What: Elizabeth & James LBD (similar here), Hobbs leopard print clutch & heels, MAIOCCI necklace & earrings (all c/o)
Where: THEOUTNET.Com cocktail evening and PRIV Launch party followed by dinner + dancing in Notting Hill.
I don’t need to tell you guys that it’s an extremely rare occasion that sees me in an LBD! There are very few items in my wardrobe that don’t involve large amounts of colour and print. I’m pretty sure the only black items I own are leather separates, inevitably paired with something highlighter bright when ever I wear them. Now and again however, I am allured to change my ways by the charm of an LBD. Ok, not exactly “change my ways” per se, as this little ensemble attests. The dress itself is a truly classic, gorgeous, timeless piece by Elizabeth & James, the little sister label of the Olsen’s astronomically priced and exquisitely chic brand, The Row. The cap sleeves, the low back, the perfect cut, it’s simplicity at its best and the very epitome of youthful elegance. Teamed with a simple sandal and perhaps an understated pair of diamond stud earrings the whole thing would indeed be both of those things. But of course, understatement is not really my cup of tea. So I had to jazz it up with some serious statement bling and matchy matchy leopard print accessories.
I think this outfit has in fact changed my philosophy on wearing black. Not only can an LBD be pimped – sorry, couldn’t resist this post title! Anyone else remember “Pimp My Ride” on MTV? – to the max with the addition of attention seeking accessories, it perhaps provides an even better canvas for their glittering, print popping awesomeness than more colourful fare. If you were doing a desk-to-daquiri day this would also be an excellent way of dealing with the sartorial challenges that poses. Teamed with preppy ballet flats and an oversized tote bag, the dress would be totes appropes for meetings and other work activities. Then come wine o’clock simply switch in that bling, dig those leopard lovelies out of the depths of said tote and add a slick or red lip. Et voila! Party ready. On that subject, I’m also a huge fan of this classic makeup look and you can see exactly how I created it, and the products I used, here.
So without further fannying around, what do you think of my pimped LBD? Could you be tempted to try something similar yourself?
Love Ella. X
Images by Holly McGlynn
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