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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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
Stunning - Emma Watson (photo PA)
Wow! hasn’t Emma Watson blossomed into a fine young lady? here she is wearing a beautiful Draped Velvet one shoulder cocktail dress by revived French Label Vionnet. She’s also sporting her new look which we think is sensational, and with the luxurious Velvet fabric making a lavish comeback she is Uber trendy too.
To me and most likely the rest of us, it doesn’t seem such a long time ago that Emma appeared in the very first Harry Potter film as Hermione Granger at the tender age of nine. But with several blockbusters behind her that any actor would be proud of, she has the world at her feet at the tender age of only 20.
However with Emma’s notoriety, she has lately become the target of not only the paperazzi but of the fashion press too, and is regarded as somewhat of a fashionista with her celebrity endorsement of the ethical fashion brand People Tree. Regularly papped at various Red Carpet events around the globe, her fans and the fans of fashion alike are eager to discover what creations she will be wearing.
By the evidence of the image above no the wonder she so popular as she looks just sensational as she’s seen here premièring her new look at the swanky Claridge’s hotel, an event to celebrate Warner Brothers acquisition of Leavesden Studios who make the Harry Potter film franchise. Her pixie style hair which we thinks suits her so well, and her fair skin contrasting with Deep red lipstick, she looks all women and not the kid we’ve become accustomed to seeing in the movies.
The dress itself is a stunning velvet and satin one shoulder cocktail dress by Vionnet the French haute-couture brand. Originally Established by Madeleine Vionnet in Paris back in 1912, The brand which had recently lost its way, has been giving a whole new impetus with its acquisition In 2008 by Italian entrepreneurs Matteo Marzotto and Gianni Castiglioni. They have vowed to re-create the Vionnet heritage brand whilst building a modern fashion house with the elegance and sophistication of the original Vionnet brand at its heart. Other than Emma Watson, the brand has some very famous celebrity clients such as Cameron Diaz, Carey Mulligan and Catherine Zeta-Jones to name a few.
The cocktail dress that Emma is wearing of course is so hot, it combines a number of trends which are so of the moment such as Velvet, Draping and of course the ever popular one shoulder dress style. There’s no better way to get inspiration for your party Dress than to look at what celebrity dresses are out there and Emmas Asymmetrical cocktail Dress is a prime example.
Now we may not have Emma’s budget to indulge in our fashion fantasies, but as always with Party Dresses we try to draw inspiration from haute couture brands and the catwalk to give you more affordable alternatives.
This One Shoulder Velvet Dress by Oasis for example is 3 dresses in one almost as it not only a classic LBD but with a bodycon shape as well as a Asymmetrical cocktail dress. Made from a sumptuous velvet which is soft to the touch this an ideal one shoulder cocktail dress for a more formal occasion and adds a twist to the LBD. Plus if you’re quick you can get an additional 20% off the price by using the voucher code STYLECODE20.
This Love Label One Shoulder Velvet Dress is so on trend this season, the plush fabric and the daring bodycon design makes this dress an head turning evening dress. The clever design of this dress with its bandage style velvet ribbons and one shoulder twist emphasises your curves while the sheer fabric pulls the look together. The dress has gentle ruche detail for added texture. For a rock chic look, pair with statement cut-out heels and sheer tights with and a matching clutch for a classy evening combo.
Another classic look is the One Shoulder Velvet Tuck Sleeve Dress, a Stunning one shoulder velvet dress with gathered detail on the sleeve. It’s perfect party dress when worn with sky high heels and a sequinned clutch, the perfect body con cocktail dress with a twist.
Finally we come to the Draped beaded dress By Karen Millen, this One shoulder draped jersey dress has contrast silk panels and hand embellished fringe detail to shoulder with an asymmetric hem. Despite not being Velvet it instead offers the draping whichis very popular trend at the moment and featured on Emma’s dress to such great effect.
So you have one or two parties going on over Christmas and you need a very gorgeous Christmas party dress, From all the lovely Christmas Party Dresses out there, who doesn’t? There is plenty of choice out there but the big decision is do you blow your whole Christmas budget on one amazing designer dress or do you opt for a similar but much less expensive version, allowing you to buy your family and friends some great Christmas gifts as well.
Christmas Party Dresses for 2010 fall in to a number of categories, fifties and sixties retro style for those who love to look lady like, Seventies Disco Queen for those who want to sparkle, minimalist for those who love that understated look and of course everyone’s good ol’ reliable, the LBD or Little black dress. Do also Watch out for velvet, lace, sequins, draping and one shouldered styles for a luxurious and glamorous Christmas party dress too as they are very big trends in the run up to Christmas. Party dress colours for Christmas 2010 include nude tones, navy, red, purple and of course black. Don’t forget to add some fab accessories to give your party outfit the perfect finishing touch.
Here are our favourite designer Christmas party dresses for 2010 and their much more affordable cousins.
The Strapless Corset Dress
Splurge – Loupes Strapless Corset Dress By Malene Birger – Who says the perfect Christmas party dress has to be black?
Save – Strapless Jewelled Pocket Dress – A fitted bodice and tulip skirt, just add a black leather jacket and some killer heels.
The One Shoulder Dress
Splurge – Acne One Shoulder Dress – A minimalist but luxurious dress from the hottest Scandinavian label of the moment.
Save – Lipsy One Shoulder Chiffon Dress – A flattering ruched design with some very elegant embellishment on the shoulder.
The Maxi Party Dress
Splurge – Halston Heritage Halterneck Maxi Dress – the ultimate in seventies disco glamour from a truly iconic label.
Save – Pewter Jersey Halter Neck Dress – The perfect Christmas party dress for skimming over any festive indulgences including Christmas Pud and mince pies!
The Sequin Dress Party Dress
Splurge – Halson Heritage One Shoulder Textured Sequin Dress – This is just how to work subtle sequins with style (and a snake skin texture)
Save – Sequin Vest Dress By Rare Fashion – a simple style of dress but with plenty of sparkle.
The Little Black Dress
Splurge – Vivienne Westwood Black Shrink Drape Dress – simplicity at its best with a flattering jersey drape by the Queen of British cool.
Save – Oasis Ruffle Ponte Dress – Fitted and flattering this amazing party dress fits in all the right places and is perfect for showing off some amazing accessories.
Why not accessorise your LBD with a lips clutch?
Splurge –Lulu Guinness Lipstick Padded Lips Clutch – A shapely pair of pillar box red lips, great for brightening up any Christmas party dress or outfit.
Save – Lipsy Lips Clutch Bag – Small and perfectly formed this great little clutch bag is just big enough for all of your party essentials and won’t break the bank.
Will you be splurging or saving on your Christmas party dress this year? What ever outfit you decide to wear the most important thing is to make sure that you have a great time.