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QUESTION: I am attending a formal Scottish dancing ball. I need a dress I can dance in – mid calf or ankle length, and preferably short or no sleeves, with a skirt that allows for free movement. Ideally I’ll wear a tartan sash with it – mine is a “weathered Ulster” pattern which is sludgy brown colours (it was found in a peat bog….). It’ll need washing afterwards, so something that isn’t too high maintenance or delicate. Budget around £100.

1. Phase Eight dress, £160: – You can never go wrong with a black dress. This one from Phase Eight is over your budget but would make a great investment piece as it’s perfect for any glam occasion. The embellishment adds some sparkle to the soft jersey fabric which will skim flatteringly over your hips, and it’s a great shape for allowing movement. The fabric is ideal for home washing too. If the neckline is too low, you could consider a simple black cami underneath for a more modest look.


2. Monsoon dress, £119: – Navy is a great colour on you as it is one of your investment shades. This chiffon maxi dress is extremely elegant and would make a great look for a formal ball. Subtle bead detail adds just enough glitz, and the ruffle detail to the upper section will draw attention and balance out your hip-to-shoulder ratio. It does say that it is a dry-clean piece, however it is made from polyester so may not be as delicate as it seems. A pearl embellished clutch bag will look fab with this dress. 


3. Kaliko dress, was £110 now £39.20: – We love this teal maxi with lace detail, which is another great colour on you. It is no longer stocked by John Lewis, but can be found on the Kaliko website at a great sale price. It would look perfect with gold accessories. 


4. Warehouse dress, £65: – A red dress would look great with your ‘weathered ulster’ sash. This one from Warehouse is simple but chic, and the knot twist detail at the front adds some subtle shape and texture. Nude heels and clutch bag will complete your look. 




Zara animal print courts £79.99, Reiss scoop neck t-shirt £35, Mango necklace £19.99, Ted Baker jacket £179, Mango shoulder bag £29.99, Rag & Bone boyfriend jeans £215

LOOK 2: 

Christian Louboutin black courts £395, Helmut Lang black drape trouser £290, Salvatore Ferragamo petrol green bag £842, Isabel Marant top £320, Topshop Premium necklace £60, H&M grey cardigan £12.99.

LOOK 3: 

Zara black leather flats £49.99, Zara trench coat £79.99, Burberry scarf £319, All Saints black dress £98, MICHAEL Michael Kors satchel bag £310, Gucci sunglasses £219.


Rita Hayworth embodied the epitome of the femme fatale in this iconic movie, although her bombshell looks were immortalised both on and off the screen. The flame haired siren (she dyed her brunette locks) has said of all the attention she received: “Why should I mind? I like having my picture taken and being a glamorous person. Sometimes when I find myself getting impatient, I just remember the times I cried my eyes out because nobody wanted to take my picture at the Trocadero.” Hayworth’s Gilda gave us the ultimate figure-flattering, curve-boosting fashion in the shape of her slinky fish tail gown. Get the look with this show stopping red number from Coast. Natalie x

1. Coast floor sweeping dress £220

2. New Look faux-fur jacket £34.99

3. Esteé Lauder lipstick in Lush Rose £18.90


Liz Hurley really knows how to work a pair of jeans. They’ve become as much a part of her style staple as those gorgeous floor sweeping, thigh flashing Versace gowns she pulls off with style aplomb. It’s all very Dressipi – once you have worked out what shapes suit you and developed your own inimitable style you’ll find yourself with a set of 24/7 looks and outfits that work a dream in a flash. Lightweight tweeds and barely there bouclés have become the go-to fabric of jackets and tailoring. From single breasted boxy-cuts to figure-sculpting biker styles we’ve often spoken about the multi-tasking nature of this new fashion friend the tweed/bouclé jacket. We have the likes of Isabel Marant and Iro to thank for this casual modern take on what is really an entry level piece to the ultimate dream of owning a Chanel jacket. This piece really does turn a basic tee (ours is from Mango) and pair of jeans (Topshop) look into a more polished fashion look. A chic black court (Pull & Bear), multi-tasking tote (Zara) and oversized sunglasses (Mango) complete the look. Natalie x

1. Warehouse jacket £36.80:- This piece is actually on sale on the John Lewis website so it’s a bit of a bargain. The low v-neck  means it is perfect for those looking to break up broad shoulders as well as complementing a larger bust. What’s great about this piece is that it almost acts like  cardigan and can be worn open layered over your tee:


2.  BHS round neck jacket £38:- This is more of a paired down classic take on the edgier styles out there at the moment. A high round neck draws the eye up and is a great feature for balancing out your shoulder-to-hip proportions. This piece has a stylish 3/4 length sleeve and will be the perfect partner to a tailored work shift or figure-sculpting pencil skirt:


3.  French Connection boxy jacket £140:- This is a much more structure, square cut take on the style and is very much inspired by the shapes that dominated the autumn/winter catwalks. It adds flattering volume up-tp but if your silhouette  needs a shapely dose of curves sculpted into it it is better to go for a more tailored/fitted style:



We love it when a new brand hits our shores and our site. New in at Dressipi this week is Pull & Bear, from the makers of the internationally successful Zara. Consider this the little sister brand although that does not mean if you’re feeling decidedly older sister you won’t discover a few gems here. Perfect for putting together those cool casual looks you’ll find knits with a rock and roll flair, easy-to-style dresses that channel the season’s love affair with all things grunge, basic linen tees and a whole range of ultra-versatile accessories. And then there is the really lust-have price point. Happy shopping.

1. Leopard print jumper £29.99

2.  Leather ankle boots £69.99

3. Little black dress £25.99

4.  Statement necklace £15.99

5. Clutch bag £22.99

6. Single breasted blazer £25.99

7. Platform courts £39.99

8. Pink linen t-shirt £15.99


1. Zara black jacket £59.99

2. Topshop silver courts £58

3. Pied A Terre shift dress £110

4. DVF mini black bag £252

5. Rebecca Taylor blouse £220

6. H&M flats £19.99

7. H&M jeans £19.99

8. Mercy Delta scarf £140

9. Topshop blue bag £28


Ahhh the enduring appeal of the wrap dress! Diane Von Furstenberg really knew what she was on to when she introduced us to this iconic design in 1974, made from slinky knitted jersey. Since then it’s enjoyed countless reincarnations both on the high street and in high end stores. We cannot argue our way around the silky smooth ‘hugs and swims its way around the body’ of an original DVF. But if you’re not up to being hauty we have unearthed this perfectly gorgeous faux-wrap number from M&S. No pomp. No splendour. Just you and a go anywhere figure-flattering dress. Natalie x

1. Marks & Spencer £35

2. Diane Von Furstenberg £265