It's nearly Christmas, oh my goodness I am so excited. Holidays, glitter, food, alcohol, and the festive party season. What's not exciting about all of that?
Since I was young I have loved wearing dresses and heels. Sometimes I would get dressed up just to stay in the house but I rarely get to dress up these days so, having a reason to get dressed up in pretty clothes and shoes and to then let my hair down excites me more than it really should. Like a lot more than it should but it's the season of prettiness and glitter and food, and family so I'm not all that worried.
Recently, I have been having a look online at clothes and shoes and trying to pick something to wear between now and New Year and it's been tough. Typically I struggle to find things to purchase as my size fluctuates between an eight and a twelve. Currently, I'm more of a 10-12 but at 5ft 1 with the shortest legs in the world finding something that fits my hips and my short legs isn't an easy feat.
Footwear tends to be easier purchase although I do have wide feet ''sometimes'' so knowing what is going to fit or what needs to be sized up also isn't easy because most stores don't offer half sizes or varying widths. I know this isn't something that only I fight with, ladies it's a real pain in our butts huh!
So what do you do? My resolve for tricky style choices is to start with the footwear. Spend a little bit more on the these if you have to because like my dad says 'you can't replace your feet but you can replace your clothes' He was such a wise man. After you have sorted out what you are wearing on your feet, work your way up. Good shoes can make the outfit and make you feel so confident. If you are too shy to wear pattern or colour in your outfit, why not do it via your footwear?
I really love a bit of colour in my footwear and I saw these beauties on the Simply Be website, you can check these out in their Partywear section and thought 'ah-ha' metallic silver, non-fussy and very sophisticated. These heels will go with everything! They will give me the height needed to lengthen my legs and make my chosen outfit flow.
I don't need to worry about the sizing because these come in various widths. This means I don't have to size up or down due to the width being too tight or narrow. The widths currently available in this style are an E up to EEE. Also, the ankle strap takes pressure of the ball of the foot and the simple design means these can be worn with trousers, skirts or dresses seamlessly.
If you are not a fan of metallic tones they also come in black. I personally love the silver metallic, though - maybe I was a magpie in a previous life, who knows. If you team these with a gorgeous festive glitter nail polish or vibrant glossy red you'll be ready to go.
At £25 why not steal both of the colours for any upcoming parties too? So what would I team these Sole Diva Platforms with? Here are a few of my favourite picks to inspire you guys...
One option was to team the heels with this AX Paris dress which looks like a gorgeous black v-neck top and feminine flouncy skirt. I adore this shape because it suits all body types. If you're curvy the floaty skirt will skim and accentuate. If you are straight up and down, team this with a skinny black belt to accentuate the a-line in the skirt and to give the impression of curves. Sizing also is from a 12 to a 32 so ladies, no need to worry about squeezing into a size that is too small. I've heard from others who have this exact dress that it's a comfortable but true to size dress.
I love that they have teamed the dress with tights and booties and it's certainly an option if you want to stay warm. However, teaming the dress with the heels and a simple silver toned accessory will really make this outfit stand out further. I would recommend the rectangle cubic zirconia and sterling silver bracelet due to that gorgeous teal tone which mirrors the colour in the skirt.
This dress is everything. I really love the colour, the fabric and the shape. This is by Simply Be and comes in sizes 12 to 26. I don't have much boobage, however, the wrap style of this dress ensures that my hips and bum will be streamlined rather than squished and my chest area is covered securely (I hate when tops and dresses gape due to my lack of boobs.
Unlike the image, I wouldn't team this gorgeous princess dress with those black shoes. They feel a bit too heavy for the delicate pink velvet material. Instead, the silver heels would be my option along with a simple earring like the silver droplets pictured.
This one is a little bit more extravagant looking I think compared to the other two. This is by Frock and Frill and is the Zeta Dress. It's great for any ladies that dislike showing their arms or want something more subdued and modest. Sizes for this are 10 to 26 and again this is another style that lends itself to most body shapes.
You can see they have the same shoes pictured but in the black colour. Again I really would team this with either colour. The black blends into the overall looks but the silver would really enable the beading and detailing to pop don't you think?
My favourite out of these three looks is by far the pink velvet dress by Simply Be. I seriously adore this and think it's the winning option for me personally. I know I will also get plenty of wear per cost throughout the festive season, into New Year and even into the first quarter of 2017. Oh my gosh, I can't believe how close it is to 2017 already!
Which of the three options would you have chosen and why?