It is that lovely time of year when festive clothes take over the high street. In every store you enter, there are bright and shiny clothes hanging from the rails like baubles on a Christmas tree. Going shopping before the holidays is a test of tremendous will power for me. With my relatively weak resistance to shiny new clothes, I have to often remind myself that I already have a version of something I have just seen in my closet! Then I have to remind myself to concentrate and remember that I am here to shop for other people but I digress…
The one dress that I have seen multiple versions of this season is the black lace dress. They are a giant staple in the party market and are as versatile as they are plentiful. A black lace dress could easily be the poster child for ‘wear to any event dress’ as they are appropriate for so many occasions, can be dressed up or down and usually have a longer life span than so many other styles out there.
After successfully talking myself out of a black lace dress earlier this week, I have used a black lace dress that was already in my closet for this lookbook. I am a fan of the long unlined lace sleeves and the easy to wear length of this dress. Accessories and shoes are always a game changer and during the festive season I often try to skip the conventional black dress/black shoe pairing and go with shoes and accessories that contrast/compliment the dress. I think the juxtaposing of the floral patterned bag and striped shoes add a touch of glamour to the overall styling and work well in making the look more festive. I adore long coats in the winter and this long double-breasted black coat makes for a great staple in my winter wardrobe (along with making me feel like a movie detective). I wanted to add some festive bling to the coat in the form of a sparkly brooch but I did not own one. Therefore, I have utilized the creative part of my brain and taken a pair of sturdy earrings I own with flat backs and worn them as a brooch.
Below, are some full sleeve black lace dresses and striped shoes that I like the look of. I hope you enjoy the styling and have a great rest of the week!
(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – Zara, Shoes – Zara, Handbag – Whistles, Bracelet – Swarovski, Coat – DKNY)