What screams “Christmas party” more than metallics? Gold, silver and all things shiny are fabulous all year round, but none more so than during the festive season.
I’ll always love a pretty dress at Christmas time, whether it’s for a full-on party, a gathering with friends or the big day itself. And as I’m also a fan of midi dresses, this grey ruffled dress with silver polka dots had me swooning the second I saw it – it ticks so many trend boxes! The ruffles, the off-the-shoulder Bardot-style top and the spots come together to make a dress that may not be super bright or over the top colourful, but I fell in love with its elegance and feminine frills.
I chose this dress as part of my collaboration with JD Williams – you may have seen in September that I’m part of their exciting Colour Council (with five other influencers) that the brand launched to coincide with their total rebranding the same month? They are now not just a fashion brand but they’re “JD Williams – The Lifestore”. I have to give them full marks for a truly excellent rebranding campaign: the message, the imagery, the models used and even the colourful new logo are all well worth checking out.
For me, the reason for joining their group of fabulous women was to show how colour plays such an important part of our lives… It’s all about leading a colourful life, not necessarily just wearing orange with pink and yellow (though as regular readers will know I’m all about the colour clash as well)!
IT HAS A SUBTLE COLOURFULNESS TO IT THAT MAKES AS MUCH OF A STATEMENT AS ANY RAINBOW BRIGHTS WILL.
Although this outfit isn’t smack-you-in-the-face bright, it has a subtle colourfulness to it that makes as much of a statement as any rainbow brights will. It’s not that obvious, but I’ve been a major rule-breaker with this outfit in the form of using mixed metallics. I know some people wince at the mere thought of mixing up gold and silver, but when you have a dark grey dress that’s completely covered in silver polka dots it needs warming up. It would also be overkill (in my opinion) if you were to pile on silver accessories and jewellery, so I thought I’d try gold instead.
SHOP THE LOOK:
You know what? I think it totally worked. By pairing the dress with strappy gold sandals (I tried my gold block heels but they were too chunky for such a delicate dress), a clutch bag with gold sparkles and gold hardware plus long gold earrings I got the additional warmth I needed. My orange nails and the red bangle gave the outfit an extra (but subtle) punch of colour.
BTW did you know that these barely-there strappy heels that were so popular back in the late 90s/early 00s are back? You may want some tips to make wearing heels more comfy if you want to give them a try.
And can we talk about off-the-shoulder (Bardot) tops and dresses?
I’ve shied away from this style for so long, and I did dabble in it last year with a OTS top that I adored, but I’ve not bought any other tops or dresses in this style since. Being somewhat busty, I find that without a ruffle my top half looks very 1950s (you know the cone-shaped bras they wore?) and it’s not an area I want to draw attention to that much. The ruffle stops my ample chest from being exaggerated even more (helped further by my strapless Wonderbra), so when I saw this dress I was praying that it would work and not make me look too buxom… Check and check on both points!
So the festive season really IS the time to break out the brights, or break out the metallics, or glam up your black and neutrals. Just go for something glitzy, sparkly, floaty – anything that makes you feel more tszujed up than you do on a normal day. It’s the best opportunity you’ll have all year to experiment with a new look, so be daring and just TRY those sequinned pants, ladies!
SCRAP AGE. SCRAP OVER THE HILL, LONG IN THE TOOTH AND PAST YOUR PRIME…
– JD Williams
The Colour Council
I’ve been really proud to be part of JD Williams’ rebrand – it feels like a company has finally woken up to the fact that 40+ women don’t want to be age appropriate, that we don’t want to be treated any differently to the 20-somethings as far as our need (and want!) to shop and look great is concerned. The new TV advert announced that we should “Scrap age. Scrap over the hill, long in the tooth and past your prime…” (hear, hear).
“We’re incredibly excited for everyone to see the new campaign and the brand’s new look. We’ve evolved JD Williams to evolve with our customer and are championing and celebrating the 45 to 60-year-old women in a way which taps into her unique attitude, rather than her age.”
Now that’s something I am SO relieved to hear. For too long we’ve been given the token silver-haired model as a way of appeasing those of us who say we’d like to see midlife women represented more in advertising. Don’t get me wrong – these women are stunning, but a beautiful older woman with long silver hair is NOT representative of all midlife women. So to see women who could have been anything over 40, 50 or 60 (minus the silver locks) appearing in the JD Williams advert was a revelation.
Let’s hope other brands sit up and take notice…!
IF YOU’VE SEEN THE JD WILLIAMS ADVERT/REBRAND WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT? OR WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING TO WEAR THIS CHRISTMAS? COMMENT BELOW, OR TAKE IT TO TWITTER @NOTLAMB!
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Thank you for joining the #iwillwearwhatilike link up! This started as a campaign on Instagram in August 2015 where women over 30 wore everything on a journalist’s list of “inappropriate” items for 30+ women (including leopard print, short dresses and oversized sunglasses. Yes, really). It was so popular that I decided to carry it on weekly where women of all ages link up their fabulous style, never mind what anyone tells them not to wear!
The link up goes live every Monday at 3pm UK time and will stay open for a week. Whilst the original article was of course aimed at the 30+, you can be ANY age to link up. The only criteria is that you’re wearing whatever you damn well like!
Linking up etiquette…
CLICK HERE to read the rules of linking up (and to grab the #iwillwearwhatilike button). Basically it’s just good manners to link back to here – to leave a comment is even nicer!
My favourite outfits from last week’s link up:
To get yourself featured next week, make sure you’ve included a link back to Not Dressed As Lamb or my button in your post/sidebar!
DO SHARE THE LOVE AND VISIT AS MANY LINKS AS YOU CAN (YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT OTHER LOVELY LIKE-MINDED LADIES YOU MIGHT MEET) – THE ORIGINAL INSTAGRAM CAMPAIGN FORGED SOME WONDERFUL NEW FRIENDSHIPS SO DON’T MISS OUT!
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