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Self Portrait Lace Dress

Now that Holiday season is upon us, with back-to-back parties and seasonal events in full swing, we thought we would show you how to embrace the showstopping lace dress at affordable price points. With brands such as Self-Portrait, Alexis and For Love and Lemons, you can get that couture-inspired look for a great price, allowing you to experiment more with daring finishes and cuts. Wear a lace dress for a black-tie event, a gallery opening, a fashion event or simply New Year’s eve.

We picked out this  Arabella Midi Self Portrait lace dress for its nude underlay and plunging neckline that offsets a more demure skirt. We also found that it suits our slightly fuller child-bearing figure. Having experimented with several Self Portrait lace dress styles and made a few mistakes along the way, we thought that we would share with you a few tips to avoid disappointment or online buyer regret:

  • Sizes tend to be cut quite small, therefore if you are usually a UK size 10, you would need to expect to size up to 12, especially for non-stretchy and slightly heavier fabrics
  • The mini dresses tend to be cut quite short for the normal woman above 165cm, and some of the linings can also be even shorter, leaving your derriere unknowingly exposed with sheer styles
  • Straight-cut dresses with sheer patchworks could look all wrong as the knees could peek through the wrong panels, this is for example the case with the Scallop high neck dress. A leggy girl could probably carry this style better off.
  • Please check our notes in the boutique list we have put together simply by hovering over each item.

We felt that the best way to style this ankle grazing length was with a strappy pair of nude heels by Aquazzura to avoid thickening the ankles. We added some cutting-edge accessories in rose gold that don’t overpower the silhouette and the intricate lace: for example a statement ring and cuff in black stones and rose gold by House of Harlow, add a boho touch to an otherwise demure look. We are also loving ear cuffs that sit low on the earlobe, these ones are at an amazing price by Sam Edelman and the long chain necklace in rose gold and small glass crystals is by Alexis Bittar.

Dare to embrace the new nano cross body bag for evenings instead, we wore a vintage Henri Bendel leopard print micro-bag, but the new items out there are simply exquisite: try the studded Chloe Drew Nano bag that just came out for the festive season.

Special thanks to the Hamptons Cafe on Dubai Jumeirah Beach Road for lending us a piece of the Hamptons and for their hospitality. Don’t forget to order their quinoa and Tuna salad and to schedule plenty of coffee dates with friends: espressos and lattes come with the mandatory macaroon!

Photography by Christina Leth www.christinaleth.com @christina.leth on Instagram

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