High Street Outlet Joanna Occasion Party Dress

High Street Outlet is one of my most visited websites. I love great quality High Street pieces, and totally love a bargain, so it stands to reason that I would love a site that offers up to 70% off the recommended retail price. The website has new lines added every week, with warm winter coats being added at the moment, so this is not just a site where you can pick up a bargain to put away until next summer, you can buy things that you can actually wear now.

I am lucky enough to have a lovely relationship with High Street Outlet where they often send me clothes to test drive and review. Most recently I was sent a truly stunning, versatile dress, the EX Kaliko Ladies Womens Mauve Purple Black Joanna Occasion Party Dress. This is a perfect Autumn dress, the fabric is double layer, with a stretchy underlayer in black, and then a purple printed floral layer that is almost like chiffon. The dress is semi fitted, and has a ruched panel at the side with a kind of draped detail. This is great if you have a larger tummy area, as the ruching draws the eyes away from the stomach.

EX Kaliko Ladies Womens Mauve Purple Black Joanna Occasion Party Dress £9.99 click to visit High Street Outlet

EX Kaliko Ladies Womens Mauve Purple Black Joanna Occasion Party Dress £9.99 click to visit High Street Outlet

This dress is very elegant, and can easily switch between being a day dress to a dress suitable for evening occasions. The chiffon style fabric gives it a dressed up edge, but add a smart black blazer and this will take you easily into a work meeting. The fact it has sleeves also ticks a lot of boxes – making it a warmer option for Autumn, great for those who want to cover their upper arms, and also more demure for those occasions when flashing the flesh just isn’t an option.

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I have worn this dress for Sunday Lunch, and also for a night at the Theatre. It is a dress that can easily take you from day to night, and one which also looks great with tights – a great point with winter on it’s way. And, if you still need persuading that this is a dress that your wardrobe needs, did I mention it now costs just £9.99. Yes, you heard right, this stunning dress is less than £10 and is available in sizes 8-18.

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You can check out all the current range of dresses from High Street Outlet here.

 

A theatre Outfit from High Street Outlet

On Wednesday I was lucky enough to attend the press preview of The Bodyguard at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. I am one of those people who still believe that the going to the theatre is an occasion that calls for a little bit of dressing up, so I decided to wear my final review piece from High Street Outlet.

fashion-mommy selfie with Alexandra Burke (Lol!)

fashion-mommy selfie with Alexandra Burke (Lol!)

The High Street Outlet offers last season pieces and overstock at greatly reduced prices. The piece I chose was a beautiful black and grey lace peplum dress that was originally from Kaliko, which is, of course, one of my favourite labels for occasion dressing.

Ex Kaliko Ladies Black Grey Peplum Lace Party Occasion Evening Dress £22.50 Click to visit High Street Outlet

Ex Kaliko Ladies Black Grey Peplum Lace Party Occasion Evening Dress £22.50 Click to visit High Street Outlet

This is an absolutely gorgeous dress, the word sophisticated is the first one you think of when trying to describe it. The dress is extremely fitted, with a back zip fastening, and then a small button at the back of the mesh panel. I love that this dress gives you a shape due to the nature of the fabric, and that it is extremely flattering – I felt very slim in this frock.

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Teamed with bag from Scotsburn Croft and vintage Roberto Vianni shoes

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The fabric is a lovely lace print design that has a real baroque feel. The peplum is very slight, this is not an apron style peplum, or one that sticks it – it is really pretty and just adds a touch of interest rather than being what the whole dress is about.

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The one thing I would say about this dress is to check the bust sizing – if you have a larger bust you may need to size up. The fabric is structured and none stretch, so it will not allow for any extra inches.

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Once again High Street Outlet has shown you can make enormous savings on clothes for any occasion – from holiday, everyday casual and special occasion dressing. Check out the full range of current stock here.

Cinderella brings sorbet colours to Kaliko

Forget 50 Shades, for fans of fairytale romance and opulent costumes, the real cinematic treat of the year opens next month. Kenneth Branagh’s retelling of Cinderella, featuring Downton Abbey star Lily James as the epoynmous heroine, has already received some great reviews, and promises to bring frothy, glittering fun to the screen, with dresses fit for Disney princesses.

From the stills that have already appeared online, Cinderella is a sumptuous, visual feast. For girls who grew up loving the classic Disney version, the good news is that when Cinderella does get to the ball, she is still wearing a blue gown…and what a gown it is. Think every little girl’s dream of a princess dress and you get the picture, blue tulle, sparkles and frills, and acres of petticoats. The super pretty Lily James wears it brilliantly, and the dress is sure to launch thousands of fancy dress costumes for little (and not so little) girls.

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The sorbet colours of the ball scene, lemons and pinks, greens, and of course blue, are setting the agenda for the beautiful new looks from Kaliko. Their latest collection is frothy and feminine, with prom style dresses created from lace and silk fabrics, with beading, ribbons and floral applique adding to the opulent looks. The overall effect is one that is supremely pretty, perfect for summer weddings and special occasions. The collection is also full of dresses that would make a great choice for a bridesmaid or maid of honour.

Kaliko welcomes Spring with Ice Cream shades

Beaded Bustier PRom Item No. 060036717 £149.00 Click to visit Kaliko

Beaded Bustier PRom
Item No. 060036717
£149.00
Click to visit Kaliko

WATERFALL SOFT MAXI DRESS Item No. 060036650 £179.00 click to visit Kaliko

WATERFALL SOFT MAXI DRESS
Item No. 060036650
£179.00
click to visit Kaliko

BEADED LACE PROM DRESS Item No. 060036646 £149.00 click to visit Kaliko

BEADED LACE PROM DRESS
Item No. 060036646
£149.00
click to visit Kaliko

WATERFALL SOFT PROM DRESS Item No. 060036595 £129.00 click to visit Kaliko

WATERFALL SOFT PROM DRESS
Item No. 060036595
£129.00
click to visit Kaliko

WATERFALL SOFT MAXI DRESS Item No. 060036587 £179.00  click to visit Kaliko

WATERFALL SOFT MAXI DRESS
Item No. 060036587
£179.00
click to visit Kaliko

VINTAGE COLOUR POP PROM Item No. 060036592 £149.00 click to visit Kaliko

VINTAGE COLOUR POP PROM
Item No. 060036592
£149.00
click to visit Kaliko

BEADED LACE PROM Item No. 060036591 £149.00 click to visit Kaliko

BEADED LACE PROM
Item No. 060036591
£149.00
click to visit Kaliko

JACQUARD EMBELLISHED PROM DRESS Item No. 060036771 £149.00 click to visit Kaliko

JACQUARD EMBELLISHED PROM DRESS
Item No. 060036771
£149.00
click to visit Kaliko

BEADED LACE PROM Item No. 060036773 £149.00 click to visit Kaliko

BEADED LACE PROM
Item No. 060036773
£149.00
click to visit Kaliko

VINTAGE LACE SHIFT DRESS Item No. 060036748 £129.00  Click to visit Kaliko

VINTAGE LACE SHIFT DRESS
Item No. 060036748
£129.00
Click to visit Kaliko

And…just in case you were wondering about the evil stepmother and the Ugly Sisters, check out a sensational Cate Blanchett breathing fire into that particular role.

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