The Dream Dress Guide

April 20, 2013

Sorry for my lack of posts this week, been so incredibly busy! The season of dress hunting has begun so it would seem, for leavers balls, prom, weddings and birthdays. I don’t know about you but I have really struggled to find my dream dress for my leavers ball, everything is either too expensive, in the wrong colour or shape. If your experiencing the same problem I hope this Dream Dress Guide may help.

Firstly, I like to gather inspiration form magazines/blogs/fashion collections where I have seen editorials or spreads publicising dresses that I may find similarly on the high street. Maybe take a look at red carpet successes AND the failures to get a critical opinion. If you want to look on trend for this summer, consider colour palettes such as monochrome or alternatively there is always yellow and the annual bright hues. The most important thing when gathering inspiration is not to forget that a dress style you see on a celebrity will not always look the same on someone else!

Think about what styles suit your body shape and colouring. What fabric would you like? Chiffon is gorgeous, especially in the summer and Jersey or other stretch materials are going to give you a bit more freedom. Satin or silks are lovely for the evening but you must consider the fabric’s lustre (shine) in pictures and against the skin. Do you want sequins, beading or similar embellishments? Consider that embellishments, along with patterned dresses, are going to be less timeless – meaning you may get bored of it easily. This is something personally I am avoiding. I want a simple design and style that will remain timeless and I can wear over and over without getting board. If you are on a tight budget which I know I am, consider finding a dress that you could also wear for autumn/winter parties, as this will save buying another dress next season.

I know it is really hard to find some decent dress companies out there, but here are few that might help for a high to low budget.

High Budget


Top: Notte by Marchese £674.32  available at Shopbop 

Bottom: Herve Leger £660.12 reduced at Farfetch

Mid Budget


London Boutiques

Top: Cédric Charlier, Red Open Back Maxi Dress £390, at Avenue32.

Bottom: Parker Bayou Silk Dress, £290, at London Boutiques.

Low Budget

Aqua by Aqua The OutnetTop: Panelled Maxi Dress, £175.00 at Aqua by Aqua

Bottom: Mikael Aghal Chiffon Maxi Dress reduced to £173.40 on The Outnet.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Men Trend April 22, 2013 at 9:12 am
Kate April 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

wow really cool selection, I love the orange one!
xx Kate

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Patricia Paramo April 23, 2013 at 8:35 pm

The Outnet is just perfect!

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Jane April 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm
Mira April 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

The dresses are stunning. My favorite the last one <3



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