The Asymmetric Hem

I feel like such a cliche writing this but....the dress below is a "versatile piece".

It's one of those day-to-night items that can be dressed up or down. Wear with heels, flip flops or booties and accessorize accordingly.

I have worn if a few times and to very different places - some uber smart and some very casual and it just...works. The asymmetric hem makes it interesting and the little keyhole at the back (which I didn't get a photo of) adds a further bit of interest. Yes, it's a basic black dress but one that I have already - and will continue - to get good wear out of.

I also love the fabric composition - polyester and elastane - as it's completely crease resistant and hangs nicely no matter what. Of course, in the height of summer that polyester might not work so well....sweat patches anyone?  :)

I wore this in the latter half of the day - working from home, conference calls etc... - and I will wear it out tonight. I am a little frustrated by the shoe situation. I would LOVE to wear my open-toed Acne wedges with this dress - it's crying out for them - but I stupidly left them in the UK so I am making do with the selection that I have.






Dress: TRF (Zara) - Link! (Check out the model's stance...who art directed that?!)
Shoes: Kurt Geiger (old)
Belt: H&M (swiped from a pencil skirt - tried wearing this dress with a coloured belt and to my eye it didn't work. The fluid shape calls for either a black belt or no belt at all - anything else just breaks it up, makes it look like separates and detracts from the actual dress)
Sunglasses: Gucci

EDIT: Elle just wrote on my Facebook page that it is a "mullet" skirt - so true! Business at the front and party at the back :)

I know this post seems pretty irrelevent for those of you currently living in opaque tights but consider it a heads up for a really good dress that will be useful come March :)

Speaking of tights - I am excited to wear them at the end of this month: popping back to the UK for a few days! I cannot wait to visit the wine aisle in Waitrose (here there is no such thing as a wine aisle in the local supermarket - well there are secret doors to a small wine selection that you need a licence to purchase) and Superdrug where I plan on stocking up on Sleek and trying out the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation! If you have any other cheapy makeup recommendations let me know!

Hope your week is going well x

69 comments:

  1. You are a much better advertising for this dress than the Zara picture!!! Beautiful!

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  2. Oh i want this now! Your comment about wine in dubai made me think of my boyfriends parents who lived there for a few years and told me stories of how all the brits used to brew their own wine at home! pahaha maybe you could try that ;) xxx

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  3. Cheapy makeup recommendations - Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer and definitely Soap and Glory products! Their Smoulder eye kohl and neutral palette are brilliant for the price.
    You look lovely as always :) xx

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  4. Oh and it's only worth my opinion of course but I hated the Bourjois foundation (review on ze blog if you want).

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  5. agree with Musing on Beauty! the dress looks much better on you!

    check out Kiko if you go to Westfield xxx

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  6. love this dress and wow look at your legs!!

    cheapy make up I'd recommend would be collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer, natural collection lipsticks, maybeline gel liner and 17's mirror shine on lipstick - any of the colours but especially beehive!

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  7. I would never of thought to choose that dress by how it looks on the website.. but looks lovely on you!! May have to invest!

    xxx
    www.miabellaluna.blogspot.com

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  8. Haha, I agree! Your look is infinitely better than the styling done by Zara! Gorgeous x

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  9. Love dress , Zara should use you as a model ;) I wanted to try bourjois healthy mix for so long , can't wait for your thoughts on it. Loreal came with bunch of new cream blushes , they have really good textures and colors if you want to try those maybe :) have a great day x

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  10. youll love the healthy serum! smells so fruity too

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  11. LOVE this dress, reminds me of one from inlovewithfashion.com that's about £50! Definitely need to get it, did you get S or M? I think we're a similar size and the fit looks fab on you :) xxx

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  12. Amazing dress. I've always loved Zara and probably will always love Zara :)

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  13. Ive seen these skirts and dresses everywhere lately, especially in Zara. I just couldn't make it work on me. It looks ace on you. Very simple styling but I think that's just what it needs.

    I was excited to visit the win aisle when I came back to England too. You don't need a license in Korea but Blue Nun that's about £3 as I remember it here is about £20 there. Ridiculous!

    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING x

    I WAS AN UGLY DUCKLING BLOG!

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  14. Wow, the dress looks amazing on you, I wouldn't even consider it looking at Zara website. The Healthy mix serum is a great foundation, I like it even better than Chanel ones

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  15. You look amazing! I love simple dresses with a twist like this that you can wear a million different ways.

    I have a blog sale on my blog at the moment if you fancy taking a quick peek

    Blog Sale

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  16. Healthy Mix Serum is amazing, very much like a good coverage tinted moisturiser, with a healthy glow. It has helped clear my skin (also assisted by adding in a Shu cleaning oil stage in the mix, but that is a completely different rave!) and it lasts well with a little powder touch up post-lunch. It's true what they say, it does cling to dry patches, but if that's not a problem it's a no-risk purchase :)

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  17. Amazing dress, looks absolutely gorgeous on you! Ugh how I wish we had a Zara where I live! I know you can buy online now, but I'm not sure how their sizes run. I'm so jealous you're wearing a dress without tights this time of year! I'm all bundled up in layers :) happy Tuesday!

    xo
    Alyson
    www.crushingonclothes.com

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  18. love it, i need it :D

    www.missmathful.blogspot.com

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  19. Great dress. I am obsessed with the hi lo, mullet or whatever you wish to call it look! Serious find right there.

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  20. Aw This whole outfit is gorgeous, lovely pictures

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  21. I bought a dress like this from asos a few months ago except it doesnt go in at the waist.
    You look lovely (as always!)

    Holli x
    Dragonmommy123.blogspot.com
    Enter my giveaway!

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  22. SO beautiful! I really want a mullet dress/skirt and after seeing this picture I must have one now to wear with tights really. http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lx1qiisnsW1qh7a1to1_400.jpg x x

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  23. that dress is beautiful! I need one! You look great Laura!

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  24. cute dress!

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  25. Marks N spencer has great tights on sale, some wolford lookalikes at the moment! I love the mullet skirt, i have my own which i pair with chelsea boots, a long necklace and a denim jacket!

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  26. I have to get this dress. I have several skirts with asymmetric hems, and I just love them. Thank you for sharing!

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  27. I spy quilted bag, is this what I think it is?!

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  28. The healthy mix serum foundation is fab by the way, I swear it has improved my skin!! Love the asymmetric hem of this dress! Stylish as always x

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  29. Love the dress. I checked out the website and you definitely rock it better!

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  30. beautiful post,love your style =)
    lots of love!

    xoxo

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  31. gorgeous dress!

    keeley
    walking-fashion.blogspot.com

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  32. Bah, if only I had the knees ...! x

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  33. I have a skirt thats like this :) SO pretty I'd love it in a dress like this!
    -x
    http://makeupmeow.blogspot.com/

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  34. Amazing dress. I would like to run to Zara and buy it. Really. Your blog is like a bad addiction, worse then an cigarettes :) After I'm seeing the stuff I am getting obsessed with it.

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  35. I love, trf do such lovely, unique and afforadble dresses. Definitely a versatile piece!

    wishfulsinfulyou.blogspot.com

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  36. I am loving the TRF range in Zara at the moment!!!

    http://allthingsbeautymake-upandshopping.blogspot.com/

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  37. Oh my gosh, it looks so much better on you than it does on the Zara website! It looks slouchy and bag like on their site.

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  38. Well it is cold, for the most part, 50 degrees in Chicago today, feels like summer! Ha. I could wear this with tights/boots/sweater and make it work? Love it!

    Yanira
    http://manolosmanicuresthismom.blogspot.com/

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  39. Ooer...this dress could go so well with a pair of high-heeled black gladiators

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  40. Lovely! Suites you very well. Quite liking Blistex intensive moisture treatment (under £2.50!)I'm sure youll find lots of goodies :) xx

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  41. This dress looks gorgeous on you! I love the hem.

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  43. absolutely love the back of this dress! maybe ill get one for myself :)

    http://atrueladiesindulgence.blogspot.com/

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  44. You look gorgeous (as always) Laura. Your style in every sense of the word is approachable to realistic. Can I ask; who takes your photos? Tks! J x

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  46. I was really upset when you stopped making videos but then i discovered your blog and now i'm happy again! I love your blogs and your witty sense of humour, anything you recommend I just have to buy!

    please dont stop blogging because then i really will be sad!

    You've inspired the blogger in me too hehe, please check it out if you get the chance, it would really make my day

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  47. Beautiful Laura! You're so elegant, I adore your dress sense and this is getting me excited for sunnier times (as if they will ever come! :P) xxx

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  48. That is gorgeous, makes me excited for summer. The novelty of tights will wear off pretty fast.....and I don't think they'd work with the dress! Your blog just makes me want to go live in Zara!
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  49. Its a beautiful dress and you look great as always! I saw a similar dress by a small boutique by my house and I'm thinking of getting it now :)

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  50. Beautiful babe and a gorgeous outfit. x

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  51. I'm in love with the dress. i love asymmetric hems. i recently bought a black chiffon skirt with an asymmetric hem!
    looking beautiful as always
    xxxx
    http://charlottec0uture.blogspot.com/

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  52. i questioned the mullet skirt at first...but then i couldn't resist...and bought a black one! :)

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  53. I love this hi-low hem on you! I subscribed to your Youtube channel ages ago and am so pleased to have found you again, now with a fashion blog! Love your style - defo following.

    x Minty
    http://mintyandpeaches.wordpress.com

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  54. amazing dree! amazing girl ! wow ;DD I love it ;D

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  55. hahahaha I love the model's stance!!!! that just made my day :D:D

    You're stunning and I love your dress!

    Anca
    http://coralista-xo.blogspot.com/

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  56. Oh wow I never would have gave this dress a thought by looking at the website :) You rock it!

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  57. hi Laura, you have to go to superdrug and try new me me me dew pot cream eyeshadows..they are amazing!!!!

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  58. What a fashion forward and fantastic dress! You look lovely, Laura!

    Liesl :)

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  59. i love this dress! it looks amazing and so comfortable! i do have to admit that it's not really what i'm thinking about at this current moment as it is absolutely FREEZING outside but i think i may have to buy it in preparation for summer! X

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  60. Just watched the Tom Ford clip... you could have a look at his makeup collection in Selfridges when you come back? :)

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  61. Can I have your wardrobe please? Thankyou ;)

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  62. Hi Laura,
    How old are these shoes, and do you remember the name of the model. I love them and have been trying to find them!! I guess if they are a few seasons old I still might have a chance, but if they are a few years old, hten tough luck to me! :-(

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  63. Hi Laura, you look fab in this dress! Can I ask how you get round the bra situation with the keyhole back? I have the same dress but having underwear issues!! Xx

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  64. Hi laura, I love your style and I was just wondering what shoes you'd wear this dress with in the evening? I have this dress and I think I might where it to my college 'prom' (I can't stand that word) and I'm really stuck on what shoes to wear it with x

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