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

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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.

What Type Of Valentines Outfits Will You Wear?

As it will soon be Valentines you might be panicking a little about what’s the best thing to wear on that all important date, no matter at what stage you’re at with your relationship you’ll want to get all dressed up for the occasion so we’ve put together 3 gorgeous Valentines outfits for your benefit?

However, before we can decide on your valentines outfits you need to think what type of date you’ll be going on in the first place. Obviously you need to dress right for the occasion or event that you’re going to… correct? So, do you have an idea of what you might be doing, is it a secret perhaps… Gulp!

If the boy in your life has dropped a few hints however, and you know more or less what type of date you’re going on we’ve that helps enormously, so to help you in this endeavour, we’ve put together a couple of looks courtesy of our friends at Lipsy for you to be inspired, we’ve selected one each for 3 typical valentines dates dependent upon the occasion.

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Cocktails

A sophisticated evening in a swanky cocktail bar one needs to look the part don’t you think and this perfect Lipsy One Shoulder Sculptured Dress will do just nicely.

To round it off you need this little Lipsy Zip Pocket Chain Strap Bag just the right amount of rock chick to go with the glamour…

Then to catch the light and draw a little bit of attention to yourself the subtle additional of a little bling, but understated with this wonderfulLipsy Diamante Heart Charm Necklace

Romantic Movie

There’s nothing better than a slushy rom-com to put you in the mood, your fella might be hating it, but he’ll do anything for you on Valentines surely?

Get the look right for a night at the movies starting with this wonderful Lipsy Orchid Print Cape T Shirt.

Team up with these fantastic Lipsy Patchwork Skinny Jeans which are bang on trend but with a little design twist to them

The look could be complete without this Lipsy Rouched Charm Bag just a great little touch and perfect for lots of occasions smart or casual

Dinner For Two

maybe your bloke has splashed out on a fancy restaurant, you need to ready with the right look? so we thought to start off this Lipsy One Shoulder Embellished Dress is just the job to look suitable stunning and get his pulse racing

This dainty little Lipsy Diamante Hard Clutch is just perfect clutch bag to store your knick knacks.

And for dessert we finish the look off with this fabulous little Lipsy Handbag Charm Bracelet just beautiful I’m sure you’ll agree

Once you know what you’re doing for valentines date, it should be fairly simple to choose one of the above looks, but hey, if you still don’t know pick them all up and cover all eventualities:

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How To Find The Perfect Princess Prom Dress

If you are going to a school or college prom this summer, you will probably be wanting to find the perfect princess prom dress to wear. Most girls dream of being a princess and with all the talk of the royal wedding, Princesses (and Princes) are very much on most peoples mind. For many, a prom is the first occasion that they will have to get really dressed up in an elaborate prom dress and they definitely want to make the most of it. But if you are only really used to wearing jeans and casual clothes, how do you go about finding the perfect princess prom dress?

Midnight Blue Organza Ball Gown – Debut at Debenhams

Pick your colour carefully

One of the most important factors when choosing a prom dress or any other dress is the colour. Whilst a pink tulle gown may be your idea of a princess prom dress, if pink isn’t your colour it won’ t have the desired effect. The perfect princess prom dress doesn’t have to be a really feminine colour, royal blue prom dresses are not only on trend but also look very regal. Look in your wardrobe and work out which colours clothes really look good on you, perhaps one of these colours would be the best choice for prom dress. Celebrity dresses are also a great source of inspiration. Look for a celebrity with a similar hair colour and skin tone to you and see which colours  they choose to wear for their red carpet celebrity dresses.

Lace Tutu Ballerina Dress by Rare Opulence

Choose a style that flatters

Whilst in our heads we always picture a prom dress as having a really full skirt, in reality this does not suit everyone. Look for a style that suits you, the best way to work this out is to try on a variety of different styles of dress. Generally speaking  if you are quite short try and go for a skirt that is not quite as full. Column style dresses can also look very elegant. If you are unsure whether a short prom dress style will be appropriate check out the photographs for previous years to see what everyone wore and speak to your friends to see what they are wearing.

Pink Taffeta Corsage Dress by Debut at Debehams

Be realistic about price

Unless you happen to have a very lucrative Saturday job, you will probably have to beg, plead and cajole your parents in to buying you a beautiful prom dress. But you should be realistic about the price otherwise you will only end up feeling disappointed. If you are on a budget then try searching on the internet for ‘cheap prom dresses UK’ you may be very plesantly surprised by the range of affordable prom dresses available. You should try looking both for specialist online prom dress shops and also department stores. If you are buying online remember to leave plenty of time to allow you to try on the dress and get alterations if neccessary.

Freya Flower Prom Dress by Boohoo

The Blue Dress Can This Really Be The Only Colour You Need This Season?

One of the biggest trends in party dresses for SS11 is the blue dress. It is bold, it is bright and if you wear it to a party you can be sure that you will definitely not go unnoticed. It was a key look at several of the designer fashion shows back in the September fashion weeks and now it is also filling the high street shops and online fashion retailers.

Mesh Tube Dress – Rare Fashions

There are all sorts of blue dress to choose from. You can opt for a simple minimalist style or a more elaborate style with ruffles, frills or laser cut detail, the key to this look is to choose a really bold shade of royal blue.

Unfortunately the blue party dress is not for everyone. Such a strong colour will not look good with every hair colour and skin tone. Generally speaking it will look best on those who have a high degree of contrast between their hair and skin tone and a cool complexion (so undertones of blue, pink and purple). For those who blue is not their colour, there are plenty of other choices of party dresses for SS11.

Cream Calf Length Dress – Miss Selfridge

The cream or white dress is set to be another key look with all sorts of delicate detail including lace, embroidery and applique. These colour looks great on those with brown or black hair and olive skin but it also suits a range of other colourings. They also look great on those with a suntan.  One tip when choosing your cream or white dress, if you are going to a disco with lights be sure to test the dress for transparency first and make sure that your under wear is not visible.

Biba Asymmetric one shoulder maxi dress – Biba

Red party dresses are another eyecatching look that will be big in SS11. There is something iconic about a red dress that is captured so well in the classic love song ‘lady in red’ by Chris De Burgh. One shouldered and draped styles of red dress are particularly popular and a very flattering choice. Red dresses look great on those with  blond or brown hair but look best on those with warm skin tones (undertones of orange, olive and yellow), there are plenty of different  shades of red to choose from so try a few different options to see which suits you best. 

Orange Pleated Swing Dress – Miss Selfridge

Orange again is a great colour for those with warm skin tones and works particularly well for those with mid brown hair colours. Bright orange is one of the most popular shades for the summer but if you are unsure of whether you can pull it off, there are a whole range of coral and peach shades which are also really on trend.

If accessorising a bright party dresses leaves you wondering where to start, there are a few easy options. Nude shoes are a great investment as they work with just about any colour and will help to elongate your legs. For the rest of your accessories you can choose to keep it neutral or go for the clash. A bright orange clutch bag with a blue dress or a purple bag with an orange dress will make your party dress look even more eye catching.

SS11 One Shoulder Dresses And Dresses For Parties

Taking a glimpse at the Rare Opulence spring summer ’11 collection reveals some stunning dresses just ripe to pick off the shelves if you’ve got a special occasion to consider during the summer?

We picked those which we listed below, because they are beautiful examples of the collection, and just a coinceidence that three of them are one shoulder dresses not because they’re our favourites, that would be too far of a tougher task, I could still be here for hours and still not make a decision. That to a degree it is a testament to the fact that there are so many fabulous dresses, for all sorts of occasions that its actually difficult to know which one to go for and which one to leave.

Opulence One Shoulder Rosette Dress (£100) is a beautiful one shouldered dress with dramatic rosette detailing. This piece is certainly one to captivate your audience wherever you wear it!

Rare’s One Shoulder Floral Ruch Dress (£40) is a beautiful, layered mesh effect dress. With a single strap from the centre of the sweetheart neckline, featuring vibrantly coloured rosettes, this striking piece is one to wear with statement jewellery to make sure that heads are certain to turn your way.

The Bugle Bead Trim One Sleeve Dress (£42) this fitted dress is a winner in the fashion world! With a beaded neckline and unique neckline and sleeve shape, this is one to be adored by you AND those around you!
Bugle Bead Trim One Sleeve Dress

The Opulence Knotted Top Bandeau Dress (£157) is a stunning dress that will certainly impress this Fashion Week! Be sure to wear it with heels and simple jewellery to show off the fantastic detailing!
Opulence Knotted Top Bandeau Dress

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British Designer labels – LFW Competition – Win £1000 Shopping Spree

British Designer labels – LFW Competition – Win £1000 Shopping Spree

London fashion week for the Autumn/Winter 2011 season got off to the best of starts on Friday with the opening address made this year by Samatha Cameron the PM’s wife, she is now an ambassador for the British Fashion Council, as such she was dressed head to toe in British designer labels. Very stylishly, and in all black, Mrs Cameron looked every inch the fashion ambassador dressed in a Mulburry dress, a Sykes jacket and shoes from LK Bennett.

Be entered to win a £1000 shopping spree at French Connection with every purchase of the London Dress – Only £35 – Ends 4/03/2011

Mrs Cameron during her speech proclaimed “I’m passionate about fashion, I love it, but it’s not just about how it makes people feel about themselves, it’s because of what it can do for our country.” She went on to say that British fashion is “one of the most important industries, full stop”, continuing to underline that the industry made billions of pounds for the counties economy and employed hundreds of thousands of people in the UK.

London Fashion week falls straight after New York fashion week which showed several directions for trends in 2012 such as pleats, red hues, peter pans collars and rock chick looks. In contrast the LFW started with one of the most well know British designer labels Paul Costelloe whose label has just been saved from administration weeks beforehand. He debuted rustic designs of mini skirts dresses and coats featuring Harris tweed, native wools to reflect his Irish roots in autumnal colours.

This years London Fashion week is claimed to be the most accessible yet with screens all around London showing highlights of the fashion shows, and For those of you who can’t make it you can also follow all the big catwalk shows from the very best in British designers labels using the london fashion week live stream

To further celebrate London fashion week French Connection a very British fashion company despite its name, have released the “London Dress” especially for the occasion. The competition they’re running is if purchased during London fashion week, the purchaser automatically gets entered into a prize draw to win £1000 shopping spree of French Connection clothes.

Be entered to win a £1000 shopping spree at French Connection with every purchase of the London Dress – Only £35 – Ends 4/03/2011

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