If you’re looking for the ideal dress for this years party season you can’t go to wrong with the lace dress. Certainly we’ve seen this trend grow over the year and we can only see it getting stronger during the run up to the Christmas Party season, and with the shops full of dresses featuring lace, and you’ve got your hands full with choosing the right one for you.
The thing that makes a lace dress so distinctive is its delicate fabric but with a sultry evocative undercurrent, lace is one of those rare fabrics that has a mystery about it, and can only be achieved with particular types of fabric such as leather and silk also, but one thing’s for sure, you cannot help but exude Uber sexiness when wearing lace, especially in black.
However, a black lace dress is not the only colour of lace that can look great; there’s a whole myriad of colours which are now available and which look equally as good using lace as the main dress fabric, take the the ivory lace dress for example, or the deep richness of a royal purple lace dress. It’s equally important to remember that the colour of the dress needs to suit you also, as not everyone can pull off a black dress, Remember girls its not necessarily the wrong outfit, but the wrong colour so dress for your skin tone to add that extra ooomph!
Of course while colour is important the style of dress is too, and the lace dress comes in every possible style imaginable, from prom dress, backless lace dress and shift dresses, so again as with your skin tone, be careful that the lace dress you choose will suit your body shape too.
Below we’ve chosen some great examples of lace dresses that are available currently, but such is the popularity of some of these, they may not be around for long.
This Love Label sequin lace back dress is such a head turner, and what makes this dress so special is that it combines the lace with sequins, which again like last Christmas, were such a popular choice with party dresses.
Imagine yourself catching the light on the dance floor in this dress, just think how great would you feel with everyone taking a look at you? with its lace back, it is sexy without been too revealing and therefore adds a certain decorum to your look. Obviously match with pair of heels and a nice sequinned black clutch and that’s you done!
This stunning Pixie Lotte Backless Lace Dress is one of the picks from the Pixie Party Collection at Lipsy and aparently one of Pixies personal favourites, and you can see why. If you’re feel a little daring and you want to show some curves and flesh well this is the way to go. This wax lace dress shows how with a contrasting lining to the lace, it displays a completely different personality to the black lace dress.
The nice feature of a tie around the neck with the tie string hanging centerally down you back adds that extra dose of sexiness, as if you need it.
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As discussed, th elace dress does have to be black to have sex appeal, this wonderful Ivory puff sleeve lace dress is a beautifully detailed lace dress, with a vintage look to it which is a great look currently.
Apart from the puffed, this lace dress is best suited to those who want to be slightly different and don’t run with the pack, again an ideal party dress for thise with a pale complexion that may not suit light tones?
This Ivory Dress from Dorothy Perkins would work equally well with ivory or black heel, and perhaps subtle accessories.
A party Dress like the Lace Print Dress from Rare is a lace dress with a difference in so much as its a beautiful ivory cotton fitted bandeau dress with a lace embellished down the front which give the dress a uniqueness and would grace any special occasion and can be used as a perfect evening dress. Perfect with a Balero or shawl to keep the chill off with a cream clutch and that’s a classic look.
With the Burlesque movie opening in the UK on Friday and Burlesque scene exploding in the UK over the last few years, it is not surprising that there is such a big trend for Burlesque inspired party clothes. Burlesque is all about glamour and the polished lady like look making it the ideal look for a party especially for those who love to wear unique dresses and look a little different.
The Burlesque film, which stars Cher and Christina Aguliera is all about a small town girl who starts working in an LA Neo Burlesque club run by a former burlesque dancer. Watching the film would definitely be a good place to start getting some inspiration for your Burlesque inspired party clothes. You could also try visiting one of the many burlesque clubs that are all over the UK and ideal for spotting unique dresses with in a range of burlesque inspired styles.
Adapt your own style
Although some of the outfits worn by Burlesque dancers on stage may be a little risque, you do not need to go this far when choosing your party clothes. There really is no need to wear nipple tassles (unless of course you want to). The best way to wear burlesque inspired party clothes is to adapt and elaborate on your own personal style. Any sort of vintage inspired dress will look great, if you love pink, wear a pink dress and if you love purple wear a purple dress. If you are a little shy you can just wear some accessories think rhinestone, ribbons, tassels and glamour with a little black dress.
Party dresses or skirts
Skirts or party dresses are essential to get the burlesque look. It would be very difficult to work that lady like glamour when wearing trousers. You could try a shift dress or corset dress of which their are plenty of different choices available in the shops at the moment. A sequin dress would also make a great choice as it screams glamour. You could also wear a pencil skirt with a glamorous blouse or corset top, which are again widely available in high street stores.
High heels are an integral part of the burlesque style. Look for a pair in a vintage style. Seamed stockings are also a great way to get that vintage look to your party outfit without going too overboard. Apart from that just about anything goes when it comes to accessories including faux fur wraps, fascinators, glitzy statement jewellery and clutch bags. If you are wearing a sequin dress perhaps look for black accessories with feather, ribbons and bows to compliment the look.
Hair and Make Up
Again your hair and make up should be as elaborate as your sparkly sequin dress, this is not a time for understatement! You can find plenty of tutorials online for vintage hair styles. Make up should be immaculate and include dark eyeliner and bright red lipstick. It is also a good idea to paint your nails a bright red and even wear false eye lashes.
Seventies disco party dresses are big news with the return of the Halston label and Studio 54 vibe in full swing. There is also an exciting collection of Studio 54 inspired party dresses, bodycon dresses and evening maxi dresses at Boohoo.com.
Studio 54 was all about flamboyance, hedonism and opulence with clothes that sparkled right across the dance floor. Studio 54 which was originally a theatre in New York, then a radio and television studio before being opened as a discotheque in 1977. It eventually closed in 1986 but not until it had seen many of the celebrities of the time strutting their stuff on the dance floor. Among the cool crowd that frequented Studio 54 were Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Mick and Bianca Jagger. It was also associated with some of the fashion names that are still very well known today including Calvin Klein and Halston.
In its heyday, the nightclub became famous as being the place to be seen with the “movers and shakers” you know you had arrived when you were invited to the nightclub and for that reason it became even more popular especially with the VIPs of the day. during its short life as a club it became arguably the best known nightclub in the the world in the late seventies and credited with being instrumental in the rise of disco music and the culture that surrounded it.
In terms of fashion and style Studio 54 was definitely the place to be in the late seventies and Studio 54 style has become synonymous with the sparkly maxi dresses and sequined outfits of the time. Apart from the eye catching party dresses, Studio 54 style included seriously big and fluffy hair and lots of makeup.
How to get the Studio 54 look
Sparkle, glitter, sequins and long flowing dresses are all reminiscent of Studio 54. Think bell sleeved mini dresses, asymmetric one shouldered party dresses and statement accessories. Jumpsuits and maxi dresses were also big news. Anything that means you can really shine on the dance floor and dance your socks off in should fit the bill.
This beautiful satin dress is available in black or natural and will definitely shimmer as you shimmy with an amazing pleated skirt that adds movement as you walk or move. It also has a very flattering and elegant tie neck.
This dress is a very simple design but what it lacks in shape and structure, it makes up for in sparkle. This dress oozes sex appeal and is great for those who want to show off their figures. It is available in both blue and charcoal.
Boohoo have definitely captured the disco vibe with this one shouldered dress which is made from a shimmering leopard print fabric. Wear with black tights, stiletto heels and a wide belts for cool disco diva outfit.
This week we saw seasons change, not only meteorologically but also from a fashion stand point too, and such is the ying and yang of life, that whilst one may feel a cold shiver at the impending prospect of yet another dreary Autumn, this is completely offset by the warm glow of excitement and anticipation that such a change can only mean that a new AW11 season of spectacular fashion has arrived for us girls!
Believe me when I say that this AW11 season is truly something become excited about too, as it seems that over the past year or so the general interest in vintage clothing has taken a foothold in the fashion conciousness of the nation, but this is the season it goes totally main stream… with the likes of Burberry, Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci, Lanvin and Marc Jacobs all featuring glamorous vintage inspired collections inspired by the mid 20th century.
A Vintage performance For Boohoo
Boohoo of course are no slouches when it comes to reflecting the catwalks trends of the season, and as usual have completely nailed AW11 key vintage clothing looks complete with their own spin in their newly launch collection. At their recent press launch they allowed the fashion journalists and bloggers (including yours truly) loose on the collection before it hit the online store and we were all suitably impressed with the stunning collections all with their genesis firmly routed in the eras common to the vintage clothing influence of 1940’s 50’s 60’s and 70’s.
Classic Styling With A Twist
So what of the Boohoo vintage clothing collections? Below we’ve highlight three of the collections that we predict to be the biggest hits for boohoo this season. In these themes, Boohoo draws inspiration from three distinct eras, but add their own modern twist to make them uniquely Boohoo.
The 60’s pop collection draws on the time when twiggy was at the height of her (1st) modelling career, everything was mini, including the skirts, dresses and at the car of course, sloping shoulders, bracelet sleeves and beehive hair doos were all the fashion, and will be again this season.
70’s country is a an eclectic mix of California hippy influenced casual meets hedonistic Studio 54, with maybe a little glam thrown in, mixed with a smidgin of Purdy and the quintessential 70’s pussy bow blouse (Remember The New Avengers anyone?).
Finally, for Vintage Emporium think Fur Stoles, pencil skirts and cinching waist belts thinner than your index finger. These were the days of 1940’s and despite rationing and shortages the fashion was exuberant, outgoing and ever so slightly outrageous, and will surely turn some heads on the high street on a Saturday afternoon!
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Lipsy As we know are the brand for Party Dresses and that is recognised by the celebs who flock to the store to get the latest look with the likes of American Celebutante Kim Kardashian, and our very own Cheryl Cole and Alexandra Burke who is a self confessed Lipsy-a-holic.
Hot in the Lipsy hit parade this week based upon popularity in store are these stunning party dresses, but the thing about it is that all but one of them are one shoulder dresses.
That suggested that an awful lot of us are loving that asymmetrical look right now, and no the wonder as it’s just a great on trend glamorous look that shows no sign of slowing down.
This wonderful Lipsy One shoulder drape dress has a great Grecian look defined by the layering and draping which is very popular at the moment, match with a pair of gladiators and you’re sorted, we mean gladiator shoes not the hulky Russell Crowe type of Gladiator of course.
This Lipsy Asymmetric Jersey Mini Dress Is also a great look, something quite different than the rest but will get you noticed. An alternative the Little Black Dress this Lipsy Asymmetric Jersey Mini Dress has a forgiving shape for a fuller figure and is also reminiscent of the vintage Halston 1970’s look which is making a great comeback at the moment too.
The next party dress is just a wonderful example of a summer party dress, The Lipsy Chiffon Draped Panel Dress is cool breezy and light, perfect for a balmly evening or perhaps a stuffy hot venue. The dress ties in with a key look at the moment which is draping and could have stepped straight from the catwalk shows of Peter Pilotto whose signature style is draping and considered to be the master of that particular style, none the less the Lipsy Chiffon Draped Panel Dress will be significantly cheaper than one of Pitlotto’s originals.
The Lipsy Beaded Detail One Shoulder Dress is a classic hollywood look with the classic asymmetrical style white draped dress and contrasting waist band. It also featured beaded embellishments on the shoulder to add interest. This party dress is just great for a Wedding or Garden party, ideal with a giant black circular hat and killer heels and a subtle clutch for that Joan Collins look!
Finally we come to a Lipsy classic Lipsy One Shoulder Pleated Dress looks absolutely wonderful and shows off your curves too. Its asymmetrical pleated detail on the front follows the lines of the dress and also ensures your profile is controlled shapely, made even better through the contrast waistband
Retro party clothes are inspired by clothes of the past ranging from the forties to the eighties and are a fun way to dress in a unique and individual way. Although retro party outfits from all of the decades are right on trend at the moment, there is so much choice that you should have no problems in standing out and looking a little different from everyone else. You can also add your own modern twist to give your retro party clothes a completely unique feel.
Pick your decade
Each of the decades has its own character from the pretty practicality of the forties to the more glamorous fifties, the swinging sixties and the flowing relaxed styles of the seventies with a bit of disco diva look to boot. Each of these eras has some fabulous party dress styles which will look amazing this spring.
Forties – Tea Length Dresses
The forties was a time of make do and mend in Britain and dresses were pretty but practical. The skirt lengths were below the knee which is an incredibly flattering and on trend but if you want a slightly more up to date look you can also opt for a tea dress with a slightly shorter skirt length like this Cindy bead neck tea dress by Boohoo. Look for cute and fun prints and team with a brightly coloured cardigan or biker jacket to bring the look right up to date for 2011.
Fifties – Halter Neck Dresses
The fifties were characterised by the Hollywood era when glamour and elegance ruled. Fifties styles of dress are big news this spring and you can choose from a simple floral printed dress with a flared skirt for a more casual party or some full on glamour for a really special occasion. Halterneck dresses with full prom style skirts are perfect for partying in and would even work well for a spring wedding, we love this Halter Belle Prom Dress by Oasis. If you want to really work the look you could even add a pair of ladylike gloves. These dresses need to be worn with heels for maximum effect.
Sixties – Mini Shift Dresses
The styles of the sixties had a simple silhouette which is incredibly simple to wear. You can opt for mini shift dresses with or without sleeves in bold and bright colours and run prints. Party dresses with chiffon overlays are also a great style from the sixties that works particularly well. A Peter Pan collar dresses are also very fashionable at the moment and are great for parties. we love this lace Peter Pan collar dress by Rare Fashions.
Seventies – Maxi Dresses
Decadent maxi dresses of the seventies no only look great but are also really comfortable and easy to wear. They work well for both daytime and evening parties and if you want to really turn up the glamour you can opt for an embellished or one shouldered style. We love this purple frilled maxi dress by Dorothy Perkins.
If you are a little nervous of wearing retro style party dresses then a plain shift dress will look amazing for a special occasion in the spring with this floral hat by Oasis.