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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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Apr 28

Five tricks to create more space in your wardrobe

No matter what size your wardrobe is, we are always capable of filling it, or even overfilling into other closets. Extra storage is a luxury these days, with many people living in apartments, so making the most of your space is a must.

A good clean out of your wardrobe, could see you rediscovering favourite items you had forgotten about, but more likely, finding items you should never have purchased.

With the change of season here, it’s a great time to organise your wardrobe and create more space.

Here are our 5 top tricks to create more space in your wardrobe.

1.     Clear it out. The key way to create more space is to de-clutter. Give yourself a weekend to clean out your wardrobe and sort your clothes. If you haven’t worn an item in over 18 months, you’re most likely not going to wear it again. There are some great options available for getting rid of unwanted clothes; sell them in an online garage sale, donate them to charity or arrange a swap party with friends.

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2.    Cascade your coat hangers. This is where a coat hanger hangs off another coat hanger, effectively giving you twice the  hanging space without crumpling your clothes. You can create a DIY version by using a soda can ring to double up your hangers. Alternatively you can purchase cascade hooks, or coat hangers from a variety of stores. This is a great way to store your dresses, although we do recommend evening dresses are stored in a garment bag before hanging.

3.    Use the back of your door. Unless you have sliding doors, the back of your wardrobe door is a great place to store accessories. Not only does this area give you added space but you can display your belts, scarves, ties and even necklaces, which gives you easy access, especially for those items you wear regularly. No more digging through a box or draw for that scarf.

4.    Utilize the floor. Floor space in a wardrobe is perfect for adding low lying storage boxes or cubbies. If you have the space to go vertical, you can stack on top of each other, for extra space. Shoes are a great item to store in cubbies; it keeps them neat, but on display for easy access.

5.    Space Bags. The name says it all! Space Bags are a faultless way for storing clothes, which you do not need for the season. They are easily stacked and can be stored at the top of your wardrobe, or even store them under your bed. This is especially great for removing bulky items like coats and jackets in summer.

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Apr 23

Five Essential Winter items for your wardrobe

There it is; that chill in the air. Autumn is here and the anticipation of winter is building. The change of season is an exciting time; the chance to change up your wardrobe, bring out the layers, cosy fabrics, jackets, boots and scarves. What’s not to love about winter fashion, there are so many wonderful fabrics and fashions to choose from.

To help you, we have found five essential items for your 2015 winter wardrobe. These essentials can be mixed and matched together to create some fabulous, on trend outfits, for Autumn/Winter:

1.     Colour Jeans. Denim is undoubtedly a wardrobe essential twelve months of the year. So what styles are trending in 2015? Go with grey, burgundy or cobalt blue jeans this Autumn/Winter. Match with a neutral knit or black blazer to really make the colour pop!

2.     Basic Knits. You can’t go wrong in both style and comfort by adding some soft knits to your wardrobe. Oversized knit cardigans and sweaters are on trend this season and look amazing when layered, which is a plus for extra warmth. Cashmere is a must for a luxurious look and feel. Classic stripes and neutral tones are the go to for knits this year.

3.     Midi Skirts. This trend was originally popular in the 70’s and has recently come back in fashion. The classic look is staying around from Spring/Summer and can be brought into the Autumn/Winter season by pairing with some tights and a gorgeous knit top or tailored jacket. The Midi Skirt is classically a mid-calf length but there are now a variety of lengths and shapes to choose from, so there is a shape to suit everyone. Try different materials like leather or suede for some extra detail to your outfit.

4.     Tailored Blazer. This is a must have item this Autumn/Winter season. AND the good news is; it is so versatile. Teamed with a Midi Skirt or a dress like our silver seaweed dress or amethyst borealis dress, it creates the perfect office ensemble. Add some killer high heels, with a blazer and colour jeans and you have a sophisticated outfit for a night out or weekend outing. A black blazer will suit many outfits and adds sophistication especially when impeccably tailored. If you are feeling adventurous, an animal print blazer is definitely a 2015 must have.

5.     Ankle Boots. Are THE accessory this Autumn/Winter season. There are so many great styles available: wedge, heel, flat, laced, buckled. The trick to wearing ankle boots is to elongate the leg. If wearing them with jeans, cuff the hem to show off some ankle, or add them to a dress which sits just above the knee. Military, Taupe and Black are this seasons go to style and colours.

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Mar 24

Four takes on your little black dress

You will find no item more versatile in your wardrobe than the little black dress (LBD). But because of its versatility, you can often feel the pressure when it comes to choosing the right LBD for you. What texture, style and design do you choose after all to cater for so many different occasions and make it still fashionable in years to come?

Whether you need to update your look or are yet to find the perfect LBD, here are four takes on the LBD to give you a little shopping inspiration.

Add a bright splash of colour

Just because the occasion demands an LBD, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t add our own personal touch. A contrasting colour on the bodice will certainly take you out of the boring zone. Add some matching accessories and you will certainly add some spice to your LBD.

If you’re stuck for choice or haven’t the time to traipse from store to store, then our Evening Sky cocktail dress is an excellent choice and takes all the hassle out of shopping.

The vibrant aubergine pure silk contrast at the neckline and bust gives a fabulous burst of colour and the sequined skirt makes it ideal for that special occasion or evening function.

Experiment with textures

If you want to stay with an all black LBD then do a variation on the fabric. A textured fabric or lace detail or overlay in black, will also add a different dimension to your outfit and ensure you still stand out.

Our silk Black Opal knee length dress is designed with this concept in mind. The black polyester microgette ruffled sleeves are ideal for those steamy summer nights and easy to cover with a shawl for the cooler autumn and winter months. The easy wear and care for fabric will ensure you look your best throughout the day or night.

A quick word of advice though, when wearing patterned fabrics keep shoes and accessories simple so you don’t look overdone.

Be brave and go bold

If you don’t want to blend into the crowd go for a bold patterns and textures in black and white or another contrasting colour of your choice.

For the really brave, add a third contrasting colour like a bright waistband and you could be setting future fashion trends! To give you some ideas, have a look at our Solar Eclipse Black and White dress with sequins. It has a third contrasting colour on the sleeves and bodice for the confident woman who loves her unique individuality.

Opt for soft and floaty

For a softer look you may want to opt for a longer floaty or layered dress. You can even add a wide belt or sash to accentuate your waist to ensure that you don’t get lost in the fabric of the dress.

The Black Resort dress is the perfect example of this with elbow length sleeves, black sequin detail at the neckline, and shirred waistline, it comes in a three quarter length with gorgeous horizontal contrast fabric detail.

How do you do your LBD?

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Mar 16

How to wear white without the bridal look

There is no question that white is still a popular colour this season, particularly in formal wear. But if you are like most people you are somewhat reserved about wearing it in case you look like a bride turning up for her wedding.

Before you give up on that dream of being a gorgeous white vision, here are five tips on how to wear white without looking like a bride.

1. Use accessories

One of the quickest and easiest ways to ditch the bridal look is through your accessories. Depending on your dress and personal style you could opt for bright or deep colours for your shoes, clutch, jacket or wrap, or metallic for a slightly subtler party look.

You can also differentiate through your jewellery by being a little bolder in your design choices or go the opposite way with no jewellery for a simple, fresh look.

2. Choose modern styles

Look for embellishments, fabrics and dress designs that stand out from the normal wedding gown look. High low dresses, paneling, cutouts, stiffer textures, and sharp angles can make the perfect non-bridal white dress.

3. Mix your colours

Adding a splash of colour to your white dress can also do the trick. It could be subtly on the hemline, piping or paneling, or more obvious with the bodice or skirt in the different colour.  A great example of this is our Lightning Ridge dress that uses patterned paneling to add colour and flair.

4. Avoid lace and ruffles

Wedding gowns are often associated with lots of lace and ruffles, so it is best to stay away from these styles. If you do have your heart set on something lacey, look for a shorter length or a broderie anglaise style that is not typically worn by brides.

5. Opt for white that’s not quite white

To avoid the bridal look completely why not go for an ivory, off-white or cream outfit, you may even find one of these colours will compliment your complexion more than white. Our Cream and Ivory Vintage knee length dress is a great example of this. It still gives you the white look without the bridal feel and what’s more the dress is easy to accessorise and wear again and again.

Do you like wearing white formal wear? What are your top tips for avoiding the bridal look?

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Feb 26

Five tips for choosing your formal dress

Your formal is one of the most exciting highlights of your school year. It’s highly anticipated and discussions of your dress and accessories can dominate your thoughts and conversations particularly as the date draws near.

To ensure your formal is everything you want it to be and you look ever so stunning, here are five tips to help you choose the perfect formal dress.

1. Shop early

Shopping early has many advantages when it comes to buying your formal dress. The main advantage is you will have more options when it comes to styles and colours to choose from. There is nothing worse than leaving it until the last minute and having to choose from limited dresses and sizes.

If you do buy your dress early in the year, remember to try it on again a few weeks out in case any adjustments need to be made to make it more comfortable for you.

2. Choose a dress that suits the occasion or theme

Keep in mind both the venue and your school’s policy on length, splits and open midriffs. Generally speaking glamorous, classic or vintage style dresses are ideal for your school formal. Also talk to your friends to get an indication of the style and dress others will be wearing.

As much as you want to catch everyone’s eye you want to do it the right way and also feel comfortable, particularly at the after party.

3. Choose a style that is flattering to your body type

With many different body types it’s important to get a dress that will flatter your shape.  Your bust, waist, hip size and even height can determine what style will look best on you. Likewise your complexion can also impact what colour you choose so be sure to try on a few dresses in different styles and colour before you buy your dress, you might just be surprised with what you find looks great on you!

4. Find out how many dresses of that same style are available

There is nothing worse than finding the perfect dress and someone else is wearing it!  To avoid this, or at least limit your chances of this happening, find a dress that has a limited number of reproductions or purchase a dress at a boutique or online store instead of mainstream dress shops.

Again, you may want to talk to your friends and other girls in your grade about what they are wearing to ensure you will stand out from the crowd.

5. Find a dress you can wear again

A formal dress is what you call a wardrobe investment piece; it is one of the more expensive items you will buy so you want to be sure you could wear it again.

Some questions you may like to ask yourself are “Can the length be altered later for another event?” “Is the style, colour, pattern or texture likely to date?“ and “Can I change the look easily through changing my accessories?”

Need some formal dress inspiration? Check out our full collection for gorgeous dresses that are sure to be remembered long after the event.

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Feb 16

Choosing the perfect dress for your wedding reception

Every bride wants the opportunity to have a fairytale entrance to her wedding, but if you are like most, you also want to be able to kick up your heels and celebrate! If your dream wedding dress doesn’t give you the practicality of dancing the night away you might just want to look into the idea of having a different reception dress.

While it can be a great way to make two fashion statements, there are some things you should keep in mind when choosing the right dress for your wedding reception. Here’s our guide to creating the perfect second entrance to your wedding.

Fabrics

Don’t be afraid to use the same fabric as your wedding dress, if you wish to keep your theme carrying through.  Otherwise, you can go for alternative fabric options such as chiffon, georgette, lace, voile, cady, charmeuse and satin.  You can add touches of beads, diamantes and ruffles to add to the elegance.

Colours

You may be a traditional bride that wants to carry your dress colour through the evening, if so colours like white, cream and champagne are ideal.

However, if you are a bride that wishes to change the tempo at your reception with some bold statement colours, you might want to look at black, red, silver, blue or emerald green.

Lengths

For the formal wedding reception, keep with the long flowing gown.  But if you are planning to dance the night away, then mid-calf or cocktail length are the way to go.  Mid-calf and cocktail dresses provide ease of movement on the dance floor. The added advantage is you won’t need your wedding entourage to help you go to the toilet.

Style of dress

Depending on your body shape, there are some dress styles that will be more flattering to you and accentuate your best features.

For a Pear body shape – Wear a dress style that emphasises your waist and arms, along with adding volume to your upper body to minimise your hips.

For a Wedge body shape – Wear a dress that accentuates your lower body while giving a softer look to your upper body.

Rectangle body shape – Wear a dress that gives your body curves along while showing off your arms and legs.

Apple body shape – Wear a dress that shows off your legs, and elongates your torso.  Don’t be afraid to use fashion statement pieces to create illusions of your waist.

Hourglass body shape – Wear a dress that accentuates your curvy shape without going too overboard.

You want your guests talking about you for all the right reasons, so avoid dresses that are too short, see-through, overly revealing or that make you feel uncomfortable. When it comes to choosing the perfect wedding reception dress, it comes down to what makes you look and feel a million dollars.

Need some wedding reception dress inspiration? Browse our full collection.

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