So let's start with dresses that aren't necessarily FULL on party. As, I don't know about everyone else, but who does have a season crammed with the need for sequins? Errr, I have one party. Which I am immensely looking forward to. Seriously can't wait for it as it's a fab evening every year. But it's the only event that calls for full on sparkle. (and even then, there's nothing that a black dress and some fierce lippie can't fix)
All the other parties (and yes, that will be the whole of two at the moment!) definitely call for something a little less Dorian.
In fact, they don't even call for a dress. I am without a doubt earmarking leather leggings and a going out top of sorts for a couple of nights.
And I had planned on saying I don't really need a new dress (sustain your shock). However.. when a 30% off discount voucher falls into your inbox, well frankly, it would be RUDE not to have a just a little look. Code is 6UHKD for future reference... (not saying that you'll need it but...)
Welcome back from the My Wardrobe ashes, Very Exclusive - but with the same offering that my old favourite used to offer. Personally, I will stick my neck out and say that the brands aren't as unique as they used to be but they do have some great offerings, especially some big high street names, that we can now get with a better discount than anywhere else.
And starting with a dress that I have had my eye on for a while now. This is perfect for a night out with ankle boots, really great and relaxed but with some killer heels, it really does elevate it to a party piece. I'm going to throw in my love of the looseness.... the perfect cheese snarfing dress.
All prices are pre 30% off (I'm leaving it up to you to do the maths). Whilst we're here, if a discount wasn't enough, you can split the cost over three months. If you wear the dress once a month for three months, that saves you buying three dresses. This to me is the best justification for upping the budget if there's a perfect dress, if ever I heard one.
Whistles Polo Print Dress £110
Midi dress number 2. Who can resist a smidge of leopard? This would also be ideal during the day with a huge cardi, opaques or leggings and chunky boots, be them ankle or flat. Or even a pair of brogues and a fitted wool coat. For the evenings, heeled ankle boots and a biker jacket and you're done.
By Malene Birger Isslania Leopard Print Tunic Dress £280
Printed dresses are popular this season and another great version from KL. Which would happily take you into the Spring as well.
Karl Lagerfeld Swirl Print Dress £265
I had a print dress last year from Sandro which I loved and will absolutely be dragging out again this season.
But this would be a perfect version for this season.
Sonia By Sonia Rykiel Rockstar dress in black £260 - moving into slightly dressier realms I appreciate.
The other outfit that I drag out every season is the two piece I have from Isabel Marant (ok so the H&M version but I have to say you can't tell the difference) and this is very reminiscent of the shape. Super flattering and again, the colours would be ideal to take you into the Spring. I love dresses that you can wear all year round.
See by Chloe Landscape Print Dress in Navy/Multi £330 Absolutely love the contrast of the polka dot print cuff and hem. On proof reading the article - this is by FAR my favourite. A total grower. Would happily wear with opaques and shoots. Ideal with my tan ankle suede boots I have from Boden for a more casual dinner. (I'd probably team them with nude tights for that - love me a bit of American tan). Camel peep toe shoe boots for the Spring. This one has legs.... (and I've just remembered my pin stud Zara ankle boots that I bought on a whim a couple of years ago which would be PERFECT with the little polka dot detailing. Oh hello....)
Another perfect Christmas number - what can be more Christmassy than red and black? But it could still be worn to the office with a black blazer over it.
Karl Lagerfeld Seleste Leather Trim Dress in Black £245
Now this one is definitely more of an investment but if it's your perfect LBD then cost per wear over the years - this will owe you nothing in a very short amount of time. I would just as happily wear this in the winter with either opaques or nude tights and shoe boots, ankle boots or stilettos as I would in the Spring or Summer with bare legs and strappy sandals. Which you can't say about many dresses, believe me.
Paul & Joe Malice Tuxedo Long Sleeve Dress in black £405
They also do this in a red version... Love the idea of this with leopard print ankle boots for a slightly different Christmas outfit.
Whilst we're on the slightly more unusual outfit, it's not often you see a green dress... At first, I swooshed over this and then thought - oh hang on, that could really work. Surely it's the perfect Christmas alternative to red when you think about it....Ivy and all that?
Whistles Olga Lace Shift Dress £150
So I had planned on including some other dresses from elsewhere too, however the excitement at the amount on Very Exclusive with the 30% off, took over. Not to mention me getting rather carried away looking at what else there was on the site that suddenly is ridiculously attractive with the discount... (my procrastination at anything, including writing, knows no bounds)
For sure I will be back another day with some which are slightly more affordable but for today I'm done as I have an appointment with the sofa, the children and the first Harry Potter movie. This will NOT go the way of The X Factor yesterday... (she says optimistically...)
Outfit from yesterday - back in my happy place of black and white.