I am all about day-to-night outfits, but every now and again its fun to step out of my comfort zone and glam it up a notch. The best part of a big night out is often the time before, preparing with a soak in the bath, getting my hair and nails ready, and most importantly – choosing my outfit.
Granted, my going-out style is often pretty minimal (black, black and black – and maybe a hint of some print) – with a good combination of masculine and feminine; I do love changing it up for a girls night out after dark. And indeed I did – when REISS invited me and five fellow fashion & beauty bloggers to London’s Hoxton Hotel to select and dress up in our favourite outfits from the AW14 collection for their “My Style: After Dark” shoot (pretty much ideal, in other words).
No surprise, I opted for all black (and a hint of animal print, as expected). I love playing with different textures – such as this stunning silk bomber combined with literally the most p e r f e c t ribbed A-line skirt (so flattering). Adding some sheen to the look with this silk high neck top, textured suede heels (these will go with everything), leather and metal belt, and my personal favourite from the whole outfit – the Elliot mini leopard print bag. Its the perfect party accessory, which in my opinion instantly changes the whole feel and look of my outfit. I am a big fan of keeping the overall look chic and classic; rather adding bold and bright accessories – this also gives me more freedom to play around with my hair and make-up (hello, red lippy).
I had such a lovely day shooting with these beauties and one of my all-time favourite British brands, which in my opinion are excelling every season. I have personally never been great at dressing up in typical “party wear” outfits, with figure hugging dresses and super feminine details – however REISS’s AW14 party wear collection offers a good combination of sophisticated, understated, yet bold styles which is luckily right up my street. I am a big fan of versatile investment pieces – and in this outfit, I have six individual items which will be so easy to mix and play around in many seasons to come.
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