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Boy has it been a little while since I uploaded a fashion styling post! My most recent one was a collaboration with Boohoo at Christmas which was a really fun one to shoot. If I’m honest, I’ve been waiting to have my hair done to shoot any more proper fashion content as I detested it. Which is exactly why I’m so excited to be uploading todays post as my hair has FINALLY been sorted!
I’ll be styling an embellished dress or two from Angeleye today. One of my new years resolutions was to bring back more of my alternative flair into my online presence as I feel like I always pick my more ‘normal’ outfits to shoot in, which I will be trying not to do anymore. I want to show a more authentic me in the fashion I showcase! I’ll be showing how I’d style these embellished dresses in my own funky and alternative way, enjoy!
I have honestly been looking for a dress like this for AGES. I keep seeing similar ones pop up on my Instagram feed but by the time I try and buy them, they’re never in stock. I am such a huge fan of sheer material, I have quite a few sheer t-shirts that I love tucking into funky jeans. I’m also a massive fan of embroidery, too so both of these dresses are a dream for me!
I think pairing this dress with tights might be blocking a bit too much black together (I can’t believe I actually just said ‘too much black’) so I went for bare legs. The boots are one of my all time favourite pairs and they’re from UNIF. Chunky boots are my absolute favourite thing to wear, the first reason being because I’m pretty damn short and the second because they’re cute as hell. If you’re not a heels kind of person, you can never go wrong with a classic pair of black boots, whether you opt for chunky or not.
As for jewellery, I decided to go all out with some alternative pieces as I felt like the outfit needed some accessories. The heart choker is from eBay and the small blue heart crystal necklace is from Crystals (you may have noticed I never take this one off, it’s from Jake). The earrings are black crosses with purple roses on from Lovisa. I also have them in gold and black too which are super cute! The bracelet is from Thomas Sabo with 2 skull beads, a snake bead, a rose bead and a cluster of skulls bead. They’ve recently released some new skull beads including one called ’skull queen’ which I NEED. My rings are all either gifts from family/friends or bought in little witchy/boutique shops dotted around so I can’t really help with where they’re from, sorry! Although if you need any recommendations for gothic places to shop, hit me up as I have a lot of great recommendations.
As for makeup, I wanted to go with a gothic princess vibe so I went for a subtle bronze eye look and a dark purple lipstick.
To start with, I just want to say the online photos of this dress do not do it justice at all. If I’m being honest, it looks a bit thin and fragile but when it arrived I was gobsmacked. The material is thick and sturdy, the colours are vibrant and the embroidery is so, so beautiful.
I was nervous about pairing this with fishnets as there is already SO much going on with the dress but I think they go together quite well. I think it’d go lovely with black tights or bare legs, too. As red is quite a vibrant colour in the flowers on the dress, I thought it’d be suitable to pair it with my burgundy double soled Dr Martens to give it that extra edge.
As the outfit as a whole is already quite eye-catching, I found most jewellery just didn’t sit too well as it clashed in a bad way. I ended up going with some red tortoise shell styled hoops that I grabbed in Primark for £1. They looked perfect with the outfit and added even more colour and flair to it along with the red lip!
As this is more of an embellished dress for occasions but too beautiful to not wear a lot, I also thought of a way I’d style it as more of an every day look. The red jumper is from New Look and I simply tied it in a knot at the waist so the bottom half of the dress looks like a skirt and swapped my red lip for a nude. This is definitely something I’d wear on a normal day if I wanted to feel pretty and colourful! Have a browse of their embellished dresses online here.
How do you think you would style an embellished dress?