Friday, 23 November 2012

The Party Dress Test!

Every week I have a rummage through my blog email, checking if anything worth pursuing has come through. Now whilst the offer of an 'Uggs' endorsement didn't exactly appeal, an interesting challenge from a lady called Fleur certainly did.

Fleur contacted me on behalf of Voucher Codes, with the Party Dress Test! Apparently (and I can well believe this!) a survey result showed that females aged between 19 and 24 spend on average £119 on their Christmas outfit...Only for it to be shoved to the back of the wardrobe and remain unworn for the rest of the year!
So my challenge was to find a Christmas dress-based outfit from the British high street, and then style the same dress in three different ways...Here is what I came up with!

Look One
(The Party Outfit!)


I know it sounds so ridiculous, but when given the task of finding a versatile party frock, I became quite nervous! Especially after trawling through a couple of websites and finding nothing that sparked my imagination! I then stumbled across this Topshop dress and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

Long time readers of this blog will know how much of a sucker I am for wearing my own versions of a tux (examples here and here for newer readers - the first was in 2007 shortly after my head shave!) so for the first look, I decided to mix in some tuxedo accents!

The bow tie belonged to my older brother, the killer heels, crop blazer and my beautiful embroidered clutch were all eBay purchases.


I must add at this point that the conditions in which these photos were taken, was nothing short of gale force winds! Here my dress is having a cheeky Monroe-esque moment...!



Look Two
(Valentines/Eager First Date Outfit!)


For my second look I teamed the dress with cute heart print stockings (old Urban Outfitters) metallic gold brogues (Primark) and a vintage vanity case (that started the obsession!) which belonged to my Mum in the 60s. 
The strap broke a couple of years ago (in the middle of a zebra crossing I might add...spilling my bag contents everywhere!) so I adapted a silk scarf into a make-shift handle.

I think this look is pretty versatile, but definitely could be well utilised for Valentines, or a very over-zealous first date outfit! Just imagine the poor guys face!


Look Three
(Student Life)


Unfortunately these photos are a little dark (I didn't realise the camera was on a weird setting when I handed it to Joshua - Oops!) but hopefully you can still make out the details! 
For my last look I dressed down the frock, with chunky khaki (H&M) socks and tan straps wedges, a huge navy cardigan (recently picked up from Primark) and my favourite vintage silk scarf.

The reason I chose this dress was how easy it is to dress up or down - the neutral colour makes the perfect starting point for any outfit - as you can put any colour on top of it.


I had a lot of fun creating these looks, it certainly was a challenge to find three outfits I was completely happy with.
Hopefully this will post might inspire a resurgence in resurrecting old forgotten party dresses!

Normal blogging shall resume shortly, and I am over-joyed to inform you all that my lovely little flat FINALLY has internet! Woo-hoo! So I can definitely get back to blogging properly now!

Love Yours Truly, x

52 comments:

  1. I love the outfits, especially the tux-inspired outfit! I might have to find my own version of that soon. And oh yes, I can just imagine a first date in your date outfit, haha!

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  2. I love these kind of challenges - they are really inspiring for creating new looks with the same key piece. Also a proof that how much you can change with the accesories, loved it! The party look is very elegant and fun <3 Student life is definitely something I'd love to wear oftenly. xx

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  3. you really did this challenge so well. i love how all the looks have a different feel and purpose but that your own personal style can be seen in all of them. i think it was also great you went with a more basic dress because it leaves the ability to sort of vary the "theme" with accessories and other clothing items. and also, you look great in all of these looks!

    http://www.lovefromberlin.net/
    xx rae

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  4. Amazing! I think you totally pulled this off brilliantly. Love the party look but am also super in love with the Valentine's outfit. So much fun!!

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  5. Brilliant! :)

    Btw, I have a Giveway in my blog. Would be great if you joined! :)
    http://cranberrymix.blogspot.com/2012/11/giveway.html

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  6. SO impressed! I think I need to work on customising my outfits more!

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  7. You look gorgeous, I love how you've mixed them up! I think my favourite is the Valentine's outfit - so so cute. x

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  8. you always look darling!! love love your style and your hair color!! is that your natural color? if not what color do you use? i love it!!

    www.thebluecurtain.blogspot.com

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  9. Like, like, like, especially the party dress outfit - the killer heels and the tux are so cool! But I also love the heart print stockings :)

    xoxo, Femke
    By Button

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  10. Oooh my goodness! I am completely in love with this post *_* That dress is such a beauty (it's on my Wishlist now - I LOVE the shape!), and I adore how you completely revamped it with each look! The second one has to be my favorite (hearts and red are my aesthetic exactly). I'll be looking forward to your posts with your newly hooked up Internet!

    <3

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  11. Such a cute dress! I LOVE the last one! Love it love it!

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  12. Oh my gosh, yes! Just yes!
    The first look is amazing, very Carrie Bradshaw SATC movie-esq. Also adore the heart tights with it.
    Such a gorgeous lady <3

    Stephanie

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  13. Haha, imagining the look of terror on the guys face in response to the second look made me chuckle to myself, but i still kind of love it. It's great to see such a special occasion type of piece get worked into more every y outfits. The student life look is by far my fav, since I could see rocking that on a regular basis. Great post, doll!

    Gypsy Alchemy

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  14. They're all absolutely stunning! Amazing work as always. I was eyeing up a similar cap-sleeved dress for the festive season myself.

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  15. Im soooo in love with all these looks (This blog post is amazing!!!!),I honestly can't decide which one is my favourite! Student life is definatly one that I would more than likely wear all the time (the colour of the silk scarf is beautiful <3), although Im seriously in love with those heart print stockings (too cute!!!),... however I am a sucker for a bow tie! I must invest in this dress!!! SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! :) X

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  16. Love, love, love your different looks!
    -Kati

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  17. Hi!
    I have never made a comment on your blog before, but now I think it's time. I really like all three looks, you are gorgeous and I love your vintage/retro looks - and that it seems like a complete lifestyle for you. Here in Denmark it's a bit hard and a little "lonely rider" to be a vintage-lover.

    However - I was wondering - could you maybe make some blog posts about how you do your hair? The beehive and the look and look nr. 2, and also some of the other looks you show here on your blog.

    Kind regards and cheers from Denmark :)

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  18. Hello Kerry, I discovered you through the French Hellocoton, and I must say I absolutely love your blog, and particularly this look. This is a great idea because we do tend to leave these beautiful dresses locked up in our dressing, right? I love all three looks, with a little preference perhaps for the second one!

    It is my pleasure to inform you this look has been chosen for "Les Trésors de la blogo". It is a weekly rendez-vous where several French fashion bloggers share their favourite outfits from the past week, and yours is my favorite outfit for today! You can check it right here:
    http://aufildisa.blogspot.fr/2012/11/les-tresors-de-la-blogo-2.html

    xoxo
    Isa
    http://aufildisa.blogspot.com/

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  19. I am in love with the way you styled this dress darling, the first look in with dicky bow is super chic and the second look is fun-loving and fabulous. You've great style hun!

    Eda ♥

    Candyfloss Curls, Cupcakes & Couture

    @BloggerEda

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  20. Your looks are just amazing, this dress is perfect (I love its shape)! I discovered you thanks to french bloggers and I am now following you on Bloglovin' so I won't miss your new looks <3

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  21. ooooooooh incredible you're so amazing I love !! Oh cute face !! I <3 !

    www.awesomeliliiicheri.blogspot.com

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  22. This is a fab post. Every outfit is perfect!

    Jade

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  23. Super belle robe! Parfaite avec tous les styles! J'adore le look student life!
    Bisous, bon wknd! http://leComptoirdeLaura.wordpress.com/

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  24. Love how you styled all 3! My fav has to be your valentine's outfit as all the reds just make your hair pop!

    Ash
    ftashion

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  25. The three of them are so great and pretty, but my favourite is the Student's life! <3

    Girls that glitter love the dark
    xoxo

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  26. I don't think I can pick a favourite one - you look stunning in every outfit! I want everything!
    Sophie
    x

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  27. You look the cutest in this dress! My favorite is the last one!

    http://www.frenchinlosangeles.com/

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  28. my goodness i can't pick a favorite! all of these looks are SO adorable - and the white dress looks amazing on you. i could never pull white off that well

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails // shabby apple gift card giveaway!

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  29. soooo true! I can't count the number of times I've bought a party dress - "oh I'll wear this again" and never do!

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  30. I've got the Topshop Pearl Edge dress! Cannot wait to style it :D

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  31. All 3 looks are equally beautiful, loving the socks + sandals, neck scarf & heart tights especially! You are the queen of Ebay, for sure!

    http://kiddotv.blogspot.com

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  32. All great outfits, but I think the Valentines outfit is my favourite.
    Red is my favorite colour and the those tights are a must have!

    Jennie x
    http://vintageowlboutique.blogspot.com

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  33. I actually love the look of the last two photographs, like a vintage film camera
    What a creative and lovely idea

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  34. Great looks! The dress is stunning to begin with, and then I love how you styled it. My favorite one is the second one, the Valentine's one. It's just so fun and cute.

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  35. wonderful party dress,You look absolutely gorgeous!I'm gonna try this out. Great pics

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