Archive for June 2014
On the longest day of the year I was fortunate enough to spend it sipping champagne and soaking up the glorious sunshine in the Royal Enclosure at Ascot. In the run up to such a popular event in the British summertime calendar, what to wear is a hotly discussed topic amongst women everywhere – How long does my dress have to be? Isn’t there some rule around shoulder strap width? And what about a hat!? Having said this, I’m not surprised that it is one of our most popular Style Advice questions here at Dressipi.
Never being one to 100% conform to dress codes, and wanting to avoid the minefield that is finding the perfect dress that no one else will have, I decided to go bold and wear one of this season’s biggest but perhaps trickiest trends – the one and only jumpsuit. My quest for the perfect jumpsuit began a good two years ago, and after many failed attempts I finally found one that ticked all the right boxes for me – a black Topshop strapless number. But how to make my new purchase Ascot appropriate, or indeed, summer occasion appropriate?
Black is the perfect canvas to be able to add bursts of summery colours to, so why not start with a pair of cobalt blue heels from Kurt Geiger? Does it matter that I’m already 5’8″ and the last thing I need is a pair of killer heels? Absolutely not…
The next hurdle was what hat to wear – an absolute minefield for someone who rarely wears hats but loves the idea of them. I decided that I wanted something summery and a bit out of the ordinary, so it was through my sister’s friend Rosie I’Anson, a Milliner, that I was lucky enough to be able to wear this gorgeous flowery creation. She has some absolutely stunning hats which you can see here.
With a statement piece such as this, I decided to keep accessories simple and to a minimum. My old faithful gold hoop earrings, similar to these ones from New Look did just the trick, and an over the shoulder bag from Whistles was perfect for carrying all the essentials. What I love about it is that it can easily be turned into an oversized clutch by taking the strap off, meaning it is an incredibly versatile and timeless essential.
All that was left to decide on was something to cover my shoulders as my jumpsuit was strapless (shhh…an Ascot Royal Enclosure no-no but one that can be easily avoided if you simply don’t take your cover up off!). I went for another Topshop number, this white slimline blazer – an absolute staple which will go with countless other items in my wardrobe, and one that can be dressed up or down in a jiffy.
So there you have it, a winning jumpsuit combination that can be used for many a summery occasion; be it Henley Regatta, weddings or garden parties. All that’s left to do is enjoy that champagne and soak up those rays…
…because sometimes you really don’t need a logical explanation as to why you are buying something. Bags have gone all boudoir on us at Charlotte Olympia where a clutch turns into a lace-up corset. It’s a super-chic talking point! Moschino has turned a sleek tuxedo into a quilted bag and how can anyone resist a bit of powder puff marabou like this ASOS number. Aldo’s perfume bottle clutch inspired this little blog entry but has since sold out! That’s how cute it is. I have however found it on ASOS’s US site if you simply have to lust-have it.
Have you found yourselves a little black jumpsuit yet? Me either – but that’s because I am never quick enough when it comes to snapping up the ones that I like. They are a cool alternative to the LBD but you really have to make sure you follow your Dressipi Fashion Fingerprint™ and find one that flatters your shape. This week’s Haute/High is a little bit of high street and designer all rolled into one. But you get the idea. This simply strappy jumpsuit would be a great holiday piece when styled with a pair of gladiator sandals a printed canvas tote, a coloured skinny belt some fun earrings and a printed head scarf or big floppy straw hat. But you could just as easily take it out for a creative day time spin as above. All that remains to decide is which way will you go – haute or high? If you want to see how to wear your black jumpsuit to a special summer occasion or event on the social calendar be sure to read the blog on Monday to see how Pip took hers to the races – My Fair Lady style with a modern twist! Natalie x
Spoilt for choice this week. What’s it going to be? Dolly Parton singing in heels – “mud or no mud” – as she headlines Glastonbury, or Andy Murray and a will-he-won’t-he game of Centre Court tennis? Channel all things strawberries and cream and champagne gold for a day at Wimbledon or go for Glasto-cool à la Kate Moss style.
Posted June 23, 2014on:
QUESTION: I’m going to a day time awards ceremony this Friday at the Landmark Hotel and I don’t have a clue what to wear. I’m going with a client and I’m currently on maternity leave and spend my life in jeans and t-shirts!
ANSWER: Here at Dressipi we get lots of new mothers who get a little stuck in the ‘new mum uniform’ of jeans and t-shirts, and can’t wait to break free and glam up. This type of style dilemma is one we absolutely love to help with as it’s important for mums to look and feel fab, and you couldn’t have picked a better place to try out your new look!
1. ASOS midi dress now £19: This dress is one that you have “liked” on your Recommendations pages. It has a soft flattering cross over detail that sits above the waist and a shoulder-flattering v-neck. This is a great way to coax yourself out of trousers and jeans:
2. Hobbs trousers, reduced to £74: – Just in case we can’t entice you away from your trusty trousers, here is an outfit that you may be a little more comfortable with. We love this pair of jacquard trousers from Hobbs which are currently on sale but are still looking fabulous. Team them with a pair of barely there heeled sandals and add some statement jewels to give it that ‘award ceremony’ luxe feel. The trousers are a great investment piece too as they’d look lovely as part of a casual look with ballet flats or sandals, or even as part of an evening ensemble.
3. Zara blouse, now £12.99: – Add a white fluid blouse to your look for easy chic, or opt for a boxy cut top with a luxe feel in a pastel shade, such as a blush pink. It is one of your investment colours and will look amazing on you. Keep the neckline to a ‘V’ or scoop shape as the lower lines will draw the eye downwards and break up the look of your strong shoulders, flattering your bust at the same time.
4. J. Crew sandals £198: – Metallics are huge this summer and we love the versatility of a pair of gold or silver sandals. These would look amazing with both the dress and the two-piece outfit.
5. ASOS clutch £12: Make sure to add a clutch bag to complete your look as anything else would take away the glamorous touch that an awards ceremony requires. Ria x
White jeans ooze summer chic. Whilst it’s a colour that sits oh so pretty with a pastel or two I personally love the harsh contrast of a wild bright. Add a bold red print top with a flirty ruffle hem detail, gold flats and paparazzi-friendly sunglasses and you’re all set for a day that simply involves relaxing and lunching al fresco – if you can find a spot. Slip into these vampy red sandals and style with a clutch in cork and tortoiseshell for a decidedly nautical-by-night effect. Natalie x
We love reworking those key pieces in your wardrobe a number of ways. Whether knowing how to take a look from day to night or making an inspired purchase when it comes to an evening or occasion dress so that you can wear it to a number of events. It’s not too difficult when you pick and mix your accessories and cover-ups. Look in your wardrobe for a tailored blazer in a black or opt for this chic number with jet stone details and pair with a plain colour evening dress like this jewel tone Phase Eight piece. Give an extra lashing of wow factor with a vibrant jewel tone clutch and bling things up with a slither of gold and jewelled earrings or a statement necklace. For another event style with one of the season’s printed pieces – either an understated monochrome tuxedo blazer or go for a fun animal print. Simple metallic accessories will balance these all out. What’s more you’ll be up-or-down styling those blazers, heels and accessories with jeans and little cocktail dresses too. Natalie x
1. Phase Eight dress £140, 2. Jimmy Choo sandals £495, 3. Alice + Olivia blazer £345, 4. Anton Heunis earrings £80, 5. DVF clutch £285, 6. BHS jacket £38, 7. Juicy Couture clutch £135, 8. LK Bennett sandals £275.