Lady in red

As we slowly creep our way into November, the winter party season looms above our heads and everyone starts debating whether they’ll get away with wearing last years dress again. This time of year there are plenty of things which simply never change or maybe take a few years to at least, what I’m mostly referring to is colour now I think people get a bit too comfortable with the whole ‘little black dress’ idea, including myself – in 2012 I must have accumulated at least 5 of them, all pretty similar characteristics, all as nice as the one before but where is the excitement? I remember during my year 10 work experience placement in a prom dress shop back home one tip given to the girls searching for their dream dress was to: “Go for a colour you wouldn’t usually wear”. I totally agree, when turning up somewhere with familiar faces who know your style etc, why would they be amazed at you flouncing in wearing a little black dress? They probably won’t even notice that you’ve made an effort, the trick is to surprise them – don’t be predictable, do not let yourself become trapped in a cage built on the whole “black is sexy and goes with everything mantra” because it will get you no where.

red dress


Now here’s an example of a dress that’ll get you noticed, I bought this from Rare @ Topshop about a year ago, I like to think of it as the sort of dress where you can decide how daring you’d like to go with it – simply be how you choose to do your hair for example. Here I’ve gone for a subtle look, hair over the opposite shoulder to the sleeved one, keeping some mystery value alive, it shows just enough skin to be sexy whilst not tarty. A similar aim to the little black dress however this one will get you more compliments and envious glares from across the room. However the cut out style this dress provides can be a tricky one to operate and does require a certain level of confidence to actually wear. In this situation I have another solution for you, and in all honesty it completely depends on your body type and  what you feel confident wearing.


This dress maybe isn’t the best example but if your body shape is more curvaceous then this might be for you, a mesh insert dress subtly highlights your assets   curves and gives almost a 3D shading that you can’t really get from anything else, in fact even if like me you weren’t really blessed with said assets then this can actually provide the illusion that you do! It just says “Yeah, I know my boobs look good in this don’t they?”. If you could buy self confidence is a physical form the mesh dress would be it for sure.

So step out of your little black dress comfort zone and express your self with new colours and textures, you’ll be overwhelmed with the compliments you receive!


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