Friday, 20 December 2013

The perfect party dress...

When it comes to party dresses, I am pretty fussy, it has to be comfortable enough to wear all day (and night), not be too short or revealing, have some kind if interesting detail and it HAS to make me feel like a million dollars. If I can also dance in it, then that is just the icing on the cake! When Marks and Spencer got in touch recently about featuring a party look, I was ecstatic, "good old M&S" are one of my favourite brands and they certainly know how to make a fantastic party dress! I chose this beautiful lace dress but strangely I chose the black version rather than the red - definitely an unusual choice for me! Although I loved the red, I agreed with Mark that 4 (!) Little Red Dresses may be excessive and actually I thought that the black looked much more elegant (does this mean that I am growing up?!) I actually wore this dress to my work's Christmas do last week and not only did it manage to pull off the infamous work to bar switch, it got so many compliments- definitely a winner in my eyes!

Dress: c/o Marks and Spencer, belt: Primark, tights: John Lewis, shoes: Clarks, excited face: model's own!

As soon as I saw the gorgeously detailed lace and slightly higher Victorian inspired collar, I was sold. Although the dress looked relatively short on both me and the model, the high neckline meant it didn't feel at all revealing. Not to sound too smug but I think I have pretty nice legs and this dress gave me a chance to show them off! It was really difficult to try and get a photo of this but my tights are actually a dark charcoal grey rather than black, much more interesting than my usual 40 deniers but not overpowering... I was originally going to wear heels with this but actually I think it looks better with flats, another plus for me! 


A slightly blurry picture but I also really loved the sleeves on this dress, I know that sleeves can be a deal-breaker for some people and these do not disappoint. Isn't the lace gorgeous?!


I wanted to show off the sleeves and collar so I kept my hairdo simple and fuss-free; a messy bun only looks better as the day wears on! I decided to attempt liquid eyeliner which was a total success despite it being about 5.30 in the morning and paired it with a glossy red lip, simple but still suitably festive! 


I kept the rest of the accessories simple and as I didn't have a chunky collar necklace to wear with this (any recommendations?) I added this skinny gold belt to break it up a bit which matched perfectly with my nails (Angel's Fire by Max Factor FYI)


What do you look for in a party dress? Any ideas where I can get a good collar necklace from?

P.S. Marks and Spencer sent me this outfit for review
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21 comments

Sophie in the Sticks said...

Yes, this dress is a beaut, to match the lady inside it. The detailing is lovely and I'm mighty partial to a Victorian style anything x

Sophie said...

Maria you look stunning - very elegant! I might need to hunt it down!
Sophie
x

shipshapeandbristolfashion said...

I love lace dresses - I have a jade green one that's a bit like the Erdem Margot dress that I'm trying - and failing- to slim down into :)

daisychain said...

that dress looks gorgeous on you xo

Tallia said...

The lace looks lovely on you

xoxo,
Tallia
www.trendinginfashion.blogspot.com

Tallia said...

The lace looks lovely on you

xoxo,
Tallia
www.trendinginfashion.blogspot.com

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Sherin said...

This dress is incredible. Black lace is always a favourite look for me. It's just so classy.

Sarah said...

Maria this dress looks gorgeous on you!
x

Chloe Martin-Brown said...

Well hello hotness! You look like several million dollars my love, and what a fabulous day to night dress. Absolutely not surprised you got so many compliments.

I can see why the black would win out over red for this, although, that said, this would look awesome in a burgundy colour too.... Stellar job Maria, and wishing you a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Chloe Martin-Brown said...

Well hello hotness! You look like several million dollars my love, and what a fabulous day to night dress. Absolutely not surprised you got so many compliments.

I can see why the black would win out over red for this, although, that said, this would look awesome in a burgundy colour too.... Stellar job Maria, and wishing you a very happy Christmas and New Year.

zenobie said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Vicki said...

gorgeous dress hun! love the scalloped sleeves and hem :) xx

Stephanie L said...

What a gorgeous dress. I love the lace detail. It's so pretty!

Shes Dressing Up said...

Ooh, this is such a beautiful dress! The sleeves are lovely!

FAIIINT said...

The dress is beautiful, I may have to copy you & nab one for my own Christmas party! Love the sleeve length & the high collar. And yes, you do have lovely legs, you should show them off more often! ;)

Matthew Pike said...

5:30 in the morning outfit shots, blimey that's dedication alright! Looks good to me, trust m&s hey. I'm a big fan of theirs too.

Buckets & Spades

Harriet said...

this dress is gorgeous! it looks so good on you!

Winnie said...

The dress is super pretty on you Maria - I love the sleeves. I am always on the hunt for a good dress with sleeves! Happy Christmas xx

Brenda Lu said...

love your dress!
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The Style Rawr said...

Oooh, it's gorgeous! I really love the red one too (which of course is sold out). I require almost all the same things in a dress except I don't need to dance in it! ;)

Tara xo

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