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.

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.

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.

The Body Con Dress

Fashion trends come and go and then return again at some time in the future. The body con trend is proving to be surprisingly popular at present and is supported by some of the big hitting names in fashion such as Karl Lagerfield, Versace and Alexander McQueen. ‘Body con’ stands for ‘body conscious’ and is epitomized by styling that emphasizes curves and tight fitting dresses and waistlines.

The great surprise about body con trend is that it seems strangely familiar in that if you look back to the classic film stars right through to the present day, you will see the shapes and figure hugging dresses that body con represents. Take Kate Winslett at the Oscars as a modern day example. She does not fit the stereotypical ‘skinny waif’ look by any stretch of the imagination and has shown off body con dresses to perfection with her fuller figure and stage presence as she glides along the red carpet in front of the world’s television cameras.

It will be interesting to see how the body con style continues to evolve as there is something timeless about the glamour that these dresses represent, being ideal for special occasions and those times when you want to show off your curves which are sculpted and defined by the cut of the body con dress.

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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