How To Style: 90's Style Black Dress
I’ve given photography tips to my fellow fashion bloggers on how to take a good photos but all of those ‘rules’ went out of the window when I found the perfect spot in the park. The problem was... that the spot was in an open space and I was outside at mid-day when the sun was shining the hardest. Time to go against all my own advice?
I mean, I had already broken some so-called fashion rules, so why not just go ahead and break a couple more.
The dress is from ASOS, and annoyingly, it went in the sale a couple of days after I had bought it! Typical! ASOS calls it a 90’s High Neck Midi Dress (shop link - grab it now for £14 before it's out of stock!) and that it more than OK with me! I had the best childhood in the 90’s, it was the happiest time, so I’m diggin' the 90’s fashion trend and I am very glad it’s sticking around for a little bit longer!
I am totally channeling my inner Andrea Corr in this outfit, giving my best smouldering look behind those RayBan Clubmasters. Give me high necks, dark eye make-up, chokers, the lot. I wanted to be Andrea Corr for the day!
Some might tell you that if you’re “petite” (under 5 foot 3) then it is, perhaps, wise to stay away from midi-length or anything that hangs around the middle of the calf. I’m under 5 ft 3, and I'm fine with wearing midi dress and skirts, as long as I wore shoes that didn’t have a strap around the ankle.
Well, I had no other shoes that would’ve suited this black midi-dress, so I went with some strappy high heeled sandals, but you know what? I don’t think it looks that bad paired with a pair of strappy sandals!
The ‘cut off’ points don’t make me look THAT much shorter... It might be a different story if I stood next to someone taller, no doubt that I would look and feel a little stumpy - but on the whole, I think I’m happy with how I’ve styled this outfit and I think it makes a very chic Summer outfit.
My favourite thing about the dress (which is from the petite section) is the bodice (the top half). It has been such a long time since I wore high neck racer shape and I don’t know why I’ve stopped wearing tops like this because I think it suits my frame rather than all the baggy, floaty, oversized style that I tend to go for in recent years.
To go with the 90’s style dress, I decided to go for a 90’s style make-up. Well, I say “90’s style make-up” but what I really mean is that trendy nude look that everyone’s going mad for these days, thanks to Kylie Jenner.
I swapped my go-to pink blusher and layered on Benefit’s Hoola and Dandelion blusher on the apple of my cheeks. And instead of wearing my usual fuchsia lipstick, I wore my new-favourite nude lippy from Avon’s Truly Matte collection. Um, Nude… and matte… Am I feeling OK?!?!
I was feeling a bit experimental with the photography style here. It probably isn’t noticeable but usually, I shoot the photos in the shade, out of direct sunlight, and preferably not a mid-day if I can help it. But I did the complete opposite with these, as mentioned at the beginning of the blogpost. If I turned out bad, I would’ve just pretended it was meant to look that way… you know, like that fuzzy, lo-fi, disposable camera, 90’s vibe. Of course.