3 Ways to wear a black skater dress
In an ideal world if money is no object, I’d buy lots of sparkly party dresses to wear during this time of year! After all, it is party season.
This time last year, I was excited to wear my sequin dress from Lavish Alice
, which I wore on Christmas Eve but 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. (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! Conducted research 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. I guess I’m party of that statistic.
With that in mind, I was set a style challenge (#PartyDressTest) to help people get the most of our of their wardrobes. I chose an affordable skater 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 for work, shopping, meet friends, dinners and nights out. Given £80 budget, I found a Little Black Dress from Topshop
which only cost £24.00! With the remaining £56 left of the budget, I wanted to spend some money on accessories to work into the outfits.
Here’s how I got on with the 3 ways in how I styled a black skater dress:
Look One – For The Office
Strictly speaking, being self-employed 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 ballet flats on 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, as inspired by Lauren Conrad.
Look Two – Going Shopping
This is my typical look for when I’m going shopping, catching up with friends, going to the cinema, a day at uni, or college. A simple dress is flattering and makes anyone feel confident in it.
There aren’t any tight waistline to annoy you all day long, and no dramas like the ones I go through getting in and out of my skinny jeans…
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 a beige trench coat or my leather biker jacket!
Look Three – Going For Drinks
As 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 did buy a gold necklace though which I’ve already worn it with other clothes such as a white t-shirt.
A skater dress wouldn’t be my first option if we were going clubbing per se but 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.
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!