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Personal Stylist: Dressing up

  • posted February 13th, 2010
  • Fashion


Finding the perfect dress is tricky but it’s not just about sleeves or no sleeves, the cut, the print, the neckline or the hemline. If you are shopping for a dress for a special occasion then you also want the dress to be show-stopping, but without overshadowing you. As Coco Chanel said “Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress” meaning; make sure you are wearing the dress instead of the dress wearing you.

Personally I am a devoted dress-aholic and could write reams on this subject, so we’ll start with some classic tips for choosing the perfect dress (with this beautiful Roland Mouret Janus dress to inspire you) and then later this month I’ll give you my top picks on the best dresses for your shape.

1. Don’t follow trends. If it’s a black tie affair you should be looking to invest in something classic and beautiful, as opposed to completely of-the-moment.

2. The other extreme is playing it too safe. Be daring, be glamorous but always be yourself.

3. Heels will always make you, your legs and the dress look better but don’t think that they have to be super high. Sometimes a chunkier heel can work with a feminine dress but make sure you choose the dress first.

4. If you’re ultra skinny or boyish then you can create the illusion of curves by playing up your waist. If your waist looks smaller than your hips, you’ll appear more womanly.

5. To make your curves look smaller then it’s all about the fabric. Make sure the dress isn’t cut too tight across either the bust or the bum. Anything too flimsy just doesn’t work, go for structured but not clingy.

Roland Mouret Janus dress £900 Browns

Golden Globes trend report: Think pink

  • posted January 19th, 2010
  • Fashion

At the Golden Globe awards, the girls were certainly looking very pretty in pink. As well as lots of floaty, feminine shapes there were girly colours and ruffles a plenty. Such is fashion’s new penchant for romance that was all over the catwalks at the Spring/Summer 2010 shows.

At the awards, Emily Blunt looked gorgeous in a soft candy-colourd Dolce & Gabbana number, while Maggie Gyllenhaal wore Roland Mouret and Diane Kruger looked radiant as always in pale pink Christian Lacroix.  For something similar, try Dolce & Gabbana’s deep rose coloured frock, which is currently on sale at Browns. I adore the shoestring straps and pleated shape. The empire line cut is ultra flattering as well, whilst the to-the-knee length is much more wearable if you’re not walking the red carpet!

The best thing about pink is that is gives you that just-in-love glow, provided you pick the right shade for your complexion. If you have warm, olive skin then the creamiest nudes or pale peaches will look picture perfect. If you’re pale, stick to warmer shades of rose or deep vermillion, whereas black or Asian skinned gals can pretty much have the pick of the crop. A barely there blush shade looks stunning against dark skin.

Dolce & Gabbana short dress £900 Browns

Give us Mouret

With a new RM boutique in Harrods in London this September and the news this week that Roland Mouret has scooped Artist of the Year at the Francais of the Year awards, there has never been a better time to invest in one of his creations. Just in time for the party season there is a stunning array of brightly coloured mini dresses for Net-a-porter and his classically well-cut and super flattering wool blend dresses are still flying off the shelves. Effortlessly chic, this navy Mistral dress at Browns has a pencil-skirt shape and an exposed zip fastening that runs down the entire back of the dress. The pleat detail on the neckline and fitted shape puts it right into Mad Men territory.

For something a little more blatantly seductive, try the hot pink Zonda tunic. Wear it as a dress with opaque tights or layer over this season’s must-have leather leggings and shoe boots. The modest high cowl neck balances out the mini length making it a perfect day-to-night transitional piece.

Finally, for a classically chic Little Black Dress with a twist, look no further than this timeless black shift. A gently draped neckline and sleeveless cut up the elegant quota while the contrast panels with a panther print give it a modern feel.

Dresses shown above: Mistral wool blend dress RM by Roland Mouret at Browns £ 1, 350 and Zonda tunic dress RM by Roland Mouret at Browns £650