* Items marked with a * I was sent for free from PrettyLittleThing, but rest assured, all words & opinions are my own
It may only be February, but soon enough the season of ‘Going to the Races’ will be upon us, so you’d better start planning what to wear! I have been tasked with creating some outfits perfect for the races with some help from PrettyLittleThing. Not going to the races? They’ll also work for a spring/summer wedding!
First up is this vintage styled number (£22). It fastens with little buttons all the way down which can be a bit fiddly to do up, but when you’ve done them once, it’s easy to just pull on over your head like a t-shirt the next time you wear it. There is also a tie around belt to accentuate the waist. I’ve found it’s slightly static around the top of my legs, even after washing it, so it might be worth wearing a slip underneath. I’ve gone for a size 8, which is a teeny bit loose under the armpits, but that could be due to losing weight on my chest. Bye-bye boobs! However, I don’t think it’s noticeable and it’s still very comfortable to wear. This dress is also great for autumn/winter layered over a long-sleeve top and paired with brown boots. I got many a compliment when I wore it in the office last week!
Next up, sticking with the florals but some brighter colours with this pretty pink dress (£12). I love the playful cut-out detail, but would recommend going bra-less as the cut-outs are quite high up, though not high enough to risk a nip-slip! Again, this is a size 8 and seems to fit a bit better than the previous dress, though this one is more fitted, especially around the waist. It’s also got a little slip attached underneath so doesn’t stick with static. As this dress features lots of bright colours, you could go a bit more out there with accessorising. Think purple shoes, or maybe a yellow bag.
This look is a bit on the darker, more rock chick side. The maroon bandeau top is actually a body suit (£12), which will make it a little more difficult after a couple of champagnes when you need a wee, but I like that it keeps in place under the skirt. No having to find a quiet corner to pull it taunt from under your skirt. This’ll also be great worn with jeans as you won’t get the awkward bunched up bulge around your tummy. This skirt (£11) makes me feel almost princess-like as it’s quite big & quite long, but not too big or too long. The only thing it’s missing are pockets! Both bodysuit & skirt are size 8 and fit great!
Lastly is this polka dotted, pleated dress (£32), which I was most excited for. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite fit as well as I’d hoped. It’s also a size 8, but I think made for ladies with a bigger chest than me. This dress reminded me of that scene in Pretty Woman when Julia Roberts’ character, Vivian, goes to watch a polo match and she’s wearing a similar brown polka dot dress, though this one has a modern twist with the one shoulder. It’s another quite static dress, so a slip would be really helpful with keeping it from sticking to your legs. Don’t forget your hat!
So, what will you be wearing to the races?
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