Dress Up or Dress Down? | AD Gifted

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved dressing up. My family’s proclivity for cruise holidays meant that I became acquainted with dressing up and fancier dresses very young, and since I was a complete poser I absolutely loved it. As a result of this, I love all things embellished and embroidered, and I have a tendency to buy dresses that don’t really have a place in my very casual wardrobe. In recent years I’ve tried to work my fancier dresses into my everyday wardrobe, rather than keeping them just to wear on my rare nights out or posh dinners. I may not have figured how to wear full-on evening dress to the pub yet, but I’m definitely getting my wear out of dresses that I could wear to a more formal dinner.

As such, I was delighted when ANGELEYE got in touch to send me a few dresses to have a go at styling, and I picked out a classic wrap midi dress and a black embellished dress. I wanted to show you how I would wear them both for evening and for trekking around town, and I’m pretty please with how I styled them in the end. I knew that I’d love the black dress, and the embroidery is excellent quality, even on the mesh sleeves where the fabric is very delicate. I think the knee-length is universally flattering, and it nips me in at the waist beautifully. To dress it up I think you don’t need to do very much, and I indulged all my forest-witch dreams by simply pairing it with low pointed flats, feeling pretty fantastic in the process. Dressing it down is all about the accessories since the dress is such a statement, and when in doubt I think a pair of black stomping boots is the way to go, and rolling up the sleeves immediately makes it more casual. I can see myself wearing this a lot since it’s so comfy and easy to throw on (can I get a hell yes for elasticated waists?).

I knew I’d love the black dress, but the red wrap dress really stole my heart. I love the shape of a wrap dress, but so often the just flap open at the slightest gust of wind and congrats, everyone saw your stripy underwear. This one doesn’t and although I had a little trouble with my boobs being determined to burst out of it, I actually really love it with a little navy v-neck vest underneath. The red is almost burgundy and would be flattering on every skin tone as it’s not too cool or too warm. To dress it up I opted for my latest charity shop find, some incredible red boots, and when in doubt I’d always go for a red lip to make something that little bit fancier. The fluted sleeves are perfect – not so long they end up in your glass of wine, yet long and fluttery enough that you feel fancy and feminine – and it’s a dress I can see myself wearing out to dinner a lot, as unlike a lot of wrap dresses, I didn’t feel like it was cutting me in half as soon as I sat down. To dress it down I went with a fail safe – a chunky jumper and Converse. I absolutely love this look and have worn it since we took these photographs in Manchester Central library, as I think it’s the perfect outfit for those slightly warmer Spring days.

I absolutely love both of these dresses, and I think it’s safe to say that I’ve found a new favourite brand for embellished dresses for all occasions. I only ever used to wear dresses in Winter with tights, but I’m really enjoying embracing dresses as we move into Spring. I honestly feel like I could wear both of these dresses year-round, and I’m chuffed to bits to have been sent them. I didn’t start this blog for the purpose of getting free stuff, I started it to write about style and my life, so it’s a massive bonus and I’m immensely grateful whenever I get the opportunity to work with a brand.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and let me know how you would style an embellished dress!


1 Comment

  1. March 9, 2019 / 10:11 pm

    The fabrics, design and floral embroidery of the black dress look gorgeous!!!
    The deep red mini-polka-dotted ruffle-wrap dress looks very pretty as well.
    I love your outfit photos wearing them – the locales made an interesting and artistic backdrop for them.
    I’m sure both of these beautiful dresses will look fabulous in all of the different ways you choose to style them in the future as well.

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