Wallis show their take on the Little Black Dress

It is hard to believe there was ever a time that the ‘Little Black Dress’ wasn’t the chicest item in a lady’s wardrobe. But black dresses were once there solely required for mourning wear, not for every day use, and certainly not for evening wear. Thank goddess then, for Coco Chanel.

The Little black dress became the modern icon of style, worn by Audrey when she took ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, By Princess Diana as her revenge dress, by Kate Moss in a myriad of unforgettable looks, and by every young girl aiming at ‘Sophistication’. And whether you wear a simple black shift as a no-nonsense work look, or full on evening glamour, you know you can’t go far wrong with a black frock.

Wallis has a fabulous range this season, with styles from shift dress to full length red-carpet looks. There are all length of sleeves, flattering side ruching, and embellishment perfect for the upcoming Christmas party season. I’ve picked my ten favourites, but there are many, many more that are just gorgeous.

Take a look and tell me what you think.

 

Black Side Zip Dress Was £35.00 Now £28.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Side Zip Dress
Was £35.00
Now £28.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Aztec Embellished Dress Was £40.00 Now £32.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Aztec Embellished Dress

Black Long Sleeve Maxi Dress Was £60.00 Now £48.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

Black 3/4 Sleeve Dress Was £35.00 Now £28.00 click to visit Wallis

Black 3/4 Sleeve Dress

Black Embellished Shoulder Maxi Dress Was £90.00 Now £72.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Embellished Shoulder Maxi Dress

Black Panel Dress Was £45.00 Now £20.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Panel Dress

Black Lace Shift Dress Price: £38.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Lace Shift Dress

Black Mesh Detail Dress Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Mesh Detail Dress

Black Fit and Flare Dress Price: £35.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Fit and Flare Dress

Black Diamonte High Low Dress Price: £48.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Diamonte High Low Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed – Yellow Print Jersey Dress from Wallis

I’ve been talking on the blog about transitional pieces recently, as we move from our glorious summer into the slightly chillier days of Autumn. It is still warm at the moment, but there have been duller and chillier days, a little less in the way of blue skies, a little more in the way of drizzle. And the nights are starting to draw in – you definitely need a cardigan or jacket when heading for a night out.

As part of Fashion-Mommy’s third birthday, those lovely people at Wallis sent me some fantastic, transitional pieces to review. You can find the first review here, the second piece I got to review is a fabulous dress that is just perfect for either day or night wear this Autumn. That piece is the Yellow Printed Long Sleeved Jersey Dress.

Yellow Printed Long Sleeve Jersey Dress £40 click to visit Wallis

The first thing I need to say about this dress is that I absolutely love it. Yellow is always one of my favourite colours, but this is more of a mustard shade than a zesty yellow, which I think fits the pattern very well. The print is unusual, a sort of retro paisley style, but with a slightly graphic overlay – it is hard to pull your eyes away from this eye-catching design.

There are other features I really like about this dress. It is a great stretch jersey fabric, but with a bit of a sheen to it that makes it a viable option for evening occasions. The 3/4 sleeves are perfect for those who dislike their upper arms, and also make it warmer, perfect for those days when there is a bit of wind or a chill in the air. I also adore the elongated rectangular neckline, which is ultra flattering.

This dress needs hardly any accessories to do it justice, the print is most definitely the star of the show. I add nude heels (also Wallis) and a nude clutch bag to complete my look, which I wore to a special birthday Celebration for Brown’s Restaurant last week.

With my Sister Jodie and Blogger and Stylist Emily Jayne at Brown's Birthday

Wallis really does have some perfect dresses to take you stylishly into Autumn. Here are my top five styles.

Floral Midi Dress Price: £32.00 click to visit Wallis

Blue Bird Print Dress Price: £38.00 click to visit Wallis

Black and Taupe Polka Dot Dress Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Blue Zip Waist Dress Price: £35.00 click to visit Wallis

Blue Printed Long Sleeve Tunic Dress Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Wallis have a special online event this weekend, with 20% off selected lines. Click here to view the event.

Wallis Black Rose Collection – Decadent Elegance

Wallis have finally launched the much-anticipated Black Rose Collection, and it is simply stunning. The collection is made up of floor sweeping evening dresses that seem to have been inspired by the movie stars of the 1930s, think Constance Bennett and Rosalind Russell being wooed by Cary Grant and they would probably have been wearing  dresses like these.

These dresses are unusual in the amount of flesh they cover up. With long sleeves, high necklines and full length skirts, the dresses are perfect for woman who like to avoid flashing too much skin. But that doesn’t mean they are not sexy – the way they fit the curves of the body give them a sensuous feel. There are also other touches that add to the general expensive decadence these dresses exude. There are sheer panels on skirts and necklines, knot detailing that creates perfect waistlines, and gorgeous embellishments for those who crave some sparkle even when wearing dramatic black.

The Black Rose Collection is beautiful and dramatic, and will be perfect for any occasion that requires high-octane glamour.

Black V Back Maxi Dress Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Mesh Front Long Sleeve Maxi Dress Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

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

Black Long Sleeve Maxi Dress Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

To view all current Wallis collections, click here.