The Margot Dress, by Roksanda has been indisputably the dress of the season.
By cleverly combining a structured, figure-skimming shape, a simple, uncluttered neckline and adding those statement sculpted bell sleeves, Roksanda created an iconic dress that every chic woman – and, in particular, every chic woman over 50 – wanted to wear.
So the Margot, became the must-have frock of the season. Not even the price tag of £895 did anything to stall its progress to Top of the Frocks, 2016. And that was the price of the Margot in black; in flamingo-pink, the new colour for Spring/Summer 2017, the Margot costs just a fiver short of £1,000. But it is in a fabulous mid-weight crepe fabric, it is a really good length and that clever streamlined silhouette flatters lots of different body shapes.
Also, the Margot, can be made to work perfectly for both evenings and daytime (naturally, we mean daytime occasions, rather than popping to the shops). Another big advantage with this stand-out frock is that those statement structured bell sleeves mean there is absolutely no need to wear a jacket. The dress is a complete outfit.
For party-wear, just add gold or silver courts and an embellished clutch or small cross-body bag plus a statement necklace or earrings and some knock-out cocktail rings to draw attention to the sleeves. If you have long arms, add a pretty cuff or bangle, too.
For daytime occasions, pare back the jewellery a bit (though we would still go with cocktail rings to draw attention to those sleeves), add nude or black pumps, a small bag in nude or black and a stunning hat and voila – effortlessly elegant!
With that in mind, we can see the Margot, being a superb choice for a Mother of the Bride, or, of course, a Mother of the Groom, as well as the dress for super chic wedding guests of 50-plus. In flamingo pink or in white, it is also a great choice for an older bride.
Now, while some may be able to fork out for the Margot, especially if it is wanted for a very special occasion, its price is a bit steep for many of us. So, we have been scouring the dress collections to find a dress that has similar attributes but at a less eye-watering price.
We have, in fact found four dresses with most if not all of these attributes…
In a stretchy knit fabric in navy, the Betty (above) from Hobbs has a flattering cut, is a good length and has voluminous fluted sleeves. Beautifully on-trend yet timeless, the Betty is easy to wear for day or evening depending on how you choose to accessorise it.
The Cassie, also from Hobbs, is in an eye-catching emerald. It has flattering a fit-and-flare-silhouette achieved through clever panelling and seaming at the waist and bust and is also a good length. And, of course, it has statement sleeves gently fluted from the elbow. With its striking colour and those sleeves this dress only needs to be paired with minimal accessories for a “wow” event-ready look.
The flute-sleeve beauty from Wallis (above) which was £45 and is now £40.50 is available in black and in dark pink… An elegant knee-length dress it has those flute sleeves and is made in a mix of Polyester and Viscose plus 7% elastane for a great fit.
This Dorothy Perkins dress has many of the features of the gorgeous Margot. It is slightly shorter in length but that will make it perfect for a petite woman.
The shift shape of this one and of the Wallis dress (above) is great for most body types, but if you’ve got a fuller bust, then accessorise with a long necklace.
Do you have a big event in 2017 and would you like to wear the Margot, the Betty or the Cassie? Do tell us about it.
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