Matalan Floral Print Dress

Matalan Floral Print Dress

It hardly seems possible but the festive season is fast approaching so it’s time to think about getting dressed up for the Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties! I’ve long been a fan of Matalan’s affordable party wear so I was delighted to be chosen as their blogger of the month. I was invited to style a dress, bag and shoes from the new range, which was my cue to jump on one of this season’s key looks: moody florals.

The key to finding a print that flatters lies in the proportions of the print. Petite frames can be overwhelmed by large patterns, whereas taller frames can carry a bold design.

This enduring trend turns bold and dramatic for A/W, with big flowers set against a dark backdrop. Go all out head-to-toe in floral print for maximum impact like I have, or stick to wearing it on either your top or bottom half. The key to finding a print that flatters lies in the proportions of the print.  I love a bit of old fashioned glamour so I was instantly wowed by this gorgeous dress. The length is really flattering, falling just above the ankle to showcase my party sandals. The icing on the cake is the pockets…oh how I love a dress with pockets, and I know I’m not the only one! The fabric feels luxurious and the cut of the dress is exceptional. I feel like a million dollars in it!

When the occasion calls for a more adventurous alternative to black or nude accessories, opt for metallics…they go with just about everything.

When the occasion calls for a more adventurous alternative to black or nude accessories, opt for metallics. I treat metallics as neutrals because they go with just about everything. These strappy silver sandals look so much more expensive than £18. They are a wide fit making them incredibly comfortable. I feel like I could dance all night in these! Best of all is the zip at the back so you don’t have to do and undo the straps every time you put them on or take them off.

I chose a silver glittery bag to match the sandals. It has a detachable strap so you can use it as a clutch (or you could just tuck the strap inside). It’s big enough to hold all the essentials for a night out – phone, lipstick, money – and at £6 it certainly won’t break the bank.

Do you love the “moody floral” trend? What are you planning to wear for the festive parties? I love to read all of your comments!

Matalan Floral Print Dress

Matalan Floral Print Dress

Matalan glitter bag

Matalan Floral Print Dress

Matalan glitter bag

Matalan Floral Print Dress

Matalan silver sandals

Matalan Floral Print Dress

Dress, sandals and bag : c/o Matalan

 

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27 Comments

  1. October 29, 2016 / 4:42 pm

    That print does look fabulous on you!!
    It’s crazy to me to be even thinking about the holiday yet—we’ve had a warm spell here, so it just doesn’t seem possible!!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  2. November 2, 2016 / 4:18 am

    Thanks for linking up to the Ageless Style linkup party!

  3. November 2, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    I love the moody and dark florals too and one of my Holiday party dresses this year will be a floral one. Your dress and shoes are beautiful, Emma. I treat metallics as neutrals, too. =)

    Welcome by tonight or tomorrow night and linkup with my Thursday Moda linkup. Thanks.

    Happy Hump Day! <3 Ada.

  4. November 2, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Print on that dress is superb !

  5. Liz
    November 2, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    I’m definitely a huge advocate of floral prints and this one is so amazing! You look darling <3

    Liz

    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

  6. November 2, 2016 / 11:30 pm

    Gorgeous Emma. I love the combination of big, blowsy florals and metallics. And such a welcomed alternative to black. I find it so boring when people wear just black for Christmas parties or do’s.
    Interesting though I slightly disagree when you say petite frames can be overwhelmed by large prints. Personlly, I love wearing big prints. It’s more the cut and fit of the garment that will overwhelm a petite rather than the size of print and also whether it fits your style personality. Too small a print and it can look too ditsy and cute!
    Anyway, lets meet at the bar and order some cocktails ready for going out!

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

    • November 16, 2016 / 12:14 pm

      Thank you Jacqueline! It’s interesting to hear you say that as a petite lady…well fashion rules are made to be broken right? Mmm…cocktails…now you’re talking!

  7. November 3, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    That dress is beyond beautiful! I just love the fit and print! Oh, and that it has pockets!

  8. November 5, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    Totally beautiful. I did a Matalan haul the other day-so many gorgeous pieces. You look stunning x

    • November 16, 2016 / 12:17 pm

      Thank you Vicki! Yes Matalan is great for a spree – my daughter loves going shopping there for clothes 🙂

  9. November 6, 2016 / 9:55 am

    This is such a pretty dress, I keep forgetting about Matalan when I’m shopping, I really must go back!

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  10. November 7, 2016 / 2:07 am

    I’m a sucker for dresses with pockets and I love the dark floral print! You look lovely!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

  11. November 13, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    I am swooning over this dress. I think it is fantastic. Wow, when you walk into a room, dressed like this… all men will love you and all women will be jealous haha (just kidding).
    It is an incredible dress and that bag for that price, unbelievable. You did very well.
    Greetje

    • November 16, 2016 / 12:26 pm

      Haha, thank you Greetje! I really was surprised at the quality and price of the dress – you could easily pay twice that for something similar elsewhere.

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