23 In Style

One dress, from dawn to dusk

I always advocate buying quality over quantity, choosing clothes that can be styled many different ways, and only buying items that truly earn their space in your wardrobe.  As you know, one of my go-to brands that delivers on every single one of these points is Winser London.  I’m going to show you how in one day, I wear the same versatile dress styled three completely different ways.  Looking over the photos in this post, it looks like a sort of love letter to London. It was one of those rare days where life happened to take me to some gorgeously picturesque places in the capital (no vet’s offices, no grocery stores, and no petrol stations!).

So, my days always start early with a school drop-off for my son.  I usually have a few meetings in the afternoon, and on this particular day I had a friend’s jewellery launch to attend in Belgravia in the evening (more on that in a future post).  I wanted to wear something that could take me everywhere– one dress from dawn to dusk.

A perfectly cut little black dress in a good fabric is an easy choice.  This particular one is a new style from Winser London called the ‘Marilyn‘.  It has a perfect neckline to showcase jewellery, it conceals bra straps (a huge pet peeve of mine), and it doesn’t show cleavage.  It also has some asymmetrical ruching detail which gives it added shape.  Before adding anything to it, here is what the dress looks like on its own.

For the school run (directly followed by the in-search-of-more-coffee run), I popped this soft merino wool poncho over the dress, and wore a pair of low heeled boots.  The poncho is something my husband actually chose. I didn’t consider it at first because I just assumed I wasn’t really a poncho person, but within moments of trying it I was fully converted to the poncho party.  They are so cosy and warm! I like how graphic and punchy this one is; it is a total compliment magnet.  I’ve even worn it over yoga leggings and a tank top and it still looks amazing.  There is a stylised ‘W’ for Winser on the poncho, and the blue shade is their signature Winser London blue.  You’d only notice it if you know; now you do!

After the coffees I had a meeting with an editor in my old neighbourhood.  I wanted to look very professional, so I wore the dress with this longline jacket. Let me count the ways I love this jacket– firstly, there are pockets.  Also, the collar can be worn up like I have it here, or turned back like a blazer lapel.  It is reminiscent of my favourite 1960s film-star style with its bracelet-length sleeves and a very slightly cocoon shape.  The icing on the cake for me is the tidy matching hemline length with the dress (I am obsessed with jacket-and-dress hemline coordination).  This is exactly my kind of outfit; it makes a coolly elegant statement on its own and lets your accessories sing when you add them.  Case in point: I always carry a huge bag with all of my extra stuff in it, as well as a small clutch for the essentials.  Below you can see both (one snakeskin and one leopard) with the dress and jacket.

Now for my favourite (and sparkliest) part of the day…evening!  I had a jewellery launch event to attend, so I was in no danger of being overly blingy.  I chose this necklace because it fills all the space above the neckline of the dress, and also because it matches the low comfortable heels I knew I’d need for hours of standing.

You can see the ruching detail on the dress better here and the lapels turned back like a blazer.

Below, I’m on one of my favourite streets in London. It used to be near my local grocery store when I lived in this neighbourhood, and years later, its beauty still knocks me out.  Luckily, this crescent was around the corner from my evening event and the October light was absolutely perfect.

This powerfully elegant dress and jacket with super sparkly silver shoes, clutch, and necklace are exactly how I like to dress for an autumn evening occasion.  I’m pleased with how well these three new pieces slot into my existing wardrobe, which is what thoughtful investment dressing is all about.

Thank you to Winser London for sponsoring this post.  All opinions and love I have for this brand (!) are 100% my own

Outfit Details
Dress: Winser London
Poncho: Winser London
Jacket: Winser London
Crystal Necklace: Sequinist
Tote bag: Fendi (previous season)
Leopard Clutch: Jaeger (current, gifted)
Crystal Clutch: Christian Louboutin (previous season)
Black booties: Isabel Marant (previous season)
Black Mary Jane heels: Rupert Sanderson (previous season)
Silver sequin heels: Boden (previous season, gifted)

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  • Reply
    October 5, 2018 at 6:42 AM

    I love your lbd, I love seeing you with it, it is such a feminine and elegant garment! The outfits you have prepared are perfect and you look wonderful with them. I love monochrome, its balance and elegance, but the poncho is also very original.

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      October 5, 2018 at 5:44 PM

      Thank you, Josep-Maria. I’m so pleased you like all the combinations! xx

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    October 5, 2018 at 8:52 AM

    What a fantastic versatile dress. Beaut location too

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      October 5, 2018 at 5:43 PM

      Thank you so much, Laurie! xx

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    October 5, 2018 at 2:20 PM

    Lisa I can’t believe how beautiful you make black look… the dress and jacket were a genius choice, and all three ways of styling are SO good! You look absolutely beautiful in all of them (and I bet you’re the most glam mum at the school gates by a long way)… 😉

    Catherine x

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      October 5, 2018 at 5:43 PM

      Thank you, Catherine! I’m usually quite anti-black but sometimes it just feels so right. I’ve worn these three pieces to death already, so I’m so thrilled with how well they work with my brighter things. xx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    October 5, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    Indeed very versatile. I love the last picture with the sparkly heels, clutch and necklace. That is so you. Not too sure about the jacket. I like you in either completely oversized or fitted. But hey, that is just my opinion. You cannot please everyone and as long as you are happy. I totally agree with you on the neckline of the dress, that is the most preferred neckline in my book too. All bags are adorable and I had to laugh over your description of the Isabel Marant boots as being low heeled. And yes, all places where you took the photosare very, very beautiful.

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      October 5, 2018 at 5:38 PM

      Thank you Greetje! I always adore your refreshing honestly… and you too, of course! THEY ARE low heeled boots! They definitely aren’t more than 2 inches, I don’t think. xx

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    October 5, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    You look great in that outfit. I love WinserLondon such good quality.

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      October 5, 2018 at 5:37 PM

      I agree Josephine, I’ve never been disappointed in a single purchase… and there have been many! xx

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    October 5, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Elegant, sophisticated, glamorous…I could go on! Obviously I love the way you styled this versatile dress but the message you advocate is what truly inspires. Taking time to think about your choices not only gives you an incredible wardrobe but keeps your footprint light. Brava Bella! xxx

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      October 5, 2018 at 5:36 PM

      Thank you, my friend. You and your crusade help keep me on the straight and narrow! I hate waste of any kind, money, food, time… thinking about our purchases is compulsory in our throwaway culture. xxx

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    October 5, 2018 at 6:29 PM

    I adore black outfits! What a elegant look. That s what style is!

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      October 5, 2018 at 6:44 PM

      Thank you, Nancy! I’m so pleased you like it. xx

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    Mithra Ballesteros
    October 7, 2018 at 3:28 PM

    Pardon me for arriving late to the Lisa party but now that I’m here, let me accessory gush for a minute. Poncho? Adore. Fendi? Love. But hells bells you look so hot in that last ensemble! Like some kind of Lindsey-Lohan-gets-classy kind of vibe and I bet there were some jealous mean girls at the event. Just sayin’!

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      October 29, 2018 at 8:42 PM

      Ha ha ha!!! Thanks so much, Mithra. I can always count on you for a very different perspective on my lewks. xxx

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    Samantha Blair
    October 7, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    How DO you do it?
    Black could be dull as dishwater and you make it sing.
    Beautiful outfits… although dawn looked like it could fit right in at dusk with those boots on the end of your pins!

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      October 29, 2018 at 8:43 PM

      Thank you Sam! I know if you and the other colour queen, Catherine, like a black outfit then something has to be going well?? xx

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    Lee Ann Swanson
    October 8, 2018 at 2:44 AM

    Absolutely love this post, these garments, accessories and you! I too adore this coat/duster shape…could have been a great look in any of the last 6 decades, but you make it look so current and relevant for today. So damn chic…

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      October 29, 2018 at 8:41 PM

      Thank you so much, lovely Lee Ann! This is really “OUR” style, isn’t it?! I could see you wearing all of this too! xxx

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    passion fruit, paws and peonies
    October 9, 2018 at 7:51 AM

    This is such a sophisticated look and you look amazing in black with your gorgeous skin which just glows. Not only is this dress so versatile it’s also timeless. Great photos xx Maria

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      October 29, 2018 at 8:44 PM

      Thank you so much, Maria! xx

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