Here’s the full outfit, folks: What I wore to the Bloggers’ Lounge blog awards party on Wednesday last week.
I did my usual trick of layering a short dress over trousers. Like some other things I got in the January sales, I’d had my eye on this dress for ages, but couldn’t justify spending £150 on a dress I may not wear very much at all. But I kept the dress – a bright pink lace over yellow French Connection dress with a very short hem – in a browser tab for ages. (I’m talking weeks and weeks.) It was one of those pieces that made me absolutely gasp when I first saw it, and I didn’t want to stop thinking about it so in that tab it stayed.
Every day I checked it for a reduction in price, and one day it happened… Down to £75: Half price, and all sizes still available. Result!!
The problem for me was the style: Like the fact that I never show off cleavage and am a “modest dresser”, I just don’t get my legs out, but that’s because I don’t like my legs. Most of us have things we don’t like about ourselves, and I truly believe in accentuating your best features and playing down your least favourite, so my legs tend to be covered up, and I’m all the happier (and more confident) for it.
But anyway – I was announced as a finalist up for a blogger award, so suddenly I had a reason to get the dress, and I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me before to do my usual trick of layering a dress over trousers, but it took me a while… And then it was reduced again to £60! From then on it was easy: Firstly, add to basket and hope it fits. Secondly, get cropped black trousers (also severely reduced), add a skinny black belt (to add some definition to my waist and offset the trousers), patent pointed heels, a statement clutch (like this one) and chandelier earrings… Job done!
I absolutely loved the outfit. It got lots of compliments on the night and in that pink and yellow it certainly stood out. I actually prefer the dress with the trousers underneath – I think if I had amazing legs and showed them off instead of covering them as I did here, I think they’d detract too much from such an unusual and pretty dress. A short shift dress in bright pink lace over yellow is a powerful statement, and I don’t think it “needs” fabulous legs as well (though I wouldn’t turn them down if I were offered a pair)…!!
Do you have any wardrobe tricks that you fall back on again and again like me and my dress-over-trousers trick? Tell me in the comments!
Dress: French Connection at John Lewis (£150 down to £39!!) | Belt: Unknown | Trousers: ASOS (£28 down to £9.50) | Heels: Aldo | Clutch: c/o French Connection | Earrings: Aspire Style* | Nails: Nails Inc ‘Black Taxi’