I am well into the swing of holiday parties right now. In fact, both my head and my liver are protesting mightily now. It appears that I’m not so great at following my own advice on surviving the party season. Thankfully, I have a few days off in Devon to recuperate with a book and lots of tea.
The highlight of the party season, so far, has been my work’s black tie event. As with most work parties, it was a peculiar night – boogie-ing on down with someone that you normally butt heads with, making a complete tit out of yourself in the Photo Booth (see the pictures at the end of the post for examples of this), and losing your poker face when office politics gets bought up after your second (ahem third) bottle of wine. Yes, work parties are definitely the strangest of events.
This years had a spectacular Hollywood theme, complete with a fantastic jazz band and a wonderful decor. I agonised for quite a while about what to wear, after all, you have to go all out when it’s Hollywood. When it came to it, Phase Eight had already sent me the beautiful Abby Dress for the Plus Size Awards which got scandalously cancelled at the last minute. The lovely ladies at Phase Eight said I was more than welcome to wear it to my work party instead. And, not to be vain, but I got so many compliments on the night.
Sadly, I failed to get any full length photos on the night other than this mirror shot, I was a little too busy drinking champagne and making a general idiot of myself!
But, never fear! Like a good blogger, I put the dress back on a few days later so you can see the Abby in all it’s splendid glory.
The Abby is a full length slip dress overlaid with beaded black mesh. It has an illusion neckline at the front and back and cinches in nicely at the waist. The skirt is skimming over your hips and cut fairly straight to the floor.
I’m wearing a size 18 and it is almost a perfect fit across my chest and hips. I would, probably, have been okay with a 16 on the waist as there is quite a bit of gaping at the waist but my waist is much smaller than my hips and chest.
The beading is what makes this dress very special – the silver and black mix of beads creates sleek and elegant lines that trace towards the centre of the waist band and create a beautiful hourglass shape to the dress.
The mesh is slightly gathered at the back which, again, enhances curves whilst elongating you’re silhouette. It’s all really quite cleverly done!
The length is pretty good, which is rare on my 5ft10 frame. I can actually wear a 4 inch heel (as I’m doing so on these pictures). The beading does end before the end of the dress and the straight cut means that you could easily have this dress taken up without losing the shape if you need to.
In these pictures, taken in my garden on a damp Friday morning, I’ve style the dress very simply so you can see how it fits. That’s the beauty of a dress so spectacular yet so classic – you need to do very little with it in order to pop.
For the work party, I styled it with pin curls and simply but bold, gold jewellery. I also added a red lip, cause it’s not Hollywood without a red lip! You can see glimpses of this in my selfie game, which was strong!
The dress was originally priced at £360 but is currently on sale for just £199. It is an expensive dress but the quality is amazing and it is timelessly classic. I can see myself wearing this in 20 years time at a far off gala or ball. The dress is never going to go out of fashion and the workmanship that has gone into this is fantastic. In fact, it reminds me of a beautiful green beaded dress that my Grandma wore to black tie events in the early 60’s (if I only I could fit into it).
The Abby dress is available in sizes 8 – 20.
And now for those some of those Photo Booth pictures I promised you …
Have you taken a look at the Phase 8 collection of black tie dresses? There are some utter beauties. If you’re above an 18/20 then also check out their sister-brand, Studio 8, who have continued the old school glamour feel that I have come to associate with the Phase 8 brand.