Dress Up

Monday, 12 August 2013

Short and Sweet Versus The Long View

It’s been a while since I’ve sorted my wardrobe but this week I’ve decided to have a good clear out. Replacing a few tired outfits with updated and on-trend ensembles is a great way to prepare for the summer months, but there is plenty to consider. As a huge fan of dresses these are the main staples of my wardrobe and when it comes to dresses, there's definitely no shortage of beautiful garments on the Hobbs website.

Occasion dresses are a must-have in every girl’s wardrobe and at one time my wardrobe was a sea of short, cutesy dresses and super cute micro skirts. I’m now learning of a few new trends though – one of them being the glamour of a floor length frock. I always thought short, sweet numbers were dressier than longer styles – the 2013 catwalk trends have educated me otherwise. Being tall I can pull off the maxi but my wide waist often means that they don't hang well. For me the material and cut is everything so it flatters rather than clings.

Maxi dresses have undergone something of a resurrection with a range of available styles suited to a different body shapes. I was under the impression that you had to be on the tall side to pull off these styles but I’ve now learnt that killer heels paired with a maxi dress will create the illusion of a longer torso – just what I’ve always wanted to balance out the 35" inside leg!

I’ve had my eye on the Invitation Clariss Maxi Dress from Hobbs for quite some time now and after giving a large proportion of my wardrobe to charity a few months ago, I feel that I deserve a treat. This modest yet elegant number is slightly Grecian in style and the simple black hue makes it a very versatile piece. I think I’ll team it with silver sandals and a shawl for a daytime affair and strappy heels and chunky jewellery for an evening do. It could also double as a dress for corporate meetings for work with the right accessories.

I might also treat myself to some new work wear. After all, dressing to impress at work is just as important as staying on top of the fashion world in your social life and there are plenty of work dresses which have caught my eye now I’ve got room in my wardrobe for them. Look at this pink lace Maida Vale dress! Isn't it gorgeous? I know summer is coming to an end but with tights, killer heels and a blazer this could really work through A/W too!

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