So, this year saying the January sales have been disappointing would be a massive understatement and I was left feeling slightly down about my lack of bargains – that is until I found the ASOS sale! Over 70% off on literally thousands of items, I could’ve kitted myself out for the next two years, no problem!
So at a grand total of £37 these are what I purchased…
The most expensive of my purchases was this gorgeous cobalt scarf-print dress for about £27, from ASOS it’s self. It’s one of those dresses you can wear any season and to any occasion so I consider this a cheap investment rather than a drain on my bank balance 😉
Next up is this bargain at about £7.50, it looks ridiculously good on- I was actually quite shocked! In fact I may well order the blue version of it before it’s out of stock – (if it’s not already).
Last but not least this tee by Jacqueline De Yong, there are 2 things I justified this buy with…
- It was £3.50 … no I’m not high, it really was £3.50!
- ‘H’ is my 2nd initial so..
- Ok there’s 3 reasons, I just really wanted it okay – quit it with the 3rd degree man
Also you may be wondering why my walls are manky and unpainted/wallpapered – no I don’t live in a crack den, my wall had damp so my parents started drying it out whilst I was at uni!
So as the New Year begins it’s only natural for 2014’s future prom queens to be scouring the internet for their perfect prom dresses – all with a dream dress idea in the back of their minds I’m sure. When I was 15 I actually did my work experience in a prom dress boutique in my home town and what I’ll always remember is these girls coming in with very specific ideas for their dress and leaving with something completely different BUT something that would most likely suit them a lot better than their previous idea.
The easiest way to stun everyone in your prom dress is to pick a colour that you wouldn’t usually wear, for example if you wear a lot of black maybe go for something really bright like a nice red dress… red after all has a reputation for being a stand-out sexy colour and is sure to have everyone’s eyes on you and you alone.
However if you really want to find your perfect prom dress, it’s important to shop for your body shape. If any of you are fans of Gok Wan like me you’ll know that by dressing for your shape you can really enhance your appearance to another level- to find out which body shape you are please check out: http://www.bodyshapefashionadvice.com/
I personally fit into the boring rectangular shape category, which basically means I’m slim but not well endowed in the curves department so when I’m shopping I go for clothes which will give the illusion of a curvaceous figure. To do this I go for dresses which highlight my boobs – maybe with a lower neckline in a fitted fabric that also emphasizes my small waist with some kind of frilled/pleated design.
Such as the gorgeous pink dress above, for just £69.99! I’ve genuinely never seen such a vast selection of prom dresses for such cheap prices… if only I could go back in time and have my prom again!
One of the most common body shapes is the pear shape- meaning you’re blessed with a more curvaceous derrière but with less up top. The key to championing the pear shape is to balance out your proportions, in terms of a prom dress your best option is a dress with some form of embellishment around the chest and floor length floaty material such as chiffon; this sweetheart neckline is not only gorgeous but will be gorgeous on you too…
Next up is the envied hourglass shape – if you’re lucky to have big boobs as well as a nice arse and slim waist then congratulations you have won at life! For you the key is in the waistline, look out for a dress with an embellished or belted waist
This dress couldn’t be more perfect for an hourglass gal and for £89 you really will not find any cheaper!
Whatever your shape or budget http://www.1dress.co.uk is well worth a gander, I really wish I knew about them before my prom in which I ended up going in a cheap dress I found in new look…
It seemed like a good idea at the time but looking back I’d have been able to get a dress 5X as nice from 1dress for about the same price!
Remember kids, take your time and choose wisely!
Okay, so today I had the pleasure on stumbling across Reason clothing’s website during my procrastination journey through the realms of cyber-space and I LOVE IT. The two things I love most in the world fashion and
my cat satire, have been beautifully combined in a range of witty garments. My personal fave being the Prima donna/Prada tee on the left there – if anyone wants to treat me to one please feel free as I’m currently riding the overdraft train!
Oh and by the way, they currently have a sale on so MOVE MOVE MOVE
The little black dress- done right and it could be what makes him say; “All I want for Christmas is you!” get it wrong and the only thing on his lips will be the left over crumbs from the mince pies! With this month’s Christmas special of trend guide you’ll be guaranteed a kiss under the mistletoe whilst looking drop dead gorgeous in every reflective bauble in sight. Unlike years past, here in 2013 there is a new player in town, bringing a new twist on Christmas party outfits entirely – the little black jumpsuit! A few years ago the sheer thought of wearing a jumpsuit to a Christmas party would repulse fashionistas to their very cores but after being revived on the runway by designers such as Emma Cook, DKNY and Saint Laurent; this is one must-have outfit which is sure to revolutionise your wardrobe in full force. Potentially stealing the LBD’s title of “chicest outfit”, with its power silhouette and practical poise this is one staple no one will be removing anytime soon, so get ready to make your entrance and pick a side in the war of must-haves!
The infamous Coco Chanel is believed to be responsible for the uprising of the LBD, making it accessible to women of all classes via its versatility and simplicity meaning it could be dressed up or down for any occasion. An ethos which we still hold dear to our hearts today, there’s no doubt that even the most fashion phobic woman would feel comfortable and sexy whilst rocking a little black dress but have we become too reliant on this trusted trend? Does it really capture a room like it used to? Or do we need a new sustainable trend?
Enter the little black jumpsuit, the little black dresses new arch rival. Not only can it be dressed up and down like the dress but this piece is much more season appropriate, meaning the wearer can not only be warm through the biting winter winds but can also cover up the fact that she’s not shaved her legs since November without the guilt. The jumpsuit bounds back into fashion without the hideous prints from 2011, instead it’s been given a complete makeover and gone from ugly duckling to beautiful yet mysterious swan. Back in black, the high-street has been graced with the presence of jumpsuits made of everything from silk for smart to polyester for a sexy bodycon look. Missguided are leading the way on this particular bandwagon hosting a huge variety of jumpsuits all under £35, for a staple wardrobe piece that’s a very fair price. With mesh and cut out panels being introduced to their designs the jumpsuit has never looked better, for the office wear with a blazer of your choosing (white perhaps?) and a statement necklace you’ll demand the respect of the boardroom in true fierce style. Then after work on a Friday night, hitting the town for once but being the powerful woman you, are you don’t have time to go through the debacle of emptying your wardrobe searching for something to wear because well with the jumpsuit you’re already wearing it. Ditch your blazer, whack on those killer heels and turn heads on the dance floor.
Now although the jumpsuit is a very practical choice in the seasonal department it has one major design floor which gives the LBD a slight edge- we might be able to trick men but the fact of the matter is that we cannot trick biology and the calls of nature. Meaning that to use the bathroom you have to pretty much completely undress, which quite frankly is ridiculous, time consuming and a little embarrassing! At that moment a lot of us would think; “Why didn’t I just wear a dress like everyone else?” This is the moment when we go running back, begging for forgiveness for betraying the trust and security of the little black dress like a friendly ex-boyfriend. That’s the appeal of the little black dress, the one option that can never fail; the option that goes with everything and never goes out of fashion. Generations past have taught us that this is a piece which can be worn at any age, by any body type and still look stunningly beautiful every year there’s a new twist added to this classic and this year’s is much like the jumpsuit: mesh, cut out panels and low necklines. However one look the jumpsuit cannot compete with is the ever so striking leg split, brought back into the spot light by Angelina Jolie on the red carpet, this subtle bond-girl look is one that will turn heads and win crowds till the sun goes down whilst leaving the rest to the imagination. With an outfit as powerful as the black split dress there’s very little need to accessorize or anything else – the dress does the talking for you.
Both the jumpsuit and the dress have numerous lists of redeeming qualities which should make them the one you choose, depending on your lifestyle you may even choose to go for both! For those of us not so well off in this financial climate it’s important to factor in which will stand the test of time whilst making you feel comfortable and beating off compliments with a stick. What do you want from an outfit? If your answer is to catch every eye in the room then you’d be better off with the jumpsuit but if you just want an outfit you can wear for multiple occasions in several different formats then the little black dress is probably more to your taste and convenience. The jumpsuit is certainly the braver choice of the two and definitely needs an element of confidence to pull it off sufficiently or if you just want to stray from the norm and try something new – well this Christmas my dear, the jumpsuit could be for you.
From the dawn of time the little black dress has been the go-to Christmas party essential, so easy, so classy, so simple. I feel that we’ve become blinkered in our search for the perfect party outfit, not realizing that while yes black is an easy colour to wear for all body types -it doesn’t necessarily need to be worn on a dress. The facts are that December is
BLOODY cold and wearing dresses that barely reach your thighs, aren’t exactly what I’d call sufficient thermal insulators.
Having stolen away your staple dress option at this point you’re probably thinking “SO WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR THEN FAITH?!”, Calm down dear I’m getting there!
The perfect and practical answer to your prayers is…DUN DUN DUN – The Little Black Jumpsuit
Ok so when they first came back into fashion a lot of us turned our noses up, which is understandable when you think of some of the ghastly prints they had but they’ve been well and truly revived this year. They’ve started slowly creeping their way back into the shops in black cut out formation and here are some of my favourites…
As you can see ASOS is leading the way on this particular band wagon, and I’m impressed with the prices too!
- The Jumpsuit (rdvizcaino.wordpress.com)
- Break Out The Winter Jumpsuit Without Freezing To Death – Yes, It’s Possible! (shefinds.com)
- The Rise of the Little Black Jumpsuit (patspapers.com)
- Jump Around (bernardswatch.wordpress.com)
- Fine Points: Time to Take the Leap (nytimes.com)
- Marc Jacobs striped jumpsuit: Yay or Nay? (myfashionlife.com)
- Shorts Story (simplybeblog.co.uk)
- What I wore – Purple Jumpsuit (fashionati.wordpress.com)