May 29

Evening Attire – What to Wear After 5

Have you ever heard the term ‘After Five Attire’? In simplified terms, this is just another way of saying ‘Semi-Formal’ wear. Dressing appropriately for these types of events simply means to step up your workday style a notch.

Semi-formal dressing for women means ‘not too dressy’, therefore you aren’t required to wear floor length or formal dress. Simple black dresses and knee length dresses with heels are perfect After Five attire.

When choosing your outfit, keep in mind to:

look for fabrics such as chiffon, satin or silk. These will help differentiate from your normal office daywear. pair your dress with heels. not wear anything too revealing. If your dress has a shorter hemline, make sure is has sleeves and a high neck. If the neckline is lower, make sure the hemline is lower. Find a dress with a fit that flatters you. Detail necklines and silhouettes that best suit your body. accessorize with a little bling. One or two statement pieces are enough for you to not overdo it. “Keep accessories simple”. carry a clutch.

   

Rose Garden Black and Sophia Black are perfect little black dresses for After Five Wear. Both are knee-length and would accessorize well with a touch of bling. Rose Garden Black is black lace and embraces a feature neckline. Sophia Black is beautifully made from 100% silk and consists of a feature V-Neck wrap. These dresses have been designed and made in Australia.

Remember, colours are acceptable After Five attire, as long as the fabric has some sheen.

Crystal Amethyst is a shorter, sequined dress, adhering to the “After Five” guideline: shorter hemline, higher neckline.

This dusk pink silk shantung dress embosses pleating detail above the waist with a sequined bodice and bust.

 

 

 

Evening Sky Champagne has been designed and made in Australia. It is constructed from high quality champagne polyester nylon sequin material and features a ruffle champagne bust.

 

 

Rose Garden Watermelon features a beautiful silk georgette drape detail at the back with contrasting sleeves and feature neckline. It is knee-length and is ideal for any After Five event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 15

Fashion Trends | Latest Fashion Trends for Autumn

The cooler weather is almost upon us! Although, whilst Autumn in Queensland lasts a little longer than in some other parts of Australia, the nights and mornings are fast becoming chillier at this time of year. As the days continue to shine, Autumn attire is more than fitting to continue to wear through until June.

Pretty layers and layers of ruffles have seen this year’s Autumn fashion gain popularity. These dresses look great with knee-high boots and dark accessories. Our Hibiscus Champaign is the perfect Autumn dress to accessorize with. It comprises a full-length sleeve with tie at the neckline. The fabric is designed in Australia and is made from silk chiffon.

Autumn evening attire prompts the need to start ‘wrapping up’ at night and as the temperatures drop, a jacket or coat will be required to keep you warm, but nothing too bulky underneath just yet.

Black Opal is a below the knee length silk dress with black polyester microgette contrast ruffled sleeves. It is designed and made in Australia for easy wearing. Perfect for Autumn eveningwear.

This Autumn/Winter will see colours of lavender, fuchsia, reds and midnight blues predominately take place.

 

 

 

Eclipse Dress is an exclusive one-off garment. Perfect for that unique, individual feel. This knee-length dress ticks all the Autumn fashion boxes, is designed and made in Australia and travels well. It incorporates Thai silk contrast sleeves and bodice panels.

 

 

Rose Garden Red is a beautiful knee-length dress, has been designed and made in Australia and adheres to this year’s Autumn/Winter colour scheme. It has been constructed from red lace and features a stunning silk georgette drape detail the back.

 

 

Evening Sky Black‘s midnight blue contrast neckline and bust is sure to make a statement this Autumn/Winter.

 

 

 

This cocktail party dress is fashioned with knee-length sequin material and a pure silk dupion gathered frill detail at the bodice. This easy-wearing resort style dress is ideal for any special occasion or cocktail party.

Apr 28

Tea for Two Tuesday – Dresses designed for High Tea.

A High Tea is the perfect occasion to dress up with some of your favourite ladies and enjoy an afternoon of delicious food. It’s the perfect occasion to dress up and look as dressy as the sweets in front of you. You want to feel exquisite when you are seated at your table of finger sandwiches and tiered cakes accompanied by exquisite French champagne or tea served in fine China.

High Teas are commonly organised outings these days, and whether you have decided to High Tea in your home, a café or in a luxurious restaurant, you are sure to indulge in a glamorous afternoon. Here’s what we suggest what to wear.

For High Tea attire you can’t go past a lace number. Rose Garden Lace White is an elegant floor length dress with a feature neckline. It has been designed in Australia and would be an ideal choice to wear to any High Tea gathering.

Alicia Platinum, with sheer silk sleeves comes to straight to mind when talking High Tea. It is a platinum silk knee length dress with a feature neckline and V-neck bust. It is perfectly suited for High Tea and would be sure to be make any wearer feel exquisite.

 

 

Diva Foam Short has been collaborated between Stokes Thompson and Melbourne designer Hanni. It is a gorgeous polyester silk dress, which features a hand beaded bust and fan cap sleeves. The small gathering around the waist gives this dress amazing fall and movement. Making this a perfect design for any High Tea. Note: it also comes in a floor length design (Diva Foam).

Wrap dresses are also in fashion when it comes to thinking of what to wear to a High Tea.

Sophia Cobalt is made from 100% silk. This dress features a knee length hem, sleeves and pockets. The front consists of a feature V-neck wrap, making it a perfect dress to wear to your next High Tea. It also comes in Black (Sophia Black).

 

 

 

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

 

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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.

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

 

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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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