Homecoming Queen Style – Perfectly Pretty

One of the most long-lasting of all dress trends is for those that we call ‘Prom Dresses’. Every summer, at weddings, ladies days, regattas and other occasions that call for something a little bit special, we see a resurgence of those beautiful, full skirted, often strapless dresses that hark back to the last hurrah of Hollywood, the 1950s. Those were the days when screen goddesses like Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Doris Day chose feminine styles that have set the trend for prom and homecoming dresses for decades to come.

But when we talk about prom dresses, we often mean homecoming dresses. Prom dresses were traditionally full length Princess style, whereas the shorter,  flirty styles made popular by both versions of Carrie Bradshaw, and celebrities like Kelly Brook and Taylor Swift, are more akin to homecoming styles.

American online dress specialists Dressfirst currently have an exquisite range of prom/homecoming style dresses.  And, rather than being a range just suitable for teenage girls, these are gowns that range from sweet to sophisticated in style, meaning that there are dresses to suit women of all ages and tastes. Colour choices range from the pastel and neutral shades, to vibrant primary colours as worn by Kelly Brook, whilst the skirts embrace pencil styles as well as the full skirted 1950s era version. And, realising that arms can be an area that lots of girls and women prefer to keep covered, there are some lovely short and longer sleeved dresses that address that common problem area.

A-Line/Princess Halter Knee-Length Chiffon Homecoming Dress With Ruffle (022003360) $105.99 click to visit DressFirst

Sheath One-Shoulder Knee-Length Chiffon Homecoming Dress With Ruffle (022010850) $130.99

A-Line/Princess V-neck Knee-Length Chiffon Charmeuse Homecoming Dress With Ruffle Sash $133.99

DressFirst actually tailor makes your dress to your measurements, truly making this a dress that will fit you like a glove, and with international shipping offered worldwide, this site is definitely worth a look when buying a ‘special’ dress, whether it be for your prom or homecoming, or for a special black tie event, wedding or even a night at the Opera.

 

 

The final Summer sales; What to choose?

The Summer sales signs are everywhere, designed to enticing and seducing us with some amazing bargains. Sales are great and you can pick up some real bargains, but, if like me you’ve recently been on holiday and money is tight, you may need to have a sort out to sell some unwanted stuff before you start buying even more.

And this is definitely worthwhile, as when the sales are almost over, the savings get bigger. We are now coming to the end of the summer sales and the Autumn collections are now hitting the stores.  But there are still some bargains to be had, and if you follow a few simple hints and tips you may find yourself a real bargain.

1. Look for sale items that are out of season. I often buy knitwear sales, knowing I will get far more wear out of this than swimsuits. Many companies bring out last season items, to pad the sale out; hence you can pick up jackets, jumpers and cardigans even in summer.

Colour Block Cotton Rich Cardigan

Gold Thread and Sequin Open Front Cardigan

2. Avoid anything that is obviously ‘fashion’. Many sales are selling those horrible Harem trousers that look like rejects from MC Hammer’s wardrobe – but listen to his advice and ‘Don’t touch this’. Fashion mistakes from this season can never be an investment buy and are best avoided.

3. Look out for items marked as special purchase.

One example of this is Debenhams, who are selling many beauty sets and fragrances at 50% off. These can be stored away as birthday and Christmas gifts for loved ones.

‘Glow’ -ho-ho Gift Set

Moschino Pink Bouquet 50ml Eau de Toilette Gift

4. Think ahead. I look for toys and electrical gods that can be kept until Christmas. I always used to buy beach bags, kaftans, sandals and sundresses as Christmas presents for my mother-in-law.

She spent every Christmas somewhere hot and really appreciated things she couldn’t buy in the middle of a British winter.

Evans Pink Diamante Flower Wedges

5. Stick to classics. Leather handbags, simple flip-flops, plain t-shirts and maxi dresses seem to always be in style, so you will use them again and again. For men, look for plain coloured polo tops that can be worn under jumpers when the weather turns cooler, and thin knits that can be layered in autumn, are good buys.

6. Ask yourself – Am I buying this because I love it, or am I buying this because it’s cheap? Be honest with yourself – you will thank yourself later.

If all else fails, set a budget, shop with just cash and leave the credit cards at home. Look around first, until you decide what you really want. Then you might actually enjoy your purchases when you get home.

 

Frederiksberg from White Stuff

We may be in the Middle of Summer, (and something that resembles Monsoon season at the moment) but the first Autumn drops are already starting to appear in shops and online. One of my favourite of the new collections is from High Street independent White Stuff.

White Stuff have embraced the coming of Autumn with their first Autumn collection. ‘Frederiksberg‘. This is a collection inspired by Scandinavian prints and textiles, but that doesn’t mean that you are going to be walking around resembling an Ikea sofa. Eather, there are graphic prints, florals and butterflies on graphic paper backgrounds and large, Orla Kiely style polka dot prints on tops with cute Peter Pan collars. And, of course, there are birdprints. Not just the tiny swallow prints, but large, vibrant and really rather beautiful birds, most successfully used on a gorgeous dress, the Stockholm.

Here are my fave picks from what is a lovely collection.

DALMATION TOP £35.00 click to visit White Stuff

SS RACHEL DRESS £55.00 click to visit White Stuff

STOCKHOLM DRESS £55.00 click to visit White Stuff

FLIRTY SKIRT £47.50 click to visit White Stuff

BLUEMAN JUMPER £47.50 click to visit White Stuff

HOLIDAY VEST £22.50 click to visit White Stuff

SEW A SEED BIRD SCARF £22.50 click to visit White Stuff

SWEET DREAMS CARDI £45.00 click to the White Stuff

RENI PLAIN TEE £29.95 click to visit White Stuff

SORELL STRAIGHT LEG JEAN £49.95 click to visit White Stuff