AKA what does one wear when Royalty are near/Can I wear Tesco clothes to somewhere a bit posh?
On Thursday, mum and I toddled off to Hillsborough Castle for a garden party presented by the Secretary of State. Oh and Prince Edward was there too.
While the Earl of Wessex got to choose from a variety of suits, I had a little more to think about – weather, shoes, spanx or no spanx?
I plumped for this orange shift dress that was just above the knee, a high neckline and kicky shoulder-pads.
I love this dress, and guess where it's from - Tesco! I spotted this Florence + Fred dress in a few different colours in the Knocknagoney store a while ago, and thought YES PLEASE.
I have it in black for work as well, because at £20 a pop, why not?
It does crease a bit, but keep it in the wardrobe and you're grand. I found it quite small fitting and had to go a good size up in this.
Thankfully on Thursday, the sun was out (as well as a million wasps) and I didn’t really need my cover-up, but I brought this flimsy patterned cape just in case it got a bit nippy.
Although my dress was a really bold colour, it was quite a classic shape and I didn’t want to go overboard on accessories.
|Sally Hansen lace nail strips,|
huge silver bejewelled necklace,
Pluck & Devour pussy riot charm bracelet.
My biggest dilemma was what do I do with my makeup? My failsafe on big days is always a neutral eye and a bright lip, but I had a feeling that a fuchsia, or red, lip wouldn’t look that amazing with a bright orange dress.
So I consulted my MUA on call Bex Bryson who suggested going for bronze eyes and a nude lip.
Its rusty-coloured shadows were perfect for this look, and I used a peach shadow and then used a darker bronze from my Inglot palette for a little more dark and shade.
It's the second time I've worn these lip colours together - here I used Urban Decay 24/7 lip liner in Native* (a pale pink) to colour in my whole lips, and then covered it with NYC Liquid Lipshine in Brighton Beach Peach*.
The gloss applies with a long, thin, flexible foot and smells of sherbet, which makes it pretty difficult not to eat instead of slick over lips.
How would you work a bright orange dress?