Today’s post is a slightly different one from me. I love fashion and anything to do with writing about it so I thought I would give this a go. I was recently asked by the lovely Victoria from Branded 3, whether I would be interested in entering a blog post entry for their competition in partnership with Ladbrokes. The competition was to put together an ‘Outfit of the Day’ for Ladies Day which is coming up next week (8th April to be precise). It’s no surprise that like most girls, I love dressing up, and when it comes to the races, I’m all for daytime drinking. I’ve been to Chester and York a few times over the past few years but never to Aintree but I love seeing the fashion from the day.
To find my Ladies Day outfit, I went to Topshop over the weekend and picked up a white dress (not the white dress) but it was a lace shift dress which nipped in at the waist, and is the perfect style for me. I’m not one to usually get my legs out, but with spring on the way I thought I would have to do just that. The dress itself wasn’t too short on me, but I would say the right length for me to feel comfortable not to wear tights. It was £55, which I think is quite a decent price for something that I think I will get a lot of use out of over the warmer months.
Being a pale girl, I wasn’t sure whether white would be a good colour for me, but I found that as long as you pair it with the right accessories (and maybe whack a bit of the gradual tan on) then it can look chic and glamourous. I loved the detailing on this dress as well as it gives it something else than just being a plain white dress and the lace patterns are perfect for the upcoming season. The sleeves didn’t have any underlying fabric, meaning that a little bit of skin was on show, and they were fastened with a button at the back of the arm. I’ve never been a massive fan of my arms, so having something that covered them, but also showed a little bit, was a good compromise. I have found in the past that when you wear something that is lace on bare skin it can sometimes irritate you, but I didn’t find that with this dress at all.
To go with the dress I thought a pair of pink, peach or nude heels would look the nicest and compliment the white. Because I’ve been to the races a few times before, I know how much walking and standing you have to do, so I opted for a pair of comfy heels more so than high ones that I can barely walk in. After having a look at Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and River Island, I found a pair of pale pink patent leather sling back, pointed heels from New Look. These were only £18.99 and are seriously comfy. I feel like because they’re such a neutral colour as well they would go with jeans and skirts too, and I can’t wait to get my wear out of them. Perfect for summer!
I felt as though I wanted to match my necklace and bag to my shoes as much as possible so I opted for a pink shimmery triangle necklace and a silvery white snakeskin clutch bag, both from New Look. The bag isn’t something I would usually go for, but I decided that I didn’t want a pink or a white bag as I thought it would be too much, and I saw this and thought it would go perfectly. Even though it is a faux snakeskin, I didn’t think it clashed with the lace pattern of the dress at all. My sunglasses were last season’s from Forever 21, but I feel they go with everything.
For my earrings I wore some pink diamonds (fake obvs) from H&M which have a rose gold back and I love them. I tend to not do dangly earrings anymore as I feel they take away from the outfit itself. I wore some old gold rings from Primark which I tend to pair with most outfits because they just go with everything. I’m not a huge bracelet fan as I find they can be quite annoying when I’m moving throughout the day, but I did want to wear my chunky Topshop gold watch but I couldn’t find it for the life of me (it basically looks like a Michael Kors one but a fraction of the price and I love it!) For my nails I wore Essie’s Nail Lacquer in number 14, Fiji, which is a pale pink shade and matched the whole ensemble.
I wanted to keep my makeup as springy as possible with pastel pink shades and a dewy finish. I used my usual base makeup but went a bit lighter on the bronzer, and used slightly more blusher in order to brighten up my cheeks. For my base eye makeup, I used the Charlotte Tilbury cream eyeshadow in Jean, which is a goody champagne colour and the Naked 3 palette. I find that all of the Naked 3 palette colours really suit the CT base because the colours go so well together and bring out the pigments. For all over the lid, I used Burnout, with Dust in the inner corners, and Buzz running through the crease. This is more a pink themed makeup than I would usually wear, but I felt as though it would last all day and was pink and girlie like the rest of the outfit. I had MAC Lovelorn on my lips which is one of my favourite pink shades as it quite bright but not too overpowering.
I hope you like the overall look and agree that it would work for Ladies Day. I think it is a very ‘me’ look and has elements of spring and warmer weather to come. The whole outfit is definitely something I will be wearing again and again as is the makeup look.
Thanks everyone and see you in my next post 🙂