The Perfect Party Dress

The Perfect Party Dress

Find out how InStyle's junior fashion editor, Charlie Moore selects her 30th birthday party frock.

So the countdown to my 30th birthday party started 4 weeks ago and I am still having issues with the perfect dress... Do I want to go cool downtown girl by way of man of the moment Alexander Wang, or should I stick to my ultra girly roots and go for a sequin/ruffle bow detail c/o Luella or Sonia Rykiel? Decisions, decisions! It has to be fabulous as it's my 30th but is this really the time to go off piste from my usual style, or is it time to grow up and get all chic?

When I was 20 I always said after 30 I would stop wearing miniskirts and dresses, but now I'm here I cannot believe I used to think that. Kate Moss and Cameron Diaz rock a short dress and are in their mid thirties,
so I'm going to retract that ludicrous statement and go short. I'm cellulite free after all (for now) and have a natural faux tan (thanks InStyle beauty girls for the St Tropez mousse - so easy to apply btw).

So, I have it down to 4 outfits:

First up is a fab little party dress from Preen in a petrol blue colour. This dress shape has been doing the rounds for several seasons now and is tweaked each time with a new colour/ neckline. It's super-flattering as the folds in the fabric disguise any extra bumps and it's structured enough to emphasise your waist and define your bust (great for me as I'm a size 8, tiny waist but no boobs)

Next up I've had my eye on the Reiss "Charlotte" dress for a while now - how could I not indulge? - it has my name written all over it and comes in a gorgeously girly pink, and in the sale

Then there's a super sexy little number from asos - again a rich peachy colour (a universally flattering shade) with a gorgeous criss-cross back detail I swear Cheryl Cole's worn something similar and I don't want to find myself compared to CC!

I also have my gorgeous mint brocade skirt from Richard Nicoll that I haven't worn yet and I'd put this with a cream cotton loose scoop neck vest top.

I will let you know how I get on!

By Charlie Moore





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