I’ve been a little bit of a social butterfly lately and I’ve been attending more events than I have outfits for, which isn’t good when you are being photographed and documenting your fashion journey. I needed a new outfit for the HOOP Charity Ball; a fabulous evening filled with live music, food and bubbles. I’ve been finding that I’ve been heading into Debenhams a lot lately, as their Designers by Debenhams range has had so many lovely items in stock that I’ve been spoilt for choice. For an evening out in late November, where style, comfort and class was a must, I had an outfit in mind that would work well for a charity ball and that wouldn’t look out of place if I headed out for further festivities after the ball was over.
The HOOP Charity Ball was organised by Ledigo PR at Hotel Football at Old Trafford, Manchester. The Winter Wonderland themed ball was to raise funds for the charity HOOP ( Helping Overcome Obesity Problems) whilst letting hair down and having a great night with ambassadors of the charity and special guest, Dr Chris from This Morning. The event was hosted by Key 103’s Mike Toolan with live music from Liam McClair and Jake Quickenden. A three course dinner with drinks and dancing rounded off the evening and it was so lovely to spend time with my friends and local celebrities. Each and every single event that I have attended that has bee organised by Ledigo PR has been meticulously planned right down to the smallest detail, and the HOOP Ball was no exception.
Putting together an outfit that was glamorous enough for a ball yet versatile enough for further drinks afterwards lead to me to Designers at Debenhams and in particular Nine by Savannah Miller. A capsule collection of key pieces that can be taken from day to night, filled with stylish and versatile fashion. I chose the Nine by Savannah Miller Cosmic Print Shift Dress* due to it’s relaxed style yet edgy glamour. Long sleeved and a high neckline meant that the baring of my legs did the talking whilst the deep v cut back showed off some skin without being too revealing whilst still maintaining an air of elegance. The exposed zip that runs down the back of the dress keeps it up to date with recent trends and the cosmic print is very subtle but all the while, giving it a high fashion finish. I found that the dress runs true to size and as usual, I bought a size bigger so I didn’t have any fabric clinging to lumps and bumps, however in hindsight I should have stuck to my dress size. One day I will learn to be comfortable in my own size – it’s going to happen. Although I got the dress for the ball, it wouldn’t look out of place for any occasion. I think it would work well teamed with black tights and boots for a day time look, or even worn for work and with a quick change of shoes, bag and jewels it can be taken from office to dance floor.
I wanted to keep things simple in the accessories department as I wanted to wear a striking pair of shoes with my dress and didn’t want to over accessorise. My jewellery had just enough sparkle to catch the light but didn’t distract from the overall look of the outfit. As I was wearing my hair down, I wanted a pair of light catching earrings and these crystal drop vintage earrings were just what I was after.
I do love a good clutch bag and I only have requirements when it comes to selecting the right one. It must be big enough to fit my iPhone 6s Plus, a small purse and minimal make up inside and it must have a chain attached for those times when I can’t bothered carrying it, or need the extra security of wrapping the chain around my wrist for if I’m out in crowds. The Star by Julian MacDonald Black Bar Tab Clutch* is a perfect size for fitting in the essentials and looks so much more expensive than its £25 price tag. The mock croc pattern makes the clutch ideal for an evening out and it’s subtle design adds an edge of glamour. If, unlike me, you don’t like an internal chain then it can be removed, and the addition of an internal pocket within the bag can conceal any valuables such as your cash and cards.
I’ve been dying to wear my Public Desire Jodi Aqua Blue shoes for ages but I’ve never had an ocassion to wear them until now. I thought that the aqua blue colour was a perfect complement to the black outfit and to give it that extra edge. Although they don’t look particularly high, the heel is 5 inches and if you aren’t used to walking on such height without a platform, be prepared for achey feet the day after. Aside from the heel height and achey feet the day after, I actually found them to be one of the more comfier pair of heels that I own. As the shoe is a cage around your feet with adjustable laces at the heel, they can be loosened or tightened as necessary and even when your feet swell with the heat, the body of the shoes doesn’t dig into any part of your foot. The faux suede material is really soft and cushions the foot, making them easy to walk, strut and dance around in.
With 15 different Designers at Debenhams, you won’t be short of any ideas for your next night out or event. Why not take a look at the Debenhams Christmas Occasionwear so you can be ready for Christmas and heading into the New Year.
*Contains PR Samples