There are two occassions that come round each year that I peel off my second skin for (a.k.a jeans) and don a dress: Birthdays and Christmas. In fact I have a bit of a tradition with Birthdays that I treat myself to a new dress each year. I picture one day going through a trunk of them showing my grandchildren what ‘Ma used to wear to the discos and them being mortified at how darn short the dresses back from my Uni years were. Christmas parties are obviously a more traditional affair, so there are no butt-skimmers here – we’re doing classy daaarling. Hanging up in my wardrobe I have three dresses that even a ‘non-dress loving gal’ like myself doesn’t feel like a noob in, so I thought I’d share.

First up there is the ASOS Shift Dress in Leather that I mentioned in my ‘Winter Style Staples’ video. It sounds awful. But it’s one of those ‘don’t judge until it’s on you’ pieces; it’s cut well, skims and highlights in all the right places and being leather I feel that it’s not too overtly girlie. When I’ve worn it out I’ve paired it with tights, a cropped jacket and some chunky heeled boots that keeps everything comfortable but chic.

Moving away from the LBD’s is another piece I picked up recently – the Whistles Dress in Metallic Jacquard. I always find creamy tones hard to pull off, but the silver weave that runs through the fabric keeps it from looking too crisp and has festive written all over it. You know I love Whistles, but their dresses are just on another level. Beautifully tailored, never frumpy, always modern, they make me feel like a proper lady whenever I slip them on. Heads up: buy a size smaller than you usually do, it runs big.

Another Whistles pick is the Clemence Dress that I actually wore to my Christmas Party recently. If I had to pick a favourite of the three then this would be it. With a zip that goes all the way down the back, when I did it up it was one of those ‘the one‘ moments. It’s fitted, but without being too clingy and has a slightly metallic effect to the fabric with the odd bit of leather detailing. The perfect LBD? I think so.

Need a shoe solution? Clutch confused? What jewels to dredge out? All these questions will be answered at lunchtime. BRB.

  • Evelyn Morales

    I love your classic style and the leather dress has to be my favourite. Didn’t know that an all leather piece can be this classy!!

    http://allaboutevesbeauty.blogspot.com

  • Carina Stewart

    Love the dress on the right and also middle! Great finds.. I love dressing up :)

    Carina
    CARSTINA

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    I could never pull off an all leather piece but somehow you do it!


    http://talisatalksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/latest-in-beauty-whatsinyourstocking.html

  • http://www.beautyloon.com/ Erin

    That leather dress is amazing! Love your picks.

  • http://www.thelibrarian.co.uk/ Georgina

    Oh the Whistles Clemence dress, it just looks so sophisticated and like I would spill something down it! If I was going to a fancy do I think that would be the one I would choose, definitely! xx

    http://www.thelibrarian.co.uk

  • Maria khan

    I love love love this post. How gorgeous are you looking in all these dresses!!!!! and the makeup looks with the respective dresses are quite good too. love xoxo

  • elp

    what size is the leather dress?

  • Cornelia Kennedy

    The dresses all look so different on the model, I much prefer seeing them on you to get a good look at how they Really look, three great picks!

    Cornelia – Ineffable Beauty

    • Honey

      She actually is the model.. right?:)

      • LMISMINSKY

        I think Cornelia was referring to the “shop the post” section. I thought the same…

  • Holly Cooke

    That Asos dress looks incredible on you! So stunning! x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://alittleboatsailing.blogspot.co.uk/ Amy

    The Clemence dress is my favourite too, you look lovely!

    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

  • Maddy Cane

    Love all three on you, especially the Clemence, it looks gorgeous! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    ♥

  • roshkud

    Ohh the whistles dress is beautiful, I like that its a lighter colour! :)

    Roshni’s Journey

  • Carly Jade

    The Clemence dress is gorgeous! I love leather look dresses – I bought this one (http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Sleeveless-Midi-Dress-With-PU-Panel/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=2905429&SearchQuery=ASOS%20Sleeveless%20Midi%20Dress%20With%20PU%20Pane&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Black) a while back in the sale, and it’s still there now! So flattering and gorgeous!

    http://www.ceejayell.blogspot.co.uk

  • Oresiri teru

    The black dress is gorgeous

    http://cocotulips.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Abby Evans

    The white dress is beautiful and my favorite!

  • http://emmihearts.blogspot.co.uk/ Emily Allen

    My gosh I love the second whistles dress it is so classy, may have to put this up in time for christmas! xx

    EmmiHearts

  • Sarah Beth

    The second dress is definitely my favourite of the lot- it’s stunning! xxx

    StudentBeauty

  • Kaley Dickerson

    Surprised not to see any sequins since it’s christmas! Still love the leather dress – anything leather is a win! Xx

    http://sincerleysleepingbeauty.wordpress.com

  • Emma and Emily

    I love the two whistles dresses! So gorge!

    http://www.emandthem.co.uk

  • Lyndsey

    WHAT is on your lips in the first picture?? It’s a very pretty color on you! Please tell us!!!

  • need a gap

    The last one is very pretty!! I like the effect with mixing different textures :)

    http://needagap.blogspot.com/

  • Rachel

    Love the third dress but they all look amazing on you!

    beautyfanatic18.wordpress.com

  • Faith Warde

    Love the creme Whistle’s dress! So Gorgeous! x

    Girlintheblackhat

  • http://raeey.tumblr.com/ Rachel

    The third is flawless!

  • http://ten-sixteen.blogspot.com/ Nicole K

    Still love that ASOS dress!

    xx Nicole
    http://npk-blog.blogspot.com

  • Andrea

    The last one looks like something I’d wear to the office, definitely not a party dress! But I have the ASOS one, it’s fab.

  • Clémence

    Oh! a dress with my name, so lovely! x

  • MsXpat

    I want them all! :0)

  • Ruby@TotalModisch

    Love the leather one, it’s a bit different to anything that I’ve seen! x

    http://www.totalmodisch.blogspot.co.uk