How To Choose A Cover Up For Your Christmas Party Dress

So you have picked out some party clothes for Christmas perhaps an on trend leopard dress, sequin dress or black lace dress, but with the weather now turning so cold you might need to think about a cover up to give you that little extra warmth for your Christmas party or night out. Finding a party cover up can be a little challenging as often none of your usual or daytime cover ups will not be suitable. You will want something a little bit glamorous that will compliment your beautiful dress but not overshadow it. Of course if you have opted for a simple party dress, you could pick a cover up that makes a statement. A Christmas party cover up is also ideal for covering your shoulders at the beginning of the night or whilst eating your meal and can then be taken off later for dancing.

For a dress that makes a real statement like a sequin or leopard print dress, a simple cover up will usually work the best. Short cropped jackets, cardigans, boleros and shrugs all make great party cover ups. A long coat of jacket will cover up too much of your dress. Wraps and capes are also a very stylish addition to most party clothes including trousers and a top.

Grey Faux Fur Cape

If you have opted for the seasons fifties style lace dress with a flared skirt and want to continue with the vintage theme, why not add a faux fur cape. Not only does it look very glamorous but it is also really warm. A contrasting colour will usually look best to show your faux fur cape off, perhaps a grey, brown or cream colour with a black dress.

Black Beaded Cape

If you have a black dress and prefer all black party clothes then you could add some interest and sparkle to your outfit with a black beaded cape. The sparkle will draw the eyes up towards your face so be sure to put on some sparkly party make up to complete your look.

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Simple Black Bolero

If you have chosen an elaborate party dress like a sequin dress or animal print dress, you will probably want a fairly simple cover up to balance the look and keep it stylish. This 3/4 sleeve style of bolero looks really classic and has the added benefit of having sleeves for some extra warmth.

Lace Jacket

For a smart tailored or shift dress, a structured jacket will look great. We love this lace jacket which could work great for daytime parties or even perhaps a work Christmas lunch as well as evening events.

Taffeta Cover Up

For a formal evening occasion or to wear with a formal evening dress, a taffeta cover up is suitably formal but also quite simple so as not to detract from the  dress. This cover up is both cropped and open allowing the evening dress to hang freely.

What ever party cover up you choose to wear, try and balance the overall look of your party clothes and accessories so that you have just the right amount of sparkle and glamour and most important of all remember to enjoy yourself.

Underwear as Outerwear – Bodycon Party Dresses

Underwear or lingerie was a big inspiration on the SS10 catwalks from the cream and boned bodice at Bottega Veneta, corset style tops at Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Jean Paul Gaultier to Christopher Kane’s see through tops revealing crisp white bra’s.

At Louise Goldin, Marc Jacobs and Just Cavalli, satin bras provided a feature by being worn over the top of clothes. The underwear as outerwear theme encompasses both the overtly sexy bras, corsets and suspender belts and also a more subtle and subversive satin teddies and slips with a vintage feel. There were also big knickers at Yves St Laurent, Alexander Wang and Sophia Kokosalakia, a micro trend that has been simmering away for a few seasons now.

Whilst the underwear as outerwear trend looks great on the catwalk, it is perhaps difficult to see how this trend could translate into everyday life. It is a very daring look and showing your underwear it a just a little taboo. Is wearing your underwear on the outside and clothes that are barely more than underwear taking things a little too far?

Well, we think this trend can work as long as it is done right and is worn for the right occasions.  For a day in the office, perhaps not, but as a body con party dress, it shows distinct potential. The more subtle camisole style tops could even work for workwear when worn under a suit jacket but we would recommend extreme caution when trying out this look for work. It is all in the translation and the way that it is cleverly combined to be slightly revealing but not showing too much. Just a little glimpse here and there is all that is needed to capture the essence of this trend in a way that can work for just about anyone.

Unless you are incredibly skilled at styling your own outfits or very daring, you would probably be best to stick to an underwear inspired dress perhaps a body con party dress or slip dress as opposed to wearing your own underwear outside of your clothes. There are probably very few who could make this work and it would require the most beautiful of underwear teamed with just the right top and a huge dose of confidence. If done wrong, you could end up looking like you got yourself a bit confused when getting dressed!

Party Dresses

If you really want to exploit the underwear as outerwear trend to its full potential and forget all about subtly, try this lace corset party dress from Goddiva.

party dresses from Goddiva

Vintage Party Dresses

For a prettier vintage inspired party dress we love this sleeveless lace shift with frills by Goddiva.

party dresses from Goddiva

corset party dresses

This amazing Addi Brassier Exposed Corset Dress by Sportmax is a great designer piece featuring underwear as outerwear in a daring but very stylish way.

party dresses from Maxstudio

Underwear as Outerwear

This delicate Lace Dress by Karen Millen is a very subtle interpretation of the lingerie inspiration with its slip like appearance glimpses of lace.

party dresses from Karen Millen

Bodycon dresses

It is possible to wear underwear inspired bodycon dresses without wearing full on black lace. This gingham dress by Oasis proves that this trend can also look cute and would look great as a summer party dress with some wedge sandals.

party dresses from Oasis

formal Party Dresses

For a formal party dress, we love this Ivory  shift dress by Debut at Debenhams which shows that it is entirely possible to look very respectable and sophisticated whilst wearing underwear inspired dresses.

party dresses from Debenhams

Rise Fashion – The Party Girl’s Favourite

Rise Fashion have been making party dresses for many years for some of the best know UK fashion retailers. Since May 2008, Rise Fashion has been offering party girls the chance to buy an extensive range of party dresses to suit every taste from their Rise Fashion website. Their dresses are unique but also inspired by the latest  fashion and trends. They are the sort of clothes that will get you countless compliments and really make you stand out from the crowd with lavish embellishments, eye catching prints, sequins embroidery and beading. The innovative and creative designers at Rise draw their inspiration from around the globe but never lose sight of the fact that their dresses should be really wearable and make the wearer feel like a million dollars.

If you are looking for a dress that is a little bit special and little bit different from the others that you will find on the high street but still really on trend, Rise is a great place to look. The latest collection features a sixties style shift dress with chiffon layers and beautiful beading, one shoulder dresses in a range of colours and styles, elegant maxi dresses and a sequin dress for girls who really want to sparkle on a night out. There are also some great versions of the latest style in laser cut dresses with scalloped layers.

Last season Rise launched an exciting collaboration with singer Beverley Knight who has been a fan of Rise fashion for many years and has a passion for beautiful clothes. The collection features a range of party wear including celebrity dresses and a jumpsuit in rich colours including midnight blue, grey and purple. Each of the dresses has its own elegant and lavish features including waterfall layers and beading. There are also some elaborate boleros which make great party cover ups.

Rise Fashion have some amazing party dresses available in their sale at the moment. Check these out!

Sashana Dress – the rich colour and elaborate embellishment of this dress makes it an unusual and eye catching alternative to the little black dress.

Alysha Dress – the vertical stripes and empire line of this party dress make it really slimming – perfect for covering any Christmas over indulgence!

Olga Maxi Dress – From the Beverley Knight collection, this perfect for those who want to wear celebrity dresses.

Ritika Sequin Dress– a sparkly little number that will ensure you catch every one’s eye.

You can also buy a range of Rise Elite dresses from Dorothy Perkins and they have some great sale offers at the moment if you are looking fo a bargain. Rise Elite is a premium collection and perfect for when you are looking for something a little special. It features signature detailing like embellishments for a glamorous edge. Here are some of our favourite pieces at the moment.

Rise Elite Grey Dress – a fresh and light style that is right on trend for spring with its pleats and neutral colour

Rise Pink Halterneck Dress – another incredibly flattering style that will not go out of fashion in a hurry.

Rise Cream Corset Dress – this dress is ideal for summer parties with cream and white being the must have colours for 2011.

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New Years Party Dresses – Get Ready To Party on New Years Eve

New Years Eve is the biggest party night of the year and requires some really amazing party clothes. What will you be doing to celebrate and what will you be wearing? We have put together our top tips on how you can welcome the new year in with style.

Nude Beaded Shift Dress

Wear Something Different

Try a new style or a new colour for a refreshing way to welcome in the new year. They say that a change can be as refreshing as a break. So why not try out some new party clothes for New Years Eve. You can get so many cheap party dresses at the moment and in the sales, why not go for something a little different to your little black dress. If you usually go for a body con dress why not try a semi fitted style. Of you usually go for mini try a maxi instead. Floral dresses are also really on trend at the moment and make a colourful change to a black dress. You should also be able to find cheap party dresses in the pre or post Christmas sales in most of the seasons key styles including the sequin dress, leopard print dress and black lace dress. Another option could be trousers and party tops.

Cream Silk Embellished Dress – Miss Selfridge

Glam It Up

It is the start of a new year, it only happens once ever 12 months so is a great opportunity to get really dressed up. On an occasion like this just about anything goes and there is no such thing as being under dressed. Even if you are only having friends over for a few drinks or popping out to the local pub, you can still wear that sequin dress.

You can always add some glamour to your party dress with accessories. Chandelier earrings and elaborate sparkly necklaces are very now. If the rest of your look is low key then add some sparkle with a festive clutch bag.

Feather One Shoulder Party Dress – Miss Selfridge

It’s going to be a long night

New Years Eve parties typically go on for later than most parties you will go to so ensure that you dress for comfort. At this time of year warmth should be one of your key concerns, look for an elegant cover up for travelling to and from party. You could also invest in a wrap, bolero or cape to keep you slightly warmer whilst at the party.

Comfortable shoes are also a must for new years eve especially if you plan on dancing. Heels are almost always the most glamorous choice for wearing with party dresses but you can make them more comfortable with gel pads and don’t forget to take some plasters in your clutch.

Whatever you choose to wear on New Years Eve, make sure that it is something that you feel comfortable in to allow you to get on with the serious business of partying. You need to feel confident and carefree in order to enjoy yourself to the max.

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Are You ready To Party This Christmas With Stunning Black Dresses

Are You ready To Party This Christmas With Stunning Black Dresses

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Don’t forget to check out Rare’s 12 Days of Christmas. Everyday, until the 14th December, Rare will offer a new code for a fantastic new offer! All you need to do is sign up to their newsletter to receive the details for these wonderful promotions, but you need to be quick, each code is valid for one day only! click here to sign up and see today’s offer!

Happy shopping!

GET YOUR GLAM ON THIS CHRISTMAS!

We’re bringing you the very latest from Rare’s fabulous Christmas Collection. These wonderful party dresses are certain to have you sparkling and feeling fantastic from beginning to end of this festive period!

So why not check out some the hottest new dresses that are certain to melt this winter snow…

The Large Disc Sequin Dress (£49) is a fully lined dress that is covered entirely in large sequins! Wear with your highest heels and big hair for a stunning party look that will see you well into 2011!
Large Disc Sequin Dress


Large Disc Sequin Dress

The Flower Trim Velvet Dress (£45) is a perfectly feminine little black dress. This beautiful black velvet dress features an asymmetric one sleeve design and pretty floral detail on the shoulder. Wear with opaque tights and heels this winter.
Flower Trim Velvet Dress


Flower Trim Velvet Dress

The Sequin Chiffon Bell Sleeve Dress (£39) is a beautiful sequin dress with contrasting chiffon bell sleeves. Perfect for any party this season, team with killer heels and big hair.


Sequin Chiffon Bell Sleeve Dress

Rare’s Faux Fur Jacket (£65) is perfect to team with your favourite party dresses this winter season. This jacket is definitely a must-have this season. Don’t let that winter chill ruin your festive celebrations this year!


Faux Fur Jacket

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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.