Monday, 2 December 2013

3 Ways To Wear A Black Skater Dress

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Ways to wear a black skater dress

In an ideal world if money is no object (and wouldn't it be nice if it grew on trees!), I'd buy lots of sparkly party dresses to wear during this time of year! This time last year, I was excited to wear my sequin dress from Lavish Alice, which I wore on Christmas Eve and guess what? It hasn't surfaced out of the wardrobe since then! Unlike novelty Christmas Jumpers, which I don't mind wearing again and again, I like to splash out on a new party dress every year. With so much choice on the high street, it is far too enticing not to! (Ok. I have absolutely no willpower!) I'm sure you all like to update your party dress every year too, and we're not alone in this, girls! VoucherCodes conducted research and has found that 18-24 year olds spend an average of £119 on a Christmas party outfit, most of them never to be worn again after the holidays are over.

VoucherCodes set us a style challenge to help people get the most of our of their wardrobes. We were sent to buy an affordable party dress from the high street which should be versatile enough to be worn on other occasions other than a party. To get the most of the dress, I had to find one that I'd be comfortable to wear all year round to work, go shopping, meet friends, dinners and nights out. I found a Little Black Dress from Topshop* which cost £24.00! I could have gone for a fabulous print like this dress here but that was expensive and I had an £80 budget to stick to. I wanted to spend some money on accessories to work into the outfits. 

Here's how I got on with my three different look:

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Look One

Strictly speaking, I don't work in a proper office but this look could be classed as smart workwear or something I would wear to an interview or a client meeting. For comfort, I stuck to flats as you'd want to be comfortable during a regular work day. 

If it was a meeting, I'd swap the flats for my court shoes for an even smarter look (and of course, that all important increase in height!). The black belt just gives the dress more a shape, and ties in well with the all-black look. I'd complete this outfit with a blazer and a pashmina scarf, like Lauren Conrad.


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Look Two

I know that there are some women who don't feel comfortable wearing dresses in the day time, but whether you're going shopping, catching up with friends, going to the cinema, a day at uni, college, a simple dress like this won't make anyone feel conscious. 

Personally, I find dresses the most comfortable thing to wear. There aren't any tight waistline to annoy you all day long, and the dramas I go through getting in and out of my skinny jeans... it's not worth the hassle sometimes! The tan skinny belt matches well with my bag from Barratts, and for the casual touch, I've chosen to wear my swatch watch and my trust worthy black boots. For outerwear, I'd team this up with my beige trench coat or my leather biker jacket! (that's technically two different styles there!)


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Look Three

The tights come off, the hair comes down, heavier make up applied! It's party time! If I had extra time with this challenge, I'd find some glittery jewellery to make this outfit more festive. Maybe a chunky bracelet or perhaps a glittery clutch bag, just something that would add a bit of sparkle.

The again, if we're going for something that I'd wear again and again, I'd be right in staying away from sparkles. I'd only chuck it at the bottom of my jewellery box after Christmas is over. I did buy a gold necklace, though, and I've already worn it with other clothes. It goes nicely with a plain white T-shirt. I have said before that black is the colour of choice when I go on nights out.

A skater dress wouldn't be my first option if we were going clubbing but having said that, if I wore this, I wouldn't be precious about it if drink were spilt over me. It looks like it's an easy fabric to wash, and it only cost £24. The thing I love about this dress is that it's not flimsy, the material is textured and it is quite thick (I wouldn't wear a jacket with this) so it would at least keep you warm after a few vodkas! I'm in love with the blue clutch bag, but it arrived dirty and scratched so I'll have to get it exchanged. 

I think you should all do this fun #PartyDressTest style challenge too, to either help yourself to save some dollar or give other people some money-saving styling ideas! It doesn't have to be a black dress, just a party outfit that you could wear in three different ways! Let me know how you get on! x

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18 comments

  1. Great styling tips! The collared look is adorable and so chic! Xx

    http://makeupbycandlelight.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. such a fab idea!! I would quite happily buy a wardrobe full of sequin dresses if money were no object too!! I love Look one the most!! I would totally wear it for a night out aswell as work :) xx

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  3. Good choice of dress chick, really versatile. Great looks
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  4. Wow Sarah, you've done so well! Each look is perfectly styled but I love the third, so simple and just the right amount of dressy!

    Tara xo

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  5. I love all three looks, especially the Shopping look! Normally I wouldn't wear a dress for a day out in town but that one is so simple but cute with the tan accessories, I bet it's really comfortable too! The work/office outfit is lovely too, it's great how you can create so many different looks using just the one staple piece.

    Kathryn x
    effievanity.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Oh my gosh I love it! You look amazing, number three is super sassy :) Xx

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  7. What a pretty LBD, I love the three ways in which you've styled it lovely - I love look 1 in particular, the court shoes are so chic!

    Elizabeth x

    www.candyflosscurlscupcakesandcouture.com

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  8. Look 3 is my absolute favourite but I do love it paired for daytime as I find it so hard to style in winter months sometimes! Gorgeous as always lovely xx


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  9. Love all the looks... especially #2.

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  10. this is such a good idea! I never would have thought about wearing a simple dress like that for evening but you make it work so well! you look lovely xx

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  11. This is such a lovely idea, Sarah! I love all outfit but the second one has to be my favourite (cute collar, I'm looking at you!!)
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    Ester @ Drawing Dreaming

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  12. I love how the different accessories make the looks stand out and have totally different feels!
    I have to admit, the second look is my favourite one <3
    Take care, have a nice day!*

    beauty-with-love.blogspot.com

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  13. Wouldn't it just be marvelous indeed in money did grow on tree but it does show ones styling skills when they can get so much wear out of one piece of clothing.

    xoxo
    Ivy
    http://www.purrpleivy.com/

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  14. Such a great post! These are all fab looks. Need to get myself a black skater dress now :) xx

    Essie | The Li'l Sparrow

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  15. I absolutely love how you combine the dress! All three looks are amazing but I must say my favorite one is the second one. Maybe because it's so chic yet casual and as you said perfect for uni or going to the cinema.

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  16. I love all three of these outfit ideas. You would make a great stylist!

    Xo, Hannah

    sweetsweetnoir.net

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  17. I love a challenge like this! Great outfits! xx

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