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Dec 04

The do’s and don’ts on wearing floral designs

Spring and summer, provide a wonderful opportunity to play with different floral fabrics and styles.

From dresses, skirts, tops, even shoes, there is a way to incorporate a floral design into your wardrobe.

Floral designs can be bold and bright or pretty in pastel, so how do you choose the right design for you?

Here are our Top Tips for choosing the right floral design for you:

1. Choose an age appropriate design. In your 20’s and 30’s you can safely experiment with bold colour or sweet floral designs. Floral blooms in reds and pinks are striking on a black background and can add a touch of sophistication and provide a difference to the‘little black dress’.

Our Monet Dress in Pink and Grey is a great choice for a cocktail event or the races.

Small floral patterns provide a soft, sweet look, which works beautifully at a garden wedding or daytime formal function.

In your 40’s and 50’s bolder and large floral patterns provide a fun alternative to block colours. Abstract and classic floral designs are classy and elegant.

To manage an overall balance with your floral outfit, wear simple jewellery if you choose a large scale floral design. Small floral prints can be matched with some bold statement jewellery pieces.

2. Colours. The best thing about floral designs is the variety of colours they can provide. Classically they offer a beautiful assortment of colours which can easily be coordinated with black or neutral accessories.

Although you may like a particular design, ask yourself if it will match your skin tone. A floral design could wash you out if it doesn’t compliment your skin tone. Visit our blog on choosing the right colour for your skin tone for more information.

Our Sage Dress,is striking in cobalt blue and green, and ideal for any special occasion.

 

3. Don’t mix and match your floral designs, leave it to professional stylists. If you want to wear a floral design use it once in your outfit. Don’t match a floral dress with a floral bag or shoes. Same again for a floral skirt, which you don’t want to match with a different floral top.

Too much floral can take away from the beautiful designs and look too busy.

Pick a colour out from your floral design and match your accessories and other garments with it.

4. Fabrics play a big part in the overall look your floral design delivers. If you’re trying to achieve a dreamy, romantic or vintage style, a flowing chiffon fabric in pastel and mute floral tones will be perfect. For a sleek and bold look, a floral design in rayon-spandex fabric will skim over your body.

We love our Baby Doll Hibiscus dress, in pale mauve with contrasting silk flowing waterfall panel at the front and bodice ruching.

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Dec 04

Over Thirty and fabulous

Being invited to a black tie or formal event is not something that should fill you with panic and dread, especially in your 30’s, 40’s and beyond.

While many formal dresses are designed for those in their teens and twenties, there are still many beautiful designs and styles to suit a mature woman.

The most important rule, for any woman not matter what her age, is to dress appropriate for the event.

If you keep it simple, refined and elegant, you will look and feel beautiful.

Here are our favourite designs for your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond:

1.     In your 30’s…

Choose a dress with beautiful detailing or embellishment, such as the lace detailing on our Kiara Dress or sequin bodice on our Crystal Amethyst dress. Both offer a comfortable amount of coverage, while still looking young, on trend and classy.

2.     In your 40’s…

Show off your best asset. Perhaps it’s your legs, waist or arms. By your 40’s you should be aware of what you feel comfortable in and what suits your body shape. If you need help, check out our blog, dressing for your body shape.

Our Sophia Cobalt dress and our Rose Garden Watermelon Dress, are exceptionally flattering for most body shapes. A conservative knee length skirt is both classic and elegant. Both designs enhance your body shape with a beautiful neckline.

3.     In your 50’s and beyond…

No matter what your age, every woman wants to feel like a princess or queen for just one night. Look for a dress which makes you feel beautiful, comfortable and regal. Our Alicia Iris dress will make you feel like a queen, with its chiffon overlay, embellishment and flowing skirt.It has been our most popular dress with women searching for formal wedding guest garments, and also Mother of the Bride/Groom dresses. While looking stylish, it is also understated and unlikely to overshadow the bride.

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Sep 02

Why you should match your formal dress to your skin tone

Colour is kind but it can also be cruel.

It has a subtle way of either making you look radiant or washing you right out.It’s important to know which colours are best suited to your complexion. It will make choosing a formal dress much less stressful and can narrow down the search, if you know what colours to look for.

The basic rule when it comes to knowing which colours work best for you is to understand if you are warm or cool skin tone.

If you have warm colouring, you will most likely have some of these traits:

Your complexion has peach or yellow undertones and can be ivory, golden-brown, rich-brown, beige. Your natural hair colour is auburn, chestnut, coppery brown, golden blonde or red. Your eye colour is hazel, brown or light green. Those with warm skin toneslook fabulous in the following colours: copper, gold, yellows, reds and browns – especially if they are a rich, earthy shade. Peach, coral, and ivory also look amazing on a warm skin tone.

Stokes Thompson formal dresses which are best suited to a warm skin tone include:

 

 

 

 

If you have cool colouring, you will most likely have some of these traits:

Your complexion has pink or blue undertones and can bepale, fair, olive, black. Your natural hair colouring is white, ash blonde, black or dark brown. Your eye colour is blue, green ordark brown.

Those with cool skin tones should wear silver, blues, greens, pinks, or purples. Black or white also looks amazing on a cool skin tone.

Stokes Thompson formal dresses which are best suited to a cool skin tone include:

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Aug 12

How to choose a formal dress for larger breasts

Choosing the right dress for a formal, wedding or black-tie event can be stressful. We all want to find the perfect dress that is going to make us feel beautiful and confident.

If you are blessed with larger breasts, it can be difficult to find a formal dress to accentuate your womanly curves, without over exposing. We have put together some great tips on choosing a dress which flatters your silhouette.

1. Take the attention away from your chest by drawing focus up or down. You can draw focus down by choosing a dark colour fabric on top and matching with an embellished or lighter coloured skirt. Alternatively choose a cocktail length dress and show off your legs, our red cocktail dress with lace overlay is perfect taking focus away from your chest. Draw attention upwards by accessorising with drop down earrings.

2. Wrap dresses are a must-have dress for larger breasted woman; they accentuate the waste and create a beautiful neckline. A wrap dress will separate your breasts and really show off your waist. For a more formal look, choose a chiffon fabric or accessorise with a statement necklace.

3. Necklines.  Scoops and V- necklines are the two best options for larger breasts, and luckily these are usually the most common in formal dresses.

Highneck lines can make your breasts look larger than they are. If you want to try a high neckline choose a dress with an illusion neckline, as this will give you delicate coverage.

Strapless is not recommended, however if you really want to wear strapless, ensure the dress or your under garments have structure, keeping your breasts within the dress, and not overflowing.

Our ivory and white dresses are a great example of the perfect neckline to suit larger breasts.

4. To balance your top half and create a beautiful silhouette, choose a dress with thick straps, short or three quarter sleeves. A sleeve can still look very formal, elegant and sophisticated, just look at our beautiful purple and royal blue dresses.

5. Most importantly, a dress is only as flattering as your under garments, choose a well-fitted bra, which provides support and structure. You can also find flattering slips and camisoles to enhance your shape.

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Jul 27

Top 5 Bridesmaid Dress Trends for 2015

With Pinterest and Instagram, there is so much more choice and inspiration these days for planning your wedding day. So why can it be so difficult to choose your bridesmaid dresses? Well,  no one bridesmaid is the same, so choosing a colour and style that suits everyone can be a nightmare, especially if everyone has a different opinion. Plus you ideally would like the dresses to fit in with your wedding theme.

To help you navigate the world of bridesmaid dresses, we have put together 5 top trends for 2015 and some beautiful Stokes Thompson suggestions.

1. Pretty Patterns. Particularly, romantic floral patterns are popular for Spring/Summer 2015/16 weddings. Perfect for a garden wedding or vintage/bohemian themed wedding. Your bridesmaids will love this too as printed dresses are perfect for other occasions too.

2. Mix and Match. Whether you’re mixing up your colours or mixing up your styles, this trend is likely to stay for a long time. This trend is an excellent way to create individual looks for your bridesmaids and choose styles which suit their body shapes.

Having trouble choosing a colour for your bridesmaid dresses? Not to worry, having a different colour for each dress can really add interest to the look of your bridal party. Choosing different shades in the same colour will create a beautiful ombré effect.

Our teal dress is a beautiful bridesmaid dress, which can be mixed and matched in a long dress with capped sleeves or short flowing skirt.

3. Maid of Honour Dress. Your maid of honour is a special person to you and they have probably been busy supporting you throughout your wedding preparations. Why not make them stand out a little? This trend is becoming increasingly popular in 2015. If you’re looking for a subtle way to make them stand out, why not try an embellished detail, like our blue dress. The crystal embellishment on the shoulder adds a truly special touch and is perfect for your maid of honour.

4. Illusion Necklines. This trend has a romantic and traditional appeal. The illusion covering, can be a high neck, bateau, off the shoulder or v-neckline. Beautiful fabrics like lace, tulle or beaded embellishments create a beautiful look.

Our red dress offers a stunning keyhole illusion design with lace detailing.

5. Ivory or White. What was once a wedding faux par, is now the trendiest bridesmaid style. Are you ready to embrace an all-white wedding? Many brides are now opting for white or ivory bridesmaid dresses to complement their own. This trend is sophisticated and elegant, and will suit almost any wedding theme. However, you mustchoose the right dress, so it doesn’t overshadow the bride.

Our white lace dress and our ivory dress are feminine and elegant and will complement a more embellished bridal gown.

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Jul 13

How to enhance your dress

Accessorising is a form of art. If done well you can enhance any dress and create a stunning outfit. When you have chosen your dress and you begin to think about accessories, always show restraint especially for a formal occasion. Think about the overall look you want to achieve, is it appropriate for the type of event?

Here are 5 tips to enhance your dress:

1. Colour. Choose just one colour, which can either feature in the pattern of your dress or it can complement the colour of your dress. Add this colour into your jewellery, bag and/or shoes to create a ‘theme’ to your outfit. Accessorising our Aqua dress with diamonds and emeralds allows the aqua colour to really stand out.

2. Jewellery. Choose classic pieces to enhance a formal dress. Pearls and diamonds create a classic, elegant and sophisticated look for any black tie or wedding event. To stay on-trend add a statement necklace, they work best with a v-neckline or thin straps and against a block colour. See how we accessorise our White dress with statement jewellery to enhance the embellishment on the dress.

3. Evening Wrap. Keep warm and enhance your dress by adding an evening wrap or shawl. There are so many beautiful materials to choose from, with the most classics being chiffon or faux fur. For a real on-trend statement try a shawl in gold or silver.

4. Mani/Pedi. Don’t forget you can enhance any dress with a beautiful nail colour. A beautiful French polish on your fingers and toes is perfect for a formal event. For a beach wedding or day at the races, why not try a pop of colour to compliment your dress.

5. Makeup. When creating the overall look of your outfit, it is important to think about your makeup. Go for either dramatic eyes or lips. Which works better to enhance your features and your dress? If you’re going for dramatic lips, don’t worry about trying to match a lipstick colour to your dress, this can look too overwhelming; choose a complimentary shade to the dress. A pink lip and earrings match beautifully with our Coral dress, for a casual wedding or day at the races.

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Jun 30

The perfect dress for your shape

If you want to look and feel your best, then choosing a dress that’s right for your body shape is an absolute must. With the right dress you’ll accentuate your best features and disguise the rest. The correct dress will help flatter your figure, making your silhouette appear balanced.

Luckily, there are so many fabulous styles available today; there is something for everyone, no matter what your shape.

So let’s take a look at the 5 general body shapes and what styles work best…

Apple: choose Empire waistlines and A- line dresses. These styles have a fitted top and high waistline, which moves the attention away from your midsection. Our red dress is a seamless complement for an apple shape, as the neckline and lace detailing draws attention away from the midsection, while the flowing skirt balances the silhouette.

Pear: avoid dresses which have a tight skirt, choose a flowing skirt, in soft materials like chiffon, thatwill compliment your bottom half. Choosing a dress with an embellished top will add balance and sophistication.

The teal dress, with its beautiful embellished bodice, is a perfect example of how to enhance and balance a pear shape.

Triangles: need to soften their top half by choosing a low cut neckline, in a ‘u’ or ‘v’ shape. Like a pear shape you need to add balance, so avoid a tight fitted skirt which will enhance your wider top half. An A-line dress is the best style for your shape.

Rectangles/Ruler: add some curves with a tight fitted top and flowing skirt, this will create an hourglass illusion and really enhance your body shape. Our purple dress showcases how a beautiful and elegant silhouette can be created with a full skirt.

Hourglass: This is the ‘classic’ female shape which is lucky enough to be able to pull off just about any dress style. If you are an hourglass shape, you should look into other factors when choosing the perfect dress, like your height. Petite frames should wear shorter skirts, because this helps add the appearance of height. Also keep to one colour to improve the illusion of height.

Tall frames have an easier time pulling off long, flowing skirts. A long skirt should touch the ankle bones; if it is shorter it will look too small. If you are tall, you also have the ability to go for bolder patterns and prints.

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Jun 17

How to wear a printed dress

Every woman should own at least one printed dress. Whether you choose a floral, geometric, lace or animal print, it will make a beautiful and bold statement at your next event.

Prints and patterns have a long history in fashion. Printed dresses began making a statement during the ‘Romantic Era’ in the 1820’s, when the advancement of textile colouration became available. To this day, we see all the great fashion houses creating new interpretations on classic patterns and prints.

Prints can be bold, romantic, quirky and fun. A print is a very versatile fashion choice, as they are trans-seasonal and can also be worn from the office, to a function or dinner.

But care needs to be taken when choosing and styling a printed dress, here are some helpful tips on how to choose and wear a printed dress:

1. Choose a print which is in proportion to your body shape. The smaller you are, the smaller the print should be. For example, when choosing a floral print, the general rule to apply, is to choose a print no larger than your hand span, 3-5cm. Our Sage Cobalt Dress is a perfect example of choosing the right size pattern to create a romantic and feminine look.

2. Choose a print that flatters your shape and makes you feel good. Geometrical prints can have a narrowing effect on the waist, if positioned correctly. Some prints can also have an overall elongating effect, like our Green Technoprint Dress with black satin trim, perfect for a special occasion.

3. Select neutral coloured accessories and endeavour to pick out a colour from the print, to match them too. This includes your shoes, bag, coat and jewellery.

4. Prints work best when they are more form fitting, a dress like our Silver Seaweed creates a beautiful, feminine silhouette and can be paired perfectly with black and silver.

5. If you are looking for a more formal or elegant look, choose a more traditional print like floral or lace and enhance stylish accessories.

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Jun 07

How to wear a formal dress during winter

Winter weddings and formal events are increasingly popular, as winter provides a romantic, elegant and sophisticated setting.Many people are opting for black-tie and ballrooms.

Nobody ever wants to look inappropriately dressed, so what are the rules for dressing for a formal winter event?

We have put together some helpful tips to have you looking elegant but keeping warm.

1. Research the season’s current styles and trends. Magazines and online blogs can give you great inspiration when it comes to choosing your outfit, or the look you would like to achieve. Knowing what’s currently on trend will also give you an idea of what you will find in stores. You will also be able to get ideas from fashion stylists on how to accessorise a winter formal dress.

2. Choose a dress in a dark or richer colour. Think black, navy, mauve or red, like our beautiful Kiara Gown with lace detailing. These colours are very complimentary to most skin tones and work well in many dress designs. A dress like our Mauve Gown looks soft, feminine and elegant.

3. Cover Up! Winter is the perfect occasion for a floor length gown. Floor length gowns usually come in three different skirt designs; A-line, Empire and Sheath. Choose the design that best suits your body shape and personality. A dress which has a beautiful lace or chiffon sleeve or overlay, adds sophistication and warmth. A beautiful example is the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown and our White Gown.

4. It is perfectly fine to complete your formal look with a coat or faux fur cover up. Most likely, this will only be worn getting to and from venues, or if the wedding is held in a drafty church. But it is important to ensure the coat, or cover up compliments the dress. A puffer jacket with an evening gown is a no go. Look for materials like wool or cashmere in black, cream or grey.

5. Adding tights to your outfit can add a level of sophistication and helps to keep you warm, but stay clear of bold patterns and colours as they will distract from your beautiful dress. Peep-toe or covered in heels will look more appropriate at a winter wedding or event, than strappy sandals.

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May 26

What colours are on trend this Autumn/Winter 2015

This season fall in love with colour.

The traditional Autumn/Winter wardrobe usually consists of staple pieces in black, charcoal, and white.

This season’s trending colours are confident but also very complimentary, so why not experiment by adding a splash of colour to your wardrobe. If you have a special event coming up, one of our formal dresses shown below will make a beautiful statement.

Here are the Top 5 colours trending this season:

1.    Grey or Aluminium

If you’re going to go with one colour this season, go grey! This colour can be worn in a variety of stylish shades, from light to dark. It is the perfect colour to mix and match together or combine with any one of the colours listed below. Grey works well in different textures, so look for beautiful knit cardigans or wool coats.

2.    Blue

Navy is everywhere this Autumn/Winter Season. It is such a complimentary colour and so easy to style. Look for denim, blouses and tailored jackets in navy.For a bolder blue, Bright Cobalt and Royal Blue are also significantly on trend this season, and look beautiful in blue in a formal gown like our Blue Dress and Blue Satin Dress.

3.    Aurora Red and Sangria

According to Pantone’s 2015 Winter Colour report, specifically Aurora Red and Sangria are the standout shades of red this Autumn/Winter.

Sangria is best described as a bright berry colour, which can be co-ordinated effortlessly with black, charcoal and grey.

Aurora Red makes a sophisticated and classic statement, especially in a beautiful gown like our Burg Diamonte Dress.

Nail colour is also a great way to incorporate these two shades into your winter outfit.

4.    Mauve Mist

Mauve Mistis one of our favourite colours trending this Autumn/Winter. Our Grace Gown showcases how to wear this colour perfectly. It’s ultra-feminine, romantic, and elegant. Mauve Mist looks best alone, designed in an ethereal style, with soft flowing fabrics.

5.    Gold

Paris fashion week saw a gold rush, with many designers adding it to their shows. This metallic hue, adds a little sparkle and glitter to any winter outfit. This colour is specifically matched with black this season. A gold jacket teamed with black jeans offers a sophisticated and fun outfit for a dinner or weekend outing.

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