If you've tried all the strapless, strappy, or cleavage-baring dresses going and you're yearning for something new, a backless style offers a whole different approach to sexy for party season. The big reveal when you turn around gives these dresses appeal at all angles, and the newer crop of cutout and tie back dresses mean even those with larger busts can get the look (whilst still being able to wear a bra). From slinky designer slip dresses to retro-inspired jacquard styles, we've picked some of the best backless styles for your next big night out.
Over-the-knee or thigh-high boots have come a long way since Pretty Woman. They're now a style staple in Winter, but knowing how to choose the perfect pair — and how to wear them for both day and night — can be tricky. Take your cue from celebrity boot fans like Kim Kardashian, Rachel Zoe, and Jenna Dewan, who team then with skinny jeans, thick tights, and longer hemlines that skim the top of the boots, so the look is less peekaboo and more covered up. The good news is that every taste is catered for this season with with no shortage of flat leather styles, soft slouchy suedes, sexy stiletto heels, and comfy wedges at all price points. Take a look at our favourites by clicking through now.
Jennifer Garner and Reese Witherspoon made a hard case for subtle texture at the 23rd annual Beat the Odds Awards last night. Both in knee-length cocktail dresses and black heels, Jennifer imbued her look with print thanks to a white lace bodice, while Reese's Michael Kors number revealed its cobalt and black print under the lights of the photographers' flashes. Whose take on print and texture did you think was stronger?
Who said December has to be all about gifts? When you're spending all that time finding the perfect presents for your loved ones, there's nothing wrong with treating yourself, too. From party dresses to Winter warmers, my December fashion must haves will keep you looking fabulously festive all month long!
Attendees of last night's Cosmopolitan Ultimate Woman of the Year Awards gave us a lesson in how to work the pink carpet, showcasing a huge range of looks that varied from glamorous gowns to quirky shorts suits. Nicola Roberts showed off a new polished, grown-up look, while Fearne Cotton stuck to her favourite vintage-inspired evening look in a delicate lace dress. Nicole Scherzinger was as sexy as ever in a black ensemble, while Ellie Goulding opted for monochrome. Click through to see all the stylish attendees.
Pack away your emerald accessories, ladies. That jewel tone is so 2013. The It colour for 2014? According to the hue professionals over at Pantone, it's a lovely shade of purple known as Radiant Orchid.
But if your wardrobe isn't filled with lilacs and lavenders, fear not. Pantone also just released its official Fashion Colour Report for Spring 2014, complete with Dazzling Blues and Celosia Oranges. And if you're still unsure how to factor, say, a coral called Cayenne into your next outfit, New York's best designers have offered up sketches, their inspirations, and — not to complicate things — their own signature colour.
The Duchess of Cambridge always looks fabulous, but when she hit the London red carpet for a royal film premiere last night, she was at her most glamorous.
Looking more Hollywood than Buckingham, Kate wowed in a slim Roland Mouret gown. While the dress on its own was stunning, it is, most notably, the same dress we saw Kate wearing in London last year. Rather than silver sandals, she paired it this time with sleek black stilettos. Of course, much like her last public appearance, the most noteworthy accessory had plenty of sparkle — she is a royal, after all! Read on to see the dress's details and to look back at its first appearance!
Another day at the Marrakech Film Festival, another Dior look by attendee Marion Cotillard. But while her past looks have been polished couture cocktail dresses and spotted silk gowns, her most recent look is decidedly more relaxed . . . and decidedly, well, more. This striped Dior Haute Couture ensemble is composed of two dresses layered on top of each other — but do you think that the look succeeds in creating a polished yet casual red carpet outfit for Marion? Or are the stripes too much? You decide, right here.
Are you planning your festive party look already? Flapper dresses offer the ultimate in timeless, vintage-inspired glamour, and the drop-waist, slouchy silhouette works for a huge variety of body shapes and is the perfect antithesis to all the body-con and skater shapes currently filling the rails. To help you find the perfect flapper dress for your next evening out, we've picked loads of our favourites from the UK high street and beyond, offering up a huge variety of styles, shapes, and colours to suit a wide range of budgets. Whether you go for a flirty red fringed number or a full-on gilded gown, we've got the flapper frock for you. Now you just need to find time to practice your Charleston.
One look at their busy schedules, and you'll see that the style set (and their wardrobes) can definitely multitask! To ensure they're jetting from the office to dinners and parties in the most fabulous of fashion, tastemakers like Rebecca Minkoff, Rachel Zoe, and Rachel Roy have a few easy tricks up their sleeves (and we're not just talking about a change of shoes!). Find out how to make your look work for you around the clock . . . all season long.