her leg. It’s a good dress, this — edgier than she’s been wearing in recent weeks and totally DresslikeTessable. Lace? A nation rushes to its pants drawer to see what it can cut up.

Shall we begin in Norwich? Why not. Here are Bea and Aeryn. They’re aged five and six and did three Tesses, complete with fabulous arm details. Bea’s mum tells us she wasn’t willing to sacrifice any of her knickers (a moral we can all live by, there) to make Tess’s frock.

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The Herts office had no such qualms — DlikeT co-editor Amanda’s pants were straight off (we think that’s what she said, anyway) to make another fabulous Tess. We especially like the fact that Tess is sandwiched between Simone de Beauvoir and Learning with Mother.

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Where shall we go next? How about north London, where regular player Sally (you remember Sally… she crusades for justice) enlisted the help of her six-year-old for this hand-coloured lace panel.

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Hmmm… now where? There were so many fabulous Tesses on display this week. How about Yorkshire? Hello, Yorkshire. First up, here’s a Tess from eight-year-old Annabel, sent in by her mum. We love the extra gold bits. Telly Tess is obviously thrilled with this one as well.

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Up the road, regular player Rosie has once again raised the Dress like Tess bar. We don’t need dolls… we have LEGO! This is genius. Look at Tess’s leg!

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Oh you’re all so clever. Shall we pop down to Cornwall? Yes, let’s, for a Tess’n’Claude from Seren, Jasmine and India.

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Nice bit o’lace there.

[aside] In yer actual Strictly, we’ve reached Giovanni and her-off-Corrie’s Reach for the Stars excitement. We all love her spangly dress but his “angel wings” suit is distinctly odd. He looks like he’s just come off shift at Banham Poultry.

Ok… so who’s next? Shall we pop back to Norwich and say hello to our friend Jenny? Remember Jenny broke the mould a fortnight ago with her dino-Tess? Triceratess. Well, Jenny’s been allowed into the doll cupboard this week for a more traditional yet no less creative take on Tess and Claudia.

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Particularly loving the “keeeeeep dancing” pose.

Oh my goodness what is Jeremy Vine doing in that bath?

So there we are. Shall we reconvene at a quarter past seven tonight? Tess, if you’re reading, something bright pink would be nice as we’ve just put an old dress in the DlikeT box. (We know it’s already been recorded, honest. Still. Cerise. Have a think, Tess.)

laters potatoes (See how we took the start of the blog and brought it to the end? It’s like we drew a story arc and everything. We don’t just make this up as we go along, you know**)

**subs to check

10 and 11 October 2015… red and black

Evening, crazy world of Dress like Tess

First, enormo-apologies for failing to write a blog about DlikeT last week. This crazy thing called *work* appeared and as there’s never quite enough pennies here at East Anglian DlikeT HQ to keep us in gin, it seemed a good idea to do all the paid jobs we were given. All four of them.

But we couldn’t let last weekend pass without mentioning this post on ACTUAL TESS DALY’S ACTUAL INSTAGRAM.

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She knows the score. Go Tess. Perhaps give us some clues about your frock via social media…

And there’s also definitely room here to talk about this fantastic pair of last Saturday’s Tesses from friend of DlikeT Mattie and his mum Jenny. Now, Mattie’s sister has lots and lots of Tess-shaped dolls. Seriously, cupboardsful. But would she let her brother and her mum playalongaDresslikeTess with them? No. So Mattie and Jenny improvised, giving us possibly two of the greatest Tesses we’ve seen since we began this caper. Dolls? Who needs ’em?

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It’s all about the kitchen roll and the dinosaurs. Steven Spielberg’s front room in 1993 was probably just the same.

So. Back to this weekend… Strictly did the whole “movies” thing; they made the bloke from the Wanted wear a wig with a ponytail even though he’d had his own tail sliced off the previous week and Ainsley Harriott was made to dress as a penguin. Perhaps he parked in a space reserved for BBC execs last week and this was the price he had to pay.

Talking of Mr Harriott, here he is, with Claudia (and here’s Tess too, for good measure). We have our long-time friend Becca in south-east London to thank for this. Becca pretty much owns the whole “playmobil as Tess” franchise, now we come to think of it.

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So… who played along on Saturday night? Well first let’s say hello to our first Cornish Tess and Claudia! “Hello our first Cornish Tess and Claudia!” Three brand new Dress like Tess-ers, Jasmine (12), India (10) and Seren (7) [Yes. BRAND NEW DlikeT-ers. Woohoo!] made this pair — we hope they’ll be playing along every Saturday.

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Back among the familiar DlikeT massive, we had an instant classic from Sally in north London. Sal says this week’s Tess was “too easy”. Ka-pow! Take that, BBC Wardrobe Department.

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Down in that Somerset, regular player Ellen gave us this Claudia:

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Loving the spangles. The Norwich office sadly couldn’t match that detail, offering instead a purse. Literally a purse. And Tess’s trousers from last week, reconfigured. But only very slightly. Basically with more sellotape.

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Thankfully, just round the corner from DlikeT’s East Anglian nerve centre, seven-year-old Imogen (and her mum Abi, the ACTUAL FASHION STYLIST… just sayin’) gave us this Claudia.

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Shall we see some Tesses? Shall we? Ah, go on then. Tess’s red column dress proved ever so popular. First, here’s Anna and Rachel’s first ever DlikeT:

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Now then. Rachel tells us Tess very nearly suffered a wardrobe malfuction, saved (of course) by sellotape. Bravo sellotape.

To Oxfordshire! And don’t spare the horses! Daphne Thistlethwaite-Smythe, actually DlikeT’s most glamorous player, takes the prize for “first Tess of the weekend” with this:

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So what did DlikeT’s Norwich office come up with? A red sock.

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Thankfully, as ever, the Herts office was on hand to pick up the pieces, sew on the sequins and in short DO A BETTER JOB, even though we understand the Herts office was midway through the construction of some flatpack furniture at the time.

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Marvellous work, DlikeT-ers. Marvellous work. Was anyone playing tonight? That is, Sunday…

Well, Hertfordshire was… and we’d like to announce the welcome return of possibly our favourite member of the DlikeT cast: Claudia the Exploria!

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Gold lamé? Don’t mind if we do. Except we couldn’t, here in the east. The kids have some gold lamé tights, we’re sure, but they also had an early bedtime and the last thing we wanted to do was ferret around in drawers looking for bits of sparkly stuff. So we did this instead. See, we’re not totally devoid of gold excitement.

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(Actually, what really happened was that we were annexed to the bedroom to watch Strictly so that Mr DlikeT could watch some old toot on Channel 5 and so we found ourselves rooting through the underwear drawer, realising “off white” wasn’t a close-enough approximation to Claudia’s sparkly fun and slightly mourning the loss of a Top Shop batwing jumper in spangly gold we bought in approx 2001… before remembering a rather spectacular birthday gift last year: sparkly heels! Oh yes. Can’t cut ’em up, though.)

Oh, we should probably mention Tess at this point. We saw her legs!

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Nice bit o’ hemline action there.

Right… is that it? Have we forgotten anyone? Is it time to curl up with a recording of You, Me and the Apocalypse and a tumbler of red while picking sellotape off the back of Barbies?

until next week