maxi dresses – twelve dresses of Christmas

It’s never too early to start thinking about your Christmas party dress. Sequin dresses, little black dresses, floating maxi gowns, ballgowns, lace prom dresses – they’re all already on the racks, just waiting to be snapped up for the biggest party night of your year.

So, in the next few weeks, we’ll share the Twelve Dresses of Christmas. We’ve had Little Black Dresses and Sequin Dresses – this week it’s Maxi Dresses

Maxi Dresses were at their peak in the late 1960s/early 1970s – if you went to an evening event, everyone was there, dressed like Margot Leadbetter from The Good Life (Google her!). If you want authentic maxi dresses, visit the vintage shops, which are usually full of them.

But the high street is full of maxi dresses for the party season – sequinned, lace, slinky, voluminous, all colours and shapes. Just be careful with maxi dresses – if you’re short, wear them just a bit above the ankle so they don’t swamp you. And if you are on the larger side, don’t wear too much volume, it will only serve to make your silhouette even bigger.

Nude colours are a gorgeous festive alternative – for a special ball or party, go the full hog in a sparkly, sequinned, or statement dress.

MAXi dresses nudel-r: sparkly sequinned dress, £200, Debut @ Debenhams, bow detail dress, £180, Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, nude beaded sequinned detail dress, £200, Debut @ Debenhams.

Make you LBD a LONG black dress, with the pick of the black maxi dresses to choose from. It’s safe, perhaps, but elegant, sexy, classy. Black is a great colour – you are free to accessorize as much or as little as you like.

Maxi dresses blackl-r: mesh back detail dress, £34.99, H&M, lace three-quarter sleeve maxi, £39.99, New Look, shimmer shower maxi dress, £295, French Connection

Reds are festive, pinks are hot, and a bit of leather or cut-out detail brings your maxi bang up to date.

maxi dresses red pinkl-r: red satin maxi, £14.99, H&M, pink and leather-look cut-out detail dress, £27.99, New Look, red sequin one-shoulder dress, £85, Diamond by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams

Choose something different, like blue or purple for an alternative festive maxi dress. Gorgeous regal purple looks great with embellishments, and blue is sure to stand out in a crowd.

maxi dresses blue purplel-r: One-shoulder embellished purple maxi, £39.99, New Look, blue halter-neck maxi, £85, French Connection, purple embellished maxi, £36, BHS

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reductions

TV Style Icons – from Carrie Bradshaw to Margot in The Good Life

Where do you take your fashion inspiration from? Your friends, magazines, blogs, movie stars, and most probably television. Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw character in Sex and the City has inspired millions of fashionistas all over the world, but she certainly wasn’t the first TV style icon.

This week saw the death of actor Richard Briers, most well-known for his role in the BBC 1970s sitcom, The Good Life, as Tom Good.  (If you haven’t seen it, get over to YouTube now!). But perhaps the classic sitcom is most memorable to some for the outlandish dress sense, and amazing outfits of central character, Margot Leadbetter, played by Penelope Keith.

The wardrobe team had 1970s middle-class suburban housewife and busybody down to perfection with Margot, with her floating maxi dresses and kaftans, bold colours and prints, hats, turbans and statement pieces of jewellery. Her style epitomises an era, and it’s constantly copied and referenced today.

Photo: BBC

Photo: BBC

So, how do you get a bit of the Margot look? Easy – think long dresses, loose fits, wacky accessories, bold prints and mix up your colours, fabrics and textures. If it’s going to get you noticed, Margot would have worn it!

Team patterned 1970s style A-line skirts with colour block tops in different fabrics, and big chunky nude platform shoes.

Margot-Style-1Clockwise, from top left: Red Herring patterned A-line skirt, £30, Debenhams, Turquoise and white fringe textured top, £29.99, H&M, Blue print maxi dress, £45, Dorothy Perkins, from February 25th, Nude chunky platform sandals, £27.99, New Look

For evening, try floaty jumpsuits, and glittery sandals. Margot loved hats, like this classic 1970s style floppy straw hat, and a feather bow-tie is  perfect quirky finish to any outfit! And think Margot, think kaftans!

Margot-Style-2Clockwise, from top left: Spider floral print jumpsuit, £60, TopShop, Floppy straw hat, £22, TopShop, Glitter platforms, £60, Schuh, Multi-stripe kaftan, £75, Wallis, Feather bow tie, £10, TopShop, Coral floaty draped skirt, £12.99, H&M.

Be inspired by Margot’s bold wardrobe choices and embrace colour and pattern from head to toe – try one of H&M’s colourful print trousers suits, like this grey patterned one – jacket £29.99, trousers, £24.99

Margot-print-suit

*Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reductions