Last night, I went to the GLAMOUR Women of the Year awards. I know, I am a jammy so-and-so, but I was working, okay? It’s my JOB. It was a pret-ty fabulous night. (Victoria Beckham was there with Brooklyn as her ‘date’ (how sweet is that?) – it pretty much sets the standard.) Anyway, I am not here to talk about the night (head to glamour.com for all the gossip) but dressing for such events.
1. Forget wearing a dress.
One of the girls on the features team, Gemma, wore a green and white striped jumpsuit from Whistles – and looked incredible (she also avoided black, the de facto option for most GLAMOUR staff). Okay, so she’s model-tall and whippet-thin, but it’s super easy to wear. Then Rachida Dati turned up in an Erdem printed jacket and trousers combo. And Juno Temple wore a playsuit. And VB arrived looking super-sleek in a Maison Martin Margiela jumpsuit.
Whistles and J.Crew are my go-to shop for prints.
2. Forget wearing black.
And go for a really bright pop of colour. (I give you Jessie J and Samantha Barks in cobalt blue and hot pink, respectively. Or Louise Redknapp in bright red or Fearne Cotton in super-bright blue). One of the girls in the office wore this dress from Cos, which is ultra-flattering and easy peasy to wear.
3. Add bling
Think big, bold and fake. (Although real would be nice if anyone’s offering). I wore a giant necklace from TopShop (with, ahem, a simple black dress). Dawn O’Porter’s whole dress was decorated with bling. Naomi Campbell practically wore armour, such was the effect of her Alexander McQueen dress.4. But if in doubt….forget forgetting black.
A LOT of girls were wearing black last night. Because it works. The fashion team wore to (nearly) a woman. The interest came from the shapes of their dresses. Try Maje and Sandro – the French really know how to do black dresses. Any of these from Sandro would Work A Treat.