Friday, 23 November 2012

1 party dress, 3 ways (PICTURE HEAVY)...

When the lovely folks at Voucher Codes got in touch to ask me to style one dress, three ways (to prove that you don't have to spend a fortune on all of those Christmas party outfits), I leapt at the chance. This year will be the first time I haven't been living at home and as Mark and I will be spending our first Christmas together in addition to one with each of our families, I need a hard-working dress! I chose this red lace beauty from Miss Selfridge, I love a red party dress - much more interesting than an LBD and perfectly festive too. 

Look # 1: A classic Christmas party look - perfect for meeting up with friends and dancing your socks Christmas stockings off...
Dress: Miss Selfridge (c/o Voucher Codes), belt: Miss Selfridge (c/o Voucher Codes), nude fishnets: Accessorize,  shoes: Bertie
 When I saw this gorgeous bejewelled belt from Miss Selfridge, my inner magpie was more than happy; there is nothing I love more than a bit of bling! I do think £28 is a bit extortionate, however, but maybe a craftier blogger than I could do a D.I.Y?! 

I love the delicate lace, definitely the best way to work some sheer pieces into your wardrobe!
 One thing I didn't realise when I ordered it was that the dress had a 'dippy hem'. I really cannot see the point of these but luckily the front of the dress was long enough for me not to get too annoyed about it and before long I was swooshing around in all the extra material. I think the clunkiness of the shoes also helped to balance the floaty hem too. What do you think? 


The sheer back is lovely and I love how pale my skin looks next to the red. Winter is the one time of year where I don't look abnormally pale, as everyone else is a little bit more ghostly ;)


Look # 2: An evening in the pub - understated yet still festive (just add antlers)...

Dress: Miss Selfridge (as above), belt: vintage, shoes: ASOS, clutch bag: Topshop, nude fishnets: Accessorize
 Ever since I started blogging, many moons ago, I have wanted to do an outfit (head to toe) in one colour and although I am missing some red tights, this is pretty darn close! These red satin shoes always make me feel like a ballerina and are jazzy enough to look like you have made an effort, so you can feel nice and smug whilst everyone else is wincing in their heels. 



A vintage belt and the cutest clutch bag known to man add the finishing touches! 


Look # 3: The work Christmas do - from desk to dinner...

Dress: Miss Selfridge (as above),  tights: M&S, shoes: Primark, clutch bag: c/o Accessories Direct
 With a natty little cardigan (yes I am 85 years old!) I think this would be perfect for work, especially if (like me) your party starts in the afternoon rather than the evening. If in doubt just add black tights and some simple court shoes, amirite?!


A giant bow clutch bag always helps me to feel 'party ready' (what a hideous phrase!) Who needs statement jewellery when you have a dress this nice?!


A slightly closer look at the lovely sweetheart neckline and my make-up: a simple smoky eye with a scarlet pout works for any occasion in my opinion!

How would you style this dress? Have you got your Christmas outfits planned?
P.S. Many thanks to Voucher Codes for their generous offer, I hope I have given you some inspiration for your festive frock!

16 comments:

Ellie said...

That dress looks amazing on you! I love the first look, the belt in incredible but I agree, a DIY version would totally be possible! x

Sophie - CGDN said...

Love how you styled up the dress. It works really well for each occasion. The sparkly belt is so perfect too x

char said...

Thankfully no Xmas parties to get ready for (I hate Xmas!) but I lvoe this dress, all of your outfits with it are fab :) x

Sherin said...

That's such a gorgeous dress and I love all the ways you styled it. It's perfect for all those occasions.

Victorias Vintage said...

The dress looks lovely on you, that belt is amazing! I'm not going to the Bristol meet, but hope to see you again soon :) x

ScienceGeek said...

You look fab in all 3 styles!
I do love red with black though, so classy!
xx

jamie-lee said...

I really lke the all red look - I think red tights would have been a bit much though haha.

I think you do so much more with this dress, like throw on a cardy or a blazer, or even a jumper over top. It's crazy how versatile something can be when you play around with options xx

Rachel The Hat said...

this dress is gorgeous on you!! The red really really suits you. and i love all the ways you remixed it. You look stunning hun xx

Sarah said...

This dress is lovely!
x

Harriet said...

That dress is beautiful - I love the colour on you!

Chloe Likes To Talk said...

You look just beautiful in red, and I think your pale tones are gorgeous all year round!

I have to disagree on statement jewellery, I do love me a handbag, but I'm afraid I just can't be parted from those big old rings of mine...

Pop Champagne said...

the first belt is so pretty, such a holiday belt, and the dress too!

Heidi-likes said...

I am in love with your red dress, you look amazing! x

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Patricia Ayuso said...

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Winnie said...

Hell yes to the red dress and lippy Maria, you look absolutely gorge!

Helen said...

This dress is so lovely, you look great with the red lippy on!

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