Friday Frock O’clock: The All-request Edition

This week’s Friday Frock is a bumper edition. Last week, I asked you if you had any Christmas party dress dilemmas and four very different requests came in. I love a good fashion challenge so today I’m tackling all four and hoping I’ve become your Christmas fairy godmother! Please do add your suggestions in the comments box too!

Readers also note, this weekend there are some amazing discounts to be had including on many of the dresses in this post. Scroll down for the full list at the end of this post.


Topshop Maternity Red jersey dress, £36 // Mercy sequin dress, Whistles £150

Maybe you could help find a xmas party dress for me? I’m pregnant and in that awkward stage where my bump could be mistaken for a pot belly! All the dresses I’ve tried either swamp me or are too short (I’m fairly tall!) would love it if you could help? ~ Hannah

Congratulations Hannah! I’ve got two options for you here… the first is a bargain and guaranteed to see you through several months if not all of your pregnancy. A Topshop maternity dress, the festive red will look striking but also be comfortable as you eat your way through Christmas and will still work come spring with flip-flops and a light jacket. However, if you want something more sparkly, how about this Whistles dress? I wear this loose t-shirt style a lot as it’s forgiving round the middle (you might even get away with concealing your pregnancy all together,) and Whistles lengths are longer so hopefully won’t feel like a pelmet! With a great pair of opaque tights you get to flaunt your unchanged asset; your legs, and still feel sexy. And as you’re tall, a pair of sparkly flats will work with this dress too if you’re not interested in heels right now.


Janelle Royal Blue body con dress, Reiss £149 // FiFi Maxi dress, Reiss £225 // Dark Purple lace midi peplum dress, River Island £35.

I am going to an Army dinner, for which I need a dress which sits below the knee. My shoulders need to be covered- this can be with a pashmina etc but I’d rather not have to worry about one slipping off. I’m 5 ft 6 and a size 10. I’m 22 and would like to find something elegant but still young, and not look frumpy! Can you help?! ~ Charlotte

This is a tricky one Charlotte. There are plenty of maxi length dresses or styles with sleeves but it’s rare to find both in one frock. Although I’m not an advocate of baring-all, when dresses are too covered up it’s hard not to look matronly and you want something that reflects your youth. With a cracking figure as you describe, a fitted style would be perfect like this body con Reiss dress. It’s extremely classy, on the knee and has your shoulders covered. Team with glittery shoes for a youthful touch, a sparkly box clutch and statement jewellery for maximum impact. Alternatively if you have cash to splash, this modern maxi is bang on trend and very elegant with a low up-do and restrained accessories. Lastly, you needn’t spend a lot to achieve this look, River Island came up trumps with this lace panel peplum dress that’s super fashionable and comfortably below the knee for a bargain £35.


Clemency Lace print Jersy dress, French Connection £65 // Jewel Shoulder Wrap dress, £75 & Assymetric fastening dress, £45, both Warehouse.

I have seen so many gorgeous party dresses this season just a shame I’m breastfeeding and can’t wear any of them. FF if you could find me a gorgeous outfit for Christmas day I would be your number one fan!! ~ Diane

First of all, hands up, I’ve never been in the position of breast feeding so the first thing I did when reading this was ask my sister-in-law Rachel, and Becky, who have been-there-and-done-that for advice. The general consensus seems to be that easy access is the key factor, but also that ‘normal’ dresses shouldn’t be discounted. My personal opinion would be that you need to try them on, see what works for you and how easy you find it, but I hope these options help give you some ideas… For a relaxed but festive outfit, try this crimson lace print jersey dress which should pull down easily for drama-free feeding. If you’re looking for something more formal or sparkly, my favourite is this Warehouse jewel shoulder dress, which appears to tie to the front so may be practical, as is this less ‘typically Christmassy’ button front dress.


Solar Heat Tunic dress, French Connection £250 // Vanusa embellished maxi dress, Ted Baker £399 // Clara pintuck long pleat dress, Whistles £165

I need a fabulous dress for a Christmas wedding!! (28th dec) My partner is the best man! Looking for something blue or black. Nothing floral! I’m a size 12! Thank you Christmas fairy! ~ Ellie

Ellie, fabulous is right up my street and I have spotted some incredible dresses recently. Let’s start with this French Connection dress and let me say the web image does it no justice. A greyish cornflower blue underneath, the disc-like embellishment is blindingly eye catching and the whole dress could easily be designer – you have to see it in person. If you were looking for something long and to really push the boat out, I am equally wowed by the detail on this Ted Baker maxi and the lovely scooped back. A serious investment but certainly fabulous. If you wanted something a little less sparkly and more understated, my last choice isn’t in blue, but toning purple. The lace and pleating is the kind of detail I love in a dress. Elegant, understated, this is the kind of dress the Duchess of Cambridge would wow in.

Ok readers, now it’s your turn. Share your favourite pick here, send me your party and Christmas dress dilemmas and requests and please feel free to add to my selections and help our readers out. You guys are the best! :)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Discounts

Friday Frock O’clock

I couldn’t help but go for something out-and-out British today with an iconic British Designer and label, using a twist on British symbolism. Of course I’m talking about none other than Vivienne Westwood and her Gold Label Long Ball Union Jack-print silk-georgette gown, for the princely sum of £2,300 from Net-a-Porter


Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Ball dress // YSL Tribute Sandals // Charlotte Olympia perspex feather clutch

Sadly I don’t really have the occasion for it, (nor the well lined purse,) but this is a week for fantasy and pageantry, and this is a dress made for dressing up. Oddly, I’m not usually a fan of Westwoods signature corseted style, but the back of this frock is stunning and the shoulder line seemed suitably regal to turn my head this week…

What will you be wearing this weekend readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS. I’ve been sent a ton of discount codes (mainly for shoes) this week, so thought I would add them in here – Happy Shopping! (Act fast if there’s something you want… lots of them end today or this weekend.)

  • There’s 20% off Dune, Pied a Terre and Bertie until tonight (June 1st) at midnight.
  • Next week there’s 25% off at Warehouse with the code Fabulous25 (3rd-10th June)
  • The White Company has 20% off with the code AA802
  • Whistles has a Jubilee offer of 20% off Dresses (until June 5th)
  • Dorothy Perkins is doing ‘The Great British Summer’ – 20% off selected dresses, tops, shoes and more. Running Tomorrow until Tuesday.

[Friday Frock] What to Wear: When you’re 30…

This morning, I’m cheating a bit and putting myself inside this week’s Friday Frock. I was beyond grateful when you all helped me out with suggestions for a birthday frock and was initially going to buy Ted Baker‘s Banilo. I mentioned that I was also looking for a dress for a wedding and although I loved Banilo, it just didn’t seem quite right. Then I tried this baby on…


Raul – Ted Baker

It was pricey (although I got 20% off with a voucher I had) but come on, look at her! Just to illustrate the twirling, I couldn’t resist making this:

Beautiful no?

As you read this I’m already wearing it again. I’m at a wedding today and pairing it with nude heels, a cream pashmina and my metallic Lily. Plus, the colour means it’s as easy to wear in winter (I’m thinking New Year?) with black accessories as I did here, rocking it up a bit.



Hope you like it readers, and have a FAB-ulous weekend :)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS There’s 30% off selected Ted Baker formal wear (and 20% off mens) until April 28th!