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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.

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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.

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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