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?


Emma Corbin-Mckenzie 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 Turone 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!

Jessica The Pyreflies 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 Fielding 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