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Vintage evening dresses from Little Mistress L668D1A


Vintage evening dresses take us back in fashion

Vintage evening dresses and retro cocktail dresses are having a renaissance this winter season. As the clocks turn back, so does fashion. More women are seeking to replicate styles from the past. We are even getting prom girls in on the hunt for a dress that captures the glamour of that bygone era. Everyone seems […]


Mature brides dress by Dress Code DC191E


Mature brides do not have to be like Miss Haversham!

Like vintage wine getting better with age, it seems it is the same for mature brides.  Getting married again and tying the knot later  in life is back in vogue.  At the weekend I exhibited at Milton Abbey wedding show – a stunning house and abbey venue in the heart of Dorset countryside. As well as meeting lots […]


Black tie dresses Pia Michi style 1221


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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]


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