Unless you are a member of a scripted reality TV show that rhymes with ‘Wowie’, it is unlikely that you’re going to get a lot of use out of the New Years and Christmas party dresses you shelled out for less than a month ago. That is, of course, unless you style them down with more casual accessories.
As party dresses go, this long-sleeved House of Dereon leopard dress from BANK is a risky choice as it has a wide open back. To balance the skin on show, I chose to add a wooly hat, chunky wedges, and a gloriously sleepy hat-wearing puppy (optional).
M&S recently invited me to take a look through their lovely dresses and pick one to style in three different ways for the holiday season. Thankful for their great stock of petite choices, I quickly settled on the petite slash neck devore spotted dress. Cut just above the knee with with ruching at the waist, it is the perfect choice for ladies (like me) that have an hourglass shape and like to accentuate their curves.
Look One – Lunch with friends:
I find adding a warm colour into the mix helps make an outfit feel more ‘casual’, so for a lunch date with friends I opted to link in a brown. Adding heavy brown booties with a wedge, I completed the look by tying a brown and cream scarf around my waist a few times.
Look Two – Party Dress:
Sparkles are obviously on the menu here. By adding a sparkly statement necklace that mimicked the texture of the dress, my super-bright pair of red glitter heels are able to be a ‘colour pop’ while complimenting the neck bling perfectly.
Look Three – Weekend in Milan:
You may not have plane tickets in hand, but you can still pretend you’re pounding the pavement of the Via Dante district by adding two important accessories: an oversized hat and boots. Do it wide-brimmed and over-the-kneed: bigger is better in both cases.
With the seasonal explosion of tube-abandoned scarves, hats, and gloves rearing its frozen head, I feel I might just have stumbled upon the London Commuter’s dream gift: The Sheebie. The thick knit – pictured here in blue and purple – has been permaglued to my body over the past week. Combining the elements of a scarf, hoodie, shawl and gloves (with thick hand-woven pockets), this is the most practical fashion obsession I’ve had all year.
The kids love it, too.
Time for a little outfit post before weekend Christmas party chaos commences. For the sake of all that is festive, I couldn’t help but indulge in a few new goodies from Zalando after hours and hours of present scouring. With the addition of a tight black tee under the dress and coat (not pictured), the whole ensemble just about works for Winter. I should mention I also have the warmest legs in England.
(Click for more photos below, as well as a cameo appearance from my little blogger puppy, Waffles.)
Traditionally, collars are anything but playful. A collar – by many definitions – usually invokes feelings of restraint, which is why The Collar Takeover of 2012 is so very appealing. Take a prim shirt-dress, throw on a hand-made (and homegrown!) collar and your outfit takes on a completely new identity.