I love it when well-known brands reach out to work with smaller bloggers,
particularly when they launch projects that celebrate style diversity.
On this occasion, I was approached by River Island , to be part of their “shape my style” campaigne,
in which bloggers with different styles, choose their favourite item
from the current dresses collection and style it to fit their individual look.
The current collection includes dresses for every occasion and to suit any body type, but one really stood out to me as a piece I could wear for many different occasions,
styled in different ways and would have longevity in my wardrobe.
I try to make each addition into my wardrobe considered and don’t tend to go for things that are “too” trend led, unless I consider them a staple.
The dress that I chose is this black long-sleeved midi dress with shirring and tie details to the neck, wrists and waist (also available in other colours!).
I have recently noticed I have a preference for midi dresses over shorter styles, I find them much more elegant and flattering.
The top half of the dress features a wrap stye front, with a tie closure that can be worn open or tied in a bow to show varying degrees of skin. Features like this make this dress extremely versatile, which is one of the things I really loved about it.
I like the floaty, feminine style of this dress but I wanted to add a bit of edge to my outfit so I paired it with some of my signature accessories with silver hardware and a harness bra with a choker detail.
I love the brightness the flashes of silver bring to this all black look.
The rouched waist makes this dress very flattering, but also forgiving and helps it remain comfortable, even after a long night of dinner and drinks.
The fabric feels good quality but is also easy to wash so it’s not a dress you would have to worry about on a day out with the family.
I wore this dress on quite a warm summer’s evening and it was the perfect weight
but it could definitely also be worn in colder months with tights and boots and a jacket.
I will definitely be featuring it on here again, styled up for winter.
We have been enjoying some gorgeous weather here in the UK this summer so I took the opportunity to shoot this look
at golden hour,in one of the sun kissed fields by the golf course. They are always filled with long grasses and wild flowers
at this time of year but look particularly impressive after two months of solid sun!
Dress: River Island
Photography by Richard Ayres