Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Partywear: Dresses with Benefits

Lace dress: £55, Topshop
Embellished Mary-Janes: £129, Boden

Although I'm not always one to wear a dress to an event, I do love shopping for dresses - and one thing is for sure, it has to have a few added elements for me to part with my cash. I bring you 'dresses with benefits', and by this I mean sleeves (to hide my untoned upper arms) and pockets (so I look nonchalant and cool - this is hypothetical, of course). And preferably both. This Topshop one gives great sleeve and I'm looking forward to wearing it (with tights as it is quite short!) in the lead up to Christmas, the 60s style also lends itself well to wearing it with flats.

Bell sleeve lace dress: £55, Topshop

I'm probably a bit late for a few of you for a partywear round-up (and I'm aware I haven't even really started an extensive giftguide - it's coming, I promise), but hopefully there is something here to inspire you for the party season. My theory is, if in doubt, dress down - you'll get far more wear out of a dress that isn't just for the party season. And you can always mix it up with some show-stopping accessories.

1. This Isabel Marant-esque dress will work well with thick tights and boots, not just your metallic courts. Chiffon dress, £39.99, H&M

2. I can't believe I haven't spotted this dress before, love this shot of crimson - wear with black accessories. Chiffon ruffle dress, £199, Karen Millen

3. It's a dead ringer for the polks dot sold out one from last summer, and it's reduced. Chiffon dress, reduced to £34.65 (and lots of sizes left!), Twiggy for Marks & Spencer

4. I'm still not over this brand, every dress is just perfect. Lace paneled crepe dress, £245, Self Portrait

5. I first saw this brand in Fenwick and it's my new Self Portrait - beautiful intricate dresses and separates at a reasonable price. Sequin embellished tulle gown, £250, Needle & Thread

I'm also considering this...because, well, you know, Christmas (and there's something a bit Michelle Pfeiffer about it which I'm all over):
Glittery jumpsuit, £39.99, H&M
Embellished Mary-Janes: £129, Boden

And for the extras?

1. Gold-plated bangle, £19, Z for Accessorize

2. Lipstick in 'Coachella Coral', £23, Charlotte Tilbury

3. Compact powder blusher, £26, Delilah

4. Sequin chain strap bag, £32, Asos

5. Tassel heels, £35 in the sale, River Island

6. Faux fur stole, £32, Topshop


  1. I'm so late this year with sorting my party froc - and it's for this Saturday - oops! I hate buying a one off piece never to be worn again, last year I did a skirt and shirt so aiming for separates again this year. I love that Topshop dress, may have to try that one. Adore those River Island shoes, I found the red ones a few weeks back then they were reduced and now sold out, I was just too slow x

    1. If it makes you feel any better, the heel looks pretty high! I love a shirt and skirt combo, too - so much easier (if the dress code allows!) x

  2. Love a high neck and long sleeves, my perfect party dresses, gorgeous selection xxxx although there is something super appealing about that jumpsuit..cannot go wrong with a Michelle Pfeiffer early 90s vibe at to start shopping xxxxx

    1. Well, there is something v michelle Pfeiffer about your look, you should go for it!

  3. I just love that off side jumsuit and heels too. lovely blog. thank you for the post.

  4. I live in a college hostel, and have plenty of dresses in my wardrobe, but none of them were suitable for a dance party, so I called up my mom to discuss my requirements, and she surprised me by gifting an elegant outfit directly from I wanted to hug her for such a sweet gesture.


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