Happy Friday everyone! If the fast approaching weekend isn't already enough to get a smile on your face, then the word 'sale' is sure to do the trick - am I right or am I right!? I have teamed up with The Dressing Room to host a little sale preview before it's launch tomorrow, by styling up 3 lovely pieces to give you a little taster of some of the fab brands the boutique stock and also for a little style inspiration as to how they can be worn. You may have read my post the other month on my first ever visit to the beautiful boutique based in St Albans for their VIP Blogger event to celebrate their 10 year Birthday. Well I fell in love with the store and it's gorgeous surroundings - not to mention the clothes, the shoes, the accessories! So I am very excited as this is set to be their best Summer sale yet with up to 50% off and many more brands added than previous years including some of my favourites; Day Birger Et Mikkelsen, Twist & Tango and J Brand among many more. My top 3 sale picks are all incredibly versatile, hence why I chose these pieces, so I'm going to quickly talk through some ideas on how and where to wear them all...
BBQ/ Garden Party Outfit - Twist & Tango Maja Dress - was 89, now £62
First up is this beautiful floral, crop top overlay dress by Twist & Tango. This dress is so easy to wear, provides ultra comfort and movement. The light fabric makes it perfect for those hazy Summer days. This dress is super versatile as I mentioned before; for the warmer weather it looks great on it's own as a standout piece, with a jacket or duster coat to create more of a longline look, but it could also easily transition into the colder months due to the darker tones embedded in the pattern, worn with black tights and chunky ankle boots with a cosy, cable knit jumper over the top or leather jacket for a more edgy vibe. Because this dress is already quite a statement dress, your first thought would be perhaps to wear it to a wedding or some other special occasion, so I decided to team it with a denim jacket to show how it can be styled into a more casual, everyday outfit. I added double strap black heeled sandals for a little height, sunglasses and navy cross body bag to stay in keeping with the colour palette of the dress. I feel this look would be perfect for a family BBQ or a garden party in the height of Summer.
Secondly is probably my favourite dress out of all three items - the grey and yellow chrysanthemum embroidered dress by British brand Great Plains - the sister brand to French Connection. I absolutely love the contrast between the subtle grey background with the vibrant lime pattern - it's a standout piece for sure. Again, even though you would initially think this dress is purely occasion wear, I think it could easily be styled in a casual way for every day; I would wear this on a sunny weekend with flat sandals for running around after my darling Theo, for work during the week smartened up with court shoes and a slick blazer, or of an evening spent with friends sipping cocktails! That being said, being such a beautiful dress it would deserve a special outing before being worn for everyday purposes, so I have styled it up as a wedding guest outfit first and foremost, adding this white lace duster coat and keeping in line with the colour palette with these grey pointed heels, Olivia Burton watch and green sequin clutch bag for that little extra bit of sparkle for such an occasion. This dress is slightly thicker in material than the Twist & Tango one, but again is perfect for hot Summer days, still allowing plenty of movability.
Last but not least is this super cute polka dot and lace trimmed cami by luxury brand, Day Birger Et Mikkelsen. I instantly thought what a pretty top this would be to wear for girly cocktails or a fancy dinner. Again, like the other two pieces and why I was drawn to these particular items, it is incredibly versatile - especially being a top which instantly gives more freedom to experiment with styling ideas. This cami could be worn to work with a smart jacket and cigarette trousers (although I will say it is a tad see through - fine for the day, but perhaps for work it would need a lightweight plain vest top underneath), on holiday with wide leg culottes or slinky bodycon skirt and killer heels, with boyfriend jeans, longline cardigan and flat shoes for a casual, weekend look...the list is endless with this one. Because it is quite long, you could also tuck it into a high waisted pair of trousers or tube skirt, for an entirely different look - although you will loose the pretty lace detailing on the hem, but I think the lace along the neckline is more noticeable anyway. I decided to team this with white jeans for my cocktails attire, as I feel they're a little bit more special then blue jeans, this fabulous beaded kimono I picked up in a charity shop years ago for extra embellishment, nude envelop clutch bag, metallic silver pointed shoes and a simple black necklace to pull out the polka dots on the top. I've very much come away from piling on the jewellery and lots of embellishment, but it is fun to go back to it every now and then when wanting to dress up a bit more for a night out. If this is a bit much for you, then I would simple team the top with black jeans and a fresh white or grey blazer, perhaps with a simple silver pendant.
What do you think of these three looks and what's your favourite piece? There will be tons more available in the sale - in store and online from 9am tomorrow (27th June) PLUS you can get an extra 10% off all sale pieces at the checkout with code SALE10, before 1pm tomorrow!
Let me know if you pick up any bargains from The Dressing Room and how you're thinking of styling them!