Lighting Up the Room: How to Find Your Perfect Party Dress

If you’re on the hunt the perfect party dress, there are a couple of things you want to keep in mind. One thing you want to pay attention to is your body type, and how well the dress you’re looking at will suit it. Another thing you’re going to want to pay attention to is your skin tone, and how well the color of the dress compliments it. There are many things you can take into consideration about a party dress, but if you take into consideration these two things you’re likely to find address it’s perfect for you. Finding the right party dress can make a difference between “I’m  here,” and “Here I am!”. Use the tips below to help you find a dress that will really make you shine your next party.

Skin Tone

One thing you want to pay attention to is skin tone and colors. Choosing a color that complements the tone of your skin is one of the most important things you can do. If you have dark skin, you might want to wear some of the lightest shades. Where dark colors will make you disappear into the background, light colors will contrast with your skin tone beautifully and make you stand out.

For medium skin tones, it’s best to shoot for neutral shades like black, brown, and gray. These look beautiful against your skin tone, and make you look elegant and glowing. Blues and reds are also great colors to try, but anything with  warm hue will likely make you look stunning.

The fair-skinned should never wear yellow or white. Not only will they wash you out, but they tend to make you look orange. Bright colors can be striking against your skin, and some neutrals can help you look elegant. But avoid very pale neutrals, such as tan, as this will only make you look stark.

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Body Type

Body type is one of the most important things to consider when picking out a party dress. Picking a dress that will complement your shape can be the difference between a fashion faux pas and fashion-forward.

If you’re well-endowed in the upper region, go for a square neck and a low-cut dress. This will help you accentuate your figure. Try not to go for a strappy dress, because thin straps tend to minimize your bust. If, on the other hand, you want to accentuate your breasts because you have a smaller bust, a low neckline will work very well. Also consider a spaghetti strap, as it will help you look elegant. You might try wearing a chiffon maxi dress for a stylish and elegant appearance. Additionally, a high-necked long sleeve dress will really make you stand out, and can accentuate your figure even if there’s not a lot there.

For those who have more of a stomach then they’d like, satin and silk are not the way to go, as they will show every lump you have. Fit and flare dresses and empire waistlines look great for those who are trying to cover up their tummy. A wide belt can help to cover up your shape, and they can also help to give you a nice, feminine shape as well, accentuating the places you want seen.

If you have no waist at all, you’re going to want a spaghetti strap dress. Choosing a spaghetti strap dress will draw attention to your bust, taking it away from your waist, and giving you more of a shape. Empire waists are great for you, as well, because it gives you a waist where there is none.

If you’re trying to minimize your hips, straight cuts an empire waistlines are also great for you. However, should you go this route make sure that you pick a monochromatic dress. No matter what the style, if you wear patterns it tends to make you look larger.

No matter who you are or what you look like, never wear a calf-length dress or skirt. This style will age you instantly, and it’s not flattering on anyone. Short dresses, strapless dresses, tight dresses, and backless dresses can all be worn individually. But if you ever see all four of these characteristics in one dress, run. Also, never wear a dress with a net skirt unless you’re trying out for the ballet.

 

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Wild About Onesies: Where to Wear Them With Pride

Where can you wear a onesie without looking like an escaped mental patient? If you are one of a growing number of all-in-one converts the answer to that question will undoubtedly be ‘everywhere’, but no matter how comfortable and warm you might feel when wearing it society is simply not ready for the sight of you in your onesie. All-in-ones are simply not acceptable forms of outerwear in this day and age unless you are an eccentric billionaire or a member of One Direction. To avoid ridicule and possible incarceration, it is usually advisable to keep your onesie safely behind closed doors and not venture further than your front doorstep. However, if you have a burning need to show the world just how fabulous you look in an adult romper, the following style tips will help you pull off one of the most difficult fashion trends the world has ever seen.

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How to Accessorize Your Onesie

The centuries old style advice of ‘less is more’ has never been truer than when it comes to the onesie. Loud animal prints or neon stripes are great for the home, but stick to neutral block colours for outside. A simple black onesie with minimal make up and a pair of converse trainers will create a casual, laidback look that will not cause too much of a stir. Heading out in a tiger print onesie complete with ears and tail will leave you open to some well-deserved staring and pointing. Shoes are extremely important when it comes to rocking the onesie when out and about, and simple sport shoes in a matching colour are your one and only option. If you have to wear high heels, an ultra-trendy boiler suit teamed with some statement jewellery and big hair is a better choice, and this style is currently enjoying a comeback this season thanks to Cheryl Cole. The onesie is designed for ultimate comfort and should always be understated, but that doesn’t mean you can commit the unforgivable fashion crime of teaming it with a pair of Uggs.

Where You Can Wear It

Once you know how to make your onesie fit for public consumption, the amount of places you can where it will greatly increase. A trip to the local supermarket provides the perfect opportunity, and running small errands such as picking up dry cleaning, a trip to the hairdresser or simply walking the dog through the local park are all acceptable venues for onesies. Camping holidays, festivals and charity events are also perfect locations, and a onesie also doubles up as the easiest fancy dress costume in history.

Where You Probably Shouldn’t Wear It

Any nightclub that will actually allow you through the door in a onesie is probably not the kind of establishment that you will want to be seen in, unless of course you are in Essex where they are mandatory. Never wear one to work unless you were already planning on getting fired, and showing up to court in a onesie will probably add extra years onto your sentence. Picking your kids up from school in your onesie will relegate them to the status of social lepers until graduation, and hosting dinner parties whilst wearing one will definitely creep out your guests.

Always remember that the onesie is only a small step up from your regular pajamas, so they will probably never be completely acceptable as outdoor attire. Even 24-hour supermarkets have banned their customers from doing the weekly shop at 4am in their dressing gowns, so that snooty saleswoman shooting you disapproving looks for wearing your onesie to Tiffany’s is well within her right. If you enjoy standing out from the crowd, then a onesie will certainly help you on your mission, and no one could ever accuse you of being behind on the latest trends. Every few years a controversial piece of clothing comes into the spotlight, and in the past leather leggings, yoga pants and shoulder pads were all seen as difficult trends to pull off. The lifecycle of a new and original piece of clothing can be compared to German philosopher Arthur Shopenhaur’s three phases of truth which states “First, it will be ridiculed. Secondly it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

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Dressing Intelligently to Save Cash

Ever browsed Pinterest boards or the pages of your favourite magazine, wishing you could afford the latest styles? There’s good news: looking chic doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune on a new wardrobe each season. Take advantage of discounts, deals, and clothing swaps to save your hard-earned cash while still looking smart. Here’s how to do it:

Head straight for the sales racks.

While it’s tempting to spend your time browsing the displays at the front of the store, we all know that the best deals are hidden somewhere in the back. Exercise a little self-control when you’re out shopping by heading directly to the sales racks or browsing only the sales tabs on your favourite retailer’s website. You’ll be surprised at how many pieces you find for only a fraction of their original price.

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Shop at consignment shops and charity shops.

Your local consignment and charity shops are two great places to find deals. Consignment shops are particularly brilliant, as many of the pieces they carry are brand name items that have been only lightly used. At consignment shops, you also have the opportunity to bring in pieces you no longer wear from your own wardrobe and earn part of the profits from the sale. You can then use the extra spending cash to fund your future purchases. Charity shops also sell clothes at rock-bottom prices, though you may have to do a little more digging to find brand name designers than what you would at a consignment shop. Still, they’re an excellent option, especially if you’re looking to stock up on the basics.

Swap your stuff.

Another fun way to score some new wardrobe pieces without spending your hard-earned cash is to organise a clothing swap amongst your friends. Ask everybody to bring five to ten wardrobe items they no longer want to the swap so that there is an ample selection for everyone to acquire a few new pieces. Want an even bigger selection? Sign up for an online swap like Big Wardrobe, Swishing, or Swop2Shop. Don’t have anything worth swapping? No stress. Buy directly from the website at a discounted price instead.

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Join the mailing list.

The best way to receive alerts about discounts and deals from your favourite retailers is to join their mailing list. Mailing list subscribers are often made privy to sales before the general public, meaning that you’ll be the first to know about a major sale or score a sweet coupon so that you can shop for cheap dresses in the UK. Worried about your inbox being flooded by emails from retailers? Regularly check websites like Dealhack.com RetailMeNot, DiscountVoucherUK, and Coupon Craze to help you save big.

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From Day To Night: Transitional Pieces You Need In Your Wardrobe

The Essentials

Rushing from the gym in the morning to work during the day and then out for a night on the town is an acquired skill. How does a woman face it while looking fabulous? What is the secret that will take you from a stiff collared suit during the day to a flirty evening look? Read on and learn more. Our tips are sure to inspire.

Basic Dress

A simple dress can transform beautifully depending upon the accessories you pair it with. For example, the Lulu Dress by Sugarhill Boutique can be that staple piece that says sleek and serious when paired with a jacket. However, the same dress can quickly turn into a sexy evening dress for a night on the town once the jacket is removed and some glamorous jewellery is added to your ensemble.

Printed Dress

Some printed dresses were made to run the distance. The Marble Midi Dress by Lavish Alice can be layered with a fitted blazer for a work-appropriate look. Once the work day is over, remove the blazer and walk out confidently, ready for a night on the town.

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Fiercely Feminine Top

For an easy morning-to-evening look, pair this fiercely feminine Keyhole High Neck Top blouse by Lavish Alice with a pair of skinny jeans and stylish heels. You will walk into work feeling confident and walk out feeling ready.

Transitional Blazer

Pair this transitional blazer with a simple blouse and you’re set! Owning several great blazers is essential. Pair this blazer by Lavish Alice with a feminine top or a sleek dress for that perfect transitional look.

Fitted Knit Jumper

A fitted jumper with a pair of great tights and heels can transition nicely from day to night. Combined with a smoky eye and a sexy hairstyle, a jumper can create a sophisticated transitional look for the modern working woman out on the town.

Simple Camisole

A simple cami is essential in any transitional wardrobe. Wear with a blazer and a pencil skirt during the day. At night, leave the blazer in your bag and grab a cocktail.

Leggings

Leggings can be worn with transitional tunics and sweaters. An essential in any wardrobe, leggings are especially important as a staple item for those who maintain a busy work and nightlife schedule.

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