I knew this burgundy red velvet midi dress would be popular as soon as I saw it. Something about it captures the sartorial zeitgeist. Well, everything about it actually. It’s velvet, the fabric of the season, and midi, the length of the moment. The delicious shade of red shouts of Christmas, yet whispers to be worn for everything from late autumn through to Valentine’s Day. I first wore mine for festive afternoon tea with my mum and then last week to lunch with Ian and his parents. I haven’t decided whether to wear it on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, but it’ll be one or the other.
(It’s from Marks and Spencer with an excellent price point of £59. My advice is to size up. Not because it’s a small fit but because it’s tricky to get in and out of; there’s no zip. The waist can be pulled in with the draw string. For reference, I’m 5 ft 9 and UK dress size 10-12. This is a 12).
Red Velvet Midi Dress With High-Heeled Ankle Boots
The midi length can be tricky to wear, especially if the hem falls to the widest part of the calf. For this reason, I wear an ankle boot cut low enough to show the slimmest part of the ankle. Matching boot and hosiery colour draws the eye down without interruption, so making the legs appear longer. For a more formal look I’d consider black fishnet tights with a suede high-heeled simple court shoe. Another option would be to wear it with some strappy flat shoes. Lots of options.
(My boots were from Clarks at least three years ago. I’ve put suggestions of similar styles with links at the foot of the post).
I love the detail at the neckline.
And also the detail on the sleeves, which are a very flattering three-quarter length.
And it’s perfect for swooshing.
As promised, here are some suggestions for some similar boots to mine.