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QUESTION: Budget up to £200 . Looking for suggestions for a full length evening dress, or top and full length evening skirt in an outfit that will accommodate my height and conceal my shoulders.

ANSWER: A tall frame gives you a good pick of full length dresses and skirts on the high-street as you won’t need to alter them! For you it’s all about softening your shoulders and evening out the proportions between your upper and lower halves. With this in mind, we’ve picked a selection that we think you’ll love:

1. Adrianna Papell dress, £132.51: – As you mentioned you like to conceal your shoulders, we’re starting with a wonderful indigo dress with lace around the neckline. This detailing paired with a short sleeve gives you just the right amount of coverage. Full length outfits look best with a pair of heels, so we’d suggest a closed toe court shoe in either nude or metallic:


2. Monsoon Dress, £165: – A fitted waist is ideal to give you a really lovely silhouette and an embellished waist band adds a fabulously elegant touch of glamour. In keeping with the covered shoulders from the previous dress, this dress offers a bat wing style sleeve which is flattering on everyone! There is an air of grecian goddess about this look, so complete your outfit with a beautiful gold statement necklace or a pair of drop earrings:


3. Long Tall Sally skirt, £55: – Long Tall Sally specialise in taller clothes, so we have opted for a black maxi skirt with a gold thread, a really chic, timeless option. Although a straight skirt, the pleats give plenty of movement when you walk, plus the crinkle fabric travels well and definitely won’t need ironing! Let your skirt do all the talking by keeping all accessories simple, a black heel and matching clutch will do just the trick:


4. Wallis  top, now £28: – Lastly a top to go with your gorgeous new skirt! We mentioned keeping it simple, so how about a plain black fluid blouse with a jewelled neckline? We especially like this top as it’s really versatile and can easily be worn with a pair of tailored trousers for a sophisticated weekend outfit:



5. Monsoon jacket, £69: – As we’ve kept under budget, we couldn’t help but sneak a jacket into the mix! The seasons ultimate trend is faux-fur, so complement any of the suggested looks with a head turning little black coverup, a really stylish alternative to a shawl or bolero. Karen x



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. 


There’ve been so many society weddings these last few weeks it’s difficult to keep up with who was wearing what, where and when. So I’ve homed in on Prince Harry’s girlfriend Cressida Bonas simply because I really like her midnight blue sequin jacket and long floaty dress combination which makes a refreshing difference from all that nipped-in-at-the-waist strong tailoring usually associated with best dressed wedding guests. You know you will get a lot of fashion milage out of a fluid sequin number like this. Like the more structured chic biker style bouclé jackets – also a good wedding piece – this jacket will style jeans and flats and a ball gown if needs be. So it’s the perfect investment piece. Remember to break things up colour wise when it comes to accessories. If you want to do one colour top-to-toe then go for different shades of that colour, or go for bold with clashing contrasts. Natalie x


Warehouse sequin jacket £80, LK Bennett gold sandals £195, Ted Baker pleat dress £199, DVF pink clutch now £221, Jane Taylor headpiece, Azuni gold earrings now £27.50