The Maria dress...

Anyone who has ever met me knows how much I love a little red dress, they were even the centrepiece of my #simplybereal moment which I shared recently! When I saw this Boutique by Jaeger dress on ASOS, I was smitten, it is red, swooshy and is even called Maria, how could I resist such a perfect dress?! The fact that the model had short dark hair was just the icing on the cake for me! I managed to snatch the last one in my size when it went on sale and I  was originally going to save this dress for the summer as it is made of 100% cotton but the swooshy shape was perfect for a (slightly dressed up) Christmas Eve outfit. A fifties style skirt hides a food baby brilliantly! ;) Don't worry, I did have a cardigan on with this but it didn't photograph very well... the sacrifices we make for blogging eh?! 

Dress: Boutique at Jaeger via ASOS, belt: Miss Selfridge, shoes: Marks & Spencer
I am always tempted to bust out the glittery and shimmery make-up at Christmas but I managed to restrain my magpie instincts and go for a pared back look which was perfectly topped off with my new Burt's Bees lip shimmer in Cherry. It gives a lovely wash of colour but doesn't need constant touch ups and as it is also a lip balm, my lips have never been in better condition! I love the Bardot/ boat neck style of this dress, it is a super flattering cut and you don't need any jewellery to jazz it up- winner!

I have owned this belt for years and although I have only worn it a handful of times, I am loath to get rid of it as it is just so darned cool! To be honest this dress probably didn't need a belt but it was the perfect excuse to wear this belt which was just fancy enough to be festive. 

Midi lengths are always a bit tricky for me, I tend to look best when a skirt finishes just above the knee but a longer length is much more elegant. I think I will have to look to the lovely Sophie for some style inspiration, she can rock a midi better than anyone! 

What would your perfect item of clothing look like?


Unknown said...

love that belt. so gorgeous xxxx

The Style Rawr said...

Red is definitely your colour! It's such a beautiful frock, the length is perfect on you. :) I think my perfect item of clothing is a leather biker! ;)

Tara x

Rachel The Hat said...

gorgeous, just simply gorgeous! you look just like your illustration on your blog header!so pretty!!
And i agree with the above ladies, red is totally your colour!
happy new year to you lovely, wishing you a truly wonderful 2015

Sophie said...

Awww you're too kind Maria! You look gorgeous in red - such a pretty dress!

J said...

You look gorgeous! I love the color of the dress and I love the belt! :)


Gem said...

Gorgeous!, I always love red on you. Happy new year xxx

Helen said...

Such a Christmassy dress! I love dresses this length they are super elegant.

pinkqueen said...

Great choice! Stylish, warm and classy!!! I love dress