Friday, 17 December 2010

Party dresses with Pillsbury style

If you're still in search of festive frocks for your holiday happenings, here are some suggestions that I think Emma would be happy with. Just don't wear them to the Pillsbury-Howell holiday party please - I'm boycotting like Will.

I love the green Lucy bow dress from Jovonna. It's a great colour and the bows on the shoulders are so Emma. The red Lipsy dress with asymmetric bow is perfect for the upcoming festivities - just add a cute cardi to keep warm. In midnight blue with a velvet bow, this dress from Vila would look lovely with Emma's blue PMJs. And what could be more Emma (and holiday appropriate) than a red shift dress? This one has pretty asymmetric ruching on the skirt.

We have more berry red options - the Oasis dress with laser cut detail at the hem, from Hobbs a pleat front dress with draped neck, the pleated pencil dress from Warehouse and from Oasis the tulip sleeved dress. And jewel coloured offerings in the form of the amethyst bow shoulder detail dress from Hobbs, teal pleated and tucked dress (again from Hobbs) and the wine coloured Max and Cleo dress (from Modcloth).  As well as dresses adorned with Emma-esque bows, ruffles and corsages - I adore the detailing on the Oasis dress with its tucks and corsages and draped ruffles (it also comes in a royal blue) and the ruffled corsage neckline of the nearly electric blue Vienna dress by Fever. Also from Fever is the Calligraphy Lace dress, which makes me think of Emma's Marc Jacob's Brodie dress because of the shape, the collar and the ribbon belt - it's just that the plaid is replaced by lace.

In fact Fever have lots of Emma-esque dresses, from simple pencil dresses in bold colours to dressy occasion wear. I love the high collar and pleats and ruffles of this ruby red Onassis dress.

And in the course of my shopping I've seen many dresses that are almost Emma but not quite. I'm including them here because even if they aren't perfect for Emma, they may just be perfect for you. So here are a collection of dresses with elements of Emma but which get ruled out on the basis of being strapless, one shouldered or mini.

So many gorgeous oversized bows, pleats and ruffles. The six (!) bow prom dress from Oasis screams Emma, even though it's strapless and I'm sure she'd look gorgeous in it. It also comes in blue.

And to round off we have an outfit I put together using the red tulip sleeved dress from Oasis. I'm crazy about the coat, gloves and shoes.  I think that might just be the Pillsbury-Howell residence in the background, all decorated for the upcoming festivities.

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