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Milly Liza Black Lace Peplum Dress, LK Bennett Alexia Patent Leather Box Clutch and LK Bennett Palma Gold Leather Sandals

Milly Liza Black Lace Peplum Milly Liza Black Lace Peplum

This look is an evening look comprising a dress by Milly, aka Michelle Smith, the New York designer, ably accessorised by LK Bennett Clutch and Shoes.

Milly Liza Black Lace Peplum Dress

This new season black lace dress from Milly is sleeveless, featuring a round neck and keyhole detail at the back with a button fastening to the back of the neck. It has a peplum waist, a continuing trend from last season, and it falls to above the knee.

The lace is sheer, but the body of the dress is lined, revealing a sheer scalloped lace hemline. The sheer look is also a trend that we will be seeing a lot of this season – sheer without being too revealing being a key new season look.

The dress fastens with a hidden side zip fastening.

Black lace dresses are timeless and I love the fusion of sophistication and sex appeal that this dress offers. Ideal for an evening out, party or black tie dinner, the dress would look fab teamed with the clutch and sandals detailed below.

LK Bennett Alexia Patent Box Clutch LK Bennett Alexia Patent Box Clutch

LK Bennett Alexia Patent Leather Box Clutch

This LK Bennett Box Clutch is a cannister shaped structured clutch bag, covered in patent leather. It has sleek, tubular lines with a gold frame and a push clasp at the top. Available in black or taupe, the bag is gusseted inside and features the LK Bennett Tudor Rose emblem on each end.

The clutch is big enough to contain a small coin purse, credit cards, keys, mobile phone and a lipstick and its structured shape keeps all your bits and pieces safe.

Both the black and taupe bags would go well with the above dress, but my personal preference would be to go for the taupe for the contrast effect. The taupe clutch also looks good with the Palma sandals below.

LK Bennett Gold Leather Palma Sandal LK Bennett Gold Leather Palma Sandal

LK Bennett Palma Gold Leather Sandals

The Palma sandals are strappy gold leather sandals with a continuous asymmetrical strap which wraps around the ankle. They have a slim, stiletto heel, open toe and simply slip on to fit.

More of a stylish work of art than a pair of shoes, these heels are perfect for evening use. However, their simple lines and lack of unnecessary embellishment also means that you can use them on smart day wear occasions too.

Like taupe and black, gold will go with most outfits; just be careful about teaming it with other metallics.

Alice by Temperley Alexander Leather Dress, Anya Hindmarch Faithful Hobo and Gina Ava Platform Shoes

Alice by Temperley Alexander Leather Dress Alice by Temperley Alexander Leather Dress

Here we have the colour coveted by a majority of women – an all black look. The dress and bag are suited to both day and evening wear; the fabulous shoes are probably just an evening wear shoe, but if you wanted to wear the outfit during the day, you could trade them for a neat pair of black ankle boots or courts.

Alice by Temperley Alexander Leather Dress

I like this dress because it combines the sexiness of a leather top together with the demureness of a pleated skirt to yield a classically lady like look – with an edge. Ideal for princesses, this dress is perfect to wear during the day and through to the night – and that neckline is begging for some jewelled adornment, perhaps in the form of an Anton Heunis necklace.

The top part of this lovely Alice by Temperley dress is made from leather, but the skirt is a swathe of pleated georgette, which is demi sheer, and lined with a black lining.

The dress has short sleeves and a low scoop neck at the front and fastens with a hidden zip at the back.

Anya Hindmarch Faithful Leather Hobo Anya Hindmarch Faithful Leather Hobo

Anya Hindmarch Faithful Hobo

I like Hobo bags. I like the way they have a single, unfussy shoulder strap that’s not too long, so it’s easy to just sling the bag over your shoulder and be on your way.

Of course, this bag is no ordinary hobo bag – it’s the stunning Faithful by Anya Hindmarch and is made from grained leather. The bag has golden hardware throughout, including the zip top fastening, and is embellished on the front with a riveted brand plaque. The zip full features a characteristic oversized tassel and the bag also comes with a removable cross body strap. There is an external zip pocket on the reverse of the bag.

The inside of the bag is truly a delight – there are several pockets which are  labelled as to suggestions for their contents; eg “Bits and Bobs”, “Phone” and “Lipstick”. There is also a pen pocket and a press stud attaching key fob – so no need to rummage on the door step any more!

This bag would also make a lovely posh day bag for work and play.

Gina Ava Platform Shoes Gina Ava Platform Shoes

Gina Ava Platform Shoes

Gina Shoes are up there with Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and Yves Saint Laurent as shoes to the stars, and these shoes are completely irrestible.

With a snakeprint velvet upper (lined in leather), a concealed platform sole, super high black jewel embellished heel and peep toe, these shoes are ultra comfortable considering the number of inches they add to your legs. They fasten with an adjustable strap and the buckle is branded “Gina”.

In addition to going well with the dress and bag above, they would complete any cocktail outfit and be the envy of all the other girls in the room.

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Markus Lupfer Bodycon Dress, Kenzo Red Pink Black Patent Mini Bag and Terry de Havilland Red Marguerite Snake Platform Sandals

Markus Lupfer Bodycon Dress Markus Lupfer Bodycon Dress

There’s no two ways about it, this look is hot, hot, hot! With the centre piece being Markus Lupfer’s blistering body con dress, ably accompanied by the cutest mini bag from Kenzo and stylish platform sandals from Terry de Havilland, this is a scorching look, ideal for starlets who want to impress the world. Now, where’s my credit card?

Markus Lupfer Bodycon Dress

Markus Lupfer is taking the fashion world by storm this season, and the arrival of his styles at my-wardrobe.com is to be welcomed. The dress pictured on the left is a sexy bodycon mini dress, which cleverly incorporates a pink and red metallic insert panel to the front. However, the black side panels give the dress a shaped look and provide the illusion of a slimmer waist, which is to be welcomed!

Other features of the dress include a slightly scooped neck, short sleeves and an exposed silver tone zip fastening at the back.

Kenzo Red Pink and Black Mini Bag Kenzo Red Pink and Black Mini Bag

Kenzo Red Pink Black Patent Mini Bag

I love this Kenzo bag and I think it goes particularly well with the dress above, the colour of the panels reminscent of the colours in the front panel of the dress.

Made from patent leather, the bag adds a directional edge to your look. A mini satchel style, it features a branded magnetic clasp fastening on the front, a single top handle and a removable cross body strap.

The bag features patent leather panels in red, pink and black with a marbled effect. Inside, it is lined in black fabric and there is a zip fastening pocket. The bag features a Kenzo branded hang tag.

Terry de Havilland Red Marguerite Snake Platform Sandals Terry de Havilland Red Marguerite Snake Platform Sandals

Terry de Havilland Red Marguerite Snake Platform Sandals

Terry de Havilland has been designer shoes for years and is known as the master of the wedge heel. The shoes on the left are stiletto platform sandals made from a combination of red snake print patent leather and red suede. The toes are caged by a strappy design with a peep toe, and the shoes are held securely on the foot with a gold tone buckle fastening ankle strap.

The shoes certainly add a serving of glamour to the dress and bag above and are a great way to complete the look.

There is no need to over embellish this outfit with jewellery as it speaks for itself; simply add a pair of gold earrings and a matching bracelet or watch.

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Joseph Black Lace Dress, Black Lace Frame Clutch and Chinese Laundry Gold Platform Sandals

Joseph Black Lace Jeorge Dress Joseph Black Lace Jeorge Dress

This is an elegant and extravagant party look, with one eye on the look – and one eye on the budget. If you want to look totally glamorous and sexy you can’t afford to skimp on the dress, and with this in mind I have chosen the awesome Joseph Black Lace Dress,  style name Jeorge, pictured left.

However, for the bag and shoes I have chosen a matching black lace covered satin frame clutch from Accessorize and a pair of towering Chinese Laundry gold platforms, both of which come in at just under £100.

Complete the look simply with a gold cuff bracelet and a pair of gold earrings.

Joseph Black Lace Jeorge Dress

This Joseph Dress has a lace overlay, but features demi sheer detail to the neckline and arms. Falling to about knee length, with three quarter sleeves and a round neck, the dress succeeds in being both demure and sexy and it has a built in scoop back lining.

Lace always equates with glamour and this dress is a classic style that will last season after season. It’s finished off with a back zip fastening and a split in the skirt at the back for ease of movement. It’s perfect for any evening occasion.

Black Lace Frame Clutch Black Lace Frame Clutch

Accessorize Black Lace Frame Clutch

The clutch on the right by Accessorize is made from black satin with a black lace overlay. The clutch has a polished gold tone frame for a touch of glamour and it fastens at the top with a gold tone clasp.

Inside, it is lined in black satin and features and interior zip fastening pocket.

Chinese Laundry Gold Platform Sandals Chinese Laundry Gold Platform Sandals

Chinese Laundry Gold Platform Sandals

As a fashion blogger I get to see a lot of shoes, and there are not that many that still have the capacity to make me say WOW! However, these shoes definitely have the Wow Factor. The slim high heel, teamed with the enviably wide platform, not only make your legs look long but they are actually reasonably comfortable – considering the heel is an astonishing 5″ high.

The upper is made from a golden metallic fabric, which also covers the platform sole and the heel, and there is a buckle fastening ankle strap around the heel. My only criticism – and it’s a small one – is that the buckle is silver tone when I think it would look better gold tone – but it’s a small point and unlikely to influence your buying decision.

The style is called Takecare and the strappy styling across the toes, teamed with the T-bar down the middle, credit the shoes with a classic look that you can enjoy year after year.

In addition to wearing the shoes with the dress and bag pictured, they would also look good with black skinny leather trousers and even the sparkly jeans that are so popular this season.

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LK Bennett Surrey Satin and Velvet Dress, Purple Clutch and Janna Platform Shoes

LK Bennett Surrey Satin and Velvet Dress LK Bennett Surrey Satin and Velvet Dress

This look is composed entirely from items on sale at LK Bennett, and the outfit is primarily suited to evening wear. It’s a combination of a turquoise dress (which, for die hards, is also available in black), a purple patent leather clutch and matching purple and red patent platform sandals.

LK Bennett Surrey Satin and Velvet Dress

This new season dress from LK Bennett is made from a viscose satin fabric, which is trimmed in crushed velvet around the waist and yoke. Sleeveless, the dress has a wide scoop neck and it falls to about knee length.

The velvet band around the waist is figure enhancing, highlighting a feminine shape.

Teamed with the clutch and shoes below, this is an evening wear dress, but you could wear it equally well during the day if you team it with court shoes and a smart blazer.

LK Bennett Avon Clutch LK Bennett Avon Clutch

LK Bennett Purple Avon Clutch

The LK Bennett Avon clutch is availalble in a cornucopia of colours but I’ve chosen purple for this look, as it contrasts well with the colour of the dress and is a heavenly match for the shoes.

The clutch is made from shiny patent leather and has a structured shape with a gold tone frame and clasp. The included chain strap gives you all the options you need to wear this smart clutch howsoever you choose.

LK Bennett Janna Platform Shoes LK Bennett Janna Platform Shoes

LK Bennett Janna Platform Shoes

The Janna platform sandals combine the luxury of red and purple patent leather with a polished gold buckle to make a great fashion statement. The shoes have a feminine touch with cross over straps to the toes, and the exposed platform sole mitigates the height of the the stiletto heel.

As an alternative to the Avon Clutch, the Frome Clutch – a flap over style – is also available to match these shoes.

 

Just Cavalli Leopard Dress, Raoul Marilyn Red Bag and See by Chloe Suede / Leather Ankle Boots

Just Cavalli Leopard Print and Black Dress Just Cavalli Leopard Print and Black Dress

This look is a smart daywear / transitional look. The leopard print on the Just Cavalli dress adds glamour, the bright red of the Raoul Marilyn bag adds a focal point and the See by Chloé black ankle boots are a smart yet charming way to complete the look.

Just Cavalli Leopard Print and Black Dress

This Just Cavalli dress is a combination of a leopard print top with black accents on the inside of the sleeves and cuffs, teamed with a black pleated skirt.

The top of dress is made from a blended wool and modal fabric, with a contrast fabric for the skirt. It is drop waisted with long sleeves, and falls to above the knee. It simply pulls on to fit.

Raoul Marilyn Red Leather Bag Raoul Marilyn Red Leather Bag

Raoul Marilyn Structured Red Shoulder Bag

When wearing more neutral or darker colours, it’s sometimes nice to have an accessory that acts as a focal point, like eye candy, to draw in the eye, and that’s exactly what this structured red Marilyn bag by the designer Raoul does.

The bag is both stylish and functional, with three interior compartments, three interior pockets (one of which is zip fastening) and it fastens with a shiny silver turnlock fastening on the front. The straps are long enough for you to carry the bag over your shoulder, or you can carry it in your hands or the crook of your elbow if you prefer.

See by Chloé Suede / Leather Ankle Boots

These boots are slick and are a different take on the standard black ankle boot, featuring a partly suede and partly leather upper. The forefoot is made from black leather, featuring pointed toes and a hint of an eye catching gleam is provided with the silver metal insert at the heel.

See by Chloe black leather and suede ankle boots See by Chloe Black Leather and Suede Ankle Boots

These boots have a zip up fastening at the back and a mid height (10cm) block heel. They are comfortable and ideal for day long wear, yet step up to the mark when it’s time to party.

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MaxMara Arno Black Satin and Jersey Dress, Anya Hindmarch Tinsel Carker Clutch and By Malene Birger Leopard Jewelled Shoes

MaxMara Arno Black Satin and Jersey Dress MaxMara Arno Black Satin and Jersey Dress

This look is predominantly evening wear, although the dress could be transitional. It’s an understated look with key festive details making it ideal for the office party or Christmas meal.

MaxMara Arno Black Satin and Jersey Dress

This MaxMara Arno dress cleverly uses two differently textured fabrics to create a 3D, slightly opulent effect. The main part of the dress is made from a black jersey fabric, yet the central panel down the back and the front of the dress is made from ruched satin.

The dress features long sleeves and has a vent at the back for ease of movement. The waist belt is detachable and the dress is partly lined and fastens with a hidden back zip.

Anya Hindmarch Tinsel Carker Clutch Anya Hindmarch Tinsel Carker Clutch

Anya Hindmarch Tinsel Carker Clutch

I love this new season clutch from Anya Hindmarch. Clearly intended to be carried at Christmas parties and other seasonal occasions, this clutch is covered in tinsel and baubles – they are actually metal bells!

The black version is featured on the right, which is my choice to go with the dress and shoes, but it is also available in silver. The clutch has a gold chain handle inlaid with leather so it can be carried as a wristlet. Inside, it’s lined in leather and features zipped pockets and credit card slots to keep your valuables secure.

The bag features the iconic Anya Hindmarch Carker lock on the front, so everyone will recognise your bag’s designer credentials.

By Malene Birger Galante Monochrome Crystal Leopard Shoes By Malene Birger Galante Monochrome Crystal Leopard Shoes

By Malene Birger Galante Leopard Jewelled Shoes

Don’t you think that the ubiquitous plain black courts can sometimes be just that? A little too plain? Well don’t worry, because By Malene Birger have come to the rescue with their snazzy, jewel embellished, monochrome leopard print courts.

These shoes have a classic shape, yet the leopard design and crystal embellishment really set them apart from the rest, and they add to life to any plain black outfit. In combination with the clutch above, they let the world know that it’s party time!

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Vivienne Westwood Dahlia Red Dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim Bubble Clutch and Sam Edelman Niland Platforms

Vivienne Westwood Dahlia Red Dress Vivienne Westwood Dahlia Red Dress

This look is a 24/7, day thro’ to evening look which has as its centre piece the lipstick red Vivienne Westwood Dahlia Dress, accompanied by the 3.1 Phillip Lim Bubble Quilted Clutch and the Sam Edelman Niland Platforms, both in black.

Red and black is a dramatic and eye catching combination, ideal for wearing when you don’t have a second chance to make a first impression.

Vivienne Westwood Dahlia Red Dress

This sleeveless, above the knee dress is made from a stretchy jersey fabric which has a draped neckline. In true Anglomania style, the hemline is asymmetrical. The dress features a v back – which is not so low that you can’t wear a bra – and has a concealed back zip fastening.

I like this dress because it’s one of those 24 hour dresses which is ideal for style mavens on the go.

3.1 Phillip Lim Black Bubble Quilt Clutch 3.1 Phillip Lim Black Bubble Quilt Clutch

3.1 Phillip Lim Black Bubble Quilt Clutch

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that clutches are solely for evening wear. This new clutch from 3.1 Phillip Lim, with its gorgeously tactile finish and discrete gold hardware, is an oversized style which is also great for day wear too. The clutch is 38cm wide and it also has a zip pocket inside.

The bubble wrap effect is just on the front of the clutch – the reverse is plain black leather and there is a slip handle on the back so you can carry the bag in this way if you choose. You can also fold the top of the clutch forwards (if you haven’t over filled it) to display the contrasting black leather against the bubble leather.

Sam Edelman Black Niland Platform Court Shoes Sam Edelman Black Niland Platform Court Shoes

Sam Edelman Black Niland Platform Court Shoes

Sam Edelman has certainly become a popular shoe designer of late and the Niland is a classic style, which is frequently reintroduced, sometimes with variations to the colour or texture of the leather.

These shoes have a very high 5″ stiletto heel, which fortunately is mitigated by the equally impressive 1.5″ platform sole, so the shoes feel as though they just have 3.5″ heels. In a classic and timeless court style, Sam Edelman has added his signature originality by virtue of the the droplet shaped cut out detail at the toes, creating a more discrete version of a peep toe. Perhaps we should call it a glimpse toe!

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AllSaints Conical Tee Dress, Fiorelli Silver Jewelled Clutch and AllSaints Dixy Shoes

AllSaints Conical Tee Dress AllSaints Conical Tee Dress

What with it being the party season an’ all, I didn’t think I needed an excuse to come up with another glam party ensemble, where I’ve combined two items from AllSaints – the Conical Tee Dress and the Dixy Shoes, with a rather glitzy white and silver bejewelled clutch from Fiorelli, called the Julius (because you want to Caesar it, perhaps?).

AllSaints Conical Tee Dress

This dress is a cap sleeve mini dress which features dense hand embellishment with shiny black beads, sequins and chains. The base fabric is sheer and there are three areas around the centre of the dress which remain unembellished, allowing a sexy glimpse of skin. It’s nice and short, and the shiny beads reflect the light making it ideal for the dance floor. It’s available in sizes 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 and the model in the photo is wearing a size 8.

Fiorelli Julius Silver Jewelled Clutch Fiorelli Julius Silver Jewelled Clutch

Fiorelli Julius Silver Jewelled Clutch

The Fiorelli Julius Silver Jewelled Clutch adds a bit, well a lot actually, of festive glitz to the look. The bag is actually white with a silver faux python print and the centre is embellished further with sparkling clear jewels. The bag has a kiss lock fastening in silver tone and also a (concealed) shoulder strap for lots of carry options.

One of the things that I particularly like about this bag is the included interior zip purse, which is perfect for storing your key and a few pound coins safely. The bag also has a further slip pocket, perfect for a credit card, and it is fully lined in Fiorelli signature fabric.

AllSaints Dixy 145 Shoes AllSaints Dixy 145 Shoes

AllSaints Dixy 145 Shoes

The AllSaints Dixy 145 Shoes are a new AllSaints style for the Autumn Winter 2012 season. The leather upper has a metallic finish, created by combining a patent leather finish onto a suede background. This is known as “caviar” skin. As with most AllSaints footwear, they are made entirely from leather, featuring a leather lining and a leather sole.

The clue to the height of the heel is given in the name of the shoes, the 145 referring to 145mm or a towering 5.7″ (this varies slightly according to the size of the shoe – the size 37 is 145mm). They also thankfully have a wide exposed platform sole to mitigate the height a little.

With both the heel and exposed platform covered in the same caviar leather, these hand finished shoes are perfect for completing any seasonal look.

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Markus Lupfer Peplum Dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs Sylvie Bag, Michael Kors Bethany Courts

Markus Lupfer Black Peplum Dress Markus Lupfer Black Peplum Dress

Black and gold are great colours to team together for nights out – the slimming properties of black are legendary and gold adds just the right amount of opulence, which is perfect for an evening look.

Markus Lupfer Black Peplum Dress

The dress I’ve chosen for this look is this sexy little black peplum dress by Markus Lupfer. It’s a short dress, falling to about mid thigh and it’s made from a stretchy black jersey fabric which features sequin embellishment to the front and peplum and a striking, exposed, silver tone back zip fastening.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Sylvie Tote Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs Sylvie Tote Bag

Marc by Marc Jacobs Sylvie Tote Bag

The bag I’ve chosen is the Marc by Marc Jacobs Silvie Tote bag, which is a compact handbag made from smooth black leather, and featuring a striking gold coloured “Marc by Marc Jacobs New York” brand plaque on the front. Although compact and suited to evening (in addition to day) use, this bag is really well organised. It has two zipped compartments, a press stud fastening compartment in the centre and three interior pockets, one of which is zip fastening. It also has the flexibility of two top handles and a separate detachable cross body strap.

Michael Kors Bethany Peep Toe Courts Michael Kors Bethany Peep Toe Courts

Michael Kors Bethany Peep Toe Courts

The look is completed with shoes which perfectly echo the black and gold tones seen in the bag. The Michael Kors Bethany Courts area peep toe style in black suede, which feature gold piping around the inside edge of the upper and a matching shiny gold tone stiletto heel. The shoes also have a suede covered exposed platform sole for that all important extra height, and the heels measure a towering 4.5″.

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