Friday, 5 August 2011

We'll blow one last kiss to all the beautiful nights like this.


This is one of those dresses that WORKS HARD. Whenever magazines do their features on desk-to-bar outfits, I always think ‘Pah, I wouldn’t wear that to work!’ or ‘No way would I wear that to a bar!’ but a well-cut LBD can see you through SO many occasions. I have worn this twice in the last week – once, to work, and the other time, on my birthday night out. It’s such a simple, classic cut that it’s easy to transform with different accessories.

I actually think this could be the perfect LBD. I can think of longer-legged girls than me who would shy away from this as day-wear, as it’s a little bit short, but I can get away with that (because I’m a little bit short too). The high neckline means it’s okay for the office, while the flirty flared skirt gives it character, and would look perfectly at home in a nightclub. I don’t like to be too cleavagey at work (although I often can’t help it, as the girlies I sit with can never resist pointing out) and that’s what stops a lot of clothes multi-tasking for me. The length will be okay, but the neckline – not so much. This? Perfect.

Dress – Vero Moda at ASOS
Shoes – Primark
Belt - Topshop
Necklace c/o Temporary Secretary
Nails - Barry M

It's by Vero Moda, and I got it for a bargain price in the ASOS sale not long ago (it's sold out in black now, but not in red or brown). I was actually after this dress, but decided to go for the cheaper options (just £15 in the sale!) and am so not disappointed. And I love this Temporary Secretary owl pendant with it – I really don’t ever wear long or chunky necklaces but this one has swayed me, I love it. I’m developing quite the collection of owl accessories lately! I teamed this for a day at work with my trusty, increasingly-battered-looking Primark wedges (they are SO comfortable) and my new haircut (I am still sulking about how much shorter it is than this time last week).

I quickly styled up a couple of other ways to wear this dress - I can think of dozens of other ways, but it was 30 degrees outside and I was melting, so gave up after two (putting on black tights finished me off). How would you wear it?

Hat - H&M
Collar - girlandbird
White belt - Topshop
Black belt - Matalan
Bow brooch - New Look
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21 comments

  1. soso pretty! love the lace collar at the end :)
    Rosie xo

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  2. I love this dress, and it suits you so well! I also have the trouble with hemlines, if I find one with a high-enough neckline, the leg line (?) is too high, or vice-versa. Very annoying.
    I love the peter pan collar you added onto it! xx
    Sirens and Bells

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  3. Wow, that dress is gorgeous, it looks as though it fits you really well - it's awesome when that happens :D love the different styling, it's so versatile!

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  4. That is such a pretty dress! The lace collar goes so well with it too - completely transforms it!

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  5. That colour blue goes so well with your hair colour! Bet you'd look great in turquoise too :-)

    Dayner x | mozzypop.com

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  6. your hair is looking especially amazing.

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  7. I love an LBD, so many options for styling and so easy to wear. I have one LBD that has lasted me over 4 years and two trips to Southeast Asia! Still going strong though - works with heels, flats, belts, necklaces, cardi's and jumpers. Love it.

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  8. Oh I like that a lot. I wouldn't have ever described it as too short for daywear though, even on a taller girl. I clearly have no shame about flashing my thighs at work, ha!

    You're looking super hourglassy and gorgeous in these pics.

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  9. That dress has such a beautiful shape to it. I can see why you love it so much.

    The collar changes its appearance so much, in a good way of course!

    X x

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  10. The collar looks great with it! Love a dress that can be transformed with accessories! x

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  11. So pretty, I am in the middle of deciding to do my hair red again or go back to brown;.. you make me want to go red once more!

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  12. This dress is fantastic, I love the shape :) The collar does completely transform it too :)

    Maria xxx

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  13. I love it with the lace collar, it seems like a completely different dress!
    Sophie
    x

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  14. Dress fits you SO well and did I just spy OWL? Hahaha following on from our owl conversation ;)Also, I liked you copious amounts at first but now that I saw you like The National... *shifty winky face*

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  15. Also, happy belated birthday! xx

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  16. that dress is absolutely perfect on you! x

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  17. I LOVE this dress on you! I'm a sucker for anything with that lovely 50s shape, I've actually got my eye on this dress in red on ebay now, haha! xxx

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  18. Love these photos - you look lovely, the dress is a perfect fit and the collar is adorable!

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  19. I LOVE your girlandbird collar, just gorgeous. I must confess to not actually owning an LBD, I'm more of a navy dress girl myself. But I reckon I can 'borrow' some of your LBD styling ideas for a navy dress! x

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  20. I love that you've matched your nail varnish to your cardigan! That is genius co-ordination Sarah.

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