I Get So Excited At These Designer Party Dresses

designer party dressesIs it just me or does this happen to everyone around about Easter Time or maybe I just about to pee my pants when I hear about a 50% off sale of designer Party Dresses?

Though it could just be coincidence but every year around about this time, I just get the funniest buzz of excitement in my tummy, does that happen to you too? For no apparent reason around about easter time I get so excited about this time of year, and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s a throwback to my schools days, when you knew your were going to have 2 weeks off, which is strange, as not only did I leave school a long time ago, but neither am I expecting any time off at all over Easter, apart from the long week end, which I suppose is something to get excited a little about? Or maybe its the thought of all those Easter eggs….Yuuuummmmy, though being quite grown up now means I’ll likely not get any at all… or maybe its just a subconscious trigger in which I’m reminded that Spring has well and truly sprung and we can look forward to several months of long days, and hopefully warm weather.

Designer Party Dresses For Your Special Summer Occasion

With on my mind and the minds of so many of us, we should also celebrate the fact that there are so many mid season sales on at the moment. So in anticipation of thinking about putting the coat back into the wardrobe and looking forward to the summer, we should all be taking advantage of all the bargains such as cheap party dresses that can be found in the mid season sales which are in full swing currently.

One of the finest price drops out there is the House of Fraser sale event who are always good for cheap party dress or two, so get prepped for saving a bundle and paying a whole lot less by shopping the House Of Fraser Spring Sale with up to 50% off!

With lots of on-trend designer bargains to be had, it’s the perfect time to snap up stylish looks for that wedding you’re invited to, or stock up on sharp suits and workwear, and treat yourself to fashion forward cuts and prints from your favourite labels.

So for that wedding, you can try Phase Eight who have some great party dresses, or mother of the bride outfits, or perhaps you prefer to be a little more upmarket and explore Biba with fine tradition of quality and elegance. For workwear and fashion forward sharp tailoring look no further than Oasis and discover your inner IT girl. And if that doesn’t satisfy you, with 50% off, its a perfect time to get a great bargain from a premium range such as Mary Portas, the patron saint of the British high street, Pick a stunning piece from the Mary Portas collection which was featured not so long ago in her Channel4 TV series and be a real style winner.

Summer Party Clothes – The Maxi Skirt

Summer Party Clothes – The Maxi Skirt

If last years summer party clothes had you searching for maxi dresses online, this year is all about the maxi skirt. From pleated maxi skirts to floral and colour block styles, the maxi skirt is ideal for hot summer weather as it is flowing and loose fitting. It is also an incredibly versatile choice of summer party clothes and can form a key building block for a varity of different looks. The key to looking ultra stylish and picking the right summer party clothes to wear with your maxi dress is choosing fitted tops that will balance out the volume of your maxi skirt. Chunky heels or wedges are also a must for wearing with the summer’s maxi skirt.

Pleated Maxi Skirt

Love Label Pleated Maxi Skirt – Very

A pleated maxi skirt has a real seventies retro feel to it but you can bring the look right up to date with a brightly coloured body suit or vest top. Delicate embroidered tops will also look amazing with this style of skirt. Look for pleated maxi skirts in neutral and muted shades which will avoid your summer party clothes looking too much.

Floral Tiered Maxi Skirt – Boohoo

If you want to add a little boho style to your summer party clothes then a floral maxi skirt is a great way to do so. Try for a folk inspired look opt for dark floral prints. Vest tops and waistcoats look beautiful with floral maxi skirts but you could also try a blouse or shirt buttoned up to the neck for a really on trend outfit.


Oriental Floral Maxi Skirt – Very

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If you are looking slightly more dressy party clothes a straight style of maxi skirt is a great choice. This oriental maxi skirt has a thigh high split which not only looks very sophisticated but also makes this style much easier to walk in. This style will look fabulous with a halterneck or corset style top.

Block Colour Maxi Skirt

Orange maxi skirt – Dorothy Perkins

If you want to make an entrance and grab everyones attention with your summer party clothes then a brightly coloured maxi skirt is a great choice. You can combine with top in a bright colour or even a simple white vest top for a stunning party outfit that fits well with this seasons colour block trend. Add a colour block clutch bag in a  clashing colour to finish the look off.

Ethnic Print Maxi Skirt

Ethnic Print Maxi Skirt – Dorothy Perkins

For beach parties, pool parties and barbeques, an ethnic print maxi skirt will look great. It also makes a great outfit for summer festivals. The rich colours of this dress look amazing with a strappy black vest top and gladiator sandals for a stylish but slightly more casual look that will work well for the daytime.

Whether you are looking for maxi dresses online or this summer’s must have maxi skirt there are plenty to choose from with some of the best value choices at Boohoo, Missguided, Dorothy Perkins and Very.

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Wedding Guest Outfits – What Will You Be Wearing To The Royal Wedding?

Wedding Guest Outfits – What Will You Be Wearing To The Royal Wedding?

After months of talk and media coverage, the royal wedding is almost upon us, so not long to decide on those all important wedding guest outfits. You did get an invite didn’t you? no us neither, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of that extra day off work with a right royal party to celebrate Will and Kate’s nuptials in style.

It is of course going to be the wedding of the year and probably the decade and it would seem such a shame to let the occasion go by plus there is no better excuse to get dressed up in your most fab party dresses.

Even though not many people have been invited to the royal wedding, there will no doubt be countless other couples choosing the same weekend as the royal couple, so you may well be needing those wedding guest outfits. Choosing wedding guest outfits can be a task that strikes fear into even the most stylish of girls. It isn’t that difficult though just follow these simple rules. Wedding guest outfits should be smart and look like you have made an effort, they should not however be white, try to over shadow the bride in anyway or be too revealing. Try and choose something that fits with your usual style and that you feel comfortable in. Smart dresses teamed with a pair of heels make perfect wedding guest outfits.

taffeta dress

The seasons ladylike trend works so well for wedding guest outfits. Look for mid-length dresses and pretty details. We love this gold rosette front taffeta dress by Ben De Lisi at Debenhams.

sheer dress for weddings

This charcoal sheer dress by Phase Eight is incredibly flattering and the wrap style helps to define the waist for a feminine silhouette. It would look great accessorised with a bright orange clutch bag.

For the rest of us, a street party, garden party or house party are all great ways to gather your friends together to celebrate. You can keep an eye on the TV so you don’t miss out on seeing Kate’s all important wedding dress (as if). In the run up to the royal wedding you can also do a bit of people watching and check out the wedding guest outfits for the celebrities. You can choose whether to get really dressed up in your smart dresses of go for something a little more relaxed with casual dressed.

floral dress

This floral chiffon dress by Rare is a great choice for wedding guest outfits but would also work well for any royal wedding party whether it requires smart dresses or casual dresses. Add some nude heels or tan coloured boots depending on the look that you would like to achieve.

striped dress

Rare have a range of more  casual dresses with really on trend Peter Pan collars which would be ideal for a street or garden party (weather depending). We love this striped Peter Pan dress which again would look great with tan coloured boots.

floral maxi dress

A maxi dress is a great choice for all sorts of parties. This maxi dress from the H! by Henry Holland collection at Debenhams has a fun print which is sure to get you plenty of compliments.

Spring Summer 2011 Is Full Of Pastel Shades

Have an opulent start to 2011…

This week has seen the launch of Rare’s wonderful Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Oozing with pastel shades, floral prints and admirable texture, this collection is one that must be shared, so we’re bringing you our top picks from the amazing Opulence collection by Rare.

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The Opulence Ruched Print Corsage Dress (£157) is a perfectly fitted ruched dress with ruffle detail over the neckline and a large corsage over the right shoulder. This dramatic pattern is perfectly styled with pale shade or nude tones and simple accessories.

Opulence Ruched Print Corsage Dress

Opulence Metallic Chiffon Rouched Dress (£146). This beautiful bandeau dress uses complimentary textures which are taken to the max! The bodice features stunning cross-over ruched detail that is accented by the large ruffles on the fluid skirt. Style with gold jewellery to enhance the reflective fabric.

Opulence Metallic Chiffon Rouched Dress

Opulence Chiffon Pleat Shift Dress (£95) is available in a powdered pink shade. This piece features oversized chiffon sleeves and angular embellishment that runs vertically down either side of the dress making it perfect for day or night.

Opulence Chiffon Pleat Shift Dress

Opulence Large Plait Opposing Ruch Dress (£135). Part of the Spring/Summer collection, this stunning features opposing horizontal and vertical scrunch-ruched detailing and a large plait that runs around the neckline. Soft and sumptuous, this piece is certainly one that will be loved all year round.

Opulence Large Plait Opposing Ruch Dress

New Tea Length Dresses For SS11

New Tea Length Dresses For SS11

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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Coachella Style – Party Clothes For Summer Festivals

Summer festivals are a bit like one big long party and they definitely need a very specific type of party clothes. If you are lucky enough to have tickets to any of the big festivals (or smaller more intimate ones) this summer, then you should put in some careful thought about what you will be wearing. With the Coachella festival in the US already over, you can always check out the street style pictures for inspiration and to see which festival fashion is going to be big news this year.

And with this weekend marking the start of the summer festival season with the fist event of the summer BBC radio one’s big weekend in Carlisle, its a great introduction to what people are wearing this for summer festival fashion especially as its going GaGA crazy this year, you can see the whole event live streamed here.

If you are going to a festival, despite being all excited about the whole adventure, you will need to consider the practicalities of festival going, mainly the weather. If it is hot you will need to dress to keep cool and keep the sun off you, but if it is wet you will need to be prepared for a lot of mud. Festivals are a great place to show off your individuality and pretty much anything goes as long as you will feel comfortable wearing it.

Whatever you choose to wear to a festival, it should not be something that you would be really upset about ruining. Save your expensive designer clothes for another day and consider investing in jumpsuits, cheap maxi dresses or beach dresses that can be worn with either boots or sandals depending on the weather. Denim shorts are also a good choice for festivals if the weather is hot but are also a practical choice with a pair of hunter wellies if the ground is particularly muddy.

At Coachella this year some of the key looks included seventies inspired floral maxi dresses worn with floppy hats, the lace dress (spotted on Katy Perry, Alexa Chung and Whitney Port), asymmetrical hemmed dresses and loose fitting or cropped t shirts. Although some of these looks seem quite casual, they can be coverted to festival party clothes with just a few simple accessories. Bold and bright prints were also popular with anything from a leopard print dress to abstract tribal print or tie dye fitting the bill perfectly.

Hair flowers, tribal jewellery, hats, headbands, belts, socks and fringed bags were everywhere. Just one or two carefully chosen accessories can transform cheap maxi dresses into something amazing or a beach dresses into a fabulous festival outfit. Sun hats are also particularly useful for protecting yourself from the sun. Don’t forget some shades to complete the rock and roll look and keep the sun out of your eyes so that you can see your favourite band.

Here are some of my picks of the best festival fashion out there from cheap maxi dresses to beach dresses and fabulous fun accessories.

Peacock Print Seventies Sun Dress – Warehouse

floral print playsuit

Gwyneth Floral Print Playsuit in Black – Missguided

Straw Cowboy Hat – Boohoo

Tassel T Shirt – Boohoo

Printed Border Maxi Dress – Oasis

G Star Raw Arc Denim Shorts – Very

Superdry Vintage Lotte Dress – Very

Head Over Heels New Tide Sandals by Dune – Very

Leopard Print Beach Dress – Dorothy Perkins