Darren Kennedy's Style File: Hen party dress dilemma
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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.
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.