This year I’m looking for a Christmas dress that doesn’t break the bank as it’s likely I’ll wear it for all of 5 minutes before losing patience and opting for something more baby friendly. I was pretty taken with this gorgeous tulle number from M&S which at £45 fits the bill perfectly. The deep v-front is loose enough to pull down for feeding and I’m thinking it’ll look great with a jumper over it on colder but festive days if I want to dress up and look fancy sometime. It’s the nod to the festive season my Winter capsule needs so look out for it featuring again here soon…
Last week, I chose a dress for Friday Frock that I LOVED, but there weren’t many comments. I know I have said this in the past and a few of you have responded that you don’t have time or perhaps even inclination to comment, but it’s the only way I get any feedback on what I’m doing. Recently I have wondered if Friday Frock has run it’s course and floated the idea on Twitter. The general concensus was that 1. people were watching what they spent and I often choose higher end dresses, and 2. perhaps my choices had become predictable. I must admit, I find it very hard to choose and promote a dress I wouldn’t personally wear, so there must be a contingent of you that my choices don’t resonate with. As a result, this week and every few weeks from now on I’ll be putting together a readers choice selection of dresses, including why you chose them. I actually had more than three this week so will share them in the coming weeks and I hope you’ll send them in as and when I put the call out. Let me know what you think of the new feature!
Today’s Friday Frock from French Connection is right up my street. In my neutral of choice, navy, with a stunning embellished panel in subtle peach and coral tropical florals, it has added sophistication from the sheer top panel.
I also love that it’s a great one for those of you who like flashing your pins and works equally well for those who are super slim or are feeling less than completely confident about their tummy region. It will hide all manner of mid-section sins whilst you get on with exuding style and confidence
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!
It’s no secret that I’m not a lover of black. That’s not to say I dislike it on other people but it’s not a colour I like on myself. Recently though, I’ve fallen for a new trend, monochrome, particularly when the trend makes use of lace.
The other trend that feels current right now is the not just longer but fuller skirts I’m seeing. This dress combines both and a hint of tulle thrown in. It’s pushing all my buttons.
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.
I can’t lie, all I’m thinking about right now is Autumn/Winter fashion. I’m still getting to grips with the big trends and styles to share with you but I am seeing a lot of green. Where green hasn’t been a favourite colour of mine in the past I’m suddenly falling hard for this gorgeous shade of emerald and spied this Dylan Scalloped hem dress on the whistles.co.uk website yesterday.
The dress is actually in the Whistles Outlet (yes, they have an outlet store online) and has been marked down to £95 due to a defect in the hem as a result of the styles effect on the fabric. I can’t vouch for whether that is an issue but I’m going to be ordering one myself to find out. The double scalloped edge and the sleeves with the classic Whistles shape just look so very lovely I thought.
It’s my first personal venture into Autumnal fashion, what do you think?
This afternoon I thought I’d cast my mind forwards (although difficult on a hot day like today!) to another stand out collection from one of the high street stores. French Connection wasn’t a favourite of mine until a couple of seasons ago when I feel they really upped their fashion game and have firmly become one of my favourite brands. Although that’s not a surprise as the new collection is dare I say it, a little Whistles-esque?
The AW12 collection is full of sharp tailoring, beautiful rusty prints and tones and mod/sixties influences which look perfect to me. I can see myself wearing them everywhere from fashion week to the weekend.
The Studded sleeve leather bomber. Yours for £350.
Pale silk embellished top – a wardrobe investment that will become a classic.
Floral print – this season-tastic – and a beautiful autumnal palette.
A great range of blazers and work appropriate dresses. I’m loving the purple.
The cut out shoulder blouse – a great take on the cut out trend for cooler weather.
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!
Firstly, after a brief absence from the blog I wanted to say a humongous thank you to all of you for your birthday wishes and to Gemma for taking the reins for a wee while so I could take a break – it really made yesterday extra extra special. There’s loads more to share with you but for now, it’s on with the show, with Friday Frock.
Last week, whilst I was browsing MANGO, this simple but stunning dress caught my eye. It strikes me as the perfect dress. Not only is it both stand-out-from-the-crowd bright – an almost neon shade, but it’s also lace, both bang on in terms of current trends.
Look a bit further however and this is the kind of dress you’ll never regret giving wardrobe space to. Perfect with opaque tights and black accessories in winter, it will be equally at home this summer at a wedding with nude accessories, or on holiday with leather flip flops and a cross body bag. I like to get my money’s worth from clothes and can’t see this one going wrong at any occasion.
Have a bright and beautiful weekend readers
PS. Do not fear, I have an onslaught of What-to-Wear type posts to share the birthday shenanigans with you all, including THE dress, purchased yesterday. You’ll just have to wait a little longer…