1950s style glamour from Lovedrobe

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The 1950s was definitely one of the most glamorous decades of the 20th Century. An era in which some of the most iconic actresses of all time defined the stye, the nipped in waists and full skirts worn by Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn were balanced by the form fitting dresses worn by Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. It was high octane glamour all the way, and I must admit I often take my style cues from this period.

This is certainly the case with my current favourite dress which comes from Lovedrobe. Lovedrobe is a company that knows how to dress curves. Creating designs in sizes that run from 16 – 28, Lovedrobe has been designing clothes for curves for the past 40 years. The Jacquard detail midi dress is a gorgeous, retro inspired frock that is both unusual and beautiful. It is the sort of dress that the term ‘showstopper’ is applied to.

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Lovedrobe Jacquard Detail Midi Dress was £89.00 now £44.50 Click to visit Lovedrobe

Fabric swatch

Fabric swatch

So, a few things about this dress. The first thing I would say is that the top is very fitted, so if you have a big bust, you may need to size up. The dress is full lined and the fabric is quite stiff, with the black chevron insets being a see through mesh – so pretty! The gold is almost a foil metallic, think scrunched up chocolate wrapper for the effect, and this effect, teamed with the black chevron stripes, makes it a very unusual and dramatic dress.

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I wore this dress last night for the opening night of The Nutcracker Ballet at the Birmingham Hippodrome (you can read the review here). I must admit that this is the sort of dress that can make you feel like a princess, the full skirt and midi design is so elegant and glamorous, and combined with the gold, this is the perfect dress for formal Christmas Occasions.

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To tie in with the retro feel of the dress, I teamed it with a vintage faux fur coat and vintage heels and a cute slogan bag which I got in the John Lewis sale last year. I kept jewellery to a minimum and instead accessorised with red lips and dark kohl.

Lovedrobe has some incredible dresses and Christmas party looks and currently has an incredible sale on too, it is well worth a look.

Ted Baker new season – Floral prints and chic separates

I have totally fallen in love with the new collection from Ted Baker. It is, quite frankly, amazing. Taking the usual Ted Baker loved of exquisite blooming floral prints, and adding in the more minimalist, block colour separates in stark white, smart navy and neons and pastels, this collection totally screams summer. But is also contains many pieces that you will add to your wardrobe right now and be able to wear straight away.

Detail is the key theme in this collection. There are embellished jumpers, with fabulous jewelled necklines – perfect with a pencil skirt or peg trousers for an evening out, or worn with skinny jeans and ballerina flats at the weekend. Jackets have diagonal zip and button detailing, making them just the right side of unusual, whilst ‘oil painting’ style floral prints are added to everything, from perfect dresses for spring wedding to printed trousers and jackets that could be worn together as a funky suit, or worn with simple block coloured trousers.

Here are my faves…just so much to love.

 EVELIN Embellished neck playsuit     £169.00 click to visit Ted Baker


EVELIN
Embellished neck playsuit
£169.00
click to visit Ted Baker

 CARLII Symmetrical orchid floral dress     £189.00 click to visit Ted Baker


CARLII
Symmetrical orchid floral dress
£189.00
click to visit Ted Baker

 SAAMSA Electric daydream biker jacket     £179.00 click to visit Ted Baker


SAAMSA
Electric daydream biker jacket
£179.00
click to visit Ted Baker

 BLOEM Electric daydream printed jean     £109.00 click to visit Ted Baker


BLOEM
Electric daydream printed jean
£109.00
click to visit Ted Baker

 BLITHE Embellished neckline sweater     £149.00 click to visit Ted Baker


BLITHE
Embellished neckline sweater
£149.00
click to visit Ted Baker

 FLOWTII Oil painting printed skirt     £129.00 click to visit Ted Baker


FLOWTII
Oil painting printed skirt
£129.00
click to visit Ted Baker

 COLETE Wool coat     £299.00 click to visit Ted Baker


COLETE
Wool coat
£299.00
click to visit Ted Baker

 ROZIEY Rose on canvas print dress     £139.00 click to visit Ted Baker


ROZIEY
Rose on canvas print dress
£139.00
click to visit Ted Baker

 AMARANT Electric daydream print skirt     £109.00 click to visit Ted Baker


AMARANT
Electric daydream print skirt
£109.00
click to visit Ted Baker

 QUINNED TIMELESS SUIT DRESS     £165.00 click to visit Ted Baker


QUINNED
TIMELESS SUIT DRESS
£165.00
click to visit Ted Baker

 GYDA Pleated top     £99.00 click to visit Ted BAKER


GYDA
Pleated top
£99.00
click to visit Ted BAKER

 ZIVIA     £239.00 CLICK TO VISIT TED BAKER


ZIVIA
£239.00
CLICK TO VISIT TED BAKER

For all new in at Ted Baker, click here.

Accessorise with…

 TELIA Embossed mini tote bag     £109.00 click to visit Ted Baker


TELIA
Embossed mini tote bag
£109.00
click to visit Ted Baker

 OILIOR Nude oil painting print cape     £99.00 click to visit Ted Baker


OILIOR
Nude oil painting print cape
£99.00
click to visit Ted Baker

 

 BANDOOK Bow tote bag     £179.00 click to visit Ted Baker


BANDOOK
Bow tote bag
£179.00
click to visit Ted Baker

 JEMME Brooch pump     £65.00 click to visit Ted Baker


JEMME
Brooch pump
£65.00
click to visit Ted Baker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dress season from Phase Eight – Ladies Day dressing solved

I am very excited to say I’m going to the Aegon Classic ladies day at the Edgbaston Priory Club as a guest of the club. Ladies Day is always a glamorous occasion when women dig out their summer finery and seriously dress to impress. And with Royal Ascot and Wimbledon also coming up in the next few weeks, it is clear that beautiful dresses are going to be a very important part of our summer wardrobe.

Phase Eight should, therefore, be a major calling point on any shopping trip. Their range of dresses this season are quite simply stunning, with styles ranging from 1950s full-skirted, to slinky column styles. There are also perfect maxi dresses that can be worn with a wide-brimmed hat for formal occasions, and then with toe post sandals when you jet off for your hols. I don’t think Phase Eight has a dress I don’t like this year, and I’m quite sure you’ll feel the same way when you feast your eyes on what they have on offer.

Take a look at some hot picks.

Illusion Spot Dress £99 click to visit Phase Eight

Selina Embellished Maxi Dress £120 click to visit Phase Eight

Viva Battenburg Eclipse Hem Dress £99 click to visit Phase Eight

Delphine Dress £120 click to visit Phase Eight

Striped Cotton Fit And Flare Dress £99 click to visit Phase Eight

Lola Cotton Printed Fit And Flare Dress £99 click to visit Phase Eight

Bella Fit And Flare Dress £89 click to visit Phase Eight

Click here to view all Phase Eight dresses.