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.
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.
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.
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.
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!