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QUESTION: Hello guys, need your help again thanks for always being there. Please. How can I accessorise the dress in the picture for a wedding. Shoe, purse, fascinator, jewellery and other thing that go with the dress to make an “all eyes on me after the bride look”…lol, thanks!

ANSWER: As ever it is great to hear from you. What a fabulous singing blue dress. We love the vintage shoulder details and that beautiful colour will look incredible on you. The wide v neckline draws attention upwards as does the higher waistline that helps to accentuate your curves in all the right ways and the fluid fabric means that this dress is truly perfect for you. Now for the fun part…. accessories!

1. NEW LOOK CUFF: A good place to start is with the silvery sparkly brooch details. Keep your accessories in these metallic tones with a silver cuff bracelet that would be gorgeous with this dress. We love this one from New Look that echoes the slight Grecian silhouette of your dress:

2. COAST FASCINATOR: A fascinator in the same tone would compliment the look and Coast have a gorgeous feather one in the perfect shade:

3. RAVEL SANDALS:  For a real ‘wow’ element invest in these gorgeous diamanté embellished sandals. Don’t feel guilty about the price as you’ll get lots of wear from a perfect sparkly sandal after this event. Not only does a metallic shoe go with most shades for future weddings and formal occasions but they add an element of glamour to a jacket and jeans combination for a night out on the town:

3. DUNE CLUTCH: Finally add a splash of colour with this unpredictable heavenly pink clutch bag. The contrasting tone will look fantastic with your look and again can be worn with jeans and heels for more relaxed evening looks. Have fun turning heads at the wedding! Tara x

QUESTION: Guest at a wedding with a black and white theme. Because the bride & groom are a bit quirky, I fancy a bohemian style or a 1920’s style. I have already bought fancy black and white feather hair decoration that looks very 1920’s. But got stuck there! Any advice very welcome.

ANSWER:  Your wedding sounds like a fun occasion and the pictures will look glorious with such a stunning theme. We love the idea of your dress having a more relaxed bohemian element and there are a few different ways you could channel this look. Style wise for you it’s important that dresses fit and flatter your petite frame. Scoop, V and draped necklines work well to soften your strong shoulders and flatter your bust. By sticking to these key rules you’ll find garments that are perfect for your enviable figure. Here are a few monochromatic suggestions that we hope will inspire:

1. Flapper style dress By Malene Birger: We love this gorgeous flapper style dress. The scoop neck flatters and softens your shoulder line and the length would look lovely on you. For the perfect accessory add a simple marabou stole to echo a twenties theme.

2. Maxi monochrome dress By Malene Birger:  You could add an unexpected twist to your initial idea by going for this stripe dress that would be a heavenly maxi on you. Belt the tie a little higher above your waist to give a more bohemian silhouette. This would look striking worn with your feather headdress and some jet style pendant necklaces. Best of all it can be worn again in the summer with metallic sandals on balmy summer days and exotic holidays.

3. Tailored Olivia Rubin dress: For a more tailored look you could go for this gorgeous Olivia Rubin black and white printed dress. The length would be more of a maxi length for you which would look great with the higher waist detail. Again wear after with a cropped casual jacket and boots.

Worn with the feathers, you could style it with a pair of black satin elbow length gloves and some jet pendant style necklaces layered to add a hint of sparkle. This knotted one from Marks & Spencer would be great worn with a selection of others and the small scale beads are great on your petite frame:

4. Strappy sandals Coast: With your dress being such a strong statement a pair of elegant stroppy sandals would work well. We love this mid height style from Coast that are a perfect heel to wear all day and dancing through the night!

5. Structured clutch New Look: Finally this vintage style structured bag has just hint of glitter to suit all these wedding looks and will be a valuable part of your wardrobe going forwards. A glam clutch looks great worn with most formal looks and great with a sparkly top and black trousers for less dressed up evenings out. Tara x

You’ve done the hen weekend. Booked the tickets and hotel rooms to the far flung wedding venue destination. Paid your rent, dealt with the mortgage, tackled the house bills. And now there is that small matter of what to wear to the actual wedding, and the next three after the one in the far flung destination. In this week’s “Perfect For You” email we’ve handpicked a versatile piece that we know you’ll be able to wear to quite a few weddings with a stylish change of accessories. So you’ll only really have to worry about buying one dress.

This sunshine yellow Oasis dress with flattering cowl neck gets a chic vintage feel thanks to the patent beige New Look clutch and this fabulous beaded headpiece also from New Look. For a complete make-over, style your dress with bold colours. A purple clutch bag  (a very next season colour) and striking Principles by Ben de Lisi black hat give the dress a touch of drama. Add a faux-fur jacket and you’ve got the perfect winter wedding outfit too.

You should avoid doing a top-to-toe, matchy-matchy, colour combination with your accessories (hat, bag, shoes). What you can do is colour co-ordinate two of them for example. To style this blue DVF dress for the first wedding outfit, we’ve paired it with a fabulous bright pink clutch and fascinator. The ‘pinks’ (or whatever colour you go for) don’t have to be the same shade. You can then complete the look with a silvery grey metallic heel or go for gold (keeping in the spirit of the Olympics). To give the dress a whole make-over, in outfit number two we’ve worked with shades of blue and silvery grey. Turn heads in this gorgeous Philip Treacy hat in a soft grey. Picking up on the blue of the dress, we’ve added a touch of texture and shine, with this Anya Hindmarch glitter clutch. Both the hat and the bag will then blend in perfectly with a silver shoe. So now you have two weddings sorted out style wise, we’ll leave you to accessorise your perfect dress accordingly for the third and fourth. Natalie x

We thought it would make a bit of difference to things if we showed you what you our fabulous users are buying. As I’ve said before, we love feedback. And it’s always great to know that the recommendations we make in our emails, in our ASK A STYLIST advice section, or in our ‘Perfect For You’ pages are hitting the right fashion spot with everyone. If you’ve bought something from Dressipi we’ld love to know. And if you feel like taking a pic of yourself wearing the piece, we’ld love to feature you on our blog. So please email us! Here are a few of the latest emails we’ve received with users telling us what they’ve bought form Dressipi. …Natalie x

1. ASK A STYLIST: “Thank you very much for your suggestions.  In the end I went for another Coast dress –  black skirt with cream and black stripes on the bodice and it was very fitted so I took your suggestion about defining my waist.”

2. CAPSULE WARDROBE (we’re testing this out at the moment so soon you’ll all be able to indulge in it): “May I just thank all the team , the outfits were fab and I am definitely buying the Mango shopper and the white Uniqlo blazer.”

3. WEEKLY STYLE EMAIL: “I just want to say a big thank you as I’ve just bought the pink sleeveless wrap dress (Dorothy Perkins) below.  I’ve only just begun to try to wear more than a pair of jeans and a geek or running related T shirt.”

4. ASK A STYLIST: “Big thanks to the Dressipi stylists, I bought the perfect wedding dress from Whistles  at the John Lewis sale.”

5. ASK A STYLIST: “I’m going to throw caution to the wind and go with the Whistles dress. If I run into the other Dressipi customer wearing it, I’ll get a picture taken for you :). I’ll go with the saucer hat. You’re a lifesaver. And huge time saver!”

You have to admit that Ascot has come a ‘long way’ since the sartorial elegance of Audrey Hepburn in ‘My Fair Lady’. Hats shaped liked oversized postage stamps, high (literally) teas perched upon saucer shaped headpieces, and even a full English breakfast. Well that’s one way of continuing the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. But without the frothy and the flamboyant, the mad and the pure crazy Ascot simply wouldn’t be Ascot. Ditto the Queen. And the masses of ultra stylish fillies.

In fact it’s hats off to the Queen who stepped out in style in this on trend pastel pink ensemble and an ultra fashionable peplum detail cuff on her coat sleeves. Could this be a nod to one of spring/summer’s most in demand dresses by Roksanda Ilincic (below)? Who knows! In my excitement I might be reading too much into it, but it’s fabulous. It’s a simple and chic detail that gives an easy update to the flattering tailored coat and dress combination the Queen has favoured so far this week at Ascot.

I like the stylish spin Florence Brudenell-Bruce has given to this soft A-line dress from Missoni. Ladies tend to go for a single toned dress when it comes to Ascot fashion so it’s great to see how she’s worked a print. A nipped-in-at-the-waist neutral jacket works a dream and it’s expertly picked up in the two-tone heels. It’s really is  ‘many many seasons ago’ (sort of Dynasty days) to go matchy-matchy with your accessories, and a navy blue headpiece from one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite milliners Jane Taylor is an inspired touch. I really do like the fact that the slight peplum detail in the jacket mirrors the soft A-line of the skirt and this gives a great sense of shape and balance. Natalie x

QUESTION: I have bought this dress from Karen Millen for a wedding in two weeks time and I would like to know which colour would be best to wear accessories, bag and shoes wise with this? Nothing over £50.

ANSWER: What a gorgeous dress and it’s just perfect for your enviable figure! To ensure we do justice to this beautiful dress, we’ve picked out some extra special pieces which we hope you’ll love!

1.Rose gold clutch, £26.00, Dune
We’re big fans of this vintage style faux snake skin clutch here at Dressipi. The rose gold will add warmth to the aqua tones of your dress.

2. Gold sandals, £39.99, Zara
These bright gold ankle strap sandals will look stunning with your dress! What’s more they’ll add a glamourous touch to your favourite pair of jeans post wedding.

3. Ivory jacket, £30.00, Dorothy Perkins 
The clean lines of this ivory crepe cropped jacket will look simply perfect with your dress!

4. Gold cuff, £7.99, New Look 
This gold tone oversized cuff will look fantastic with your outfit – it’s the perfect finishing touch! Have a fabulous time at the wedding. Selina x

Ascot is upon us. And summer weddings. And garden parties and all manner of occasions that call for fabulous frocks and fanciful headgear.  And oh the choices! Next week it’s time to dazzle at Ascot Ladies Day which is why we’ve eased your “what am I going to wear” pain with a fabulously figure flattering outfit. We hope you’ll get a lot of use out of your dress with a quick change of heel to wedge, for example. When it comes to your head turning hats we’ve decided to give you a little bit of expert advice to help you navigate your way through the sea of feathers and wide brimmed finery out there. At lovehats.com, available here at Dressipi, you can virtually try on a hat. Have a click and see. You can also use these handy tips from talented young milliner Laura Cathcart who I spotted across a beautifully clad crowd of guests at a wedding in Aberdeen in May. Well, actually I spotted her hat first. An exquisite black boater called “Anne” £255. It was so ‘Coco Before Chanel’ I thought. Then I spotted Laura – stylishly dressed in a pair of leg-flaunting crisp cut black cigarette trousers and a cinched-in-at-the-waist white jacket. Monochrome – so next season, now!

Taking time out from her studio just off the Fulham Road, where you can buy off the peg or bespoke pieces at extremely reasonable prices, Laura gave us a few handy tips on how to find the perfect hat in answer to my questions below:

Where do I start when it comes to picking a hat?! Try to start by finding the style that matches your face shape first rather than matching your outfit exactly. That way you will feel more comfortable wearing it. Then you can decide if you’ll go for the sharp tailored look or for a more soft and feminine style.

How do I know what style suits me? If you are smaller look for something that sweeps up to give height rather than a flatter brim that you will get lost under. Those that are taller can go for a wider brim as it will give them balance.

What if someone is hat-phobic! For the less confident hat wearer I usually tell them to go simple, stick to one colour. More often than not this can look more elegant.

Is it possible to buy a versatile hat? If you have several weddings to go to this summer try to pick a hat that goes with a couple of your favourite outfits or stick to neutrals that will be more versatile.

So, what are your popular styles at the moment? My clients usually fall into two camps. The smaller hat which sits at the front is popular as its easy to wear all day and you can kiss everyone hello. For Ascot though some like to go ‘the bigger the better’, especially as there is no one to sit behind them in church.
And there you have it. If you’ve been Dressipi’d for Ascot, please don’t forget to send us your pics…we want to share the fashion love. All pictures and headpieces from www.lauracathcart.com Natalie x