The Little Black Dress Strategy

When I try and decide what to wear for a special occasion, I sometimes have a tendency to over think it and end up with clothes in a heap on the bed, accessories strewn across the floor…and still no closer to anything resembling an outfit.

This happens a lot. So now I just revert to the Little Black Dress Strategy – my blank canvas that gives me head space to go free reign with everything else!

In this instance the everything else being a pair of leopard print Mary Janes by Rockport, a gobstopper cocktail ring – always an essential for seasonal sparkle and some silver and tonal jewellery. I fell in love with Clare Hynes jewellery when she leant me this necklace to wear for Fashion Week a couple of years ago. This green amethyst bracelet is from her latest collection prettily titled I Have Butterflies.

The Blaze Knuckleduster clutch is from Stylistpick. I’ve recently partnered up with them to take part in party wear feature – watch out for the post next week if you’re still stuck for festive fashion inspiration.

Back to my starting point – I love this Hunter Dixon Mueller dress kindly sent to my by Black Dress HQ. It’s a floaty dream of a cocktail dress and can be tied in a variety of ways. And to the finishing point? Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle is my new favourite red lipstick and Péridot is now an old favourite for a festive looking manicure.

Do you have a fail-safe special occasion outfit strategy?

Thank you to Chewton Glen for giving us free reign of the beautiful Lake Suite to shoot these photos.

Wearing: Diva Earrings – c/o Claudia Bradby, Hunter Dixon Mueller dress – thanks to Black Dress HQ, Blaze clutch – c/o Stylistpick, Cocktail ring – (old) Accessorize : similar available, I Have Butterflies bracelet – c/o Clare Hynes, Watch – Michael Kors from here, Preisa tied Mary Janes – c/o Rockport

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  1. iona williams says

    what a lovely outfit, it must be a universal thing a bedroom with about 15 different outfits strewn all over, i am at the moment trying to work out if i can wear a leopard print blouse with a black leather pencil skirt !! at 45 can i get way with it !!! i will probably end up in the black dress = the old faithful !!

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