Femme Noir: T by Alexander Wang Little Black Dress

T by Alexander Wang Black Dress StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

T by Alexander Wang Dress StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

T by Alexander Wang Little black Dress StyleOnTheCouc William Williams Photography

Little Black dress shapes

Black yamamoto

I started off this year with a clothing resolution to keep things simple, Blog Reader.  I am discovering, however, that this maxim is not always easy to live by.  My difficulty?  That in keeping things simple I appear somewhat boring and repetitive with my style choices. Hmm indeed (and much flicking through old issues of Vogue magazine).

What is going to help me with my simple-and-chic over somewhat-stuffy-and-staid goals?  Finding the right silhouette in which to make simple eye-catchingly so.  For this post I’m focussing again on the ‘Little Black Dress’ – black being the colour that permeates about 80% of my wardrobe and one I could happily dress every day in.

There are some wonderful dress shapes in the shops currently, a mix of structured forms and flowing designs.  In my collage, clockwise from top left: Stella McCartney Milly dress in the sale at Browns Fashion; Nasty Gal’s Under Control DressASOS T-Shirt Dress with dipped hem; Preen Taylor Cotton-Blend Brocade Dress from The Outnet and T by Alexander Wang Jersey Dress available at Selfridges.  Dresses are short or flowing in the current season; I say embrace this with knit tights and high-heeled booties, throw on your coat and get moving*.  ’Short’ will continue into spring / summer, with the addition of splits and asymmetric hemlines so go with the flow now.

Wearing: T by Alexander Wang Cut-out Crepe and Jersey Dress (available here in white; midi version here also) and leather cuff by Fleet Ilya.

Photos: William Williams. Yamamoto quote here.

*Written before the snow in London this week.  Eek sorry, European Blog Reader.

The Party Planner: BCBG Max Azria

At this time of year, Blog Reader, I start to get excited about the party season.  Yep, with my birthday in November* then Christmas it’s time to think (hmm, dream?) of dresses for cocktails with the girls, longer gowns for dinners out and the right styles to comfortably dance the night away in.

I bought this BCBG Max Azria dress in New York City during one of their super sales.  I think BCBG is a great brand to turn to for cocktail dresses and evening gowns; I like the search functions of the website (type, length, colour) and the price bands are often reasonable for special occasion wear.

Some of my favourites from the current collection, clockwise from left: Claudine Straples Evening Gown; Raya Pleated Lace Cocktail Dress; Nagdalina Side Peat Printed Dress;  Carine Asymmetric Draped Evening Gown; Mercedes Cocktail Dress.

Purple is an unusual colour choice for me.  Symbolic of royalty and opulence (the shade here is a royal purple hue) this dress is a grand choice for a night out – I’ve mentioned before I am a sucker for splits but the cut-out back detail is also interesting and unusual.

I’m even accessorizing here, Blog Reader! A little sparkle over the holiday season feels essential.

I’m busy putting together some other dress / gown suggestions for the party season so if you’ve seen any killer styles leave me a comment below, as I might include it in the feature. Have a great weekend!

Wearing: Dress, BCBG Max Azria;  Clutch, Debenhams.  Gold bracelet, IN PINK.  Heels, Zara Basic Sandal.
Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

*Hint, hint.

Waist Not: Urban Outfitters, Reiss and Fleet Ilya

I am, Blog Reader, a total convert to high-waisted styles these days.  These blue high rise cigarette jeans from Urban Outfitters, gifted to me at UO’s fall BDG denim event this summer are being worn again and again.  A cotton and spandex mix to give that extra stretch; they are comfortable, flattering and long enough so you can wear them with heels.

You absolutely have to go for a tucked-in style of top with these jeans.  Cropped if you are brave enough – either way high-waists are about showing your waist off.  There are some lovely reviews of these jeans on the Urban Outfitters site about their fit for women of different shapes and sizes too, so check it out if you’re wondering if these will work for you.

My love of Fleet Ilya knows no bounds and their corner studded cuff in nude here makes a perfect compliment to this outfit.  I visited the Fleet Ilya showroom back in London last month – the team there are wonderfully creative and helpful and I can’t wait to show you some of their new leather products for fall. They assisted me in finding a new harness style, a big trend for spring summer if Jason Wu and BCBGMaxAzria are anything to go by.

The clutch in this post was a gift from a friend – from Reiss, who always have a great collection of accessories and bags, especially the oversized tote variety (e.g. here), which are my favorites from their current collection.  It makes my outfit red white and blue, kind of appropriate for my straddling of style and cultures each side of the Atlantic right now.

I’m back in NYC this week Blog Reader and enjoying being back in Manhattan so much!  Tomorrow I’m shooting some fall styles with Lydia Hudgens (who shot the images here) and finishing off my New York Fashion Week series for you, before I move on to review my favourites from London, Paris and Milan.  Hope you are having a great weekend xo

Wearing: Denim from Urban Outfitters.  Top and clutch, both Reiss.  Sandals, Nine West.  Cuff, Fleet Ilya.