The return of the long sleeved dress

The beginning of February means we are starting to look forward to Spring and some Springtime dressing. The months of thick jumpers and boots may finally be coming to an end, and we will be able to embrace the new season fashion. But, at the moment, it is still very cold, and so a great transitional piece is the long sleeved dress, so thank goodness that the fashion magazines and shops are currently full of them.

Long sleeved dresses offer so much, both in terms of style and practicality. This week’s Grazia magazine has a three page spread about LSDs, and how simple they are to wear, either with heels for a glam look, or layered over a polo neck and suede knee high boots for a 1970s layered look. Long sleeves offer so much for those who hate their arms, or those who work in cold, air conditioned offices. They can be dressed up with a blazer for work, dressed down with a denim jacket for the weekend, or toughened up with a leather biker jacket. They also look great with a long scarf and beenie hat so you can wear them for the whole of February, before reducing the layers come Spring.

JD Williams has heard the call beautiful, long sleeved dresses and has responded with a host of styles. These range from bodycon to tunic style and stretch day dresses to shirt dress styles. I was asked to choose a dress for review and opted for a folkloric style that I could imagine my girl crushes Emilia Fox and Laura Bailey wearing.

Black/Ivory Print Lace Trim Dress £35 Click to visit JD Williams

Black/Ivory Print Lace Trim Dress £35 Click to visit JD Williams

This dress is absolutely beautiful and so easy to wear. It contains stretch so you can pull it on over your head, and is the sort of fabric that doesn’t need ironing. The long sleeves are beautiful with a fluted cuff, and the print is so pretty, delicate flowers with faint touches of red and green. The dress is actually double layered with a tiered effect that is very unusual, and gives the dress a slight retro feel.

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It was too cold to wear the dress like the model, although I am looking forward to pairing this with heels as it warms up, so I add an ankle boot and opaque tights. I also added bright, clashing accessories, my Mulberry bag and a chunky necklace that I love.

I can see me getting lots of wear from this dress, it is such a no brainer, and I love that it is a dress that would be perfect for a weekend away, it really could be scrunched up and put into a case without needing to pack an iron too. The midi length and empire seam make it flattering and demure, an all around pretty look.

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You can find all the current range of dresses from JD Williams here.

X Factor Live Show – Week 2 Fashion

Week 2, and the X Factor is still seriously underwhelming us on the question of musical talent. With the exceptions of Hannah, Sam Bailey and the knockout and eventual winner that has to be Tamera, the show is woefully under-represented when it comes to real talent. Thank goodness then, for the fashion watch, which at least adds another element of interest to the story.

And this week it was most definitely honours even, with Nicole being the undeniable winner of Saturday night, and Sharon taking the plaudits on Sunday’s results show.

Saturday Night

Nicole always looks amazing when she wears bright colours, and Saturday was no exception. Her halter styled dress from Sen Couture was totally elegant with its column skirt, and Nicole’s toned arms were shown to perfection through the cut of the neckline. Her sweeping updo was also perfect for this dress, totally complimenting the graceful look of the dress.

ustv-the-x-factor-1910-1I cannot say I was such a fan of Sharon’s monochrome gown. It was undeniably elegant in design, and yet there was something not quite right about it. The cutout detail seemed all wrong, it was quite a Dynasty 1980s look that really did nothing for Sharon, or her body shape. Blogger and personal stylist Karen Grace, who writes the Frumpy t0 Funky blog suggested that the dress would look far better if the colour ways were reversed, so the black paneling acted similar to an illusion dress, and I think this could be a solution. Otherwise, I’m thinking, this is a dress disaster for Mrs O.

Get the look – Nicole style Halter neckline, long and short versions from Coast

LAUDER JERSEY MAXI DRESS £195.00 click to visit Coast

LAUDER JERSEY MAXI DRESS
£195.00 click to visit Coast

SHANIA MAXI £170.00 click to visit Wallis

SHANIA MAXI
£170.00 click to visit Coast

MELANIA MAXI DRESS £250.00 click to visit Coast

MELANIA MAXI DRESS
£250.00 click to visit Coast

VALANCE DUCHESS SATIN DRESS £180.00 click to visit Coast

VALANCE DUCHESS SATIN DRESS
£180.00 click to visit Coast

ELODIE DRESS £250.00 click to visit Coast

ELODIE DRESS
£250.00 click to visit Coast

The Sunday evening results show was a triumph, this time for Sharon. Nicole plumped for a black dress from Kristen Aadnevik that utilised one of those sheer skirts that I am just so bored of. Nicole obviously looked stunning, her bouncing curls were so pretty, and the bodice of the dress was beautiful. But the view of Bridget Jones style knickers are just becoming yawnsome, I think she is capable of so much more.

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Get Nicole’s sheer look

CAROL ANNE MAXI DRESS £220.00 click to visit Coast

CAROL ANNE MAXI DRESS
£220.00 click to visit Coast

Sharon’s dress was pure Jessica Rabbit glamour, shimmering gold sequins that turned Mrs O from a grandmother into a goddess. I love the fact that she is showing options perfect for women who want to cover their arms, offering an alternative to strapless and sleeveless frocks, and I think this is something that the High Street are picking up on, with Wallis one store offering some amazing full length, long-sleeved gowns.

Get the look sleeved look with Wallis

Black Sheer Sleeve Maxi Dress     Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Sheer Sleeve Maxi Dress
Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Embellished Twist Maxi Dress     Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Embellished Twist Maxi Dress
Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Lace Sleeve Maxi Dress     Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Lace Sleeve Maxi Dress
Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Red Beaded Shoulder Maxi Dress     Price: £90.00 click to visit Wallis

Red Beaded Shoulder Maxi Dress
Price: £90.00 click to visit Wallis