One little black dress from Hobbs – worn by three very different women in three different ways


As part of the campaign with Pavilions Shopping Centre I was involved in a style event at Hotel La Tour.


During the course of the evening I gave a presentation which covered key trends, instant updates and workwear. I also featured one dress worn in three different ways and we had two female models who were styled in three different outfits.



[From left to right me with Laura from Luxx Mint and Emily Jayne Philips  – Birmingham blogging friends of mine.]


 This is what I wore for the evening, the Hobbs Selina Dress (£159)





 I also wore these amazing gold Astra court  shoes (£103.20) which too were from Hobbs. They also come in a fantastic pewter colour.




The final part of my outfit was this Cawthorn belt (£39) in leopard print, also from Hobbs.



So really I wanted to talk about the dress – just because it’s so simple and easy to wear. The elbow length sleeves are really flattering, as is its knee length. It was this dress that all three of us wore in different ways.


And here are the three of us in it. These are just ideas but there are so many things that you could do with this dress.

On the left is Angie, wearing hers in a modern way with a pop of colour from her bright pink H&M necklace and red Hobbs bag. On the right is Natasha (you may recognise her from TV adverts) looking glamourous with an inky blue faux fur stole, also from Hobbs, and a patent bag from H&M. Equally it could be styled with pearls – a long string or chunkier style, for a Chanel look.

We all wore heels (Angie black snake print courts, Natasha black peep toes) but I think that it would look great with patent loafers or brogues, ballet pumps or sparkly smoking slippers. It could also take you from work to evening with the addition of just a few accessories. Coloured shoes would be great too!


As you can see, we are all very different. Angie is 5ft 11″ tall and wears a size 12. Natasha has the most amazing curves and wears a size 14 to 16. Then there’s me, 5ft 6″ and a size 8

Thanks to Angie, Natasha and Graham, our male model for the evening, who were supplied by the Alan Sharman Agency and who also supplied the make up artist, Carol Maye. Thanks also to S&X media for organising the event and for my friends for coming along to offer their support.



  1. Honor
    November 15, 2012 / 7:52 am

    I love a dress like this that can be styled in a multitude of ways – especially like your shoes and belt with it. Looking fab!

    • StyleGuile
      November 15, 2012 / 12:31 pm

      HI Honor – yes they are great aren't they? A bit of a wardrobe saviour really!

  2. PoppysStyle
    November 15, 2012 / 11:48 am

    The belt looks fabulous! What a great night out – wish I was there at this time of year! x

    • StyleGuile
      November 15, 2012 / 12:32 pm

      Hi Joanna – it is a particularly nice leopard print belt, I have to say! I have a Topshop one which is looking a little worn now compared to that lovely one. I have no doubt that the UK misses you too!

  3. PlumJam
    November 15, 2012 / 2:24 pm

    You all look wonderful. One tiny gripe is the choice to comment on the size 14-16 woman's "amazing curves" she looks great, you all look great and there is simply no need to say more.

    • StyleGuile
      November 21, 2012 / 8:55 pm

      Hi Plum Jam – good to hear from you! We will have to agree to disagree about me commenting on Natasha's amazing curves. They were truly amazing and very much worthy of comment – in fact they were the talk of the evening. There are curves and then there are curves!

  4. GlamRosie
    November 15, 2012 / 9:54 pm

    You look fab Beth – the belt is my favourite of all though, I love animal print! Great article as always, great to see variety in how a plain black dress can be worn by all x

    • StyleGuile
      November 21, 2012 / 8:56 pm

      Hi Natalie – good to hear from you and I am pleased that you like the post – and the leopard belt – me too!

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