Three pieces – one outfit – endless options [A bit like a “meal deal” but with clothes!]

Black is a trend in its own right this season but it’s all about mixing it up and contrasting matt with gloss, dense with sheer and texture with smooth.


Here are three pieces which I plan to wear together to make a great day time outfit in black.


First I will take this Next black sequin mesh sleeve dress (£65) which introduces both sparkle and sheer into the equation. The black panelling down the sides is flattering, as are the mesh sleeves.


Then I will add in the Boden winter warmer £89 for warmth, and texture from the faux fur.


And finally I will work in these Lana leather suede boots £70 from Oasis. A mixture of leather and suede, they add further interest and texture to the outfit.

On a really cold day I would be inclined to add in a chunky black roll neck jumper over the dress and under the gilet, effectively turning the dress into a skirt.  Each of these pieces could be styled in different ways : the dress could be worn in the evening with heels and a leather jacket or softly tailored blazer, the gilet with jeans, 7/8th or tailored trousers and the boots with skinnies or minis! [Naturally I will also be wearing thick black tights too – at least 60 denier but possibly more, to keep me toasty!]


  1. Thea
    October 1, 2012 / 8:27 pm

    Definitely nice pieces (I hadn't noticed that 'Winter Warmer' on the Bodo site – I'll go back for another peek!).But a day time outfit with sheer sleeves and sparkles???You must live a far more glamorous life than I do!(Great to see sleeves on a party dress though 🙂 )

  2. Thea
    October 2, 2012 / 7:36 pm

    Ooops – just re-read that. BodEN website, rather!

    • StyleGuile
      October 2, 2012 / 9:25 pm

      Hi Thea – I can do the sparkles in the day time but not the sheer sleeves – I would freeze. I need four layers in the winter, which for this outfit would be: Thermals/Dress/Chunky knit/Boden winter warmer. Toasty and little bit sparkly – but not too much! Bodo, Boden – it's all the same to us!

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