All items included in this post have been gifted by Femme Luxe Finery and have been marked as such in line with my disclaimer.
There are lots of great things about the autumn/winter season that I look forward to: crunchy leaves, frosty mornings, spooky films, Christmas playlists, pigs in blankets, toffee apples, fireworks, bonfires, burger vans, chunky knitwear… and lastly, getting glammed up for the festive party season.
Each year, celebs and fashion bloggers churn out trend after trend that without fail fly way over my head. Scrolling through my Instagram feed, I dole out the double-taps like they are, funnily enough, going out of style; the hot looks of the season always look gorgeous on everyone else, it’s just that my simple bumpkin brain can’t get to grips with them. I prefer to go for more uncomplicated styles, mainly because I’m vaguely confident with accessorising them.
When Femme Luxe Finery approached me for another collaboration, I thought it would be a good opportunity to sample some party styles in preparation for the season. Femme Luxe Finery seem to really excel with their going-out pieces; from Slinky Co-Ords to Satin Dresses and all-over glitter pieces to add a bit of sparkle, they’ve got all your options covered.
Here are the two dresses I spotted.
It is a one-shoulder, sleeveless dress in a thick, slinky material with ruching down the sides and a tie detail at the waist to hug all your curves. It retails for £35.98 and also comes in black, pink, white, neon green and neon orange.
I chose it in this colour as I don’t have anything in my wardrobe in this shade. Turns out, it’s because it isn’t really my shade! However, it would be beautiful on deeper skin tones, I think, and the dress itself is really great quality.
I’ve come to realise that Femme Luxe really excels with their glamorous dresses and this one is no different. A lot of slinky dresses I’ve tried on in the past end up being thin and see-through (I’ve got an ASOS one that I can’t wear without a full nude slip dress underneath), but this one doesn’t have that problem. It’s double-layered for a start and the material itself is really thick without being too heavy when worn.
The ruching down the side is also really flattering. I’m not the slimmest woman in the world, so bodycon dresses can be a little intimidating. The ruching accentuates the curves I do have and nips me in at the waist, as well as providing a distraction from my tummy. I feel like the top half also highlights my chest; obviously I’m quite large up top, so I struggle with bandeau/strapless pieces, and the one-shoulder style is a good compromise.
I think this is a gorgeous dress. I love that it’s so understated while still giving you that sexy silhouette. You can dress it up in lots of different ways to give it a different vibe. I’ve chosen simple jewellery and the boujee-est pair of heels I own to give it a party feel, but I also think it would be great on holiday with some strappy sandals, a big floppy sunhat and some power sunglasses.
This is another form-fitting dress; it’s midi length, off-the-shoulder with exaggerated sleeves and a tie to accentuate the waist. It retails for £33.98 and also comes in Pink, Red, White, Khaki and Wine.
Honestly, I’m kind of very in love with this dress. It seemed a lot cooler and trendier than I actually am and the sleeves are a little scary, but I instantly loved the silhouette it gave me when I first tried it on. The puffy sleeves and waist-cinching tie contrast well with each other, and they add a little more drama to an otherwise simple Little Black Dress.
The material is thick and good quality, so along with the waist tie, it hides a multitude of sins. I feel like it’s actually a pretty perfect dress to wear when you have a little more junk in the trunk as it accentuates and flatters a curvy figure. With most other fashion-focused online shops, I’ve found that even though the models have the sexiest hourglass figures the clothes simply don’t cater to a bum quite as big as mine! Even the stretchiest body con doesn’t cut the mustard. However, this dress feels like it was made with my figure in mind.
This dress can be easily dressed up or down. I’ve paired it with a necklace from Hull-based independent boutique Tessie’s and the same glitzy pair of shoes from River Island at T. K. Maxx. It is perfect for a Christmas ‘do, but also wouldn’t look out of place at a more glamorous ball. With my hair in a bun, I basically feel like Holly Golightly!
What party trends are you loving this festive season?