Classic Black Dress (Alice Yim NY), Classic Styles…

It is without a doubt, Blog Reader, that my favourite fashion days involve little make-up, a black dress and some gorgeous shoes.  I’ve worn this Raina Dress by Alice Yim practically non-stop since I got it.  I love the neckline and the side slits in the skirt that flow beautifully in the Manhattan breeze when I walk.  Created in silk Georgette and Charmeuse (I’m obsessed with the quality of the fabrics I wear these days) Raina is one of those dresses that makes a perfect day to night transition – it can be worn without the belt for a relaxed day time look or cinched in at the waist for a sharper evening silhouette.

Images: Lydia Hudgens Photography.

Every time I wear these Zara sandals I get compliments.  I think they were a fantastic purchase this year and I’m happy to see that Zara has updated the style for fall here. If that isn’t a great party shoe I don’t know what is, Blog Reader!

The belt in this look is from a European brand I miss in the US very much.  COS offer modern and timeless styles and they are a favourite of mine for basics like white shirts and classic shift dresses.  COS have some fabulous structured silhouettes, so if you’re in the market for some seriously fashionable styles be sure to check out their website.  You can shop online too, obviously great for me in the US.

Wearing: Raina dress in onyx, Alice Yim.  Sandals, Zara.  Belt, COS.  Bag, ASOS.

There are still lots of exciting things coming up on the blog over the next few weeks, Blog Reader.  My Nine West x Pose style challenge draws to a close – thank you to everyone who has been voting!  You can find the penultimate style here, which, if you ‘love’ you will be entered into a competition to win shoes. I have (short) shorts, a beautiful purple gown from BCBG Max Azria and some gorgeous accessories coming up.  Anything else you want to see? Be sure to email me using the ‘Ask Me Anything’ mail top right of the blog.  Until next time…..  StyleOnTheCouch, xo

Dress Me.

I leave you with a mixture of themes in today’s post, Blog Reader, as I am flying away tomorrow to the place that is fast becoming my second home in the US; Austin, Texas.  I’ll be catching up with some friends, hanging out at Barton Springs and enjoying a different pace for a while (that and 30 degree heat, ahem).  Thinking about what to take with me this evening reminded me just how much I love dresses for travelling – for easy packing, for helping you achieve such simple, feminine, breathtaking ‘no-effort’ looks on holiday and giving a wonderful focus to accessories.

This is one of my favourite dresses right now – the Aurela Essential Knit dress from BCBG Max Azria.  ’Essential’ is perfectly fitting since I wear this dress a great deal, styled several ways.  The neckline can be worn scoop or lower on the shoulders, it looks amazing with a statement necklace and the asymmetrical hem puts your shoes right out there too.

Here I am wearing the dress with the lingerie-related portion of this Friday post – the waistcoat from the Aiko range at Lascivious, who continue to impress me with their innovation and creativity.  Combining a heavy metal chain with silky rope, the waistcoat is a lovely twist for the dress, contrasting its femininity with that little bit of an edge that you know, Blog Reader, I love.

The shoes in this post give the whole outfit a splash of colour.  There is a story behind these elegant sandals – I bought them after seeing them on the blog of my friend MsTwirlySkirts, who bought them after seeing them on another blog, Damsel in Dior.  That got me thinking that there just might be something inspiring and influential about these fashion blogs after all *winks*.

Back to the issue of the title ‘Dress Me’ – below are some of the spring dresses I am coveting this week that I would happily pack in my suitcase:

From left to right: Genie Pleated Maxi from Reiss;  Runway Muse Colour-Block Chiffon Maxi from BCBG Runway; Waflle Knit V Neck Dress in mint by Tibi and the Aurela Essential Knit Dress, also BCBG Max Azria.

Friday Lingerie Lust will return very soon.  Have a lovely weekend – if you miss me, you can catch up with my antics in Austin on Twitter and Facebook.

Wearing: Aurela Essential Knit Dress; Zara Basic Sandal and Lascivious Aiko Waistcoat.
Photos by the genius who is Lydia Hudgens.  Lydia has some free spots if you’d like to shoot with her in NYC this month – get in touch via her website.