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3 Ways To Wear The Cape Dress

This Autumn Winter the cape is making a come back. Capes, ponchos and yes even cape dresses. But this style isn’t only for the adventurous fashionistas out there! Nope, there is something for everyone!

Famous Faces Wearing Cape Dresses

We have seen the likes of J-Lo, Kim Kardashian and Cameron Diaz amongst many other famous faces sporting the cape dress. When done right it can be elegant, sophisticated and look darn right powerful. But we would like to stress…WHEN done right.

Ladies there are 3 ways to wear this style in…style.

Wear it: Long

Cameron Diaz does this look in an elegant floor-sweeping gown. This style of dress might well be the polar opposite of the LBD but still sexy.

The fitted silhouette is suggestive yet flattering to her curves and the stunning cobalt blue goes hand in hand with a women’s best accessory…her eyes!




Elise Ryan Maxi £ 68.00 Fame and Partners Cape Dress £ 160.00 Halloween Cape Dress from Plus brands at ASOS £ 49.99

Wear it: Mini

Keep it cute like Alexa in a mini dress, but this time with a twist. We think the cape style transforms the classic mini dress into something a little Alice and Wonderland. Making this dress a winner in our eyes.

Mini Cape Dresses

True Decadence Tall Embellished Neck Cape Dress £45.00 Warehouse Premium Embellished Cape Sleeve Dress £80.00 Missguided Plus Cape Dress £35.00


Wear it: Hollywood

Angelina Jolie does Hollywood glam like no other. This style resembles true Hollywood style from years gone by. The short cape is classic, classy and therefore timeless, so it’s the perfect choice for a “Black tie do” or the office Christmas party.



ASOS Extreme Cape Maxi Dress £50.00 Frock And Frill Allover Embellished Maxi Dress With Cape Detail £165.00 Coast Va Va Voom Dress With Pleated Cape £139.00

Categories: Shopping inspiration, Trends

How to do Black Tie

We’ve all been there. The moment where you are invited to a Black Tie event and you are filled with both excitement and dread. Yes, that means we can dress up but at the same time, the thought is there, what an earth do we wear?

Does Black Tie mean you have to wear black?

No. In fact Black Tie derives from what the men are expected to wear. So the Black Tie dress for women should indeed compliment the traditional black tie and dinner jacket.

Black Tie is quite vague for us ladies. The easiest way to think of Black Tie for us is Cocktail dresses. The best option if you are not sure is to go long. If you are not comfortable with a long dress then try midi or something around the knee. Never go too short, that way you will avoid feeling out of place.

Don’t be afraid of colour! It is worth taking a look at our collection of Cocktail dresses from a wide range of brands and in other colours other than black. Take a leaf out of Alexa Chung’s book at opt for a bold bright and floor sweeping gown.

Regram from English beauty @chungalexa wearing an embroidered dress from #Fall15 in #newyorkcity yesterday. #bestdressed

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Another tip when working out how to do Black Tie is to look up the venue, that will give you some indication of how fancy to go.  

Also think about what the occasion is and the people that are inviting you. Is it a 50th Wedding Anniversary or a 21st Birthday Party? That could really be the deciding factor in how much skin is appropriate to show. We love the idea of nude colours as an option, this is a great opportunity to play around with your accessories and neutral colours are also soft and elegant. 

The main thing when choosing your outfit of course is to wear something that you are comfortable in! If you feel more happy in something shorter then a classic cocktail mini could be the way to go!

Black is always a great option. You can’t go wrong with a classic and timeless LBD when wondering how to do Black Tie. Especially if you have more than one event coming up and only want to buy one dress.

TIP: A little clever accessorising can totally transform an outfit!

Black Tie


French Connection £ 85.00 French Connection Jersey Dress £75.00 Naf Naf Cocktail Dress £ 44.00 Swing Cocktail Dress £ 85.00

Hang on a tick though…what about Black Tie at a Wedding?

Same rules apply here. Black Tie is the same as Black Tie at any other event. Yes, you should think about how exposed you are, especially if you are going to the service itself. Hats and Fascinators are a great option as well. But not totally necessarily if you are wearing a floor sweeping dress.

If you still feel like you should wear some form of head or hair accessory, then why not go for a sparkly hair grip or a delicate headband.

The Best Brands For Black Tie Events

Chi Chi London



Virgos Lounge

LK Bennett



French Connection


Categories: Shopping inspiration, Tips

What dress to wear to a wedding?

What dress to wear to a wedding

So you have received a wedding invitation? How exciting! But dressing for a wedding is trickier than you first thought! What do you wear to someone else’s special day?

This poses quite the dilemma, you certainly can not wear white, nothing to short, nothing to drab, something special indeed, but of course not to outshine the bride herself. Now that goes without saying! You can’t go too overdressed, as not to steal the lime-light BUT you certainly can’t go underdressed. A good starting point is…to take a good hard look at the invitation – this is what you have to work with – these snippets of information are key to helping you find the perfect dress to wear to a wedding, so you can look like the perfect wedding guest.

Take note – is there a dress code or any other essential information that will aid you towards finding that perfect party dress for the “evening do” or are you invited to the wedding itself as well? Indeed this may pose as more of a challenge, if you have to find a versatile dress that is both suitable for the ceremony itself (lets face it – this is usually around lunchtime) and then again perfect for the wedding breakfast, dinner, or canapes hour but also for the evening party.

Location, location, location

This is actually a very important factor to consider when choosing your outfit. Will you be inside or braving the elements outside? Then think about your accessories working with the rest of your outfit and check that you have something to cover yourself up if its a bit nippy out, you still want to look good in the photos. Certainly if it is a beach wedding or if the climate is very hot, perhaps is it then wise to steer clear of skyscraper heels!

“Save the date”

When is the wedding? Spring, summer, come rain or shine, this is something that is worth taking into consideration. Saying that, we all know how unpredictable the British weather can be, so a solution to this, is to wear a dress with short sleeves or a bandeau style dress which you can layer a jacket or coat on top of.

Will the day involve a lot of standing around or walking? Then think about your poor feet, they are the ones that will suffer here! A solution is, to take an extra pair of ballet pumps with you or if it is going to be a hot day consider a pair of stylish sandals.

 Don’t forget to try on your whole outfit before the day!

Before the wedding day make sure you try on your dress, walk around in it, get a feel for it and check out what happens when you sit down, does it still look good? This may sound simple, but there is nothing worse than putting on your dress just before you leave and discovering it doesn’t fit, there’s a stain, it doesn’t match your shoes…(insert whatever stressful discovery you can think of here). So better to be prepared!

How well do you know them? This is something which can oh so easily be overlooked, but is worth thinking about. Do the couple have a particular style?

BUT even if the couple have a particular or alternative style, it is after all their wedding day after all, so certainly some stops will be pulled out and therefore this idea of the couples “style” is more a suggestion to keep in mind. It won’t be a totally casual affair unless they say so! But no jeans..again…unless they say so.

Black tie, white tie…what?!

This is something to really consider and it can make this task a little easier for you. But if it doesn’t and you’re still not sure then there is no shame in asking around. Black tie is not as formal as White tie, but men are expected to wear a suit and nowadays this is can be funked up a bit with a waistcoat or a skinny tie.

And what does that mean for us ladies? Think along the lines of cocktail dresses, party dresses, around knee-length (as a rough guide) is a good option.

If the dress code is White tie and this is the most formal dress code. Then the men are expected to “tux n tails it” and us ladies need to think about more formal evening dresses and depending on the couple’s style it is even a possibility to look at prom style dresses, especially for the evening do.

dress to wear to a wedding

To help you on your way we have gathered a selection of gorgeous dresses for weddings…nice ‘ehy! We can always rely on Ted Baker for gorgeous floral prints, Elise Ryan for classic chic and Coast for elegance.


So what are the Do’s & Don’ts for a dress to wear to a wedding?


– think about your choice of colour, wear a colour that compliments the bridal party and does not clash with it!
– stick to the dress code.
– pack your spare pumps or flats.
– take spare tights in your handbag just in case you get a ladder, best to be prepared.


– wear the same colour as the bridal party.
– don’t wear white, if you’re doubting if your dress is white, then it is, so don’t wear it.
– too short dresses are a no go.
– too high heels, so that you can’t even walk, let alone dance in.
– go too sexy, this is a big faux pas at a wedding. You don’t want to be “that” girl.
– Jeans are a definite no no

Take a look at what dresses for weddings we have found, but if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for there, then take a look at another category that might suit, such as, party dresses, evening dresses or even summer dresses.

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