Friday, 5 December 2014

How To Wear: Red Tartan Dress

red tartan dress, how to style a red tartan dress
red tartan dress, how to style a red tartan dress
red tartan dress, how to style a red tartan dress

Tartan Dress*, Blue Vanilla / White Top (with collar), Topshop

This red tartan dress is from Blue Vanilla and it is perfectly festive without going overboard. As well as it being my Christmas Day outfit, it can be worn throughout Winter too. Tartan was a big trend last year and I'm glad to see that it's back again! Like a lot of you, I bought this tartan dress from Primark last year and although I love it the design, colour and fabric, it isn't a comfortable dress to wear. It absolutely bugs me that the upper half of the dress, in particular the sleeves, feels really restricting in movement. 

However, this red tartan dress from Blue Vanilla is made from fabric that has a bit of a stretch to it. It's also a thick material with black flock that make the lines of the plaid, but most importantly, it is comfortable. It doesn't come with a collar or the black tie, those are my own. I know I often wear this combination anyway, but I really liked the style of the Primark dress from last year (just hate the fit!) so I wanted to emulate it. 

I did try to venture out of my style comfort zone and even did a search on how to style a red tartan dress and the second photo that came up in Google images was this Zooey Deschanel (one of my girl crushes!) wore it this was so I thought... if it's good enough for Zooey, it's good enough for me! Her overall look is slightly more "punky" (as punky as Zooey Deschanel can get) and I struggled to find accessories that would go with my new dress. I tried big bangles and dainty bracelets but nothing suited it. When I wear this outfit on Christmas Day, I'll probably just put a black watch on and shiny black ballet flats. 

For anyone under 5ft 3, you might need to alter the hem like I did. Without alterations, the dress came down at knee length but I sewed it up a couple of inches to make it look better on me. It was pretty easy to sew and took less than ten minutes. 

Although I am being biased, I do think I've picked the best dress out of the current range at Blue Vanilla. However if you're still looking for a dress for the party season, they have some lovely sparkly ones in at the moment! And they're not too expensive either. The P&P cost for standard delivery is £2.99 (or it's free when your order is £35 or over) and they also offer express delivery for £3.99.

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18 comments

  1. This is such a gorgeous dress and very flattering on you! I love Tartan at this time of year!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

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  2. So so pretty Sarah, you look gorgeous x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. You look gorgeous , you suit cute dresses and Peter pan collars soo well xxxx

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  4. You look so cute, I love tartan dresses. I have one of the Primark ones that just about every blogger has.
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xo

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  5. This is such an adorable dress !

    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  6. Such a gorgeous dress, I'm totally in love with tartan at the moment, and you rock it so well xxx

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  7. Absolutely love this outfit, very preppy and chic! <3

    http://electricsunrise.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  8. That's a lovely dress for the festive season! x

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  9. Such a beautiful dress I love Tartan, I have a dress in green Tartan but this is so pretty Lucy x

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  10. Love these photos!

    www.londonmckenzie.co.uk

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  11. Super cute outfit! Your make-up also looks lovely :) Xx

    THEFASHION-JUNKIE

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  12. Do you ever not look fabulous? Gorgeous dress on you, you picked perfectly xxx


    Blonde Of Carbs

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  13. That's such a lovely dress! x

    www.savvysuperstylish.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. I've been so tempted to buy a red tartan dress from Primark for a while now. Every time I go into one it seems to be right by the entrance.
    Rubi | The Den

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  15. I still love tartan now. You look gorge as always Sarah.

    Jegz xo
    http://jegz-loves-tea.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. I hate when dresses are tight in the shoulders. It's always confusing to me because I never really think of myself as having unusually large shoulders. I'm glad you found a cute plaid dress like this that's actually comfortable though! It's adorable on you. I think wearing it with simple ballet flats and a watch is a great Christmas outfit idea too!

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

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  17. Such a cute little dress, great Christmas outfit
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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