Little Black Dress: Nasty Gal

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Nasty Gal Little Black Dress StyleontheCouch

Nasty Gal Dress Strapless Dress StyleOnTheCouch Corset dress

I had to take a little hiatus from StyleOnTheCouch last week, Blog Reader, as both moving and starting a new job required my full attention…. When I return after a break I tend to choose things to write about that I love and I’m familiar with, hence another in my series of ‘Little Black Dress’ posts.

Nasty Gal aren’t a brand I look at often.  They have such a colourful, cheery and youthful West-Coast style I can admire but that doesn’t work for me.  I’m waaayy too Vampiric-ly pale for that (darn it).  This little black number from the Nasty Gal Fall 2012 collection however, I make an exception for.  The neckline did it for me, the ‘peaked’ front style and the bodice detailing on the back of the dress won me over. I wore it to countless parties and drinks events over the Christmas and New Year holidays – it looks great with my Helmut Lang leather jacket and my new metallic clutch from Kzeniya.

Current Nasty Gal favourites:

Jet Romper

Kick Push Dress

Harness Bodysuit

I should also start a campaign to get them to restock this stunning little black number (as seen here on The Londoner) that I had on my wish list for ages…

Wearing: Dress from Nasty Gal. Heels, Mango ’Fetish’ sandal.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens. (Images were taken by Lydia back in November before I moved home from NYC. So many goosebumps ee! Miss you Lydia!)

Von Vonni Transformer Dress & Bill Hallman Coat

Von vonn wrap dress blue maxi dress styleonthecouch bill hallman jacket lydia hudgens photographyIn the original Sex & The City TV series, some of my favourite styles worn by Carrie were those from winter in New York City.  Ms Bradshaw would hop, skip and jump through Manhattan (yes, even in her Manolo‘s) in the biting cold, wearing amazing dresses covered up with a super stylish coat for warmth.  In this series of photos taken by Lydia Hudgens in my last week in New York this year, I’m wearing the Victoria dress from Von Vonni with a grey jacket from Atlanta-based designer Bill Hallman:

Von vonni dress bill hallman jacket lydia hudgens photographyVon Vonni’s Victoria dress is part of their ‘transformer‘ collection.  With endless styling options in just one dress – available in short and long versions – it is a great piece for any wardrobe.  I own a maxi style in black too – you might recall my previous posts on styling the dress several ways here.

Von Vonni dress wrap dress styleonthecouch bill hallman jacketThis coat by Bill Hallman is part of his menswear collection – a line of impeccable suits and outerwear.  His jeans and trousers for men are cut with a great slim fit.  Bill Hallman’s womenswear is worth a look for his longer evening dresses and cocktail styles. I love this dramatic, flowing black lace fishtail dress (on my Christmas wish list!)

To view the entire Von Vonni collection click here.

Graphic Tees, Fashion Blogging, Passions & Friendships

I have to credit this blog for two key things.  First of all this blog is a wonderful hobby, a base from which I can research and live my passion for fashion and style.  I remain a Psychologist and doctor first and foremost (a side of me you don’t often see here because the blog’s purpose was to give me an interest away from this other great love of mine).  The second is friendships.  As StyleOnTheCouch has grown I’ve been fortunate to make new friends not just in England and the US but across the world.  Amazing.

In this feature I’m joined by my blogger friend the lovely Christina of Profresh Style.  Christina’s blog is full of personality and colour.  She’s one of my favourite examples of a writer who puts her heart and soul into her blog – check out her recent post on her changing attitudes to fashion blogging here.  We worked independently at styling graphic tees for this and came out interestingly coordinated as a result! I wish I could claim credit for my own styling however my tee is borrowed from our photographer the lovely Lydia Hudgens.

Whilst I’ve often thought my blog could easily be named ‘Sarah’s Dresses’* I realize that I feel just as at home in my staple of skinny jeans and a tee.  As my wardrobe moves further towards being entirely that of black, white and denim, these photos are a nice reminder to me to explore my casual side more, here.

Image immediately above: Profresh Style putting me to shame in the smile stakes.  Image top: Oh yeah Christina I have your moves down girlfriend.

I’m heading back to NYC tomorrow for a visit, Blog Reader.  You can follow my antics on Twitter (@StyleOnTheCouch) and Instagram (same name) but you can also check back for my September fashion week series which will continue whilst I’m in Manhattan.

Thank you to Christina for joining me in this post, to Lydia Hudgens for the photos and as always, thank you, Blog Reader, for stopping by.

Wearing: Jeans, a sample from Artistic Denim Mills; heels, Mango. Tee. Lydia Hudgens.

*Okay okay you know I missed out the vast lingerie section there.  ’Sarah’s Smalls’ then.