The black dress will always be our first love but this season our favourite designers are taking a more colourful approach when it comes to your occasion dress styling. From powerful pinks and ravishing reds to cool blue and AW13’s favourite minimalist white, here’s the key colour trends and the dresses you need to work them this season…
From Celine to Chanel the AW13 runways were tickled pink. And with vibrant shades of fuchsia, pretty pastel peony and strawberry sorbet a plenty on offer this season Team LBD are getting in on the action with these gorgeous girly pink dresses.
Try an all-over berry like Ruby Ray’s drop-hem dress, perfect for channelling the 1920s look, which is going nowhere by the way, and rest assured this is a shade of pink that works for all skin types. If floral is more your thing your trusty print maxi is a great way of wearing autumn’s hottest shade. We love Ruby Ray’s end of year update on the summer staple. More of a fashion darling? Want to push the boundaries with your party dress? We can’t recommend Kate Fearnley’s signature colour clashing pink and red design enough. The retro, ladylike shape will create curves in all the right places and by teaming red with pink your look is less ‘princess’ more powerful.
Left to right: Ruby Ray Fit and Flare Dress in Berry, £150; Ruby Ray Floral Maxi Dress, £220; Kate Fearnley Andrea Dress, £195.
Gothic glam is back in a big way next season but with a high tempo, racy red twist. From silky soft rose shifts to ruby red wiggle dresses and fairytale-esque red lace prom styles fit for Red Riding Hood herself, LittleBlackDress.co.uk’s collection of red dresses is designed to ravish.
New LBD label Hershey Pascual boasts a seriously seductive line of sumptuous satins and this deep rouge pencil dress, perfect for boardroom-to-bar, is high on our AW13 hot list. Similarly Lipstick Boutique’s secretary chic body-con dress is the right mix of office-appropriate and statement party wear. If you prefer a feminine twist on the firery red dress trend Chi Chi London’s Scarlet dress is the one for you. The delicate lace detailing and exaggerated sweetheart neckline ooze girly appeal whilst the cinched in waist, full skirt and sexy shade give it a grown up, womanly feel. Teamed with T-bar, patent heels this will be a hot cocktail evening look.
Left to right: Hershey Pascual Marie Dress in Red, £85; Chi Chi London Scarlet Dress in Red, £49.99; Lipstick Boutique Ellie Dress in Red, £70.
Thanks to Chanel and Charlotte Olympia as we move towards Christmas party season fairytale fashion will be a big part of you special occasion wardrobe and in a nod to the ethereal trend we’ve got a whole host of whimsical blue designs.
This dip-hem blue dress, featuring lace cap sleeves and back and layers or silky chiffon, is a low-key take on the statement look. Just look at how the lovely Megan of The Briar Rose Blog styled her fashion fancy for inspiration! But if you prefer a more traditional take on the blue dress this sleek navy embellished flapper dress is just as flattering as the classic LBD but will create a little more razzle dazzle for after hours style. And if that’s a little luxe for the look you’re going for Lipstick Boutique’s collection of va va voom blue lace dresses are a great way to dip a toe in. Top tip: the Olivia dress in cobalt is gorgeous against a tan!
Left to right: Louche Addison Dress in Navy, £69; Rise Fashion Elizabeth Flapper Dress in Navy, £80; Lipstick Boutique Olivia Dress in Cobalt, £60.
Green is about as festive as it comes but you don’t have to look like a Christmas tree when it comes to wearing a green dress to the party of the year.
This Ruby Ray all-over sequin dress echoes the razzle dazzle flapper fashion of next season (yes, we said next, it’s here to stay), but with a modern pop of green. Wear with or without tights; when it comes to green anything goes this year. Or if you’re looking for something a little more black tie appropriate look no further than Elliot Claire’s green goddess of an evening dress; teamed with dainty silver and pearl jewellery you’ll be on-trend without being OTT in your green gown. But if texture is high on your priority list for looking AW13-savvy (and it should be!) Ruby Ray’s jacquard, metallic-effect green dress, which features a waist-cinching prom style and darling voluminous skirt, needs to be on your radar. Team with leather for the ultimate in tactile dressing or add lashings of silver and a touch of blue to complement the decadent print.
Left to right: Ruby Ray Sequin Dress in Green, £150; Elliot Claire Floor-Length Beaded Evening Dress, £245; Ruby Ray Jacquard Prom Dress in Green, £170.
Anyone who was anyone in fashion land showed off their minimalist chic side with wonderful white creations for AW13. White dresses dominated with Christian Dior’s memorable sharply tailored, origami style peplum being the stand out white dress for Team LBD.. and Jennifer Lawrence..and the rest of the world.
Get in on the whiter than white look early with Tempest’s alluring long-sleeved and lacy midi dress, which will work to nip you in in all the right places, putting to bed the belief that white adds pounds. For a daytime-friendly take on the white dress trend why not invest in Louche’s white lace midi dress? Wear now while the sun is still shining and team with tights and shoe boots in a few weeks time. Or for a confidence-boosting style that won’t have you feeling hemmed in Rock-a-Bye Rosie’s Wendy dress boasts Marilyn Monroe-esque pleats and a loose yet sophisticated shape.
Left to right: Tempest Dolly Dress in Cream, £125; Louche Elisa Lace Midi Dress in White, £100; Rock-a-Bye Rosie Wendy Dress in White, £95.
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