Tuesday, 13 October 2015

1 dress, 2 ways...

This post contains a dress that was sent for review
As soon as you reach your twenties, weekends start to get taken up with weddings (and later christenings!) and your fancy clothes end up working overtime to cope. When New Look offered me a dress to style two different ways, I leapt at the chance. We have a few birthdays and a wedding to attend in the next couple of months and it is great to have a dress that can work for several different occasions. This floral Closet dress is absolutely beautiful and despite the strong print, it is surprisingly versatile. I have to admit I hadn't heard of the brand before but I am really impressed with the quality of this dress and I will certainly be keeping an eye out for Closet in my local store. I picked this beautiful silk coat up years ago during one of my charity shop trips at uni and although I have only worn it a couple of times, I could never throw it away as it is just so pretty! I felt like a right princess in this outfit and although it could have looked quite dated, the messy hair and smoky eye made it feel more modern. 

Closet floral fancy occasion dress from New Look, Precis Petit silk pink princess coat, New Look nude pink pointed heels, Clarks black patent pointed shoes, cropped wool cardigan, 1 dress styled 2 ways
Coat: Precis Petite via charity shop, dress:Closet c/o New Look, shoes: New Look
I mean, just look at that gorgeous detailing! I recently bought Sarah's old Fitbit Flex off her and I am loving it so far. It is forcing me to get moving about and the targets are perfect for someone as competitive as me! ;) I was going to take it off for the photos but what could be more modern?!

Closet floral fancy occasion dress from New Look, Precis Petit silk pink princess coat, New Look nude pink pointed heels, Clarks black patent pointed shoes, cropped wool cardigan, 1 dress styled 2 ways

I wear these nude shoes to every wedding as they go with absolutely everything and I can manage a whole day and night in them. Always good when you want to be dancing along to cheesy pop in the early hours!

Closet floral fancy occasion dress from New Look, Precis Petit silk pink princess coat, New Look nude pink pointed heels, Clarks black patent pointed shoes, cropped wool cardigan, 1 dress styled 2 ways

I love that this dress has pockets too, they should be a feature on every dress! I really love the shape of the top, it is plain but still interesting...

Closet floral fancy occasion dress from New Look, Precis Petit silk pink princess coat, New Look nude pink pointed heels, Clarks black patent pointed shoes, cropped wool cardigan, 1 dress styled 2 ways

The thick black waistband makes for a really flattering silhouette too, especially against that bright skirt. You can see the colours a bit better here too, I was worried that they would be a bit insipid but they are certainly eye-catching!

Closet floral fancy occasion dress from New Look, Precis Petit silk pink princess coat, New Look nude pink pointed heels, Clarks black patent pointed shoes, cropped wool cardigan, 1 dress styled 2 ways

This look is much more suitable for a family party than a wedding but it felt a lot easier to wear. I inherited this cardigan from Mark's mum (thanks Sue!) and it is one of the hardest working pieces in my wardrobe. I managed to shrink it in the wash a while ago but the shorter length means it hits at the most flattering point on my waist rather than hanging at that weird awkward length above my hips. 

Closet floral fancy occasion dress from New Look, Precis Petit silk pink princess coat, New Look nude pink pointed heels, Clarks black patent pointed shoes, cropped wool cardigan, 1 dress styled 2 ways
Cardigan: BHS via Mark's Mum, dress:Closet c/o New Look, shoes: Clarks
Mark bought me these shoes for Christmas back in 2013 and although they aren't quite as comfy as my beloved orange suede pair, they're pretty darned close!

Closet floral fancy occasion dress from New Look, Precis Petit silk pink princess coat, New Look nude pink pointed heels, Clarks black patent pointed shoes, cropped wool cardigan, 1 dress styled 2 ways


How would you style this dress? 
P.S. I was sent this dress to review but if I didn't love it, I wouldn't feature it!
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12 comments

laura said...

Oh that coat is such a beautiful item Maria! xx

Chloe Martin-Brown said...

Nice pick and what a find in the coat. I have a bad habit of sticking my formal wear on eBay after too regular clear outs and suddenly finding I don't have anything to wear to functions. Point in question, I've just had a function landed on me.

char said...

Oh, that coat! I'm such a coat fan, and I absolutely love that one - what a find! Lovely dress as well, the muted floral print is so pretty and lends itself to being styled with so many colours.

Lily Lipstick said...

Love this coat and dress - perfect for formal occasions. x

The Style Rawr said...

Classic styling! This is such a lovely dress and it fits you perfectly.

Tara x

Winnie said...

You look lovely and those nude shoes are so fab on you. Great to read that they're super comfy too, I really struggle with shoes sometimes and I really must check into Clarks for a comfy heel in future!

Natasha Hill said...

Beautiful Maria, the print on the bottom half is lovely and the coat and the shoes compliment it perfectly. You always look so well put together, I need some of your style magic! I love hearing about comfy heels as well, I always struggle to find comfortable ones so I'll have to keep an eye out for these. - Tasha

Sarah said...

This dress is so gorgeous!


My Sentimental Heart

x

Kezzie said...

Oh, don't you look beautiful!!!! I love this whole look, it is wonderful!!! You look so glamorous yet with a beautiful dreamy whimsy to it too!
I absolutely LOVE the brand CLoset- I probably own about 10 of their dresses- there's a boutique near me that sells them and I just love them! They're closing down so I've picked up a few bargains for me and for presents for many friends too recently. I'm just sad I won't be able to go there anymore soon!
x

Sherin said...

Everything about this look is perfect! The dress is so stunning - I love the print at the bottom.

Polkadot Pink said...

This is the perfect dress, I love each outfit but the nude colours look so classy with the dress. What a find that coat was! That's what I love about charity buys, you can find some really unique clothes xx

Polkadot Pink- a thrifty blog

GlassesShop said...

Love this coat

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