Red dress with leopard print accessories

It’s so tempting at this time of year to forget about dresses in favour of sweaters, trousers and boots. Well, until the party season starts, but it’s a little bit early for that just yet (even if the shops are full of Christmas stuff already!). If you have an event to go to that requires an elegant outfit, I don’t think you can go wrong with a red dress at any time of year. A LRD (little red dress) makes a fabulous alternative to black, and this one from Boohoo is a classic style that would be ideal for many occasions.

The high neckline keeps it classy, while the split sleeves show a bit of flesh without baring the upper arms completely.

As reds go, this is the perfect shade for me. I have several red dresses, but this is now my favourite, and at only £20 it’s a bargain. Despite the budget price tag the quality is really good and it fits me like a glove. Boohoo tends to come up small so after checking the size guide I sized up to a 12, which proved to be the right decision. It doesn’t have any zips or fastenings, but the slight stretch in the material makes it easy to get on over my head. The high neckline keeps it classy, while the split sleeves show a bit of flesh without baring the upper arms completely. The fabric isn’t too thick to wear a coat over though, so I can still wear it when the weather turns colder. A cropped faux fur jacket would look great with it.

Red dress with leopard print accessories

A red dress with leopard print accessories is both classic and a little bit sassy.

When it came to choosing accessories there was only really one type that came to mind: leopard print! Are you getting sick of seeing it yet? I don’t think I ever will! We all keep saying it’s a neutral, but it really is. That’s why most of us love it I suppose. It certainly trumps a plain nude for me anyway. A red dress with leopard print accessories is both classic and a little bit sassy. On a more practical level, these shoes have a closed toe and a wooden effect heel so I don’t have to worry about my chipped nail polish or ruining them in the mud!

Snake print would be another option if you’re not keen on leopard print. But if you need a break completely from animal prints then metallics would work well too; my preferred shades would be rose gold or bronze. This dress is available in lots of colours and a few prints too, as well as maternity versions. I really like the chartreuse (very this season), and of course classic black would be a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe.

Do you have a favourite red dress? Which colour would you choose this dress in and what would you wear with it?

Boohoo Red dress with leopard print accessories

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Boohoo Red dress with leopard print accessories

New Look leopard print court shoes

Boohoo Red dress with leopard print accessories

Boohoo Red dress with leopard print accessories

Boohoo red dress c/o | Dune clutch bag (old, similar) | New Look shoes (old, similar) | Azuni cuff and earrings | Roberto Cavalli sunglasses

Last week’s favourites were…

Darlene of Aquamarina Style, Suzanne of Crazy Blonde Life and Laurie of Vanity and Me!


 

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Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer mustard ribbed jumper River Island cobalt trousers

We all have our favourite colour combinations, right? Well, cobalt and mustard is definitely one of mine. The last time I wore these two colours together it was the other way round – mustard trousers and a cobalt top. When I bought these trousers in the River Island sale a couple of months ago I knew I wanted a mustard or ochre sweater to go with them. However, the only one I had was the bat wing sparkly number that I paired with my glittery skinny jeans. I know there are plenty of other colour options for these bright blue trousers, but when I get an outfit in my head I have to pursue it!

As luck would have it, I was browsing the Marks & Spencer outlet in the Lowry shopping centre on my lunch break when I found this jumper for £10. I don’t usually like ribbed jumpers but the gold frill edge sold it to me. I think it compliments the frill detail on the trousers rather nicely. My super comfortable Marks & Spencer shoes bookend the blue to bring the outfit together. So thanks to a lucky lunch time find I’m mixing cobalt and mustard again! I added a neutral bag that I bought in France from Scottage (one of my favourite French shops) on sale for 15 euros, and some fun acrylic earrings that I bought while waiting for a train at Birmingham New Street! You know I never miss a shopping opportunity 😉

Do you have a favourite colour combination? What colours do you like to pair mustard with?

Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer mustard ribbed jumper River Island cobalt trousers

Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer mustard ribbed jumper River Island cobalt trousers, Scottage tan and leopard print bag

Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer mustard ribbed jumper River Island cobalt trousers, Scottage tan and leopard print bag

Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer mustard ribbed jumper River Island cobalt trousers, Scottage tan and leopard print bag

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Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer ochre high cut shoes, River Island cobalt trousers, Scottage tan and leopard print bag

Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer mustard ribbed jumper

Accessorize orange resin earrings

Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer mustard ribbed jumper River Island cobalt trousers, Scottage tan and leopard print bag

River Island trousers (similar) | Marks & Spencer jumper (similar) | Marks & Spencer shoes | Scottage bag (similar) | Accessorize earrings

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Shauna of Lipgloss and Lace, Kim of Champagneista and Ruth of My Little Nest!

 


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Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com, group shot

A couple of weeks ago I had the honour of modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com – an online boutique that celebrates women of all ages, shapes and sizes. I first met its founder, Jacynth last year, when I bought my gorgeous yellow Emile Vidal Carr coat. More recently, the Style Not Age collective collaborated with the-Bias-Cut.com for “The Shirt – a wardrobe staple” theme in June. I know that some of you are already fans of the-Bias-Cut.com, but for anyone not familiar with this fabulous online boutique I’ll share a brief background of the company.

Every piece is tried on by Jacynth and modelled by non-professional models so you can see what they really look like on.

Jacynth was inspired to start the company, which celebrates style at any age, because of her mum’s frustration with clothes shopping. The-Bias-Cut.com’s mission is to tackle ageism and offer women of all ages beautiful and modern pieces: “Every woman should be able to find those pieces that truly celebrate the best version of herself today, no matter her age.” The online boutique sources the most stylish, contemporary labels made to high manufacturing and ethical standards. Every piece is tried on by Jacynth and modelled by non-professional models so you can see what they really look like on. But they don’t just look fantastic – they feel fantastic too, thanks to the high quality fabric and craftsmanship.

“Every woman should be able to find those pieces that truly celebrate the best version of herself today, no matter her age.”

The clothes are classic with a modern twist, pieces made to last and be worn over and over. When I wear really good quality clothes I feel more confident, and that creates a positive chain reaction. To some people it might seem frivolous to place so much importance on clothes, but they are a form of self-expression. Taking the time and care to curate a wardrobe of beautiful, well-made clothes means they are more than just pieces of fabric. By investing in my clothes I am investing in myself.

“Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us.” – Virginia Woolf, Orlando

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com, Molly pullover, Zebra print shirt

Being a model for the day

For a naturally shy person, modelling is a huge leap out of my comfort zone. I arrived at the studio in London after an early morning train from Cheshire feeling like a hot mess (and not in a good way!). The shoot was already in full swing and I went straight to makeup for the lovely Shari to work her magic. Not only a genius with makeup, she also works miracles on hair. I’d dyed mine the day before and it soon became obvious that it was not going to behave. Apparently you should never dye your hair before a shoot…whoops! It makes it very hard to style, but Shari perservered and transformed it from frizzy to shiny and bouncy. (She actually knew what brand of dye I’d used…now that’s impressive!)

The day passed by in a flash and before I knew it I was back at Euston waiting for my train, wondering if it was all a dream!

When I saw the gorgeous Evey in front of the camera I had serious pangs of self-doubt; posing for photos in my garden with my husband is one thing, but for a team of professionals in a studio, well that’s a whole other level. Everyone was just lovely though and soon put me at ease. Just putting the clothes on changed my mindset instantly. And when Bukky (the third model) arrived with her gorgeous smile and infectious positive energy the fun really began! By the end of the day we were goofing around and doing the floss (prompted by Claire the stylist!).

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com has to be one of the highlights of my blogging career and despite the nerves, I’d love to do it again!

The day passed by in a flash and before I knew it I was back at Euston waiting for my train, wondering if it was all a dream! But the photos are here to prove it was indeed real. Now the only dilemma I have is which pieces to buy, because I want them all! Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com has to be one of the highlights of my blogging career and despite the nerves, I’d love to do it again! (I just won’t dye my hair the day before next time!)

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com Pom Hot Stuff blouse

Pom “Hot Stuff” blouse and Philippa corduroy skirt

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com, knitwear

Charlo cashmere jumperBee alpaca wool blend cardiganAshlee alpaca ivory jumper

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com

Tessa blouse and Hot Stuff clutch

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com

Contrast sleeve leopard print faux fur coat

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com

Floral artwork alpaca wool blend cardigan

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com

Pandora jersey dress

Prada sparkly tied front dressDamaris dress in water artDamaris dress in black

Vinny velvet kimono, Carnot cashmere jumper and Philippa corduroy skirtNantes jumper

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com, group photo

Do pop over for a look at the new season collection at the-Bias-Cut.com and let me know which are your favourite pieces!

 

Photos by Yuval Hen, courtesy of the-Bias-Cut.com

 

 


 

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Red jeans, check jacket and a hint of mustard

Sometimes outfits come about in completely random ways. That’s how it was with this combination. I bought these red jeans a couple of years ago on eBay. They were brand new with tags and cost about £10. But when they arrived…alas, they were too tight. So they’ve been sitting in the wardrobe ever since. The other day I was going through all my old jeans and having a little sort out, when I thought I’d try them on again. To my delight they fit 🙂 So of course I had to wear them right away!

The mustard shoes looked a bit random without something else to mirror them…if only I had a matching top…

I was trying on different shoes with them to see what worked and what didn’t, when to my surprise I really liked these (super comfortable) mustard/ochre shoes with the red. I then picked out this check jacket (after trying on a few others) but I needed a top to bring it all together. The mustard shoes looked a bit random without something else to mirror them…if only I had a matching top…

A black top looked too heavy, and as the jacket has a small collar I didn’t want to wear a white shirt. I racked my brains for a top to match the shoes, when I remembered the top from the mustard co-ord. It’s not the ideal style because of the cropped length and the full sleeves, but until I find a more suitable alternative it proves that red jeans, check jacket and a hint of mustard can work together! A simple black faux leather bag finished off the look.

Coloured jeans make a fun alternative to blue and black denim, and I’m now looking to add a bright green and a camo print pair to my collection. Do you love brightly-coloured or patterend jeans?

Red jeans, check jacket and a hint of mustard

Red jeans, check jacket and a hint of mustard

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Red jeans, check jacket and a hint of mustard

Red jeans, check jacket and a hint of mustard

Red jeans, check jacket and a hint of mustard

Gap jeans (similar) | Rena Lange jacket (charity shop, similar) | Zara top (this one would work well) | Marks & Spencer shoes | bag from TK Maxx (similar) | Emilio Pucci sunglasses | Pia ring

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust, Lisa of The Sequinist and Kim of Champagneista!

 


 

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Life's a Ball for the Style Not Age collective, red and gold embroidered dress

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. This last week has flown by (only one week left of September!). It’s certainly been a varied one for me, from a trip to London to model for the-Bias-Cut-com, to donning my wellies and mucking out fox pens. It’s not all glamour! Before we know it, the festive season will be here…which means digging out those party dresses! Well life’s a ball for the Style Not Age collective this month, thanks to Anna who chose September’s theme!

Just when I was beginning to think I’d never find “the one”, I saw exactly the dress I’d envisaged on eBay.

This is probably the trickiest style challenge so far because a formal dress is not something we’d typically wear on a regular basis. I have a couple of prom style dresses, but they just weren’t doing it for me. Instead, I thought it’d be fun to wear my wedding dress again. It’s not actually a wedding dress, but that’s exactly what I wanted.  The funny thing is, I’d looked everywhere for the perfect dress, and I was prepared to pay big bucks for a designer gown. Just when I was beginning to think I’d never find “the one”, I saw exactly the dress I’d envisaged on eBay. It cost the grand total of £40 – how about that for a bargain!

Life's a Ball for the Style Not Age collective, red and gold embroidered dress

We’re going back to Barbados next month, so maybe I’ll take the dress and recreate the moment. But for now I’ll have to make do with the slightly less exotic location of my garden.

My entire wedding outfit was very thrifty because I already had a gold bag and sandals, so I didn’t need to buy any new ones. We blew the budget on getting married in Barbados, although it wasn’t smooth sailing; we had to reschedule the whole trip thanks to an erupting volcano! We’re going back to Barbados next month, so maybe I’ll take the dress and recreate the moment. But for now I’ll have to make do with the slightly less exotic location of my garden. When I came down the stairs ready for the photos I asked my husband if he’d like to get married again – his response was “Yes, but with conditions this time”! I think that means not buying so many pairs of shoes 😉

Life's a Ball for the Style Not Age collective, red and gold embroidered dress

Biba gold strappy sandals

The only things I’ve changed from what I wore on my wedding day are the sandals and jewellery. The sandals I wore on the day are packed away in the loft, but I prefer these by Biba. I replaced my cheap eBay jewellery with these gorgeous earrings and ring from Ottoman Hands and a bracelet from Azuni.

Ottoman hands turquoise and gold ring

Ottoman Hands earrings

Life's a Ball for the Style Not Age collective, red and gold embroidered dress

Now let’s see how Jacqui, Hilda and Anna dressed for the ball…

Jacqui is looking very sophisticated in a classic black dress with a beautiful beaded neckline. You’re hot to trot Jacqui! Pop over to Mummabstylish to see more!

Mummabstylish

Hilda recently bought this beautiful beaded deep green gown for an upcoming event at her local yacht club. I’m sure you’ll be the belle of the ball Hilda! See the full post at Over the Hilda.

Over the Hilda

Last but not least is the star of JD Williams’ new TV campaign! Anna certainly has good reason to slip on a ball gown and party! Head over to Anna’s Island Life to see all the details!

Anna's Island Life

So that’s it for another month! Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to pop back tomorrow for the Style With a Smile link up! Hope you have a lovely day 🙂

 

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