My mates are so excited for my 18th! However I am currently feeling pressure from my wardrobe to make new purchases for this 'Special' occasion. All the girls are planning their outfits, hair and make up and i'm stuck with the conundrum and ever girl issue. I have a full wardrobe. Nothing to wear.
So I've started to look for the perfect outfit. We're off for dinner at Nandos, then hitting an indie pub, then bar, then clubs (ID arrival pending!) My wardrobe could do with an update and style switch up, as over summer I just bought basics and played it cool, not diving into anything too trend heavy, which was a good call as I feel there wasn't a firm focus on style through the summer season.
We're now coming into LBD (Little Black Dress) season and I want something that I can wear and revamp and style over and over easily. Easier said than done! Black is not my best colour, yet i feel it would be easily blended with other pieces in my collection and styled with the right shoes, accessories and jewellery I can be onto a winner!
My resent fashion focus is shape, with a special focus on what works for your body shape and your personality. I have a tight top half, with wide hips and beast muscle thighs, tight calves and a big bum My shape is best described in two words. Iggy Azalea. All these things collectively do not make dress shopping simple!
Whilst researching and looking for possible party wear options and doing a spot of online shopping. I realised I needed to compile all these ideas on a visual scale so i can v-to things more simply, accessories and get further ideas without any stress, in true creative director style
! So I turned to my ever trusty Pinterest and popped together a board to whack all my options up on! 'My 18th
I've decided the best look to go for is classy, simplistic, minimalist and elegant. Summing up my personality qualities and values and throw in a statement clutch bag or shoes to spark my creative side.
So incorporating what I've learnt about shape and combining those thoughts with the current trends and the final look I want to go for I have a fair few ideas and possible pieces that I could wear on my eighteenth birthday night!
So what am I into fashion and style/ colour wise that may contribute to my final birthday decision?
currently have an obsession with white and black barely there stiletto
sandals and would like to get a pair, I've been searching all throughout
the summer season which makes the fact that I have two weeks to find
the perfect pair, potentially stressful and not so optimistic! I'm fussy
about my feet, just like Cinderella the shoe must a) fit and b) be
comfortable. No one wants uncomfortable shoes.
also love skater dresses, which are ideal for my thighs as skim them
nicely and block of my booty when I don't want it to be the size of the
I am totally in love with Henry Hollands HI! designs at Debenhams. Although the designs are aimed at a younger market, they encompass the fun and flirty prints of my personality and I really connect with the brand on so many levels.
So I'll start with dresses, as that is what is going to be covering a good percentage of my body! (Well I hope so!)
These are some of the dresses i've come across that i'm liking the look of.
Name: Paula Caged Back Swing Dress in Black
Where from: Missguided
How Much: £19.99
What attracted me to this dress is the lovely high cut at the front, and cute strappy straps. It's a mini length
and provides a good figure profile, hugging the bust area, yet free flowing over problem areas: the bum and upper thighs and hips. The front is enticing yet the back i'm not too keen on, the straps across the back will draw attention to my very pale skin and highlight how pale I am.
Next up was this figure hugging number, again from Misguided and was promptly 'pinned' on the board!
Name: Gendry Strappy Cut Out BodyCon Mini Dress in Black
Where from: Misguided
How Much: £19.99
Score: For non existand hips and killer pins 8/10 for me -1/10 the tight fit accentuates the bum region and that is one area that does not need enhancing!
If the bottom bit, below the waist hadn't been so tight. If it was a flared or skater skirt finish that would have been just my thing and would have made me look much better and much more comfortable! Skin tight things just don't do it for me.
I then had a little wonder onto ASOS.
Name: Asos Deep Plunge Skater Dress In Jacquard
Where from: Asos own brand
How Much: £45.00
I personally wouldn't wear this type of WOW WOW HELLO
dress, it's just a bit too much and honestly would prefer jeans and a jumper! Clothes also say a lot about you and speak volumes about your personality. I just wouldn't have the confidence to carry this off and without the confidence you just look like you're trying too hard! My personality does not do skin. It does jumper.
That being said. The next number I found flashes a fair bit of skin, yet remains a classic timeless fall cut and a typical staple LBD.
I'd feel more confident about this dresses plunge, than that of the previous one as this V plunge is at the back, not the front. So I wouldn't have to worry every five seconds if my boob was also making a special appearance at Nandos. Lets keep It PG people.
Name: Asos: True Decadence Skater Dress With Low Back
Where from: Asos, True Decadence
How Much: £35.00
This is one of those dresses where it's a case of whether or not you can pull it off, a 'Marmite' Little black dress.
A pair of open toes stileto sandals are the way forward with this dress. It's delicate and feminine in a block colour. The addition of statement, bold or bulky heels would be off putting. A simple no no. Perhaps a simple flare of colour, or simplistic gem design and a statement bag.
The V plunge back is not a low low, let the front sag style. It's low enough to tempt and tease, yet high enough to wear your black Bridget's over your smalls to stop wind or dance incidents and keep your dignity!
Sweet Deals at MissGuided threw this dress up as an option, again, great for athletic builds, yet too high for me!
Name: Karmina Value High Neck Skater Dress
How Much: £7.49
I also looked at these two options, yet thought they were a bit 'Kids Party' 'Fairy' for my 18th!
Cute and simple, with an edge. But not for this occasion.
Can I Take A Balloon Home?
Dress on the left
Name: Asos Cami Skater With Mesh Inserts
How Much: £30.00
The cami skater dress from Asos combined all the things I'd seen in the other dresses, deep plunge, yet covered modesty. The full skirt effect in a skater style and with a modest length. But because of the accessories I have in my mind that I want to use, in order to style my outfit. This dress wouldn't work.It's also a little 'Fairy' like I mentioned above and because of the milestone age celebration. I want to look my age and not my shoe size!
The dress on the right Is my new style challenge and I will be surprised If I don't buy it as a little style challenge for myself! I love the dress, it's so unique and different, hugs all the right places and would show my body shape off very well. However you've just got to have a feeling for that special dress and this wasn't the one for this occasion.
Dress on the right
Name: Asos Petite TuTu Dress With Corset Top
How Much: £50.00
The search continues and I am eagerly awaiting packages in the post! I'll keep you all in the know!