Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The Little White Dress

        Frieda Pinto in Calvin Klein    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley    Lily Donaldson in Calvin Klein

The Little White Dress is having a moment. Obviously, it started in the summer; this is the perfect item to wear during those smouldering months. It's cool - in both senses of the word - it's fun and it's glamourous. However, now we're making our way into winter, the hype hasn't died down so we need to think of ways to translate it into our current wardrobes. You may initially dislike the idea; I think many people don't like to wear white during winter. But, if done well I think it can look dazzling. If you get the right material and the right accessories its such a sparkly way to take you through Christmas. I've picked out a few looks, ranging from high street to high end, and each have their own personal traits.

Topshop £60

With it's nipped in waist and billowing sleeves this Topshop dress is flattering for a variety of figures. The fabric is quite delicate but the layers and the long sleeves make it more winter appropriate. This is a great dress for the evening as it has an embellished neckline but could also be worn for a smart day event with thick black tights and black velvet pumps. I think this dress speaks for itself, so wear it with your hair elegantly tied back with simple accessories such as one or two silver rings however, definitely avoid wearing earrings as this will look too much next to the neckline.

Reiss £169

I love this Reiss dress and it has the perfect mix of grown-up glamour and girlish charm. This dress is much more day appropriate and is perfect for a smart day in the office. The dress is simple so there's lots you could do with it. For day, wear with a smart black blazer or statement coat. Alternatively, you could team it with large, jewelled statement necklace or leopard print pumps. For evening, wear with your hair tied back and with large chandelier earrings, stacked bangles and statement heels.

Sandro at Net-a-Porter £250

If you've got a little more money to spend then this dress by Sandro is a great alternative to the Topshop version. The style is relatively similar however, the embellishment around the neckline is gold so it's perfect for those that suit warmer colours. It has a softer fabric which gives a great day/night mix meaning you can wear it straight from the office for after work drinks. Let the dress do the talking and wear with a classic navy coat and a slick of red lipstick.
The Little White Dress is the perfect all year item and it's so versatile; if you don't have one in your wardrobe then I would definitely advise you consider investing in one.

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