We are heading towards the end of February and awards season is in full swing, the pinnacle perhaps being the Oscars which will take place this Sunday evening, 28th February. Already we have seen the Baftas, The Elle Fashion Awards and The Brits to name just a few.
I have always loved analysing the red carpet looks afterwards and with a worldwide television and digitial audience of millions, it's little wonder the designers want their work showcasing by the world's most glamorous women.
It would of course be lovely to be dressed by a top fashion designer, but actually, achieving red caret glamour is quite easy.
The following four collages each show on the left hand side, a gown worn to the Baftas earlier this month, (all images taken from the Vogue website), alongside a dress from Kaleidoscope Occasionwear on the right.
I have a few special occasions of my own coming up. There won't be any red carpets, though I would love to strut my stuff down one, but each occasion is equally special and exciting.
The first is a dinner to celebrate my grandparents' 70th wedding anniversary in March. My dad has five brothers all of whom are fathers and five of the six are grandfathers. It means that my extended family is quite large so we have a restaurant booked to accommodate our vast numbers and as the family is spread throughout England, it will be a welcome opportunity to catch up and to celebrate a quite remarkable wedding anniversary.
For this, I have chosen to wear a navy and white striped prom dress from Kaleidoscope. It features a modern Bardot neckline and the cutest grosgrain bow at the waist. Composed of a very stretchy scuba fabric, it seemed a wise choice when I know I'll be eating a three course dinner.
It falls beautifully and is incredibly comfortable. I love this most feminine of shapes and I feel it needs little in the way of accessories. I like the contrast my orange quilted Mulberry shoes afford but I also have some beautiful floral shoes, a Valentines gift, that I may wear on the night.
The second occasion is the day after and is a Mother's Day lunch with my children and my parents. We have decided to eat at my parents' home and I have chosen, rather unusually for me, a skirt and top, again with a Bardot neckline.
The floral print satin skirt has a mesh underskirt, an exposed gold zip at the bag and a high waist so tops can be worn tucked in or left out.
The top is a beautifully soft handle jersey with a delicate looking mesh neckline and ties at the sleeve.
I'm very much looking forward to wearing both outfits and to styling them differently throughout the season. I think the skirt in particular will prove to be very versatile.
Over the years I've attended a lot of weddings (I refer back to the large family mentioned above and must add that my mum is also from a family of six siblings), black tie events, ladies' days, cocktail parties and balls and feel that choosing the outfit is almost as exciting as the event itself but there are a few things I always bear in mind.
I find that these tips work for almost any occasion and outfit.
1. Make sure the outfit and shoes are comfortable. If it is the slightest bit uncomfortable when trying on, it will only get more so as the day or evening progresses. This is especially true for shoes.
2. See how the outfit looks from behind. A quick snap on a phone will be a much truer reflection than any amount of contorting to see the rear view in a mirror.
3. Choose appropriate underwear. In both of my outfits above, I'm wearing a nude coloured strapless bra, an underwear staple. Make sure it stays put when raising the arms, especially if planning to dance.
4. For an all day event such as a wedding, or one where walking or dancing may be involved, consider taking an alternative pair of shoes that work with the outfit. Ballerina pumps or flat sandals are good options and are relatively easy to carry around. I have a pair of black sparkly fold-up ballerinas that are smaller than my purse when folded and are ideal.
5. Many events have roaming photographers so perfect your pose beforehand to show the outfit off. A full skirt like mine above can be shown to its full potential by placing the hands on the narrowest part of the waist or by pulling the skirt out to one or both sides. A long straight dress with a slit will be shown to its best advantage by standing tall and placing one leg slightly forwards. Drop the chin very slightly so the eyes are looking slightly upwards and smile. It's the best accessory.
Love Liz x
Stripe Prom Dress, Kaleidoscope SS16, £65
Orange quilted shoes with Postman's Lock, Mulberry, several years old.
Bardot Bow Detail Top, Kaleidoscope SS16 £29
Floral Print Satin Skirt, Kaleidoscope SS16 £65
Long drop earrings, Next AW15
Black bow shoes, Boden AW15 (at the time of writing this style is available in several sizes in the clearance section)
Black clutch bag, a Valentine's gift.
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