Friday Frock O’clock


Red floral print skater dress, Warehouse £48

It’s been rainy this week in Manchester and I feel like Autumn is in full swing. I spotted this dress a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be perfect for kicking leaves with a coatigan and scarf on an autumnal sunday and I’m thinking it could do my favourite double duty trick and work hard at work too.

The colours are spot on for autumn, the florals keep it sweet and the black lace shoulder panels mean it could work for night too. It would look lovely with darker red suede vintage style heels…

What do you think readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock


Ted Baker – BELLETA – Scallop detail dress – £159

I feel in limbo right now when it comes to fashion. In the last week, my concious has shifted from being disinterested in fashion, fed up of sales and with adequate clothes for the ongoing warmer weather, to curiosity over what’s in store for AW13.

For some reason I keep getting that September feeling already. The back to school vibe that makes me want a new school coat and shoes. Maybe it’s my sister moving in and starting a new job, maybe it’s the odd rainy day breaking through, but already I’m wanting to buy Autumn fashion, knowing it’s too early yet and I should enjoy the last of the summer.

Todays frock felt right to bridge the gap. Perfect with tanned legs for an occasion ensemble, it’s the type of dress that after a few formal outings I’d start wearing to work with opaque tights and flats come the cooler months. Red looks great in the summer teamed with navy or nude, but even better in the winter layered with berry shades and black.

What do you think readers? Have a great weekend!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

Truth be told I haven’t done a lot of shopping recently. I’ve been living in the same cool and easy pieces because it is way too hot to be spending a day shopping and hanging around in changing rooms. It’s also that difficult time of year when the shops turn into a sale wasteland, you’re pining for some fresh fashion inspiration, yet the new stock looks dark and miserable. I had resigned myself to not finding anything when I decided to check Zara out and found this in their new season collection.


Zara Bird Print Dress – £45.00

Oriental prints are making a slow comeback in fashion right now and there’s going to be a lot more of them in the AW13 colections. I’ve never worn a lot of red but I love the vibrant shade of this dress and the fresh white cranes or storks with their nod to the Orient, yet no hint of the fancy dress about them.

At £45 I think it’s a bit of a steal. Run, don’t walk readers…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Triple Temptation: Cut out cute

*Apologies for the delay with today’s post folks! Unfortunately WordPress as a platform has been attacked by a large botnet (I know, it’s greek to me too!) recently and as a result there has been some disturbance to some sites. I’m just letting you know in case you notice problems elsewhere on the web today or in the coming days. For now, on with Friday Frock!

Wednesday saw me dashing from work straight down to London for the launch of Annabel’s book, Style Me Vintage Weddings then meeting Rachie, Rachel and Gemma yesterday for a long overdue catch up. As a result today’s frock(s) come in the form of Triple Temptation and not one, but three daring styles. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think today readers!


Cut out Sundress, £36 // Crop Top midi body con dress £29 // Limited Edition strappy dress, all TOPSHOP

When I was growing up, I remember looking down my nose at girls who were daring enough to bare their mid-riff. It was the nineties but that didn’t make it ok in my book 😉

Cut outs have been making a slow come back in recent years, first for glamour (and still reminiscent of my teenage opinions) and now for cool. Somehow the look has transitioned to edgy in a single season and of course depending on what you’re baring, it can be sexy too, (shoulders, I’m looking at you.)

I’m not sure if it’s because it’s the high midriff that’s generally the subject of exposure and there’s not a belly button in sight that these seem suddenly acceptable. It’s a brave look and needs suitably brave accessorising (I’m thinking graphic or geometric block colour and brights or metallics) but come warmer weather, or holiday time, I might just take the leap.

Are you game?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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

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