Reviewed – Gina Bacconi Lace and Velvet Dress

A few years ago I went on a fabulous cruise with my husband and family. There were a couple of formal, black tie events taking place whilst we were on board, events that called for a special evening gown. Now, I’d given birth just 8 months earlier and was not feeling particularly glam or body confident, so I needed a dress that would make me feel beautiful, if only for a night. The brand I turned to was Gina Bacconi, a brand who understand about glamour and can dress curvy figures. I have to say I loved my dress and how it made me feel.

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294763_118673321564111_4187181_nFlash forward five years and Gina Bacconi is still a go-to brand when you need something really special for an event, ball or a black tie occasion. And so, this weekend, I was calling on the brand once again when I was asked to judge the best dressed lady and best hat at the Ladies Evening at Wolverhampton Race course. I wanted a dress that was elegant and glamorous, but also functional – I was going to be walking pretty much the whole of the venue in order to spot the best dressed ladies, so it need to be something I was comfortable in, and could walk in. This ruled out anything super tight, or a floor sweeping maxi. I also wanted something that had a classic look – a dress that I can wear time and time again for special occasions – so nothing too ‘fashion’. Gina Bacconi sent me the perfect dress.

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The dress I chose was the lace and velvet dress. This is black lace, with a velvet cumberband detail across the back, and a champagne coloured underlayer. The dress has a shift style shape and sits just above the knee on me (I’m 5ft 7inches), with a comfortable, cap sleeve. I liked that this dress had a classic look, and that it reminded me of the sophisticated styles worn by the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton, styles that seem to fit a whole host of occasions.

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Dress Gina Bacconi
Shoes Melissa Vivienne Westwood (similar here)
Fascinator Debenhams (similar here)

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DSCN9046This dress was really easy to wear. It has a zip at the back, but because the dress contains an element of stretch in the fabric (10% elastane), I could actually put this on without needing to undo the zip, which is good news if you struggle with zips at the back. I teamed the dress with black accessories, with a single colour block coming from the red shoes. These were from my favourite designer, Vivienne Westwood and Melissa, and I chose red, but I pretty much think any coloured, heeled shoes would have the same effect of just lifting the look.

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I had a wonderful night at Wolverhampton Racecourse, and my lovely dress just added to the occasion, making it a very special and memorable night.

*I was gifted the dress from Gina Bacconi for an honest review.

 

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Downton Bows out – Now steal the flapper look

The current series of Downton Abbey came to an end last night. This series had been set in the decade known as the roaring 20s and had allowed flapper fashions to light up our Sunday evenings. The looser styles, drop waisted cuts and a mixture of both deep shades and nude peaches and creams had shown that the style of the 1920s can fit all moods and occasions. Maybe that is why there are so many 1920s style dresses available this Christmas.

And whilst the fallacy is that this is a style only made for extremely boyish figures, the reality is somewhat different. I myself wore the beautiful Evans Gatsby dress during a press day late summer and was surprised how fabulous this looked, whilst the Asda George flapper dress is featured in the current edition of Essentials magazine, again worn by a curvy lady, and again to amazing effect. This style actually suits all, your figure merely changes the look of the dress, but not to the detriment.

There are so many beautiful 1920s style dresses around at the moment that this post could be twice the length, and may well get a sequel, but in the meantime, grab a cocktail and crank up the gramophone, and enjoy the best style offered by the Jazz Age.

 

Get the Look

Swan By Clements Ribeiro Beaded Gatsby Dress Price: £115.00 click to visit Evans

1923 Grey Fur Collar Coat Price: £120.00 click to visit Wallis

Lace Tassle Dress £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Scallop Trim Sequin Dress £25.00 click to visit George at Asda

BALINDA - Jacquard knitted dress - £149 click to visit Ted Baker

MAREE - Embellished flapper dress - £199 click to visit Ted Baker

Twiggy for M&S Woman Flapper Dress £59 click to visit M&S

Pop Art PLAIN FLAPPER DRESS £62 click to visit Zalando

Embellished flapper dress £89 click to visit M&Co

**LIMITED EDITION Flapper Maxi Dress Price: £175.00 click to visit Topshop

Biba Embellished flapper sleeveless dress £113.40 click to visit House of Fraser