The Little Black Ladylike Dress

Autumn Winter 2013 saw a darker mood on the catwalk, with the film noir heroine being a major trend. Cue beautiful ladylike frocks, prim silhouettes and structured tailoring, with a sexy, slightly dangerous edge. With this trend in mind I have put together a rather luxurious round-up of little black ladylike dresses.
Temperley London took inspiration from Hitchcock starlet Tippi Hendren this season, and I love this Black Silk Mesh Romy Dress. With sexy sheer panelling, delicate bodice detail, and the bold chevron stripe skirt makes this frock a sassy addition to any woman’s wardrobe.
Temperley London Black Silk Mesh Romy Dress
Russian label Vilshenko has created this gorgeous Black Lace Silk Lara Dress which is sure to bring out the femme fatale in any woman, with a beautiful detailed lace bodice and diaphanous skirt, long sheer polka dot sleeves and demure high neck, this little black number is the epitome of elegance.
Vilshenko Black Lace Silk Lara Dress
For a little more vamp look no further than this Black Mesh Kai Dress from Priory Of Ten. With a daring cut-out mesh top and sleek pencil skirt this lbd oozes sultry sophistication. Wear with bags of confidence and a deep red lip.

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Now for something a little bit special. High street favourite H&M has created an exclusive range of party wear which includes some truly fabulous frocks. From a pretty pink embellished prom dress to a glamourous corseted gown, as well as more edgy style dresses with a romantic rock and roll vibe. The palette is perfect for this season with dusty pastels and classic black and white. This collection is part if H&M’s conscious work which aims to create more sustainable fashion, and all the items are made from recycled or organic material.  So if you have a big party or red carpet event(!) this summer – then make H&M your first stop for a touch of Hollywood glamour and a clear conscious. The full collection (which also includes menswear) will be available in store and online from April 4th. Here are some of my personal favourites… Love, Love, Love.


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Hanging Rock Frocks

Today I have taken inspiration from the 1795 film Picnic At Hanging Rock. The mysterious Australian movie is set in 1900, and is about a group of school girls who go missing on an outing to the eerie Hanging Rock on Valentines day. The film is beautifully shot and captures the innocence of the girls – who all wear pretty victorian white cotton dresses.

Picnic At Hanging Rock

I first saw Picnic At Hanging Rock when I was a very young girl, the film fascinated me and I and think it must be the reason I have a penchant for white cotton summer dresses. I have seen a few gorgeous summer frocks on the high street already and here are my favourites.

My first find is this beautiful high neck maxi dress from Miss Selfridge. A perfect summer dress with a slightly dipped hemline and gorgeous cut-away, buttoned-up back. This is my absolute must-have this summer, for a cool, laid-back boho-look. If you like this dress, then keep your eye on Miss Selfridge as they have other similar styles due in store later this season.

Miss-Selfridge-White-Cotton-Victoriana-Maxi Dress

This frock from Urban Outfitters is by new label Little White Lies. I love the doily like lace and the gathered bodice, this dress is both pretty and practical with front patch pockets. The short underskirt allows for a subtle glimpse of flesh too.

Little-White-Lies-Lace-Dress From Urban Outfitters

Finally, is this dreamy dress by Hobbs’ NW3 label. The Evie Dress is made from beautiful white cotton broderie anglaise which hangs elegantly into a trapezium shape with a gorgeous scalloped hem.

NW3-by-Hobbs-White-Evie-Dress-Best Summer Dresses

And if you’ve never seen the film, here is the original trailer for you to take a look at…

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Tangerine Dream


After much searching I have finally found what I have been looking for. And here it is – this beautiful 70’s style maxi dress from online fashion haven asos. It’s the cape detail that I have been after and had almost given up hope of ever finding. I have found some vintage patterns of this style, which are wonderful, but it’s so much easier to click and buy – especially at the very friendly price of £55. I feel like I have struck gold with this bright orange beauty!

ASOS Maxi Dress With 70's Cape Neck Detail

Here are some of the vintage patterns I found in my search…

Vintage Dress Pattern

This one can be found at So Vintage Patterns, who have a treasure trove of lovely styles.

Vintage Dress Pattern

And this is a Woman’s Own pattern which I bought at a vintage fashion fair a while ago.

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