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Boohoo Turn The Clock Back For Vintage Clothing For AW11

Back To The Future – Vintage Clothing For AW11

This week we saw seasons change, not only meteorologically but also from a fashion stand point too, and such is the ying and yang of life, that whilst one may feel a cold shiver at the impending prospect of yet another dreary Autumn, this is completely offset by the warm glow of excitement and anticipation that such a change can only mean that a new AW11 season of spectacular fashion has arrived for us girls!

Believe me when I say that this AW11 season is truly something become excited about too, as it seems that over the past year or so the general interest in vintage clothing has taken a foothold in the fashion conciousness of the nation, but this is the season it goes totally main stream… with the likes of Burberry, Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci, Lanvin and Marc Jacobs all featuring glamorous vintage inspired collections inspired by the mid 20th century.

A Vintage performance For Boohoo

Boohoo of course are no slouches when it comes to reflecting the catwalks trends of the season, and as usual have completely nailed AW11 key vintage clothing looks complete with their own spin in their newly launch collection. At their recent press launch they allowed the fashion journalists and bloggers (including yours truly) loose on the collection before it hit the online store and we were all suitably impressed with the stunning collections all with their genesis firmly routed in the eras common to the vintage clothing influence of 1940’s 50’s 60’s and 70’s.

Classic Styling With A Twist

So what of the Boohoo vintage clothing collections? Below we’ve highlight three of the collections that we predict to be the biggest hits for boohoo this season. In these themes, Boohoo draws inspiration from three distinct eras, but add their own modern twist to make them uniquely Boohoo.

boohoo 60's inspired vintage clothing

The 60’s pop collection draws on the time when twiggy was at the height of her (1st) modelling career, everything was mini, including the skirts, dresses and at the car of course, sloping shoulders, bracelet sleeves and beehive hair doos were all the fashion, and will be again this season.

Boohoo Vintage country girl

70’s country is a an eclectic mix of California hippy influenced casual meets hedonistic Studio 54, with maybe a little glam thrown in, mixed with a smidgin of Purdy and the quintessential 70’s pussy bow blouse (Remember The New Avengers anyone?).

boohoo vintage emporium clothing

Finally, for Vintage Emporium think Fur Stoles, pencil skirts and cinching waist belts thinner than your index finger. These were the days of 1940’s and despite rationing and shortages the fashion was exuberant, outgoing and ever so slightly outrageous, and will surely turn some heads on the high street on a Saturday afternoon!

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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.

Morgan polka dot dress

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.

Ladies Evening Dresses – Oscar Red Carpet Inspiration

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 Johansson

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 Kunis

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 Williams

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 Blanchett

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.

Hillary Swank

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 Paltrow

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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floral maxi dress

Floral Dresses To Party In This Summer

Floral dresses are the perfect choice for a summer party. They can take you from daytime to evening with ease. By changing your flat sandals or work boots for a pair of heels and a clutch bag you can be ready to party in no time. With so many floral dresses featuring on the catwalk for SS11 there is no shortage of inspiration from the lady like floral dresses of D & G to the embellished florals at Erdem and the seventies style maxi dresses adorned with flower shapes at Marc Jacobs. Floral party dresses can look girlie and pretty, romantic, colourful and abstract, vintage and sophisticated. What ever look you want to achieve for your summer parties, there will be a floral dress to fit.

Vintage floral dresses

Vintage styles have had such a huge influence over fashions in the last few years, there is bound to be a strong vintage influence on some of the floral dresses for SS11. This beautiful vintage floral frill dress from the Limited Collection at Marks and Spencers has an almost maxi skirt would make a great choice for weddings or special occasions this spring.

Maxi floral dresses

Maxi floral dresses are great for garden parties, beach parties, BBQ’s and even street parties (remember, it is not long until the royal wedding!). The length of a maxi dress is great for showing off a colour floral print to the maximum. As they are such a huge trend, you are bound to find plenty of beautiful floral maxi dresses online. We love this colourful floral maxi dress at Boohoo.com. It would look great with a pair of chunky wooden tower heeled shoes.

Embellished floral dresses

Applique Prom Dress By Debut at Debenhams

For a special occasion embellished floral dresses including those with applique, embroidery and beading will look amazing. Take inspiration from Erdem and Alexander Wang’s catwalk shows with fresh whites and creams and delicate applique. For the evening applique, embroidery and beading can also look amazing on a black background.

Sequin Floral Dress

Another type of applique that will look incredibly eye catching for a party is a sequin dress with a floral design. This stunning sequin dress by Cutie at Dorothy Perkins is a great way to ensure that you stand out from the crowd.

Romantic floral dresses

Floral prints on a cream or white background and draped chiffon styles in pastel colours are all great ways to wear the romantic floral dress. Also look out for ruffles and frills to keep the look soft. This one sleeve chiffon floral dress By Rare will work equally well for daytime or evening parties when worn with minimal jewellery and nude coloured heels.

The Designer Floral Dress

If you are looking for something really special then this Mimosa floral dress by D&G has to be the ultimate floral dress of the season. It is fresh, bright and very pretty. It would work well for all sort of summer parties including occasions like weddings.

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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.

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.

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.

one shoulder drape dress

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.

Sparkle In Sequin Party Dresses For The Festive Season

One of the best ways to stand out from the crowd at a party is by wearing a sequin party dress. Just like a glitter ball, you will sparkle and glitter in the light and catch everyone’s eye. You can opt for just a few strategically placed sequins for a subtle look or all over sequins for the most eye catching look of all. There are also choices of matt effect sequins for understated elegance or really shiny sequins for full on disco glamour. You can even choose brightly coloured sequins or multicoloured sequins for an eye popping Christmas party dress.

Sequins can also add texture to an outfit giving it a smooth and shiny feel or a rougher look depending on how flat the sequins are attached to the fabric.

If you are looking for sequin inspiration then look no further than Ashish for some of the most eye catching sequin dresses around. Of course there are plenty of more cost effective options available if your budget can’t stretch to a designer party dress. Ashish is known for creating the most amazing sequin dresses which are coveted by everyone from fashion editors to celebrities.

Bandeau Sequin Dress By Lipsy

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This amazing Lipsy party dress balances the sparkle of the sequins with a very simple style. It is literally a tube which just clings in all of the right places. A cropped biker style jacket is the perfect way to add an edge of rock n roll to this look for travelling to and from your Christmas party.

Sequin Dress by Ringspun

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A t shirt dress is one of the simplest and most understated ways that you can wear a sequin party dress. For a smooth slinky feel, look for sequins that lie flat against the dress and an interesting pattern or design like this Ringspun dress.

Sid Sequin Stud Dress by Boohoo

The combination of sequins and studs on this dress make for an interesting combination. A great party dress with a touch of rock chic glamour about it. It would look great with some tights and some ankle boots.

Circle Trim Strap Dress By Rare Fashions

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The slightly larger sequins on this dress give an interesting texture on the skirt. It has delicate straps and a simple slip style with muted grey colour sequins for the perfect mix of grunge and glamour.

Sequin Shoulder Pad Dress by Rare Fashion

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If you want to draw attention to a particular part of your body then sequins are the perfect way to do so. This elegant party dress combines a sequin bodice and chiffon arms and sequin shoulder pads for a unusual look that makes a feature of the shoulders.

Sequin Tube Dress By Rare Fashion

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This dress has such a feminine look just like a Christmas Fairy. The bright silver sequins also give it a really festive feel and the soft draping skirt a romantic look. All this dress needs to complete the perfect Christmas party outfit is a pair of strappy sandals and a clutch bag.

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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