Here is the second part of my collaboration with The Dressing Room to style two separate outfits for Valentines Day. This is my 'date night' attire - you can see what I would wear for a 'day date' here. My partner and I don't get the chance to have date nights regularly due to it being quite tricky to arrange childcare for the evening, so on the odd occasion that we do, I really like to make an effort with a pretty dress, heels and to spend longer on my hair and makeup than I usually would. Monochrome is a trend that isn't going anywhere fast, due to the variations it can be worn and how no matter what items you're wearing, it is a guaranteed style to always look clean, chic and sophisticated. I've expressed my new found love for monochrome over colour in quite a few of my previous posts which you will know if you happen to be a regular reader here; I just can't get enough of it lately! Although with that being said, I do always like to add just a teeny tiny splash of colour to a black and white ensemble; whether that may be a clutch bag, a statement necklace or even just a rouge lip - classic with a twist is what I like to call it! When perusing The Dressing Room's website, my eye was instantly drawn to this Great Plains 'Night & Day' layer dress - I thought it would look fab glammed up a bit with heels and a clutch bag, but could see it looking just as great as a more casual look with black tights, ankle boots and a chunky knit thrown over the top. I opted for this gorgeous tweed popper coat also by Great Plains; I thought it would add great texture worn over the dress and create quite a striking and bold effect teamed with this Pouchette clutch bag in 'Snowcat' from 1951 Maison Francaise, adding a lovely pattern clash between the two patterns - but where both pieces are monochrome, it remains looking quite elegant and not too over the top. I finished off the look with a pair of barely there ankle strap heels, which for me will continue to be my go to shoe for special occasions, as they are just so flattering and elegant, as well as a simple gold chain detail necklace, and sleek ponytail and a slick of Dior Rouge Baume for that little extra je ne sais pas. This look is uber simple to achieve and I guarantee you could style up something similar with the pieces already in your wardrobe; it doesn't even have to be a dress, it could be a pair of black skinnies, a black bodycon midi skirt or even jumpsuits - it's all about combining textures and patterns to create a slightly more interesting take on monochrome dressing. I find that is usually easily achieved by adding carefully selected accessories into the mix - give it a go! This outfit would also be perfect for dinner with the girls, Afternoon Tea, heading to a show at the theatre or even after work drinks.
What was your favourite outfit from this little feature: the Day Date outfit, or this one?
What I'm Wearing:
Great Plains *tweed popper coat : c/o The Dressing Room , Great Plains *'Night & Day' layer dress : c/o The Dressing Room , 1951 Maison Francaise *pouchette clutch bag: c/o The Dressing Room , Heels: Primark (old), Necklace: Miss Selfridge (old)