Duchess London- Investment Party Dressing*

These days when it comes to picking out the perfect party outfit we are spoilt for choice. By October the high street is awash with fast fashion pieces that are pretty much disposable, I know myself that I’m guilty of buying a dress and wearing it only once before discarding it a year or so later not wanting to be seen in it again.

Now I’m getting older I often think it’s time to take things back to basics, to invest in some good quality and simple evening wear that might cost a bit (or in this case a lot) more but will last for years and years. When you strip back the sequins and glitter and opt for a simple yet impeccably made piece you actually open up a whole new area of party dressing- choose wisely and you can transform your outfit for multiple occasions with clever use of different jewellery, accessories and shoes.

Above is a selection of dresses from a brand called Duchess London who have recently popped on to my radar. Each piece is beautifully made in London, designed to be a blank canvas to suit any occasion. Forget for a moment the lure of that spangly mini dress that will only see the light of day once, focus instead on the beautifully cut classic designs made in the most luxurious of fabrics- actual silk for example, rather than some questionable nylon that fills with static at the most inopportune moments.

I’m rather taken with the light blue sheer sleeve dress. It’s currently on offer at 20% off (as is every piece until NYE) making it £159. Enough to buy ten dresses from Primark perhaps, but cut to perfection and will last for years. Sadly out of my current budget but a girl can dream…

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Space Cats

The dress is this post was a long time coming. I first saw it on the New Look website a few months ago and fell in love but just couldn’t justify spending £36 on it at the time. It haunted my thoughts for a while and I kept checking up on it and hoping that it might end up on sale. Patience paid off as I managed to snap it up for £17 the other week. It was love at first sight and I’m glad I held out. Shopping karma at it’s finest.

Dress: Cutie at New Look (available here) | Shoes: Adidas Gazelle

The dress is by Cutie who I am not overly familar with but on further browsing appear to do some seriously cool and quirky printed clothing. It could be dangerous territory having discovered them but for now I am quite content with this dress featuring the most perfectly perfect SPACE CAT print. I’m all for standing out from the crowd when it comes to prints and this just fits in with my slightly odd, crazy cat lady persona perfectly.

You’ll have to forgive the slight sunburn, I had not long got back from a glorious weekend in Devon with two of my best girl-friends. I actually debuted the dress there and they both agreed I couldn’t have found anything more me if I had tried. Althought the frilled detail and midi length lend themselves perfectly to a lady-like outfit I decided to branch out and pop on my magenta Adidas Gazelle trainers to keep this outfit casual, I really like how this turned out!

Have you ever found anything so you that you just had to buy it?

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Who Wore It?

Each year there are outfits from awards season, tours, movies and every day life that stick in our minds. Dresses seem to be one of the most memorable of these and over the years there have been some real highs, and lows in the world of celebrity fashion. The folks at New Look have come up with a brilliant (and challenging) quiz to test your frock knowledge- can you match these dresses with their Celebrity wearer?

New Look is always one of my go-to shops when I’m looking for an outfit for any occasion and right now they have some exceptionally lovely pieces that are perfect for Prom, a Summer Wedding or a day at the races. I have at least one special occasion on the horizon this coming Summer and *hopefully* I won’t be making it on to any “who wore it?” lists for the wrong reasons!
Leave your quiz scores below, it’s not as easy as I thought it would be, I can’t get past 14!

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Prom Queen

Growing up my staple movie diet was the romantic comedy. As was the case of many of the main characters I wasn’t one of the pretty, popular girls and feared that I would never meet my true love, or indeed any love. Fast forward a decade or so and I now know that’s not the case, but back then I thrived on seeing these ugly ducklings transform in to a beautiful swan- most notably at their high school prom. In this post I thought I’d share with you a few of my favourite prom dresses from the films I loved, and still love best.

Grease (image) | She’s All That (image) | Harry Potter (image) | Pretty in Pink (image)

I found shopping for my prom dresses really hard. Ten years ago (showing my age here!) it was near impossible to find a good selection on the high street, and they were expensive- very expensive! I think both times I needed to get one I ended up buying from Monsoon at great cost, and despite never needing, or wanting to wear the dresses again I ended up keeping them purely because a large chunk of money had been spent. These days the high street is awash with amazing dresses, far prettier than any I saw back then- I wish I could have my time again as I’d happily skip off to somewhere like New Look who have a gorgeous selection and spend the money left over on attempting to glam myself up a bit!
Which movies did you grow up watching? Which one featured your favourite dress? I think my favourite has to be the one in Pretty in Pink- made in the 1980’s I loved pretty much every item of clothing in the film but the prom dress really was a highlight!

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Post in association with New Look, however I thought it was a brilliant topic and was eager to take part in writing and sharing!

NYE Dresses- the Luxe Edit

The other big occasion that I know people are gearing up for as I type is New Years Eve. I’m not one for doing anything big or fancy myself, but I know that for plenty of people it’s the biggest night out of the year! Today’s post is a real “in my dreams” kind of thing; a) because I have no swanky invite to get excited about and b) because these dresses are so far out of my current budget that I can only dream of owning them- and dream I will!
The three dresses above all come from Forever Unique who specialise in luxury fashion for all occasions. Right now they have a vast and stunning selection of dresses in stock that just scream NYE, the ones I’ve picked as favourites came as a result of a good hour spent browsing the site and whittling it down!
First up comes this amazing take on the LBD which I am all kinds of in love with. If I was wearing this I’d probably add black tights (to tone down the skin on show and add some warmth!) and accessorise with gold shoes and a gold clutch bag…yep, I’m really enjoying this dress and if I had a spare £275 to my name I would be making it mine.
Next is this champagne coloured fitted dress which I think has a gorgeous vintage look to it. Champagne is clearly the perfect colour to wear for NYE and all you’d need to finish the look would be some delicate sandals and dainty silver jewellery- I’d need to steer clear of any dark coloured drinks though!
Lastly (but most certainly not least) is this festive number which with it’s red and green sequins is the perfect way to see out the festive season in style. It would also make for the perfect Christmas Day dress, made more casual with some flat over the knee boots, but I can really imagine sticking on some killer heels and dancing my way in to 2015 in this!
Have you got plans for NYE yet?

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