This year I am fully embracing bright warm tones, such as oranges and reds, as my power colours. I always feel unstoppable in these colours, particularly the reds, so when Lovedrobe got in touch and asked me if I’d like to review one of their new items for AW16 I was instantly drawn to this beautiful off the shoulder number as it was the reddest dress in the collection!
This Lovedrobe Cold Shoulder Lace Trim Dress* is such a good example of the cold shoulder done properly. I’ve made no secret of my feelings about random cold shoulders thrown into the mix where they are not needed, but I love the bardot lace design here. The little touch of fine mesh around the neck really makes this dress feel more season appropriate too. You can tell that this was thoughtfully designed, the mesh and the lace compliment each other wonderfully.
This particular dress is listed as being oxblood red on the Lovedrobe website but it is a little lighter in real life, I’d say it’s more of a true red; it comes in a lovely deep navy as well. I’m between sizes and as the fabric does not contain any stretch I went with the larger of the two: a UK22. It’s a very comfortable fit, in fact there is room to spare, so I feel I could have gone with the UK20 with no issues.
I’m a big fan of the tailoring, it fits like it has been cut with a longer torso which means the waist sits true on my 5’10” frame. It also means that the a-line skirt falls at knee length for me, which is a feature I really enjoy in the colder months.
As the dress is such a lovely colour and shape, I wanted to keep the styling pretty simple. I decided it was time to get my favourite old faux fur coat out of it’s summer storage and I grabbed a pair of gold square stud earrings to accessorise.
My eye makeup is a selection of rust colours from the Fortune Favours the Brave palette by Makeup Revolution; although the shadows in this palette are absolutely gorgeous I’m sadly not finding the pigmentation to be so great, even with a primer. I did manage to find a lip colour in my makeup bag which is a perfect match for the dress though, it’s a lip pencil by Illamasqua in ‘Strumpet’.
Overall, this dress is a goodun’ and I particularly like that it holds it’s own without needing too much in the way of accessorising. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of love for an over the top outfit, but sometimes simplicity is the one.
There are lots of really cool pieces in Lovedrobe’s new season offerings right now including a gorgeous leaf print dress and a beautiful navy embroidered number (which I fell in love with at the Curve Fashion Festival a couple of months ago), based on the quality of this dress I’m perfectly confident to recommend them to you to check out.