I was pretty much blinded into featuring this dress by the beautiful flat embellishment across the front and sheer back detail, looking like some kind of ceremonial breast plate ready for war, fit for a modern day Boadicia. Preparing for a party isn’t quite going to war, but you do want to stand out and this dress will certainly do that for you.
I always think of French Connection as the go-to store for embellished items, however, if you can’t afford the expense of their clothes but love the look, Miss Selfridge is the place to go. I once saw a lady wearing a fabulous embellished jacket that I was sure must be vintage and asked her where it was from – it turned out to be Miss Selfridge and they have several incredible embellished jackets in at the moment at bargain prices considering the amount of beading. See them all here, under ‘cover-ups’.
I’d love a challenge if any of you are struggling with a party dress for the coming season – just drop me a comment in the box below with the specifics and I’ll see what I can do!
I spotted todays dress whilst out shopping with my Mum and Sister yesterday, in AllSaints. The reason for choosing it for this weeks frock is that it bears a striking resemblance to a McQ by McQueen dress that I lusted after last summer but was way out of my budget. If you’re still loving digital prints then this is a good alternative and the capped sleeves with bubble skirt give the dress a strong shape guaranteed to make you feel fierce.
The warmer weather towards the end of this week has really turned my attention towards cooler dressing and for the first time in a long time, I thought of a maxi dress. Once a style staple there seems to have been a bit of an absence of maxi’s in stores recently, or maybe I haven’t looked because I’ve been tired of them. Today I really wanted to find one that worked for stylish and casual occasions, perhaps even work. You know how I love a one-dress-does-it-all situation!
Todays dress is from Reiss, in inky black and off white with a really unusual pattern, a not quite maxi, midi hem line and a really flattering silhouette. I love the slight rise and fall hem and it feels modern whilst also being classic enough for a formal occasion. It would work as easily at work with a blazer as at a summer function.
And if I was wearing it, I’d be feeling fierce, but also doing some obligatory twirling 😉
Yesterday I headed into Manchester city centre to meet my Mum for a spot of shopping. I’d had in mind to purchase a skirt I had seen back in Bath a few weeks ago from Marks and Spencer and also to pick up the polka spot chambray shirt in GAP that I instagrammed from there too. (Anyone who saw and wanted it, it’s gone down to £24.99 in the sale.)
While I was in Marks and Spencer I spotted this dress, which really caught my eye for it’s simplistic yet graphic design.
The nude backdrop gives the dress a cut out look and the whole feel of the dress is much more expensive than it’s £45 price tag. I can really see this going the distance right through from now (It’s a pretty light fabric for warmer evenings,) all the way to Christmas parties and working day to night with ease if you layer up with a jumper on top or a shirt underneath. I know I always go on about items working hard, but when you’re on a budget or saving the pennies I think it’s a really important consideration and a perfect way to make a dress work hard. I don’t believe in saving things for best. At this price there’s no need and if you don’t wear it, you’ll have gone off it in a couple of seasons, so you might as well enjoy it now!
I’ve always thought that people who go for a tough look in their fashion tastes are trying to cover something up… some insecurity or self doubt that studs and biker boots might cure. That said, there’s always a day when we need a little extra armoury against the world, like fashionable cotton wool to protect ourselves against life’s daily stresses.
One of those items that everybody needs in their armoury is a little black dress and whether you’ve got a bit of a cold and have to attend an event, or you’re feeling mentally under the weather this is the dress that will have you looking fierce and fabulous, whatever is on the inside.
Being black of course it will be flattering (and I even suspect this is a transitional dress that would work equally well in pregnancy or in the months following having a baby,) being knee length and suitably covered up across an expanding chest area. Ok, it’s not the most summery of dresses but you could make it more seasonal with a nude jacket and shoes or work a monochrome look for an event. More importantly, it gave me a good excuse to highlight the AllSaints sale which has now started and to whip up a bit of a kick-ass outfit, in case you should be requiring one. I have totally got my eye on that necklace.
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…
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:
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 🙂
PS There’s 30% off selected Ted Baker formal wear (and 20% off mens) until April 28th!
Sometimes I write these What To Wear posts because I’m trying out a new trend that I like or because I want to share with you guys ideas about how to wear a particular trend. Other times I might just be particularly pleased with an outfit. I might share them because they make me happy. And lastly, sometimes I think I’ll share something that’s quite simple and today’s outfit is one of those. Despite my interest in fashion and trends, the majority of the time I’m running around doing exactly what you guys do. This last weekend that included an informal day time housewarming-come-baby shower, followed by a trip to see my brother and sister-in-law and my niece for dinner, then breakfast with them and their friends, followed by general Sunday slouching. I know you guys like seeing how a real person wears things so I thought I’d share my weekend outfit…
Being British, my clothing is generally dictated, and oft thwarted by the weather. This weekend saw a window of warmer weather before the cold returned (I took these on Sunday when it was freezing – hence the red nose and slightly strained expression!) and I was desperate to wear my new purchase from Whistles (don’t forget the 25% discount with Grazia – today is the last day you can pick one up in the shops, but you can use the online code until Tuesday the 13th.) I’ve been lusting after this oversized yellow striped knit for several weeks and snapped it up as soon as the discount came out.
Something else I was desperate to wear was this chunky turquoise and royal blue necklace that I shared last weekend, from Banana Republic and it turned out the brights worked really well together. On sunny Saturday I wore them both with my pink trousers, but when the weather changed slightly I switched to more season appropriate jeans and black accessories – my trusty leather jacket (the extended shoulder leather jacket, also from Whistles) and new pointy flats from GAP (even better, their spring sale starts today with up to 50% off with free shipping today only on orders over £30. Use the code FREE30!) I’m just loving a pointed toe right now. 🙂
For me at the moment, it’s still all about making new season style work in the never ending British winter and this outfit certainly cheered me up dispute the weather cooling down.
As always, let me know what you’re wearing right now and if I’ve inspired your style choices…
Lace, sheer, fetish. Three words to strike fear into the heart of even the most confident dresser.
More suited to halloween, this season, flashing your bra has suddenly become acceptable again. I’m old enough to remember the nineties and remember the ‘goth’ trend last time around. I wasn’t sure about it then. This time, it’s tricky but I think the sheer (no pun intended) in your face, brazen confidence it requires, kind of makes it appealing. That said, it sure is a tricky one.
So here are my picks to channel the trend without looking like an emo-teen hanging out in the city centre. How to walk the streets with style rather than looking like a street-walker. 😉