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Sunday 12 February 2012

Mice Advice: Long Sleeved Glam Dresses

In a fashion fix?  Need some style tips?  Have a beauty dilemma? 
Well, the Mice are here ready to tackle any 3BM blog-ject you throw at us... First up – our friend Becca.
Hi Girlies,
I’m taking clients to the Brit awards a week on Tuesday and I need a dress.  My budget is £200-£300 max, I’d preferably like a dress with sleeves and I want something fun rather than a formal cocktail dress...

The Mice Advice
A great challenge.  So many party dresses are strapless, or sleeveless or strappy but long-sleeved doesn't have to mean frumpy and there are loads of fun options out there.
How about lace?  A huge A/W trend, lace is still going strong for S/S, with Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Preen and Nina Ricci all showing lots of variations on the theme.  Kate showed us how to do long-sleeved lace in Alice Temperley at the War Horse premiere last month.
Ted Baker have a gorgeous short lace overlay shift dress with long chiffon sleeves which is available online from Selfridges.  It also comes in way under budget at just £60.
As an alternative, you could tick two trend boxes and do cut-outs (Carven style) and lace.  Although this Silence + Noise black maxi dress from Urban Outfitters (£65) doesn't have sleeves, we suggest layering it over a long-sleeved lace body or cami top like this one (also Silence + Noise from Urban Outfitters and reduced to just £15 in the sale).  

Continuing in the cut-out vein but with a bit of bodycon ombre thrown in, ASOS have this Stylestalker dress for £115.  Pair with sky-high stilettos for some serious leg action.

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At the higher end of the price range, we think its hard to beat Tibi for red carpet worthy dresses without completely blowing the budget.  This season Tibi have a huge range of long-sleeved dresses.  The plain shifts would be perfect investment pieces, you can dress them up or down and wear them season after season.  For something that makes more of a statement we love the geo print dress, £190.

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French Connection also have some great sleeved options this season.  We love this navy maxi, £145.  Add some chunky gold jewellery to complete the Studio 54 vibe.  

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This black wrap dress (£160) with sharp padded shoulders and embellished sleeves has a distinct Balmain feel.  Finish off with black opaques, ankle boots and maybe a bright clutch or cocktail ring for a pop of colour.  

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Lastly, this sequinned shift, £260, has a sixties mod feel.  The sleeves and the high neckline perfectly balance the sparkle.  No further accessories necessary.

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