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Strictly Stylish Gay Richardson’s guide to Party Wear Winter 2011/12

Strictly Come Dancing is my all time favourite show because it embraces glamour style, fun and a little bit of competition! And then of course there are THOSE dresses! It’s also about people of all ages, getting a little out of their comfort zone and trying something new. The lesson to be learned is that anyone can look and feel fabulous if you know what will suit you. We need to feel wonderful ladies and we shall go to the ball / party / dinner dance feeling like we too are princesses. So I have picked some of these seasons’ best party style dresses to suit each and every one of you.

The Maxi style Many are empire line style with gently draping pleated fabric or sheer chiffon. Their long lines give an elegant graceful look. Perfect for taller ladies or with heels to give the illusion of height. An ad- ditional pleat at the front is ideal for hiding tummy weight or lumps and bumps in that area. Debut Debenhams £100

Tunic Dress There are so many versions of the tunic around this season that you will be spoilt for choice. These are shorter and getting the length right is key; so be prepared to alter to suit your height. To be bang on trend wear with opaque tights and shoe boots. New Look £19.99

Off the shoulder If your shoulders and arms are your best feature then this is a great style for you. This style is perfect for those of us with a smaller bust. A good bra is still necessary for support and correct line and there are many good strapless versions to choose from. Peacocks £40

50’s style Always reminds me of Marilyn Monroe - an icon for glamour. Many of these styles have a sheer lace top which is not only sexy but also covers arms! The lace top is reminiscent of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress and in black or a colour adds a modern twist. Debut at Debenhams £76

Body con - not for the fainthearted! It’s a fabulous style for more curvy figures. The main body of the dress is usually in strong stretch fabric to mould the body’s contours evenly, thus maximising the hourglass fig- ure. Go and try one on and see how their magic works! Dorothy Perkins £25

Don’t like dresses try…… Palazzo trousers Usually black (though there are col- ours and patterns in line with this seasons’ trends). In drapey or sheer fabric, wide-legged with a side zip they are wonderfully flattering for most figures. They look elegant and sophisticated and when teamed with a white evening shirt/blouse or even a Tuxedo style waistcoat and acces-

sories. Oasis £95 .......Or maxi black evening skirt can be a great trouser/dress alternative, wear with a silky vest or a sequined or lace top. Add a wide belt and / or a statement necklace to crank up the glamour!

To bare or not to bare……. Sleeves are not always present which can be annoying when you would really prefer to cover your arms. Don’t panic, there

are many sleeve solutions. Most recent is “Armery”! Mary Portas’ invention of tights to cover the arms. Now produced by Charnos there are many colours and designs in fishnet, sheer, lacy – available online or at House of Fraser. Other alter- native are sheer sleeve bolero, crop jacket, fur or lace bolero, crop evening cardies.

Finally I’d like to wish all my fashion fans a fabulously stylish Christmas and wonderful new year. For styling solutions for your dressing dilemmas please call Gay at Style Me Confident. 01903 538774

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