Style Saver: Re-working the LBD

Good morning readers! Today I’m excited to introduce a new regular contributor to Florence Finds, Michelle. Lots of you will know Michelle already, either as the founder and creative force behind Pocketful of Dreams, the event design house she co-runs,  or as my one-time partner in Dream Find Do. Michelle has already guest posted from time to time here, so it was natural for me to take things one step further and ask her to contribute regularly. This lady has style by the bucketload and we have similar taste, so I know you’re all going to love what she has lined up. Michelle will be our new lifestyle contributor, so you’ll be hearing from her every couple of weeks or so on a variety of topics, all of which will – in true Florence Finds fashion – add a little style to your life. I hope you’ll all give her a warm welcome and enjoy her posts! – Rebecca x

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Hello Find-ettes, I am beyond excited to be writing for Florence Finds and hope you enjoy my musings on all things lifestyle. I’ll be sharing all sorts of finds, from fashion items I’m currently coveting through to seasonal updates for your home. There may be a moodboard or two thrown in for good measure as well!!

Today I’m sharing a little style conundrum I’ve been facing recently and that’s how to take the little black dress from drab to dazzling. With a number of events coming up including two awards dinners and two Christmas parties, all with a ‘cocktail-wear’ dress code, I have that “nothing to wear” feeling.

Given that these are work events I’m loathe to spend money on new dresses but have plenty of LBD’s hanging in my wardrobe that rarely get worn as I’m a colour lover nowadays. So I’ve been thinking about how I can make the LBD work harder by adding some carefully chosen accessories for a hint of colour and punch.

Here’s my picks to style up the little black dress…..

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Attitude
I could see this outfit working just as well with a leather biker jacket for a night on the town, but as cocktail wear there’s a few subtle edgy pieces to give it that hint of sass.

1. J Crew Citron Stone Necklace £150 2.  Coast Leather Box Bag £65 3. Senso Perspex Heels £40 from Coggles

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Classic with a twist
Cobalt blue is such a striking colour and I love how it works with black, this lace sleeved top would be a great way to change up a black cocktail dress worn over or underneath with just the sleeves and neckline peeking through. The addition of a leopard print clutch would stop it feeling too matchy-matchy and provide a funky twist on a classic style.

1. Ted baker lace sleeve top £99.00  2. Nelly Earings £22.95 3. Dune Leopard Clutch £69.00  4.  Coast Celita Ankle Strap £80

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Unexpected
This is possibly my favourite look of all three, it’s simple and sophisticated with plenty of punchy colour. I’ve chosen two shades that work great together an ochre yellow and a deep red, with hints of gold, I feel these moodier and warmer colours work really well with black. It’s unexpected yet striking.

1. ASOS collar necklace £30.00 2.Ochre Asymmetric clutch £109.50 3. Ted Baker Neevo pumps £112

Let me know which one is your favourite and do share your own style ideas for funking up the little black dress.

Michelle xx

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The Fash Flash… Party Dresses

Ok, so, not having ever been an office worker, the whole office Christmas party has rather escaped me in the past. However the season is fast approaching according to my lovely twitter informants and I thought it was high time I did a little round up of festive frocks.

First up, the glitter gang. I love a sequinned frock, really I do, and I have walked into several shops of late open mouthed and squealing with excitement to see yet another sequinned dress. And therein lies the problem. They are everywhere.

Now, if you’re the type of person who dresses for yourself and hang the rest, then this is still the dress for you. But if there’s a remote whiff of self doubt there and the sight of someone in the same dress will send you straight to the bar loos with tears in your eyes, choose something else. Once the dress for the super confident, sequinned dresses are now for the masses, be warned.

All that said, there are some stunning examples and I have included a few here, chosen for their qualities aside from style (which is a given on these pages!) Despite the above I’ll be struggling to take my own advice and not make a purchase.

For those who don’t suit a high neck, which all the current sequinned dress offerings seem to have, try this V-neck champagne sequin dress from Dorothy Perkins. If you’re not one for tight numbers, this one-sleeved seventies sleeve number from Warehouse is low key luxe. Or, if you want an investment, this classic black strapless tube dress from French Connection will take you from Christmas eve to New Years eve, office party to birthday party and girls night out.

Want to do festive sparkle but not fancying the glitter factory explosion of an all-over sequinned dress? Nail the tribal trend with this beaded Warehouse number, or be super stylish in black and gold chevrons, also Warehouse. If you’re feeling a little bit more rock chick, the lines of this panelled dress from French Connection are super flattering and it’s an edgier look that will last beyond Christmas.

Next, a colour that’s just perfect for Christmas, but also happens to be bang on trend right now. There’s something about red (well, it did inspire a song…) that makes it a statement of confidence, no matter how you are feeling. I also like that when a dress is red, you can wear a simpler shape, something more demure and still look super sexy like this Warehouse midi dress. Ted Baker have also come up trumps with a flirty ruffled number and classic-as-you-like, preppy self-striped frock. I love.

Black is always a winner, and although it’s not a colour I wear, there are some really great black dresses around at the moment. My advice would be to steer clear of anything too classic and mix it up with sheers, try leather or this super fun polka dot number by Topshop Dress Up. Chiffon and sheer pleat dress, Mango. Embellished sleeve dress, Topshop.

Now, I know this is supposed to be party ‘frocks’ BUT, something occurred to me while I was putting this together… is the reign of the party dress over? There are so many other options right now, and separates are a massive trend – I’ve never been tempted to overlook the dress but shorts and jumpsuits are all I can think of when it comes to rocking a trend right now. So, if you’re not a frock girl or want to stay right at the front of the trends, here are my picks for festive style…

Polka dot jumpsuit, Whistles.
Print jumpsuit, Ted Baker.
Sequinned shorts, Warehouse.

And yes. My top choice of shop to get your sparkling festive fashion needs sorted if you’re short on time? You guessed it. Warehouse.

So, let’s hear about your party dresses, or if you have spotted something here that you’ll be seeking out for party action. Tomorrow we’ll talk party accessories from heels to handbags to complete your look 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Fash Flash… Glitter Girl

It’s no secret, I’m a huge fan of glitter. Sequins, beading or lurex, I love adding a bit of glitter to every day style.

This season, there has been a huge trend to include sparkle into everyday outfits and that suits me just fine. I’m a particular fan of the trend when paired with super casual items like a chunky knit or jeans and there’s plenty of ways to accessorise with sparkle too if you like to keep it subtle.

So this week’s Fash Flash, in time for your Christmas lists and parties, is the glitter edition. I’m going to have a seriously hard time not spending a fortune after putting this one together!

So, are you a glitter girl?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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