The little black dress will always be a safe option when you are looking for a stunning going out dress. Currently the black lace knee length look is very fashionable as it combines the right balance of styling versus formality to wear either on a cool night out on the town on a Friday or Saturday night with your girlie friends right through to the sophistication of a formal event. Thatâ€™s whatâ€™s great about the little black dress – it is just so versatile as a going out dress.
The latest look is for the black lace going out dress to have a satin empire lining or something similar to bring out the intricacies of the lace pattern. A high placed belt will accentuate the curves of the waist, while a just-above knee or knee-length hemline draws attention to the legs without being too provocative. Many of the going out dresses this season feature sleeveless designs.
Accessorising your black lace dress is, as always, an important considerationâ€¦ If you are comfortable with your legs then they will look great when offset against the black of the dress, otherwise select tights or stockings depending on your mood and the going out occasion. The shoes that you choose should complement the black theme. Wearing black gives you lots of options for any jewellery that you would like to display. Finally, to cater for cooler evenings the sleeveless design allows you to pair the outfit with a black shrug, cardigan or cashmere pashmina.
It may still be winter, but we are heading full speed ahead into spring and summer, the season for garden parties, barbecues and weddings and the perfect opportunity to get dressed up in a sensational party dress. Here are some of our top picks of the trends for party dresses for spring and summer.
Lottie Lace Dress By Misguided
1.The Lace Dress-lace is back on trend again for another season. This time you can choose from traditional black, white or a more modern and more daring look with bright neons as seen at Christopher Kane. Choose from shift dresses or fifties style lace dresses for a cute and feminine look.
2.White –an fresh white dress is the perfect way to show off a summer sun tan. You can choose from pretty dresses in sheer fabrics or broderie Anglais or intricately embellished styles as seen at the catwalk shows of Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana and Chloe or opt for simple elegance and minimalist with a white dress that takes inspiration from the catwalk shows of Rick Owens, MaxMara and Max Azria.
Hannah Belted Floral Maxi Dress By Boohoo
3. Floral Dresses –floral dresses are always a great choice for a summer party, they are also a great investment as they can be dressed down with boots and a leather jacket for a more casual look. Big bright and bold florals are likely to be every where this summer as seen at Paul & Joe, Etro and Erdem catwalk shows.
4. Maxi – Maxi dresses are ideal for summer parties and with seventies fashion making a come back for 2011, there are sure to be plenty of styles to choose from. Look for bright colours and bold prints and flowing fluid fabrics. Glamour and romance are also top of the agenda for SS11 maxi dresses with sheer fabrics at Thakoon, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Dries Van Noten and John Galliano.
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5. Minimal – Sometimes simplicity is the most stylish way to go. There will be plenty of minimalist party dresses on offer for SS11 with styles including column maxi dresses, shift dresses and sheath dresses.
Colour Block Maxi Dress by Very
6. Block colours –If you really want to stand out from the crowd at a party this spring or summer then a block colour dress is a great choice. You could look for a combination of nude and bright colour blocks as seen at Issa and Marc Jacobs or go for an eye popping combination or primary colours.
Embellished Badeau Dress At Very
7. Orange – splashes of orange were seen all over the catwalks for SS11. Choose a simple shapes and white and orange prints for a really on trend look. Shades vary from peachy at Osman Yousefzada to golden oranges at Victoria Beckham and Cacherel and tangerines at Sonia Rykiel, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marni and Hermes. The orange party dress will definitely be one of the summers more noticable looks.
One Shouldered Dress By Lipsy
8. One Shouldered dresses – the one shouldered dress is another key look that was big in 2010 and will be back again next season. This the ultimate elegant and flattering style of party dress which includes Grecian and draped styles as well as mininmalist and ruffled dresses. The length doesn’t really matter you can choose a maxi dress or mini dress and anything in between.
Last week was the Oscars, the highlight of the year for those working in the film industry and a great chance to get some inspiration for ladies evening dresses. The celebrities have their pick of the designer labels and checking out what they are wearing is a great way to get an idea of which party dresses will be on trend for the season ahead. By looking for a celebrity with the same colouring as you, you can also get the benefit of their stylists skill at choosing a celebrity dress in a colour that compliments them perfectly.
Here are some of the most notable celebrity dresses from this years Oscars that are sure to have a big influence on ladies evening dresses this year and some cheap dresses online that are almost as good as the real thing.
Natalie Portman in Rodarte
One of, if not the most outstandingly beautiful ladies evening dresses at this years Oscars was a purple maxi dress by Rodarte. The star of the recent blockbuster film, Black Swan, glowed with her baby bump elegantly draped with an empire line off the shoulder dress.
Scarlett opted for a much more fitted and body con style of dress which was again maxi length and a purple/ burgundy colour. It had an eyecatching cut out back was actually made of lace which was pretty much see through. The dress was designed by Dolce and Gabbana.
Mila also starred in black Swan. She choose to wear an Elie Saab evening dress in a powdery shade of lilac. It draped beautifully and again featured some beautiful lace detailing.
Michelle’s choice was perhaps one of the more classic styles of celebrity dresses at the Oscars and stunnigly beautiful. The white shimmering, beaded Chanel dress was a simple column style with short sleeves and a floor length skirt.
Kate is always know for her unusual choice of ladies evening dresses and this years Oscars was no different. She wore a lavender Givenchy dress with an interesting embellished design , in yellow!
Helena Bonham Carter
Another star who always makes the headlines with her choice of ladies evening dresses for red carpet events, Helena opted for a glamorous gothic dress. The dress which featured long sleeves and a velvet bodice was put together by costume designer Colleen Atwood.
The actress choose a Gucci strapless dress with a feathered skirt and graduating grey colour. It was simply stunning with a metallic finish which just have a hint of shimmer.
Gwyneth also opted for a metallic dress. Her simple cut choice by Calvin Klein had a futuristic feel about it with a deep cut notch at the front of the dress.
Chiffon Colour Block Maxi Dress By Debenhams
Tanya Jersey Knot Back Maxi Dress By Boohoo
Embellished Sequin Bustier Dress by Amanda Wakely at Littlewoods
Teatro Layered Maxi Dress at Littlewoods
One Sleeve Sequin Maxi Dress by Rare Opulence
Alexandria Silk One Shoulder Evening Dress by Anoushka K at House of Fraser
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The Party Season is well and truly upon us, and shows no sign of slowing down here at party dresses.
If you’re still looking for something a bit special, take a look at the top 40 party peices from our perenial fave’s Dorothy Perkins.
They’ve got some fabulous peices which may give you inspiration for you upcoming Christmas Party, and below is just a selection of items they feature, from Sequins, embelishments to killer heels and georgous Jewellery.
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For SS11 tea length dresses are right on trend, making a refreshing change to the mini and maxi dresses that have been so popular lately. The rise in popularity of the tea length dresses is probably partly due to the increase in interest in retro styles and vintage fashion. The tea dress is a traditional style but can be brought up to date with a modern print or fabric.
Tea length dresses are usually about knee length or just below. They are a flattering choice and also fit well with the seasons retro and ladylike styles. They are great for those who don’t want show too much leg and prefer a party dress that is not too revealing. The gently flaring skirt of a tea length dress makes it practical and suitable for a range of occasions from parties to dresses for weddings but they can also work well as a ladies day dress for everyday wear. The versatility of the tea dress is defined by how you accessorise it. A pair of heels and a clutch bag will turn it into a great party dress whilst some flat ballet pumps will make it more suitable for everyday wear. An empire line dress also has a flattering cut with a seam just under the bust to allow the fabric to skim over the stomach, hips and thighs making this style of dress particularly good for those with pear or apple shape figures.
This Floral Tea Dress is a romantic choice with its feminine pink colour, its floral pattern, frills and chiffon fabric. It is the perfect ladies day dress for a warm summers day and would look great with a pair of gladiator sandals. For a really contrasting look, you could also add a leather biker jacket for the evening.
This Daisy Print Tea Dress takes a retro style and brings it right up to date with its striking pattern and waterfall frills down the side. Wear it by day with a blazer for the office or by night with a pair of killer heels for a night out with the girls. The high neck of this dress is especially flattering for those with a smaller bust.
This Light grey striped tea dress is a contemporary take on the trend for tea length dresses and fits very well with the minimalist look that will also be big this summer. It would look great with neutral coloured accessories for an elegant but understated outfit.
Another modern take on a classic style, this Petite Butterfly tea dress features a striking geometric print that is crying out to be accessorised with some bright colours. A bright blue hand bag or red shoes will turn this dress into an incredibly eye catching outfit that will work for all sorts of occasions.
This paisley border dressis a great boho version of the new tea length dresses for SS11. Wear it with gladiator sandals and a denim jacket for a relaxed but very stylish outfit for summer festivals.
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Check out the fabulous newly added Party Dresses to Lipsy VIP Collection. They are now in stock so you can start preparing for the festive party season with your choice of Party Dresses from the Lipsy VIP Collection!
Lispy VIP dresses always go down a storm with celebrities at the head of the queue and the Lipsy VIP Collection is no exception with the likes of Alesha Dixon, the Pussycat Dolls’ Kim Wyatt and Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud, all of them big fans of Lipsy – more especially the VIP Collection, and they all get double brownie points for being style savvy stars, with them snapping up the latest items from Lipsy’s newest exclusive collection.
This season The high-end Lipsy VIP Collection designs are all about indulging the senses, and the Lipsy designers have employed those materials that are sensual to the touch, and add dazzle with sparkle and shine, and, of course, incorporate the top trends of this Autumn and Winter.
So if you want to get noticed for all the right reasons and be bang up to date look out for the popular colourblock trend with the VIP metallic strap colour block dress featuring pleated chiffon and futuristic metallic straps. Alternatively, mix romance with an edgy detail, but with the delicacy of a woman touch with the slightly vintage looking VIP bejewelled heart layer dress this Party Dress has scalloped ruffles and a studded jewelled belt worn around the waist to add that sparkle.
One of this year’s hottest styles has also been tweaked to give a sophisticated up date to a current fave. Lipsy Have re-thought the body-con dress and mixed it up with the eclectic in the VIP mesh and sequin dress with mesh cut outs, satin and sequin panels and stunning design detail its just so hot!
Not to be out done, the Lipsy VIP asymmetric animal sequin dress targets four key fashion trends with one fabulous party dress, as it features the uber trendy sculptured shoulders, lively animal print, sparkling sequins and an asymmetrical one-shoulder detail, almost four dresses in one.
The Lipsy VIP Collection is just a great place to start if you’re looking for great Party Dresses ths Party Season, Infact its also the best place to finish, as you’ll get no better on the high Street this Autumn and Winter than the Lipsy VIP Collection.
Take a gander at these beauties! the range of Rise Elite Party Dresses from no other than Dorothy Perkins.
I’m sure you’ll agree the dresses look absolutely fabulous, and represent great value to boot with some great prices. Rise Elites Premium collection features all the latest trends that you would expect from a modern collection of Party Dresses with sparkles,embellishments, asymmetrical, sequins and animal prints, so you get the best of what’s around but with out having to splash out on big price tags.
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As you can see above,there are some lovely Party Dresses ideal for the upcoming party season. some of our faves is the cream bandeau dress a lovely cream bandeau bust line with flared skirt and a contrasting black fabric waist detail. Or if you would like to dazzle the eyes, perhaps you would prefer Sparkle Dress it’s available in Blue or berry colours and looks great on. The dress is in a body con style which is flattering to a hour glass figure and features a shallow neck line and a small slit at the bottom rear of the skirt for ease of movement.
Whatever you fancy, check out the Rise Elite collection from Dorothy Perkins, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Furthermore, We will not be disrupted by the postal strike in the UK, as we have contingencies in place which means you’ll have no delay in getting your order within a couple of days normally (for UK mainland).
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For Four days only Debenhams are holding a special 25% discount off event on new season products.
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Following on from a successful promotion with Oasis, we’ve had notification that they have extended their 20% off promotion for another week.
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Lipsy the Celebs favorite brand has been spotted out and about again, but not only do Celebs love the Lipsy brand, but so do the wannabe celebs that feature in the X-Factor.
With the X-Factor, Saturday and Sunday Nights viewing is compulsive, not only for the drama that unfolds in front of our eyes with the agony and ecstasy of the performers of that weeks winners, and the one loser singled out to go home with their dreams shattered. But so too for the fabulous fashions that are modelled by those performers only add to the entertainment.
Sure the main fashion focus is on Danni and Cheryl, but the performers should get some of the lime light too, and Lipsy has cropped up during a number of shows already this series.
Following on from last year, the X-Factor has a slight obsession for Lipsy, remember Alexandra Burke last year? she wore several Lipsy Dresses throughout the shows, and even had a bespoke Lipsy dress designed for her for the final!
Already during this season of X-Factor Lipsy has made several outing. Lucie Jones for example is shown here in last weeks show illustrating that she was really the Queen of the Night in Lipsy’s studded corset tulip dress.
The afore mentioned Alexandra Burke as reported in these pages previously is a mega fan of Lipsy, no doubt nurtured on her time at X-Factor. Being a Lipsy regular she was spotted recently in a Lipsy mesh panelled jersey dress
BUt for her Wembley Stadium concert recently, she went one better and chose two Lipsy big hitters, looking ever so trendy in the mesh one shoulder dress and VIP asymmetric animal sequin dress, but as if to prove her Lipsy credentials even more, on ITV’s This Morning show this week she appeared in a silver sequin disc dress.
Not to be outshone, Rochelle of The Saturdays showed up to the Alex gig in a suitably low key number, none other than the Lipsy VIP studded feather dress.
So if you’re like us and enjoy watching X-Factor, play a little game and see which brands you can spot during the shows, watch out during the coming Saturdays and now Sunday to spot more Lipsy appearances and share your thoughts with us here at Party Dresses
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