Trendwatch: claret dresses and box bags

What to wear for amdram’s annual dinner dance… Well, this season eveningwear is all about jewel colours, and claret-coloured dresses are a stand-out for me. I was lucky enough to find this one in the sale on ASOS, and thought it was perfect for the transition from summer to autumn. It is cute, short, a little bit quirky thanks to its different layers and silky pleated fabric, but also simple and easy to accessorize.

ASOS tiered pleat dress, £23 in sale.

Another eveningwear trend for AW11 is the tiny box clutch, and I accessorized my claret dress with a box bag I have in my collection from Wilbur and Gussie. This is a very cute brand specialising in lovely evening bags with luxurious fabrics and jewelled clasps. I have my eye on a few of their signature “Charlie” bags, and am also loving the new “Rocco” bag for Autumn. They are not cheap, but are a nice investment for your collection. My Wilbur and Gussie clutch is tiny and impractical (not much bigger than a glasses case!!), but it is gorgeous and on-trend for the season.

Charlie bag

Rocco bag

My outfit was completed with black peeptoes and silver sparkly jewellery. Great success!

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