Dear Elgin Avenue readers,
A very happy Tuesday to you all! Please excuse my short absence - I have been playing a little bit of South West Trains yoyo recently as I to-and-fro from the MB family home to the City scapes of London! Many a time us Brits lament at the lack of sunshine caressing our limbs and the constant pitter-patter of rain on our roof tops, however when we are blessed with gorgeous weather (as we have been recently) there are rare few a place I'd rather be! As such, as is the prerogative of my country-dwelling boyfriend Mr.G, I was taken on a traditional English Sunday-afternoon jaunt to the Pub and then for a lovely river-side walk.
Printed Dress: Great Plains, Gold Cardi: Principles Archive, Belt: Mulberry, Pumps: French Sole, Clutch: Vintage, Large Ring: Miss Selfridge, Smaller Ring: Primark, Sunglasses: Rayban
Sweet sweet Pub! x
Mr G. x
One of the most pleasant and interesting things about having a partner in the same industry as yourself (Mr.G is a hair stylist) is that we share an interest in clothing and style. As such Mr G. and I had an interesting tet-a-tet over the weekend as to thoughts on dressing for your other half; it is true to say that my best girlfriend attire, namely tea dresses, breton stripes and sweet prints, are reserved for time alongside my better half, whilst my bejewelled/studded/wilder items are saved for time with the girls and nights out; with this at the fore front of my mind, over breakfast with Mr.G (where I wore a cute blue Tea Dress-natch!) I came across an article by Shane Watson for Sunday Times Style about 'The Bad Girl' dress aka the BGD. The notion behind this sartorial phenomenon is that the BGD makes the wearer feel a little naughty and simultaneously makes a man go weak at the knees with out being (for lack of a better word) slutty. The BGD, according to Watson, should be the type of dress you are least likely to imagine the wearer to go for, think when Gwyneth Paltrow first started rocking her pins in micro minis! Each girl has a different BGD, so the trick is finding one to suit youself, perhaps the easiest way to discover yours is to think of the type of dress you wear most often and aim for the complete opposite. I'd love to know if some of you have a BGD already and if not if you are going to get one soon ; )! Let me know!
Below I have listed 3 of my favourite BGD dresses, all found on BooHoo.com which has proved very extensive and ridiculously well-priced!
1) This feisty fuschia number would look stunning with bronzed or darker skin. In light of the contradictions of the BGD, I'd avoid long-tonged hair, and style this look with a bouffant pony tail (see my how-to guide here) and pretty 60's inspired makeup. The colour of this Mouret-esque number is like honey to the bees whilst the cut-outs details up the naughtiness! This dress is best for you girls who always fall back on your LBD.
|Fuschia Dress: £15.00 Click here to view in full.|
2) Does anything scream bad girl more so than leather?! This kinky little number strikes the right balance between naughty and nice with a fitted T-shirt shape and hot faux-leather fabric and exposed zip. The leather-look fulfilling the Bad Girl quota already, a simple nude patent pump and a cocktail ring would soften the effect. Fresh bouncy hair will keep it classy. Best for honeys who normally head for chiffon and ruffles.
|Fauc Leather Dress: £25.00 Click here to view in full.|
3) Whilst scouring the sites for the best BGD this white peekaboo number leapt out at me as the ultimate in brave BGD's. It reminded me of Nicole Richie's choice for Elton John's Oscar Party this year (see below) This dress is packed with enough VaVaVoom for a whole series of Sex and the City so team with delicate gold jewellery and soft hair and makeup to lesson the blow. Best for girls who normally go Boho.
|White Peekaboo Dress: £35.00 Click here to view in full.|
So my lovely readers, I hope next time you find yourself pondering your newest event/date/party purchase you lean towards your BGD inclinations and pick up a number you'd normally pass up - you never know what sensational compliments may come of it!
Have a super evening all!
Love, as always, MB x
P.S. I know daffodils arne't naughty but they look so darn nice!! I think I need to buy me a peekaboo dress asap ; )! x