How To Wear A Leopard Print Dress This Christmas

A leopard print dress certainly says something about you. It says that you are right on trend and ready to party but also a bit of an animal. A leopard print dress needs to be worn with attitude. It is not for the shy and retiring types but for the girls who know what they want and that is a good time. With animal prints being such a huge trend this winter, the leopard print dress is the ultimate Christmas party dress of the season.

Animal prints particularly leopard prints do have a bit of a reputation though and you need to pick your style carefully to ensure that you look more ‘Pixie Lott’ than ‘Pat Butcher’. Consider the colour, size and boldness of the leopard print and how it will work with your colouring, size and shape.

Rare Fashion Leopard Panel Dress

For example if you are petite, then look for a small scale leopard print.

Motel Janine Dress

If you larger hips then perhaps opt for a shift dress with a black skirt and leopard print top.

Lipsy One Shouldered Gathered Party Dress

The one shouldered or asymmetrical leopard print dress is also a really fashionable look this year. Also combinations of leopard print with other animal prints is a great look that will work for most people.

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You can also try combining you leopard print dress with another key trend of the season. A really up to date style or shape of shift dress will keep the look really fresh.

Paprika Leopard Lace Dress at Rare Fashion

If you love this seasons lace dress why not go for a leopard lace dress combination.

Rare Fashion Leopard Print Sequin Bandeau

If your average leopard print is just not glamorous for you then why not add sequins as well.

Olivia V Neck Maxi Dress

For those that don’t like body con and mini dresses, you can find some great leopard priny maxi dresses online. With a fitted bodice to show off you upper body and a long looser fitting skirt to skim over the tummy, hips and thighs, this is the perfect choice for those who are a little self conscious about their body. It also great for those who want to rock the leopard print dress in a slightly more grown up and sophisticated way.

A final word on leopard print dresses. They are a huge style statment in their own right and generally don’t need anything to compete with them in the way of accessories. Wearing your leopard print dress with neutral coloured shoes and accessories are very this season but you might also be able to get away with one really bright and bold accessory. Red works really well with leopard print.

At Dolce and Gabbana, leopard prints were combined with polka dots for a bold and unusal look. You could try adding  a polka dot accessory for a brave but on trend look. Low key and understated jewellery is the way to go or even go without jewellery altogether.

Get Spotted In A Polka Dot Dress For Summer 2011

Get Spotted In A Polka Dot Dress For Summer 2011

This summer the polka dot dress is the ideal choice for all sorts of occasions from party dresses to dresses for the races and even casual dresses. Polka dots are striking, they are cute and they are also very retro, another key trend for the summer. Here are a few of our favourites.

Polka Dot V Neck Tunic Rare Fashion

With its large polka dots this pretty dress by Rare is a modern take on the polka dot trend. It is available in a variety of colours which work for casual dresses or party dresses.

Polka Dot 50’s Style Dress – Boohoo

Another cute retro polka dot dress with a modern twist this dress by Boohoo makes an amazingly cheap party dress – you would never know to look at it!

Crochet Collar Polka Dot Dress – Boohoo

The crochet collar on this adds extra cuteness to the retro polka dots. It is a great choice if you are looking for casual dresses which can double up as smart dresses with the addition of some heels.

Morgan Polka Dot Dress – Very

This style of dress is very fifties and with its slightly longer hem is perfect for more formal occasions perhaps if you are looking for a wedding guest outfit or dresses for the races.

There are so many different styles around this summer, you could find it difficult to make up your mind which polka dot dress to choose. The great thing is that polka dots can look good on everyone, you just need to pick the perfect polka dot dress for you. Here are a few pointers.

Which colour polka dot dress?

Black and white is by far the most common and classic style of polka dot dress but it can also make some complexions look a little drained so look out for some other alternatives. Red and white is a fun and striking choice for smart dresses  or casual dresses and pastel colour polka dots are great for dresses for the races or a wedding guest outfits. Navy and white is also always a good alternative to black and white.  

How big are the polka dots?

As a general rule larger polka dots work well for wedding guest outfits, raceday outfits and party dresses. Smaller polka dots work well for a smart dress or work wear. If you are petite smaller polka dots will be best for you as they won’t drown you. The bigger the dots the bigger the impact so pick your polka dot dress depending on the look that you would like to achieve.

Which style?

There are so many different polka dot dresses available that you shouldn’t find it difficult to find one that really compliments your body shape. If you have an hour glass figure, a fitted shift dress style will look amazing and you can also add a belt to highlight your waist. If you have a slim build, a high necked fifties style fit and flare dress will look fabulous, for apple and pear shapes, tea dress styles are perfect.

Tassel-Tastic Accessories For Party And Casual Dresses

Whether you are wearing party or casual dresses this summer, tasseled and fringed accessories are a great way to bring your look right up to date. Tassels and fringed pieces were all over the spring summer 2011 catwalks with Roberta Cavalli, Vera Wang, Lanvin, Ralph Lauren, Ellie Tahari, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Holly Fulton, Mark Fast and Joe all featuring their own fringed dresses and jackets. Fringing can be used to create a number of different looks from vintage flapper girl to wild west or seventies bohemian depending on your mood.

Whilst you may not want to invest lots of money in fringed dress for the summer, fringed accessories are the perfect way to update last years party and casual dresses and keep your look really fresh and on trend. There were also some great tasselled accessories on the Spring summer 2011 catwalks in the form of tasseled bags at Roberto Cavalli, Dior, Diesel and Topshop Unique, belts at Paul and Joe and shoes at Pringle of Scotland.

For a great daytime look accessories a denim or neutral coloured shift dress with a fun tasselled piece. For the evening a black lace dress or black maxi dress would look amazing when worn with a black tasselled accessory. Here are some of our favourites:

Katie Lace + Tassel Poncho – Boohoo

This cape has a touch of vintage glamour about it. Wear it with anything everything including party dresses, casual dresses on the beach and even jeans and a t shirt.

Whipstitch Fringed Belt – Warehouse

A belt is a great way to cinch in loose fitting casual dresses and add a little shape. This tasselled belt would also look great with a black maxi dress for a party dress that moves when you dance.

Fringed Scarf – Very

A scarf is a good way to completely change the look of a party outfit. Add a touch of glamour to even the most basic of little black dresses with this delicate fringed scarf.

Tan Super Fringe Suede Belt – Miss Selfridge

For a much more boho look, super fringe belt would look fabulous with mini dresses or skirts and is an ideal piece for wearing to a festival.

Suede Fringe Bead Bag – Miss Selfridge

Another great choice for festivals (and incredibly practical too) is a fringed across the body bag. This turquoise one will look great with denim casual dresses and also a more elegant black maxi dress.

Coral Fringe Bag – Dorothy Perkins

This coral fringe bag is a great way to add some colour to a cream or nude coloured lace dress. It is also ideal for casual outfits with jeans.

Suede Fringe Sandals – Debenhams

Fringed sandals are the most wanted footwear for summer. They look good with jeans, shorts and dresses and are also super comfy especially in the hot weather.

Fringes and tassels are great fun for summer but be careful not to over do it. One fringed accessory will usually finish an outfit to perfection any more than one could well look too much. If you are wearing a fringed dress then we would recommend more simple accessories.

Boohoo Top 10 Picks

It’s been a busy old week at Boohoo as the new Boohoo Pink range has been launched, full of party dresses and wonderful winter coats for keeping the cold on the way to and from the party.

They’ve also been busy winning awards too, coming top in Reveals magazine brilliant bargain category, and runners up as best online business and amazing accessories categories, so tell us something we didn’t know.

On top of all of that they are still busy selling fabulous clothes which keep people like us very happy. And we’re Even happier knowing that the maxi dresses from £10 and Other dresses from £8 promotion is still in full swing, so there’s still time to grab a bargain.

If you fancy something different from Boohoo, we’ve been able to grab this weeks top 10 from them which highlights the things that people are buying right now.

This fabulous Olivia Chiffon & Lace Shift Dress is a great alternative to a LBD ans is so trendy with the lace look so popular at the mo.

Not necessarily party wear, but you can work these Claire Lace up Worker Boots into the boho look and with thick black tights to give a unique party look.

A real party peice is this India Boohoo Pink One Shoulder Dress, with the asymmetrical one shoulder being a great look for the party season and contrasting block colours looking so good.


Lola Jersey Boyfriend Cardigan


Maybe more suited to a summer party dress, the Rola ethnic print maxi dress is a beautiful floating halter maxi dress with vibrant bright colours and a tie die design, a great summer dress


Sammy Light Wash Cropped Denim Jacket Will Look great with the ethnic print maxi above!


This Jenna Cardigan is a great alternative to a shrug, perhaps for a wedding outfit?


This bright and breezy Kyra Crochet Trim Brushed Knit Floral Dress will blow the autumn away and is totally fun which is again calling on the boho look that’s so popular currently.


A bright eletric blue Emme One Shoulder Dress on trend and will get you noticed


Finally we have a great party dress with the Willow Maxi Dress, will look great at the Christmas Party!

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Top 5 Trends In Christmas Party Dresses

Top 5 Trends In Christmas Party Dresses

Christmas party dresses are all about glamour, sparkle and style statements to get you noticed. Christmas is not a time for subtle looks that fade into the background. This Christmas the key trends in party dresses are eye-catching and bold. Here are the top 5 trends in party dresses .

The Sequin Dress

Everyone loves sparkle and if you don’t get the opportunity to wear it for the rest of the year Christmas is the one time that you can. All over sequins are hot news this year with gold and black also both being a really on trend colours when it comes to sequins. The sparkle of a sequin dress is balanced by the relative simple style which could include a t shirt style, vest style or even glamorous maxi dress style. One of the key influences on this trend is the amazing sequin creations by designer Ashish. We love this Toya sequin shift dress at Boohoo.

The Lace Dress

If you are looking for a party dress that is sexy in a very subtle way, then the lace dress is for you. Lace dresses are so huge this winter that there is most definitely a style to suit everyone from feminine fifties style dresses to more directional body con dresses. We love this lace tiered dress by Oasis which is the ultimate in luxury.

The Draped Dress

The draped dress is a trend that has been going strong for quite a few seasons now. This winter there are more draped party dress styles around than ever before with the one shouldered shape been amongst the most popular. The draped dress is probably one of the most flattering styles of party dress around this winter with its loosely fitting drapes concealing lumps and bumps and elongating the body. Lipsy have a great range of draped dresses that are perfect for partying in this Christmas. We love this one shouldered draped dress by Lipsy which definitely has a look for Greek Goddesss about it.

The Red Dress

Forget the Little black dress, this Christmas it is all about the little red dress. Red is such a great colour for Christmas and if you worry about whether red suits you,the red dress is available in a variety of shades to suit most skin tones. A bright red dress already makes a big style statement so one of the best ways to wear this trend is by keeping it simple. We love this Assymetric jersey drape dress by Lipsy.

The Leopard Print Dress

Leopard print is definitely seeing a revival this year and the winter sees it being featured on everything from accessories to coats. A Christmas party is a great time to wear leopard print as it is glamorous, bold and flattering. The leopard dress is such an eyecatching look that you will be sure to get noticed. we love this Janine cage back dress by Motel which combines a leopard ptint top with a slimming black skirt, perfect for dancing the night away.

8 Party Dress Trends for Spring Summer 2011

8 Party Dress Trends for Spring Summer 2011

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.

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.