Tried and tested: low heels, gold accessories and jumper dresses

The low heel

An alternative to the platform or stiletto, low heels have made a comeback this season, appearing in Autumn/Winter collections by Stella McCartney, Chloe, Missoni and Marni.

Popping up in endless high street stores, including Primark, Dorothy Perkins, and Topshop, you’ll be spoilt for choice. I found that River Island had the best selection, featuring low heeled clogs, boots, courts, and sandals.

Eventually I chose a pair of cuff studded heels for £64.99. I’ve never been a fan of low heels, and wasn’t sure if they’d suit me at first, but I changed my mind when I tried them with a pair of skinny jeans. They definitely made my plain outfit stand out.

The only problem I found was that the heel was quite narrow and I had to walk around a bit before I got used to them, so I definitely advise anyone to get a pair with a wider heel – especially if you plan on wearing them on a night out. Overall though, they were very comfortable and perfect as a footwear alternative on those hot summer days.

Gold accessories

Whether it be a dress, a clutch, a belt, a jacket, or a necklace – gold featured highly on the catwalks this season, with stand-out pieces from Lanvin and Balmain’s spring/summer collections.

So there’s no surprise that high street shops are bursting with gold accessories to add some shine to our wardrobes.

It didn’t take long to find a number of great accessories – from bangles in River Island, necklaces in Topshop, clutch bags in Accessorize, and hair bands in Primark to make a boring black dress into an outfit I felt confident and girly in.

Teamed with glossy hair or a messy up-do, you’ll instantly feel summery – whether it’s sunny outside or not.

Knitted dress jumpers


This week's tried and tested concludes that knitted dresses may not be for everyone. Photo: Rachel Dalton

At this year’s London Fashion Week, Mark Fast’s Autumn/Winter knitwear collection caught the attention of fashion followers when he showed that his spider web knitted dresses flattered both big and small women.

I went on a search for my own knitted jumper dress in hope that I would look just as good. I found mine in Topshop for £45.

I had reservations about it before I tried it on, thinking it would be too heavy and hot for the summer so I was quite surprised to find it comfortable.

Having two layers, the knitted one draped over a tighter fitting material made me look larger in the wrong areas – my waist and my hips. It was only when I took a picture of myself in it, that I was it looked better than I’d first thought.

I definitely think it’s a statement piece, not needing many accessories as there is a lot of detail. And maybe I should rejoice in having to get it two sizes smaller than I usually am, but as to whether it flatters everyone, I think it depends on the person – so why not give it a go for yourself and find out?

2 Responses to Tried and tested: low heels, gold accessories and jumper dresses

  1. hifsa muzamal says:

    I think the dresss is nice, but if it was in other colours that would be better because I have a lot of dresses that are black.

  2. Noelle Declayton says:

    Heart the article.

    I find knitwear can be a nightmare at times, as it doesn’t always ‘hang’ right and you can run the risk of looking twee, dated or just ‘plain Jane’.

    Having said this, I quite like the one you’ve found. It might not be a dress to suit all shapes and sizes but it really looks good on your hips (achieving shape) and has detail (achieving ‘va va voom’). So I can see this being an outfit for a day at the office or, with some GOLD accessories (particularly a tight belt), an outfit for a night out. Oh, and it’s also in black! – Could this be the LBD reinvented?!