It’ll All Be All White

There’s probably one obsession I shouldn’t indulge in, and that’s my current penchant for white & cream dresses.  You see, I’m not the most careful person when out and about, and inevitably end up spilling something on me.  However, this hasn’t deterred me from buying one (or maybe more!) white dresses this season.  Just like the LBD, the little white dress (LWD) is one of the most versatile pieces a girl can have in her wardrobe – especially her summer one.  I’d suggest investing in a classic style that will see you through a few seasons, especially if you splurge on it.  Or maybe consider buying one which can be dressed up or down and that you can accessorise in different ways.  Below are just a few of my favourites around at the moment.

60s Sparkly Dress

Mini shift sequin & lace dress, £65 from ASOS

Feminine one

Lemine dress, £189 from Reiss

Tennis inspired one

Mango halterneck dress, £39.99 from John Lewis

Crochet One

In Bloom Crochet dress, £150 fom French Connection

The Classy One

Tempest Amber midi dress with gathered waist and embellishment, £135 from Designer Desirables

 

The Summery One

Oasis Grecian pleat midi dress, £100 from ASOS

The Boho One

 

Lace swing dress, £32 from ASOS

The lunch with the girls one

 

Layercake cutwork dress, £60 from Warehouse

The Illusion One

 

Lace overlay pencil dress, £65 from Warehouse

The Floral One

 

Ted Baker floral embellished dress, £149 from Selfridges

The girly one

 

Lydia Bright Blake dress, £75 from Bella Sorella

Domestic Princess tips

  1. Never eat spaghetti bolognaise when wearing a white dress, and if you do, don a bib!
  2. Only drink clear drinks when out in a white dress and avoid those drinking red wine or diet coke like the plague!
  3. Invest in a whitening agent and stain remover for your laundry cupboard.

Which one(s!) do you think I’ve bought/have in my basket?  And are there any there that take your fancy?

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Ski wear for Men & Children

Back in October I shared with you some lovely ski wear options for Ladies and promised to come back with some options for men and children.  The same tips on picking ski wear for ladies applies to the gents and little ones too.  I ended up going for a Killy jacket, Schoffel pants and mittens instead of gloves.  I had always steered away from mittens, as it’s a bit harder to get things in and out of pockets etc. etc.  However, when I was buying my jacket and pants, the wonderful sales guy at Snow & Rock in Harrods said he would take a pair of mittens over gloves any day, as they help to keep the hands a lot warmer.  Knowing my feet were going to be super toasty in my heated boots, I took the sales assistant’s advice and opted for mittens, and boy am I glad I did.  With temperatures of -22C, my hands stayed warm on every outing on the slopes.  But enough of my chat, here’s my chosen outfits.

Children's ski wear

  1. Tresspass Blaine ski jacket, £54.99 from Little Skiers
  2. Tresspass Marvelous ski pants, £32.99 from Little Skiers
  3. Matteo all-in one snowsuit, £39.99 from Mountain Warehouse
  4. Trespass Candy Pop ski package, £60 from Ski Trek
  5. Didriksons all-in one snowsuit, £80  from Simply Piste

 

Ski Wear for Men

  1. Spyder Bromont jacket, £675 from Snow & Rock
  2. Arc’teryx Beta AR pants, £270 from Snow & Rock
  3. Helly Hansen Viper jacket, £154 from Helly Hansen
  4. Helly Hansen Trans ski pants, £110 from Helly Hansen
  5. Tresspass Igloo jacket, £69.99 from Ski Wear 2Go
  6. Dive2B ski pants, £38.99 from Ski Wear 2Go

Have any of you been skiing yet this season?  I’d love to hear where you’ve been or where you’re going.

 

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Partywear for Men 2012

Wednesday was all about the ladies, so today I’m turning my attention to the men to help them look sartorially sharp over the festive season!  Below are a few outfit ideas that would look great at a black-tie party, the bar, Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve.

Sophisticated Yet Casual

Slanted pocket trousers, £125 from Nigel Hall

Pinpoint midnight blue shirt, £95 from Nigel Hall

Grey v-neck jumper, £100 from John Lewis 

James Bond

Tuxedo, £90 from ASOS

Smooth, Suave & Sophisticated

Whistler suit jacket, £200 from French Connection

Whistler trousers, £95 from French Connection 

Whistler waistcoat, £70 from French Connection

White poplin stretch shirt, £48 from French Connection

Office to Bar

Blue slim trousers, £40 from River Island 

Red stripe contrasting collar shirt, £30 from River Island 

All year round copy

Black cardigan, £24 from Topman

Two-tone shirt, £29.99 from Zara

Indigo vintage jeans, £36 from Topman

Grey tie, £19.99 from Zara

Ladies Man

Velvet blazer, £69.99 from Zara

Belted trousers, £39.99 from Zara

T-shirt, £9.99 from Zara

There’ll be more festive fun tomorrow with a BUMPER food post!

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Let’s get this party started!

Hello lovely readers!

I’m back after my latest mini break, albeit a bit later than I’d hoped, owing to some technical difficulties (ggggrrr) and Bangalore Belly (double ggggrrrrr).  Anyway, as promised I am back with all things Christmassy and kicking of the festive posts with a fashion one.

The party season’s nearly upon us and that means an outfit (or two)!  Whether you go all out sparkly, or fancy something a little more tame that you can wear at other times during the year, my ten outfit picks are sure to help you find something that will fit the bill perfectly!

Tomorrow is all about helping the men find their ideal outfit.

Black lace bandage dress, £45 from Oasis

Stella cream trousers, £110 from French Connection

Beaded collar blouse, £125 from Karen Millen

Red pleated dress with jewelled collar, £69.99 from Zara

Michael by Michael Kors silver sparkly dress, £215 from Net-a-Porter 

Milo wrap shirt body, £125 from Reiss

Lyon black tuxedo trousers, £120 from Reiss

Mesh swing dress, £45 from ASOS

Gold sequin dress, £59.99 from Mango

Black playsuit, £119 from Ted Baker 

Flower print dress, £299 from Hobbs

 

Bastyan Claude cigarette trousers, £150 from John Lewis

Silk pintuck blouse, £79 from John Lewis 

I’m thinking my credit card is going to be taking a bit of bashing tomorrow!  Did you see anything that took your fancy?  Have you got your eye on a new party frock?

It’s good to be back!

With much love

The Domestic Princess

xoxo

Let it snow: dressing for the slopes

In just 9 short weeks, I will be swishing (elegantly?!) down the slopes of Park City, Utah.  The last time I donned a ski jacket and salopettes was February 2006, when we went to Chamonix.  Back then I was quite much heavier than I am now, so I’m guessing that my old ski jackets and salopettes won’t actually fit me any more.  In light of this, I’ve been having a look around for some new gear and thought I’d share some of the items that have grabbed my attention!  I also came across some good options for men and children, so will share those with you shortly.

  1. Arc’teryx Women’s Beta FL GTX Active Jacket, £349.99 from Ellis Brigham
  2. Spyder Women’s Winner Tailored Fit Pant, £220 from Snow & Rock
  3. Kjus Women’s Ray Jacket, £560 from Snow & Rock
  4. Kjus Women’s Formula Pants, £370 from Snow & Rock
  5. Columbia Women’s Lay D Down Ski Jacket, £142.50 from Ski & Trek
  6. Trespass Women’s Meredith Ski Pants, £74.95 from Ski & Trek

Domestic Princess tips

  1. Decide which type of jacket you want: insulated or shell.  There’s no right answer – it all depends upon your body’s temperature regulation.  If you get hot quickly, go for a shell and if you’re the type that feels the cold more, then an insulated jacket will be more suitable for you.
  2. Insulated jackets are typically measured in grams.  The greater the weight in grams, the toastier the jacket will be.  A jacket with down filling will probably have around an 800g weighting.  If you feel the cold, opt for the highest gram weighting jacket you can find.
  3. Shell jackets offer protection from the wind and are normally waterproof.  However, they don’t provide any built-in insulation.  The Domestic Prince chooses to ski in one of these sometimes, normally if he’s taken a ski trip later in the season.  He’s a naturally warm blooded person who doesn’t need to be bundled up as much as me!
  4. If you don’t want to be soaked through to the skin, then you’ll want to look at the waterproof rating of the jacket you’re considering purchasing.  Waterproof ratings are measured in millimetres – the higher the number, the more waterproof the jacket will be.
  5. Another thing to consider when purchasing your jacket is the breathability rating.  The breathability rating measures how effective the jacket is at letting moisture from the inside, out.  The higher the number, the more moisture is allowed to escape, thus more breathable.
  6. Look for fully taped seams, as this will mean the jacket and pants are more waterproof. However, these will be more expensive than critically taped items.
  7. Always try ski jackets on over the type of layers you will be wearing on the slopes.

 

I am sooooo excited about hitting the slopes again!!  Can you guess which jacket and pants I’ll be going for?

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

 

Here Comes The Rain Again: Trench Coats For Men

One of my first posts on The Domestic Princess was my selection of trench coats for women, and I promised to come back with my edit for men, so here it is!  As I said in my post for the ladies, a trench coat should be a staple in everybody’s wardrobe, as it never goes out of fashion – the trench coat has pretty much remained unchanged for over 100 years.  I still firmly believe that a trench is an investment.  Oh, and if you’re wondering….I’m still lusting after a Burberry one, but am unlikely to be the proud owner of this little gem whilst I’m residing so close to the equator!

  1. Mid-length cotton trench coat, £595 from Burberry (also available in black and taupe)
  2. Long cotton gabardine trench cost, £1,095 from Burberry (also available in black and honey)
  3. Double-breasted trench coat, £79.99 from Zara (also available in brown)
  4. Full length trench coat, £75 from Topman
  5. Wedgewood trench, $213*/£175 from J Crew 
  6. Cotton trench, £119.99 from Mango (also available in black)

*The J Crew US site has free shipping and 25% off for orders over $150.  Enter code STYLE25 at checkout.

Domestic Princess tips

  1. Buy the best you can afford.  I know people who’ve had their Burberry trenches for over 10 years.  Think of it as an investment.
  2. Decide on the length you’re after.  The length you opt for will depend very much on your stature.  If you’re on the smaller side, a longer trench will just drown you, and likewise for taller men, a short trench will just emphasise your height.
  3. Your trench should be big enough to give you enough room to wear it over a suit or thick sweater.  Opt for a generous fit.  You should be able to button it up comfortably, without looking like you’ve been crow-barred into it.
  4. The sleeves should be around 2 to 4 inches longer than the sleeves on your suit jacket.

So lovely readers, have you invested in a trench?

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

 

AW12/13: Peplum

I know it’s still August, but the stores are awash with the new season’s fashion.  One of the biggest trends of Spring/Summer 12 was the peplum, which is set to continue for Autumn/Winter 12/13.  So, what is “peplum”?

It’s a design that originated in ancient Greece, which means tunic.  Today’s interpretation of it, is a short flared, gathered or pleated fabric, which is attached to the waist of garments to create a frill.

A peplum adds a certain ladylike flair to your outfit.  It slims your waistline and accentuates your womanly curves.  What’s not to love about that?

Here are a few of my favourites at the moment.

  1. Peplum skirt, £30 from Oasis
  2. Lace peplum top, £35 from Warehouse
  3. Melanie textured peplum jumper, £95 from Reiss
  4. Peplum jacket, £70 from ASOS
  5. Alice & Olivia Victoria peplum dress, £215 from Net-A-Porter & $264 from Saks
  6. Sleeveless peplum top, £18 from Topshop

Domestic Princess tips:

  1. The best tip I can give you about purchasing a peplum garment is:  if it is super frilly, like the bed valances from the 80s, give it a miss.  What you’re looking for is something structured.
  2. When choosing your peplum, keep in mind this: fitted or flared styles.  To show off an hourglass figure, choose a fitted peplum.  If on the other hand you’re looking to add curves to your frame, opt for a flared one.
  3. If choosing a peplum skirt, the most flattering length is for the skirt to finish at, or just below your knee.
  4. A peplum jacket will look great with a pair of skinny jeans.

 Have you embraced this trend yet?  If not, will you?  I’ve got my eye on the lace peplum from Warehouse…..

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Dress to the Max(i)!

Maxi dresses have been around for quite a few seasons, and from looking around this year, that’s not about to change any time soon.  Maxi dresses can be worn for pretty much any occasion:  to the beach, lunching and shopping with friends, a glamorous evening do, or to a wedding – it’s just a case of choosing the style that best flatters your shape (just like in the bikini post).  The other important thing to consider when choosing a maxi, is making sure the length is absolutely right for your height:  too long and you’ll look swamped and too short will make you look as if you’ve bought the wrong length dress!  If it’s good enough for the SATC ladies, then I think it’s good enough for us!  The good news is that women of all shapes and sizes can look good in a maxi!

Image credit Sexandthecity.com

So here’s my edit of some of the loveliest maxi dresses around at the moment.

  1. ALICE by Temperley Yasmine laced maxi dress, £395 from Net-A-Porter
  2. Cool Change St Tropez bandeau dress, £195 from Harvey Nichols (also available in navy)
  3. Seafolly coral gladiator maxi, £82.50 from my-wardobe.com
  4. Jaro maxi dress, £70 from ASOS
  5. Pink dip-dyed bandeau maxi, £14.99 from H&M (also available in black & leopard print)
  6. ALICE by Temperley Marala maxi, £395 from Net-A-Porter (also available in white)
  7. London Rock stripe maxi, £175 from French Connection 
  1. Striped maxi, £59.99 from Mango
  2. Ditsy Leaf maxi dress, £62 from French Connection (also available in red)
  3. Mango patterned maxi dress, £39.99 from ASOS
  4. Celetste maxi dress, £75 from Banana Republic
  5. Leopard print dress, £124.99 from Mango
  6. Oasis butterfly print dress, £55 from ASOS
  7. Derhy Persienne maxi, £150 from John Lewis
  1. Amanda Wakely draped belted jersey maxi, £560 from Net-A-Porter (also available in taupe)
  2. Mint velvet sequin maxi dress, £59 from John Lewis (also available in mink)
  3. Aqua kimono maxi dress, £150 from ASOS
  4. Spell On You maxi dress, £150 from French Connection
  5. V-neck maxi, £89.99 from Mango
  6. Ghost Novella cowl back dress, £195 from John Lewis
  7. Coast Lori maxi dress, £195 from ASOS
 
  1. Derhy Ablya maxi, £99 from John Lewis
  2. Oasis necklace maxi, £55 from ASOS
  3. Gerard Darel Angelina maxi, £225 from John Lewis
  4. Pink cotton maxi, £29.50 from Marks and Spencer (also available in white)
  5. Geri green maxi dress, £45 from Next
  6. Blue jersey dress, £199.9 from H&M 
  7. Oasis pleated button maxi dress, £75 from ASOS

Domestic Princess Tips:

  1. Don’t buy a dress that pinches or is tight; buy the next size up, which will be far more flattering and get it tailored if necessary.
  2. Wear with a pair of flat sandals, or a pair of wedges during the day and something sparkly and more dainty in the evening.  Anything else will make you look frumpy.
  3. If the dress has too much volume and is making you look bigger than you actually are, add a belt to cinch you in at the waist.
  4. Closed toe shoes and boots are an absolutely no no with a maxi.
  5. A v-neck will create an elongated look, making you look a little bit taller (larger busted women should always opt for a v-neckline, regardless of the item of clothing).
  6. Larger women should avoid strapless maxis and opt for ones with straps that can accommodate a bra, and also choose larger prints.
  7. If you’re on the short side, opt for maxis in dark colours, as these will make you look taller, or choose one with a small print.
  8. A plain maxi can be dressed-up or down.
  9. If you’re purchasing your first maxi dress this year, I’d suggest going for a plain colour.
  10. Apple shaped ladies will look great in empire line maxis.

Have you spotted any favourites here?  Do you love maxi dresses?  Will you be wearing one this summer?

With much love

The Domestic Princes

xoxo

 

Drip Drip Drop Little April Showers

Hello!  And welcome to Wednesday’s post.

With the weather in the UK this week truly embracing the “April Showers”, I thought today’s post would be very apt!  And if I wasn’t sweltering in 97F heat in India, I would absolutely be hot-footing it to the mecca that is Harrods and quite frankly my spiritual home, to pick-up either of these Burberry trenches (1 & 2 below), which I have been lusting after for many years.

My desire for a Burberry trench has been building for sometime.  Such a classic item is a wardrobe staple and will never go out of fashion, so I don’t really have a problem splurging on it.  In fact, I think I can go as far as saying it’s an investment!

I know not everybody shares this view, so I’ve had a wander around the virtual shops to find some other cheaper, but no less stylish alternatives.

  1. Burberry London short camel garbadine trench coat, £750 from Net-a-Porter
  2. Burberry London short black cotton double-breasted trench coat, £750 from Net-a-Porter
  3. Jigsaw khaki trench coat, £185 from John Lewis
  4. Hobbs Corrine trench coat, £149 from Hobbs
  5. Aigle double-breasted navy trench coat, £210 from John Lewis (also available in stone)
  6. Phase Eight Madison ecru cape trench coat, £60 down from £120 from Phase Eight
  7. NW3 by Hobbs Wentworth ink trench coat, £189 from Hobbs
  8. Mango short double breasted stone trench coat, £49.99 from Mango (also available in navy and red)
Domestic Princess tips for buying a new  coat:
  1. Always buy the best coat you can afford.  You won’t regret it.  Sometimes buying cheaply is a false economy.  I’ve had many a cheap coat fall apart on me!
  2. Forget trends and what is currently the coat of the moment and go for what suits you.
  3. Buy a generous fit.  Remember, you might be wearing this in the depths of winter, so you want to make sure it’ll fit nicely over your many layers.
  4. A lighter weight  coat will show up any lumps and bumps, so keep this in mind when choosing.

So, what do you think?  Is a designer coat worth splurging on?  Or do you prefer to buy from the high street?  Do any of the ones above take your fancy?  And which item of clothing do you think is worth splurging on, if any?

With much love

The Domestic Princess

xoxo

PS look out for the men’s edit of trench coats coming soon!


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