Earlier this week, I brought you the day wear from my WhatLauraLoves X Curvissa collection and today, it is the turn of the evening wear. Be it a special occasion, Christmas party or a night out with friends, I’ve got you covered for the festive season ahead and for many years to come. Plus I’ve got an AMAZING discount for all of your Black Friday shoppers!
Fancy 25% off? Well now that Black Friday has arrived, its time for you to grab an AMAZING bargain! Plus Size brand, Curvissa, have a whopping 25% OFF their whole site (excluding sale, electrical and bridal) and that includes my range, #WhatLauraLovesXCurvissa. If you download the Curvissa App and shop through it, you’ll get your 25% OFF plus FREE delivery too. It is this perfect time to purchase your Christmas party outfit and to really invest in your wardrobe for the season ahead, while saving money too.
When choosing the evening wear pieces for my range, it was really important to me to select styles that were high quality and timeless so that those wearing them could feel the best version of themselves in them for years to come. I really wanted to help to solve the questions that I am asked around body confidence and party wear so often on my Instagram LIVE videos.
Many women tell me that they’re stuck in a rut of wearing leggings but that they’d love to wear a dress and some women don’t think that they’ll ever get to the point of wearing a dress and instead want an alternative to leggings and a tunic. My advice is to set yourself small style goals and smash them, then use the great feeling you get from that success to power you through to the next one. Go from leggings to a tailored trouser or a cropped jegging like the SUPER stretchy ones from my range. I paired these with the gorgeous Floral Lace Tunic Top that you can see me wearing in this body confident Instagram post when I went out to celebrate the collection after The Curve Fashion Festival. Wear it with a bra underneath like I have or slip a cami underneath for a little extra coverage. Its a really beautiful top that I feel so glam in and I’m sure you will too. Pair it with the faux leather jacket and you’re ready to head out to party!
When it comes to dresses, start with a maxi like my Sequinned Maxi Dress in navy or pink and work your way up the hem lines; for a lot of people, going from leggings to a short dress might seem a little too ambitious but a maxi offers that full leg coverage and is so comfortable so they’re a great style to transition into from trousers, plus they look great with flat sandals too if you’d rather skip heels. The maxi is perfect for more formal occasions and great if you’re not confident in getting your legs out, yet, which is why I also chose shorter styles that look great with tights too. My favourite evening wear dress from the collection is one such garment; the Velvet Sheer Evening Dress that I’m wearing in this post.
A classic little black dress is always a worthwhile investment and the one from my collection is a timeless piece that’ll never go out of style. The shape suits everyone, it’s the perfect length regardless of how tall or short you are and the sumptuous velvet bodice is the perfect fabric detail for the festive season.
What I love the most about it though are the sheer mesh sleeves. I speak to so many women who are on their own journey to true body confidence and the arms are an area that women repeatedly tell me they feel as though they must cover yet they’re also the area that they’d love to feel free in getting out. I want to inspire other women to try on this dress and feel as comfortable and confident in it as I do. The mesh gives you that coverage without feeling and looking as though you’re covering up and that can be a great confidence booster within yourself and towards trying other new styles and outfits.
Pair it with pearl or sparkling crystal and diamanté jewellery and wear it with either heels or flatforms, or even ballet flats if you want some extra comfort underfoot so that you can dance the night away. This dress is perfect for making memories in at all of those festive special occasions, not just this year but for many years to come. It is such a gorgeous dress that I feel so beautiful in and I want other women to feel how special it is too.
For ultra special occasions, particularly a winter wedding, I’d suggest the Sequin Detail Evening Dress. This is the piece to wear if you want to sparkle this season as it really is a special dress with so much detail to it. I picked the navy for my line as I find that its a colour that suits so many people and is far softer against the skin than black, making it a lovely alternative. It is available in a powdery rose shade too which would be perfect for now but even more so for a special occasion come the springtime. These dresses pair well with natural tights or bare legged, as is my preference.
Offering a variety of different lengths was really important to me when choosing what to put into my collection as every woman has the right to feel as gorgeous and dressy in their evening wear as the next woman. Everyone has their preference on whether they like long or short dresses but the key thing with this collection is that customers would have plenty of choice, so there’s something you can feel confident in for every occasion and different colour-ways available too. I’ve included key pieces that can be paired with other items from the collection or styled with existing items in your wardrobe to create a multitude of different outfits and I want women to feel free and confident in their fashion choices to do this.
Not every dress has sleeves like the Velvet Sheer Evening Dress but dresses like the Asymmetric Hem Evening Dress pair beautifully with a shrug, shawl or bolero if you want a little extra coverage. The secret to feeling confident in your wardrobe this party season is to wear high quality clothes that are cut beautifully and suit you but ultimately, that you feel great in. If that means wearing a shawl for a little extra coverage then so be it but do me a favour ladies, dare yourself to take it off for ten minutes or so at a point through the night.
Start to build your confidence around showing your arms because come the summer when we hopefully have another heat wave like we did this year, you’ll thank yourself for it. Be grateful for your arms and thankful for everything that they enable your body to do. I promise you that there’s nothing wrong with them and the world isn’t going to end because you’ve got yours uncovered.
Whether you’re going for drinks with your colleagues after work or attending the Christmas party, catching up with friends over dinner or going to your mother-in-laws festive bash, its so important that you feel comfortable and confident in your outfit so that you can focus on enjoying your evening making memories. I’ve even got you covered for those daytime occasions that turn into nights or for the desk to drinks busy days with the Jewel Detail Knitted Dress. Wear it bare legged, with tights or leggings, pop it on with ankle boots, thigh highs, heels or flats, carry a sparkly clutch or a backpack, whatever, it works.
From the moment I saw this dress, I knew that it had to be a part of my collection. Be it for the day time or night, I’m all about adding a touch of sparkle to my outfits and the embellishment around the neckline on this beauty does it perfectly. Add some statement sparkly earrings and you’re good to go.
As promised, I’m going to give away a piece from the evening wear collection. I know, I know, its going to be hard to choose but take your pick, tell me what you love the most!
As part of my collaboration with Curvissa you have the opportunity to WIN a piece from the occasion wear collection! Simply comment on the competition instagram post or on this blog post, letting me know your favourite piece from the occasion range, and you could be in with the chance to win it! Entries must be made before midnight on the 30/12/2018 to be eligible for the prize draw. Sizes range from 18 – 32 and prizes will be subject to availability, see below for T&Cs.
FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS
1.No purchase necessary to enter the draw. 2. Entrants must be aged 18 or over and a UK resident. 3. The closing date for entries is 30/11/2018 4. The winner will be drawn at random from the entries received 5.The draw will take place on 01/12/2018 and the winner will be notified via social media as soon as possible after the Draw has taken place. 6. The prize is 1 piece from the WhatLauraLoves X Curvissa occasion range 7.The name/s and county/ies of the winner/s will be available by writing to: The Secretary, Prize Draw Department, 66-70 Vicar Ln, Bradford BD99 2XG, enclosing a S.A.E 8.We reserve the right to feature photographs, names and locations of the winners in future promotions. 9. The prize is non-transferable. 10. Those involved in the promotion and execution of the draw, employees of the company and their relatives are not eligible for entry. 11. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 12. Entry into the draw is deemed as acceptance of these rules. The promoter is Curvissa, 66-70 Vicar Ln, Bradford BD99 2XG.
I hope that you have the most epic festive season ladies. Make so many memories with your loved ones that you’ll be reminiscing about them for years to come. Tag me in any images of you wearing my collection on Instagram and I’ll be sure to repost them on my story!
Don’t forget you can get 25% OFF Curvissa for Black Friday and when that ends you can still get 10% OFF at Curvissa using my code PQ5P until 09/12/2018 but the codes cannot be used together. Full Ts & Cs on my discount code in this post.
What is your favourite piece from the evening wear collection? Let me know in the comments below and you could be in with a chance to WIN it!
*This post is part of my paid collaboration with Curvissa
**Image credit: Amy Rebair