How To Do: Evening Wear (Part 1)!

How To Do: Evening Wear (Part 1)!

On Thursday I gave you a poll, however today I’m going to show you what dress styles are trendy this season, including how to do short and long styles. So here’s how you can sizzle and wow at any party:

What styles are popular this season?


This wonderful dress by Roland Mouret has a deep V-neck and a keyhole back. Even though this dress isn’t very ‘backless’, it is still a great dress that is also very trendy this season.
Roland Mouret – Compeyson draped jersey-crepe gown (£1,095). Available at Net-a-porter.com.

Backless generally works best on long or mid-length dresses, although sometimes can work on short ones too. Be brave – well you have to be to wear a backless dress – but the braver you are, the lower back you will feel comfortable with, and the more likely you will be to stun.

Split Skirt

Show some leg! This gold, glitzy, glamour dress is a great show-stopper. Diane von Furstenberg gives split skirt a great twist. The ruched body yet again is flattering to curves, and a flash of leg makes it just a bit naughty!
Diane von Furstenberg – Isadora silk-blend lamé gown (£900). Available at Net-a-porter.com.

To keep to the safe side, go for clean simple shapes to avoid the split skirt looking like an embarrassing mistake. To many ruffles and it will end up looking like your dress is coming to pieces. Split skirt styles often work well with block colours.

Colour Block

This dress is in a fabulous purple; a great way to do colour-blocking. The ruffles add interest, and the halterneck top and fitted waist adds definition, and the draped skirt flatters the figure well.
Notte by Marchesa – Silk-chiffon and silk organza halterneck gown (£1,090). Available at Net-a-porter.com.

Do colour-blocking successfully by finding a really bright colour. Pale colours, and small sections of colour don’t work; the colour needs to be bright and all over. Colour-blocking is a great way to grab attention.


Asymmetric styles flatter the figure well, especially this one by Donna Karan. The ruching enhances curves, and the one shoulder effect is a great way to add a bit of interest to the shape of the dress.
Donna Karan – Ruched asymmetric fine-jersey gown (£2,565). Available at Net-a-porter.com.

Asymmetric can work well colour-blocked. Go for something that flatters you figure. The more comfortable you feel in a dress the more likely you are to impress.


Velvet is a trend set to be massive in AW11, so get in on it early! This beautiful gown is made up of velvet and sheer panels. This dress is sure to grab attention, and will also make a great investment piece.
Alexander McQueen – Strapless velvet gown (£3,995). Available at Net-a-porter.com.

Velvet can work with long or short styles. As seen with Alexander McQueen, try going for two-material dresses; velvet all over can sometimes be too much, you could do velvet with sequins, velvet with lace, velvet with chiffon or velvet with netting. Two types of fabric will make it more interesting.


Work the leopard-print style with this dress from Tibi.  The short dress is fun and flirty, and aswell as this dress, Tibi also does many other great short styles.
Tibi Leopard-print jacquard dress (£505). Available at Net-a-porter.com.

Short styles always work well with skyscraper heels, but they are also one of those styles that are forgiving to flats.

Check out my blog on Thursday for the guide to evening shoes, bags and accessories.

ewfashionblogger – Your online fashion stylist.

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