Apr 14

Hairstyles. What to wear with that Updo?

Dress first, Hair second. This is the general rule of thumb when deciding on what hairstyle will match with your outfit. Here are some tips to consider so you avoid those side-swept curls with your one-shoulder dress.

When considering what outfit to wear, you also think about what accessories, handbags and shoes to wear with it. The same goes for your hair. Different hairstyles play a major role in aiming to look great from head to toe and it can become quite clear that different outfits require different hairstyles to wear them well.

 

Lace dresses are perfectly matched with your loose, romantic updo. The lace keeps your hairstyle looking romantic and takes it from an ordinary dress to a fabulous ensemble.

Alicia White Lace is the perfect dress to match for an updo hairstyle. It is Australian designed and comprises a V-neck bust and feature neckline. Its lace sleeves are perfect for any Bridesmaid, Formal or Cocktail dress. Its knee length design is suitable for day or evening wear.

 

Kiara Red has been designed in collaboration between Stokes Thompson and Melbourne designer Hanni. It consists of a stunning back detail and is ideally suited for updo styles to showcase the lace cutout feature. It is a gorgeous silk georgette dress with small pleating around the waist to give it amazing fall and movement.

 

 

By sweeping your hair to the opposite side of your one-shoulder gown it will balance out any misconceptions. As demonstrated with our Lara Cobalt, one-shoulder design, this beautiful dress is another collaboration between Stokes Thompson and Melbourne designer Hanni. It is a gorgeous silk georgette dress featuring hand-beaded diamantes.

 

Halter neck dresses are already sorted for neck detail, so wear your hair high or in a loose bun to add romantic charm.

For turtleneck and sweetheart gowns, a sleek ponytail drawn back will look great and draw people’s attention to the dress style itself.

A strapless dress always looks great and with a fully exposed shoulder and neckline you will need to lift your hair off this area. A mid bun is the ideal partnership for any strapless design.

Remember, in addition to finding your perfect dress, your hair can really make or break any style.

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Mar 28

Easter Extravaganza. Our Dresses, Perfect for any Easter Outing.

Trying to decide what to wear for Easter is easy. All you really need is a comfortable dress with a flattering silhouette. Choose bright, sunny monochromatic shades to fit the holiday theme.

For those attending Church, and or a nice brunch with family and friends, a traditional Easter outfit would comprise pastel colourings. Whatever your Easter plans you’ll need to keep stylish.

Jockey Dress Sky Blue is a classy, sophisticated dress that sits just below the knee line. It consists of a feature armband along with a feature neckline and waistband. This stunning sky blue dress shouts out Spring.

Our Rose Garden Watermelon dress is flattering, fun and comfortable. Making an ideal choice for any Easter brunch. Its impeccable, feminine style is perfect for any Easter occasion.

Easter is traditionally in Autumn, the three transitioning months trailing at the end of Summer, so the weather is typically still warm. Sleeveless, cool, easy to wear dresses are best suited to the Australian climate at this time of year.

Sea Foam, although it is a long dress, incorporates a side split and fits loosely from the waist down. It has a sleeveless design making it very versatile and ideal for parties, luncheons or dinners. It’s Marrakesh green graduated material makes it quintessential for any Easter Sunday expedition.

Floral dresses are also a great choice to pick from. Our Coral Dress‘s vibrant colour scheme cannot be overlooked for this time of year. Its bold, colourful print is a most suitable and becoming design. Its applique feature at the neckline will have you looking sensational in this soft, flowing design.

To view our entire range of dresses, visit our online boutique.

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Mar 12

Decoding Dress Codes – What do dress codes mean?

We’ve all heard the terms ‘Cocktail’, Formal’, ‘Smart Casual’, and ‘Black Tie’, but what do all these terms actually mean? How do you know what to wear for which occasion? Read up on these, most common, dress codes to help you understand what to wear, where.

Cocktail: Cocktail Attire generally means to a wear a dress that sits above the knee. Remember to not wear anything that is too revealing. Cocktail attire keeps hemlines, and necklines appropriate.

Don’t wear too many statement accessories, but rather choose one standout piece, and remember heels are a must.

Our Evening Sky Champagne is perfect for any Cocktail occasion. It has been designed and made in Australia and is made from High Quality Champagne Polyester Nylon Sequins. It features a ruffle champagne bust with sleeveless sleeves.

It travels well and is cool and comfortable to wear.

If you wish to stay with traditional black, then Evening Sky Black is just the dress for you.

This dress is trans-seasonal, which makes it ideal for any temperature, all year round. This black sequin knee length dress comprises a pure aubergine silk dupion contrast at the neckline and is ideal to pack and travel.

Crystal Amethyst is the perfect for a guest at any Wedding Cocktail reception. It is comfortable to wear and is designed and made in Australia. This dusk pink silk shantung above the knee dress outlines a pleated detail above the waist and stylish sequined bodice/bust.

Formal: This attire is floor-length. Your hair should be typically worn in an up-do. It is the one step below black tie.

Kiara Red is a stunning example of an elegant floor length gown. It is a gorgeous silk georgette dress, which features a lace cutout on the back as well as small pleating around the waist, giving it amazing fall and movement. This collaboration between Stokes Thompson and Melbourne designer Hanni will make any head turn at any formal function.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zebra Long is a spectacular floor length dress, which has been made and designed in Australia. It’s high quality polyester nylon fabric comprises a silver and black patterned zebra sequin material. It highlights a feature neckline and is ideal for any formal affair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smart Casual: There is no set rule for smart casual. It does however require a degree of polish. Smart casual accommodates either flats or heels. It is associated with achieving a neat and professional appearance. Think of smart casual as attire you would wear on a dinner date.

Black Opal is the perfect “After 5” gown. Is accentuates black polyester microgette contrast ruffled sleeves and expresses double layered contrast black silk obi.

Designed and made in Australia, this dress is both stylish and comfortable to wear.

Rose Garden was designed as part of Stokes Thompson’s Spring Summer Collection 2013. It’s timeless knee length cream and viscose vintage style is extremely versatile. Making this an ideal choice for ‘smart casual’ wear.

 

 

Black Tie: This term, for women, gives them the freedom to choose either a full-length gown, or the option of wearing a cocktail dress. As long as the hemline isn’t too short and the style is not too revealing.

 

Rose Garden Black Lace is a beautiful black lace floor length dress. It highlights a feature neckline, perfect for any black tie ball.

Also available in Rose Garden Lace White.

To view our entire range of dresses, visit our online boutique.

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Feb 14

Inspired by Australia – Our Dresses and Fabrics inspired by Australia

Australia is renowned for it’s native flora and fauna. It comprises of the Great Barrier Reef, vast interior desert we call ‘the Outback’, unique animal species and beautiful coastal regions.

Emeralds are a rich green gemstone commercially mined in Australia.

Rose Garden is Designed and Made in Australia. This sleeveless, Marrakesh Green Graduated pure silk dress reflects our emerald colours. It has been designed for Beach Resort wear, as a guest at cocktail receptions or for yacht wears. Perfect for Australian weather conditions.

It is cool, easy to wear and perfect wedding guest attire. Rose Garden is ideally suited for any special occasion.

For something shorter, take a look at our Alicia Sea Foam dress. It sits just below the knee and is comfortable and cool to wear. It is also made from Marrakesh Green Graduated Pure Silk. It comprises an Aquamarine sequin contrast at the bodice and includes pockets at the waistline.

This dress incorporates a lower pleat panel at the front and has a sleeve to elbow design.

It is consistent with our Emerald green colouring of Australia.

The heart of Australia, also known as The Red Centre, is home to the infamous Uluru (Ayers Rock). It is one of the most impressive landmarks in Australia. Its majestic red colouring attracts more than 250,000 visitors, from around the world, to the site each year. It sits more than 860 metres above sea level and can be seen 348 metres above the plain. That’s higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris!

Our beautiful Mozelle Red dress is a collaboration between Stokes Thompson and Melbourne designer Hanni.

Small gathering under the bust gives this dress amazing fall and movement.

Mozelle Red is a stunning silk georgette strapless dress offering perfect versatility from ball to bridesmaid wears.

Rose Garden Red, once again, highlights our Australian ‘Red Centre’ colour. It is a beautiful knee length dress consisting of a featured neckline.

It has been designed and made in Australia and is ideal for Raceday, Cocktail or Bridesmaid attire.

Rose Garden Red‘s sleeveless design seamlessly suits our Australian climate.

Embracing bold colours and bold patterns, this stylish Coral Dress incorporates the vibrant colours and patterns that correlate to the Australia Great Barrier Reef. The large motifs and striking colour contrast make this dress ideal for Beach Resort wears.

You will look sensational and will love wearing this stunning dress anywhere from wedding guest attire to any special occasion.

It has been Designed and Made in Australia and features a bold applique feature at the neckline.

It has an invisible zipper closing at the back so as not to detract from its superb patterning.

To view our entire range of dresses, visit our online boutique.

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Feb 14

Christenings – Dresses for a Formal Christening – Mother, Grandmother, God Parent

When attending a Christening, it is important to remember not to wear a dress that is too short or otherwise revealing. The ceremony is often held in a Church or other religious venue, so think “smart” rather than “sexy” when choosing your attire.

It is not recommended you wear anything that shows too much skin, so a strapless dress or a low, cleavage-revealing neckline is not ideal.

Think of a Christening much like that of a Wedding. Think of it as an excuse to dress up in your finest occasion wear.

Dusk White Long is the perfect mix between style and sophistication.

This Cream/Ivory silk chiffon and Georgette dress entails a silk chiffon contrast cowl neckline and simplistic front pleating at the thighs, making this dress perfect for that special occasion.

This versatile, cool, easy to wear dress is sure to wow your guests (if worn by the Mother).

Alicia Platinum is perfect for something a little shorter in length. It features silk sleeves, a feature neckline and V-Neck bust.

This gorgeous Platinum silk knee length dress has been designed and made in Australia and would be perfect for all weather conditions on the day of the Christening.

Nude, soft blush and grey tones are always winners, and work for all complexions. Don’t be afraid to wear bright, vibrant colours that will make you stand out. From a fashion point of view, you are allowed to wear anything from white, red, green or blue.

Aurora Navy Long is a beautiful floor length dress that has been designed and made in Australia. It comprises a sequined detail at the bodice and a silk georgette drape/bow at the front.

It is made from Navy Silk Dupion and would look great on any Mother, Grandmother or guest.

The most commonly worn outfit for a God Mother is a dress. Dresses should always reach the knees and must have sleeves.

Sophia Cobalt is a stunning blue gown that would look amazing on any God Mother.

It is made from 100% silk and features a knee length hem, sleeves and pockets. It Features a V-Neck wrap and is easy to wear to make you feel comfortable throughout the day.

A God Mother may wear flats, sandals or comfortable high heels, depending on the weather.

To view our entire range of dresses, visit our online boutique.

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Jan 19

Wedding Gowns for Renewing your Vows

The most important thing to remember when considering renewing your vows is that vow renewal is NOT a second wedding, so save that wedding dress for the new bride and start to think along the lines of an evening dress or a fancy cocktail dress. Keeping in mind of your location and ceremony style.

Your wedding day should really be a once in a lifetime event, so don’t try to recreate it or the dress. Formality is foremost determined by the day and location, the style and length of the dress should reflect this.

Vow renewal is traditionally an intimate ceremony and is usually a less formal event than that of a wedding.

Don’t be shy to still wear white. It represents joy and is no longer linked to purity.

Alicia White Lace has been designed in Australia. It features lace sleeves and V-neck bust. It is knee length and would make a perfect choice for vowel renewal.

Gowns that feature a draped silhouette and that fit close to your body are ideal choices that are styled more like evening wear and bridal wear.

Holly White fits the criteria. This gorgeous silk georgette dress consists of hand beading over the bust as well as small pleating around the waist, giving this dress amazing fall and movement, therefore making it the ideal dress to celebrate your love for one another.

With colours making a splash with this season’s bride-to-be, our Diva Foam Short will keep you on trend. This dress has a small gathering around the waist and features a hand-beaded bust with fan cap sleeves. It comes in both floor length (Diva Foam) and knee length styles.

 

Vowel renewal is all about wearing something that you feel beautiful in. Hibiscus Champaign is a comfortable, silk chiffon, knee length, full sleeve dress. Perfect for an Autumn or Spring ceremony, and for those wanting to wear something a little different in regards to patterns and colour.

To view our entire range of dresses, visit our online boutique.

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Jan 05

Summer Vacation – The Best Resort Wear

The latest buzzword in the fashion industry is Resort Wear. People’s growing desire to buy now, wear now, combined with their choice to travel to a low-cost beach destination has increased the popularity of resort wear dramatically.

Social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter has seen a fad of uploading and posting holiday pictures instantaneously. This type of experience has led to the resort wear category.

Resort wear is typically worn while traveling and on vacation, especially in warmer weather climates. It is comfortable, lightweight and easy to pack. Resort wear can vary from full-length evening dresses to kaftans and sandals.

Our Opal dress is sleeveless, cool to wear and extremely versatile. Ideal for any beach resort occasion, it travels well and would suit dining out on any summer evening.

Hibiscus Champaign’s fabric is designed in Australia. It is 100% silk chiffon and would be a fabulous choice to take along to any beach vacation.

Resort wear prints are often colourful and are commonly inspired by the marine life of the tropics or the bright colours of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Birds of Paradise is a stunning Mozelle dress, created from the collaboration between Stokes Thompson and Melbourne designer Hanni. This print design boasts resort wear from bust to floor.

Our gorgeous three-quarter length silk chiffon Octopus Dress is a brown, blue, black kaftan style dress comprising of silver sequin detail at the wrist. It would suitably accommodate a resort wedding or any other special event.

To shop these looks and to view our entire collection, visit our online boutique.

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Nov 29

A different approach to Wedding Dresses for Summer 2016/17

Bridal fashion has already moved forward into the next Season! Plunging necklines, bold florals and deep V-neck styles are perfect for the modern bride to make a statement.

This season will see Brides breaking away from traditional white with colour. Rose Quartz and Serenity is the way to do this. Rose coloured dresses and hints of blue will be seen on Brides walking down the aisle.

Sage Blue/Green is a stunning cobalt blue and sage green mid-knee dress, with three-quarter length sleeves,with a ruffle detail at the bodice. It has a slightly flared skirt and is also available in Cerise pink and Slate grey (Sage Pink/Grey). Both are ideal deal to wear to any Summer 2016/17 wedding.

Monet Blue/Green and Monet Pink/Grey comprise of a featured neckline and arm band. They have been designed and made in Australia and would make a perfect accompaniment for the Summer Bride.

Keeping on trend, our Alicia Sea Foam accommodates a plunging neckline with a lower pleat panel at the front. This Marrakesh Green Graduated Pure Silk dress features accent pockets at the waistline and frames an aquamarine sequin contrast at the bodice.

And get ready to bare those shoulders. The off-the-shoulder trend has finally trickled its way down to the bridal world.

 

 

Zebra Short is sleeveless, cool and comfortable to wear. It highlights your shoulders and would complement any off-the-shoulder style.

To view our entire range of dresses, visit our online boutique.

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Nov 29

Styles To Wear To Flatter Your Hips

The most common body shape for women is the pear shape. This means that the widest part of your body is below your waist.

Body shape is all about proportion. When determining the best style for your body type it is important that you dress those proportions to look their very best. Once you’ve determined your body shape, you can then consider which dresses will enhance your shape and those dresses to avoid.

Consider wearing fitted styles around your waist to draw attention to your waistline. Dark colours, fitted lines and bold patterns will achieve this the best.

Ruffled sleeve lines will make your shoulders look broader and even out your proportions. Slightly plunging or V-neck styles also flatter the pear shaped figure and draw attention upward, away from the hips and thighs.

Sophia Cobalt is a V-neck wrap featuring a knee length hem, sleeves and pockets. Making this an ideal choice to flatter your hips.

The Eclipse Dress is a black and white mesh sequin,knee length dress in polyester, with Aubergine Thai silk contrast sleeves and bodice panels.

These dresses both emphasize the waist and add volume to the shoulders. Excellent for optimizing flatter looking hips.

Also flirt with the idea of wearing sleeveless dresses to show off your arms and even out proportions.

Coral Dress is a sleeveless, knee-length pure silk dress in vibrant colours, consisting of a stunning applique feature at the neckline. Perfect for drawing the attention upwards and off your hips.

Evening Sky Black and Evening Sky Champagne have been designed and made in Australia. They feature a ruffle bust, which creates a visual interest to draw the eye upwards. Perfect for balancing your top half with your bottom half. Both are sleeveless, cool and comfortable to wear.

To achieve flatter hips, remember to put these tips to work!

To view our entire range of dresses, visit our online boutique.

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Nov 10

Stokes Thompson Designs 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

Whether you’re looking to give or receive, we’ve made your Christmas Shopping that little bit easier this year with the ultimate Designer Dress Gift Guide!

Christmas is a great time to add a few new pieces to your wardrobe.

So sit back and relax, there’s no fighting the crowds in our online boutique and enjoy this Christmas Shopping Experience.

1. Festive Delight

Looking for the perfect Christmas Dress? The Rose Red Garden Dress is this season’s must have dress! The sleeveless and knee length design is perfect for the hot Australian climate. The gorgeous lace fabric offers elegance and comfort; in fact you can wear this all day and still look as fresh as when you put it on.

For more Christmas Dresses click here https://www.stokesthompson.com.au/uncategorized/best-dressed-christmas-season/

 

2. Summer Lovin’

Going on a summer holiday or know someone who is?

Our Coral Dress is the perfect choice! Sleeveless, knee-length pure silk, in vibrant colours with an applique feature at the neckline, you’ll look sensational and love wearing this summer dress anywhere.

 

 

 

3. A Little Luxe

If you want to send a gift of pure luxe and elegance, you can’t go past a little black dress – our Juliette Black Dress that is!

This gorgeous silk georgette strapless dress has a hand beaded feature on the waistline and a thigh split allowing great movement.

 

 

 

4. Boho Vibes

The Hibiscus Dress in Champaign transitions beautifully from casual day wear to evening wear. The 100% silk chiffon is designed in Australia. With on trend boho vibes, this is one Christmas Gift EVERY woman will love!

 

 

 

 

5. Vibrantly Versatile

There’s nothing quite like finding a beautiful dress, especially one as vibrant and versatile as our Alicia Sea Foam Dress. Suitable for all body types and ages, the Alicia Sea Foam will become a firm favourite in every wardrobe. Made from pure silk, with sequined detailing on the bodice this dress goes from day wear, to resort wear, to cocktail events and so much more!

 

 

 

To shop these amazing gifts or browse all our designs, visit our online boutique. Please read our Shipping and Returns information to ensure your Christmas purchases arrive on time!