You are probably wondering what I’m at. Only a few weeks ago I told you to be a bit more creative with your Christmas party outfit instead of buying the usual little black sparkly dress and now here I am with a post about a black dress with a bit of sparkly bling. Well I am actually proving my point. I fell in love with this dress last year and had to buy it. However, the only occasion that I felt it was appropriate for was New Year’s Eve. So this beautiful dress has sat in my wardrobe from that night till now. I figure a Christmas night out is the only other time it’s going to be appropriate. My office isn’t having a Christmas party but I am heading out for dinner and drinks with my husband this weekend to celebrate our 5th Wedding Anniversary, so this dress will finally get another outing.
The dress is by the brand Jaime La Vie and I bought it in Carraig Donn. It’s the details of this dress that make it stand out from other black dresses for me. I love the chunky jewelled neckline, which means less times wasted faffing around looking for the perfect necklace. I also like the panel down the middle with an embossed print. It adds a bit of interest and a lux effect. It’s also the perfect lady like length so that I can wear either bare legs or opaque tights. I always feel the need to wear opaque tights with shorter lengths.
Since I don’t have full on glitter ball shoes, my second choice is these green snake print shoes from Enzo Angiolini. I like these shoes along with the coincidentally matching Michael Kors clutch with black. I think they add a nice pop of colour to a black dress.
Are you rescuing any forgotten sparkly black dresses from the back of the wardrobe this weekend?
I don’t do the whole “little black dress” thing that often because I love colour and especially colour combinations. So when I do wear a black dress you can be sure it’s not going to be with black shoes and accessories. I was going to wear orange with this dress but those green snake print shoes were looking out at me, begging to be worn so green won and you know how much I love green.
I love how elegant this dress from Closet is and I have expressed my love for Closet dresses before in this post. The fitted top and flared bottom create the perfect A-line. The belt with its lovely gold hardware nips in the waist nicely. That neckline along with the little cap sleeves make me feel very Jackie O.
The green snake print shoes with their pointed toes are from Enzo Angiolini, I picked them up on the House of Fraser website during one of their brand reduction sales.
The Michael Kors clutch happens to match perfectly. It’s no accident, I got the bag first and as soon as I saw the shoes I knew they would be mine. I knew it was meant to be when I saw they were reduced.
I picked the bracelet up years ago in a market while on holiday.
The earrings are also a few years old and they are from Pulse Accessories. Pearl earrings would also look class with this dress if you were wearing nude shoes.
How do you accessorise a black dress, with bright colours, nudes, or more black?
Last Saturday night was another beautiful warm night. I headed into town to meet a few friends and this is what I wore.
The black Capri jeggings are a recent purchase from Zara (of course I bought them just before the sale).
I have had this top for a long time and it is from a brand called Self Esteem (I don’t remember where I bought it). It just goes to show you that every now and then you should shop in your own wardrobe. Revisit some old items with a fresh perspective. It’s amazing how something old can look great with some new pieces.
These shoes are Enzo Aglioni and I picked them up recently in the sales. Pointed toe courts are everywhere at the moment and it looks like the trend will continue into the coming autumn and winter season. I suspect that they will be sticking around for quite a while as they look really classy with just about everything.
The necklace and earrings are from Pulse and I have had these for a few years also. When a local Pulse store closed, I stocked up on accessories during the closing down sale.
The jacket is from New Look. I tried a few different blazers with this outfit but none of them seemed right so I settled on the biker in the end. I carried the jacket around a bit as it was too warm for a faux leather biker but was glad I had it when it got a lot cooler later in the night.
The clutch is Michael Kors and has been in quite a few posts before like here, here and here
Did you ever find some old items in your wardrobe that look great with new purchases?