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Black tie dresses Pia Michi style 1221

Black tie dresses – make sure it’s not fright night!

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

That witching hour will be on us tomorrow.  Yet at an event I went to this weekend, I was sure it had come early! So many women wearing black, I’d thought I’d walked into a Halloween party rather than a charity dinner. Black tie dresses don’t have to mean black. So why do women feel that […]

Occasion dresses by Cabotine 5007557

Occasion dresses – will they rise to your occasion?

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

There’s a lot of talk lately about the mother of the bride “uniform”.  The classic look of a dress and jacket. For a lot of women this works beautifully, hence why it is so popular as a style. But some mums of the bride and groom are on the look out for occasion dresses. Ditching […]

Condici 70843 mother of the bride outfit

Condici occasionwear gets me in the mood for spring

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

At home, the log burner is on. At the shop, the Halloween window is giving us some spooky style.  And totally out of sync with the season we are in, our spring/summer Condici mother of the bride and mother of the groom collection is arriving. Don’t get me wrong. Even though my body clock is […]

Prom dress Tiffany Illusions

Prom dress shopping – how to avoid the teenage tantrums

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

It’s half term week. For mums of teenage girls that can mean a stressful day (or two or three) out shopping for that “dream” prom dress. At Fab Frocks,  we are already getting our 2017 collection of prom dresses in. The school proms may not be until next summer but prom dress shopping has well […]

Coloured dresses by Diva Iris pencil autumn forest

How the right coloured dresses make you look younger

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

I adore this time of year – the trees are turning such stunning colours. Maybe the autumn appeals to me so much because it reflects all my best colours when it comes to clothes.  If I am wearing coloured dresses, I always go for something in reds, oranges, browns or greens. These are my “star” […]

Smart casual dress Frank Lyman 63410

How to crack that smart casual dress code

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Invite to Sunday lunch today. An anniversary celebration. Dress code – smart casual.  What does that mean? For me, confusion! I’ve worked in fashion for over 15 years now and I still don’t understand it. Which way do I go? More to the smart or more to the casual? Aaargh! As usual, with only an […]

Sequin dresses Michaela Louisa 8341

Sequin dresses – why women are never too old to sparkle

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Phew! I’m sequinned out.  We could have given ‘Strictly’ a run on the sparkle stakes today. So many customers looking for sequin dresses. The party season is definitely kicking in, though poor Cinders here is still yet to have an invite anywhere. Perhaps the now available Brad Pitt just hasn’t found my address yet? We […]

Cocktail dresses with sleeves by Michaela Louisa 8363

Cocktail dresses that give you the cold shoulder

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

I’ve just paid a visit to the high street to suss out the competition for cocktail dresses. Pleased to say it’s all looking a bit drab out there. Great news for a boutique like mine that specialises in evening wear all year round! I’m loving the fact that this year we’ve managed to get some […]

Mother of the bride occasion-wear

Shopping with mum – stress-free mother of the bride

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

So you’ve made your mum the happiest mum in the world by setting your wedding date. But you may also have,  inadvertently, filled her with panic about what mother of the bride outfit she will wear on the big day! Us mums are worriers. That’s part of our job. In the 15 years I’ve been […]

Low back evening dresses by Pia Michi style 1221

The low down on low back evening dresses

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

By day we may be pulling on our winter vest. But by night, it’s time to whip it off and get that back out on show. Low back evening dresses are in for the party season. So, if you want three hundred and sixty degree wow factor, go for the low-backed look. Our customers are loving […]

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