Wednesday 20 September 2017

Darren Kennedy's Style File: Hen party dress dilemma

Top stylist Darren Kennedy brings his style wisdom to readers every week.

Topshop top and skirt
Topshop top and skirt
New look dress
Dune Hermione shoe
New look dress
Dunnes stores dress
Penneys floral wedges

Darren Kennedy

Question: I'm currently organising a hen party for my sister-in-law to be and the theme is orange.

I've been looking around shops but can't seem to find anything suitable. I am in my twenties, size 12, 5ft 9in in height with brunette hair. Being an hourglass shape, I don't like anything strapless or skinny straps. My budget would be up to €100. Thanks for any help.

Caroline, Armagh

DARREN SAYS:  Orange is the new black. Or at very least it's proving to be one of the year's big micro-trends, having appeared in the collections of Pringle of Scotland, DKNY, Vivienne Westwood and Fendi among others.

Whether you go full on hi-vis orange or opt for more subtle accents, you'll find the complete spectrum of shades from blood orange to light-citrus tones on the high street.

Given the occasion, it's probably best to choose a dress or matching co-ordinates. At New Look you'll find a couple of options that won't break the bank and come in well within your budget. The skater dress with fit and flair design (€29.99) will flatter your hourglass shape. It's a very feminine style so just add a pair of ankle strap sandals to complete the outfit. The black studded 'Hermione' high heel sandal at Dune (€105) will inject some edge.

If you prefer something more fitted, try the peplum bodycon dress in a neon shade of orange (€14.99) also at New Look. Style with a pair of this season's printed wedges, such as Penneys' floral wedge (€18), and a bold pink lip for a summer party look.

As an alternative to a dress, channel this season's co-ords trend. Topshop have a great matching textured orange crop tee and knee-length midi skirt (€49 top, €46 skirt).

If none of that floats your boat, then try Dunnes Stores' organza top (€25) teamed with a pair of skinny jeans and vertiginous heels.

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