dresses

ASOS wiggle dress

Last of the Wiggle Dresses

Well, after a couple of weeks of me sulking around the house and declaring that summer was, like, SO LAST SEASON, the sun decided to grace us with its presence again this week, and I SHOULD THINK SO TOO, AUGUST. It…

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The True Story of a Day at the Beach

♥  ASOS dress (almost identical version)  ♥  Target sunhat  ♥  Gucci sunglasses ♥ Vintage belt I could just let these photos stand alone, telling the happy tale of a sunny day at the beach: a day on which no-one almost stood…

blue strapless summer dress with pink cardigan

Every Day Could Be a Holiday from Real

♥ River Island dress (old)  ♥  Hell Bunny cardigan  ♥  Gucci sunglasses t’s amazing the difference a bit of sunshine can make. Unlike some of my recent posts, these photos weren’t taken on an island, or at the coast, or…

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Gala Day

♥ ASOS ‘Debutant’ dress  ♥  Hell Bunny ‘Paloma’ cardigan ♥  Paris Hilton shoes ♥  Dune clutch  ♥  Miu Miu sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop ♥ Primark belt Every summer, most of the towns and villages around these parts hold a gala day –…

Forever Amber | UK Fashion Blog | 60s inspired outfit

Better Late Than Never

  As with last week’s purple skirt, this dress is yet another item I had to wait months to wear. I think this was in-store back in February? March, maybe? I’m not sure. What I DO know, however, is that…

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Trixie.

  [Dress c/o Trashy Diva // Cardigan: Hell Bunny'Paloma' // Sunglasses: eBay // Shoes: Studio TMLS c/o Sarenza] I know: florals for spring. Revolutionary, right? Also: green. And a big skirt. But I’m getting ahead of myself here… I’ve been lucky…

Zara polka dot dress

So Good I Bought It Twice

You know when you see something you know you’ll wear to death, so you buy multiple versions of it, just to make sure you’ll ALWAYS have it? Er, please tell me it’s not just me who does that? I didn’t…

Boden Nancy dress in blue Riviera print

The Nancy Dress

I pre-ordered this dress so long ago that by the time it turned up, I’d almost forgotten about it, so it was a little bit like getting a free dress, only in a way that wasn’t even remotely like getting…

F&F polka dot prom dress

The Birthday Dress

It was my birthday on Monday. I’m not a big fan of birthdays (Or, indeed, anything that reminds me that I’m getting older, and yet no wiser. See also: New Year’s Eve), but I AM a big fan of dresses, and…

Prada baroque sunglasses

Baroque n’ Roll

We had our first snowfall of the winter last week. I’m not going to complain about it. I mean, obviously I WANT to complain about it, because you all know by know how much I hate the OMGSNOW and winter…

black and white stripe dress

Outfit | F&F black and white stripe scuba dress

[F&F scuba stripe prom dress  // Pelle Moda shoes // House of Harlow sunglasses] They may look pretty straightforward, but shooting these photos actually turned out to be fairly dramatic. The wind was blowing my dress flat against my legs…

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New Year, Not-So-New Me

[Dress: eBay, years ago // Shoes & Bag: both Dune] Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good start to 2014. Terry and I had been so busy planning for our house-warming party on the 28th (more…

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Winter Florals

[♥ Dress F&F c/o Tesco ♥ Shoes: Ted Baker 'Mayter' c/o Sarenza ♥ Clutch: Dune] Last week, the people at Tesco asked me to style one of their F&F dresses for a Christmas party. Well, there are a lot of things…

green Zara pencil dress

You can never have too many…

[Zara dress;  Sam Edelman boots*;   Marc by Marc Jacobs bag*;  Pieces scarf;  New Look brooch] You can never have too many… ♥  Pairs of cropped black trousers ♥ Boat-necked sweaters ♥ Stripey tops ♥ Full skirts ♥ 50s style dresses…

Forever Amber UK fashion blog: retro autumn outfit

The Super Spy Dress

[Wearing: Heartbreaker Super Spy dress in blue c/o BettyLicious | New Look shoes and belt | Dune studded clutch bag] I really wish I had a black beret to wear with this dress. Not just because it’s called the ‘Super Spy’…

I believe in pink

When the people at Zalando contacted me a couple of weeks ago, and asked me if I’d like to choose something from their website, I went straight to this pink, 30s-inspired chiffon dress, which I’d had my eye on for…

ASOS floral jacquard dress

The Waldorf Astoria

I don’t really have “favourites”. I mean, I have SOME favourites, obviously. It will come as no surprise to most of you to learn that my favourite colour is green, for instance. And my favourite season is most DEFINITELY summer…

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Vizcaya

All of the new-house excitement has meant that my usual Post-Holiday Blues haven’t been nearly as bad this year as they usually are, but I have to admit that when I looked back at these photos, I got a big…

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The Nevermores

Folks, I’m starting to freak out a bit here. Just a little bit. OK, quite a big bit, actually. I mean, we’re supposed to be moving a week today. TODAY. As in, this time next week, I won’t be sitting…

The Simple Things

Things have been pretty hectic around here lately, so fashion has been taking a bit of a back-seat. Because of that, I was particularly happy to be sent this blue nautical-style dress from TK Maxx last week. I’m lazy about…

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Palm Beach, bringin’ the heat

If you have a very long memory, or are related to me, you might recall that the last time I visited Palm Beach, it was a bit of a washout. Literally I mean. It poured the whole time we we…

50s style summer prom dress

Summer turns to high

Thanks for all of your lovely comments on my last post, everyone! We’re still really excited, and only the tiniest bit freaked out at the prospect of packing up and leaving this little house behind us forever, for a fresh…

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Old Bahia Honda Bridge

So, it’s the summer I graduated from university: we go to Florida, and as a treat, my dad decides to hire a convertible. God, I loved that car. It was a Chrysler Sebring, in British Racing Green, with a soft…

See Naples and die

On Monday we took a short road trip to Naples, stopping en route at the Isles of Capri, where some of these photos were taken. I’d bought this little white dress in the Banana Republic sale the night before, so…

Independence Day

I guess it’s possibly a little strange for British people to be celebrating America’s independence from, well, US, but there were so many 4th of July celebrations going on yesterday it would’ve been stupid not to join in, and you…

blue 50s style dress

Not in Kansas Any More

[Dress: ASOS (last year) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (ancient) | sunglasses: eBay] These aren’t the best photos of me ever taken, partly because direct sunglight + feet-concealing-grass does not the best outfit photos make, but also because I’d let my…

Pretty Dress Company pencil dress

Summer in the City

[Dress: Pretty Dress Company (last year) | Shoes: River Island (old) | Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs*] I feel like I have to apologise for the terrible case of Smugface I’m demonstrating in the first photo here. I have no…

polka dot dress

Formulaic

[Dress: ASOS (last year) | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Belt: vintage | Sunglasses: House of Harlow] When I was putting this outfit together (Which is a really pretentious way of saying, “deciding which shoes to wear with this dress…”), I…

green dress

What I Wish I Was Wearing

[Dress: Dorothy Perkins, 2010 // Shoes: New Look (ancient) // Sunglasses: House of Harlow] There are currently 58 unpublished posts sitting in the drafts folder of this blog. Some of them are posts I started but never finished, for one…

green and tan winter outfit

Home is where the heart is

[Dress and boots: both Zara, circa 2011 // Jacket: La Redoute, 2012 // Giant snow heart: c/o Terry] So, our house is probably going on the market soon. I’m not sure quite how soon, but … soon. Too soon for…

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Back to Black

[Dress: Karen Millen 2010 (competition prize) // Boots: Topshop 2010 // Gloves: gifted // Sunglasses: House of Harlow] Well, at least if I ever have to go to a funeral in the 1940s, I’ll know what to wear, huh? But…

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Cut-Price Pin-Up

Dress: Missguided c/o MoneySupermarket.com // Belt: New Look // Shoes: Office (c/o) // Sunglasses: House of Harlow ‘Chelsea’ // Nude fishnet tights: Accessorize // Coat: in the car, waiting to be replaced once these photos were taken (although it was…

black and white dress

The Black and White Days

[Dress: River Island (2012) // Top: Primark // Boots: Topshop (2011) // Bag: vintage, c/o my mum's closet // sunglasses: House of Harlow 'Chelsea' (sold out in black, but in tortoiseshell here)] I’m embarrassed to admit it – although probably not nearly as embarrassed as I…

green 50s style dress

Yes, I was wearing a coat.

Dress: Dorothy Perkins (old) // Boots: Topshop Barley2 (old) // faux-fur scarf: eBay // petticoat: eBay // sunglasses: House of Harlow ‘Chelsea’ // gloves: gifted Oh look, I’m wearing a green dress, what a surprise! Also: we got some OMGSNOW….

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New Year’s Day

Robert Rodriguez pencil dress c/o Shopbop // Sam Edelman boots c/o Shopbop // faux fur H&M scarf // leather bow gloves (gift from my parents) // Gucci sunglasses Well so far it looks like 2013 is shaping up to be a long-sleeved…

New Year's Eve

All that glitters

(Zara pencil dress // Schuh heels – both from 2011) Happy New Year, everyone! Every year, I try my best not to build New Year’s Eve into the emotional ordeal it so often turns out to be for me. I…

Green polka dot midi dress

The tale of the green polka dot midi dress

Dress-worn-as-skirt: River Island (old) // turtleneck: Primark // Boots: Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (old) // Bag: Marc Jacobs c/o Shopbop  You guys, there was a day without rain! I got to leave the house! And wear clothes that weren’t jeans!…

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Backwards

Dress: ASOS // Boots: Topshop Barley2 (old) // sunglasses: House of Harlow ‘Chelsea’ A few days after this dress appeared on the ASOS website, I started getting messages from people suggesting that I might want to check it out. It’s…

Walk This Way

Dress: Zara // Boots: Topshop Barley2 (old) // clutch: vintage c/o my mum’s closet // suglasses: House of Harlow ‘Chelsea’ OK, first up, I have absolutely no idea what that weird green light on my stomach is in the very first photo….

Louche Leanna dress

In Uniform

Dress: Louche ‘Leanna’ dress c/o Zalando // Shoes: Office c/o Idealo.co.uk // Cardigan: Next Kids // Nude fishnet tights: Accessorize Last week the people at Zalando got in touch and asked me if I’d like to try out a couple…

yellow dress

And it was all yellow

Dress: Dorothy Perkins // Shoes: New Look // Petticoat: eBay // Coat: not shown, but definitely present I’ve been wearing mostly jeans and trousers (and actually, mostly the SAME jeans and the SAME old trousers) lately, so this weekend, in…

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Under the Weather

Dress: Dorothy Perkins  // Boots: River Island // Sunglasses: House of Harlow ‘Chelsea’ // Cardigan: Star by Julien MacDonald // Clutch: vintage  Well, as predicted, Everyone’s Favourite Season has kinda made me lose the will to live blog. This weekend was…

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The Star of the Show

So, there I was, just hanging out in the garden, as you do. Posing. Totally unaware of Terry standing right there in front of me, with the camera. When all of a sudden… Oh. Hi, Rubin. Why so suspicious? You…

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The ’59 Sound

[Dress: ASOS (new, but sold out) // Shoes: Paul & Betty c/o Sarenza // Bag: New Look (ancient) // Petticoat: eBay] Not the best photo location, I’m afraid  (We’ve noticed recently that even if it’s been sunny all day, it’s…

Tantallon Castle

East Coast, represent

[Dress (worn as skirt): Miss Selfridge via ebay // top: ancient, no idea // shoes: gift from my parents] When I was just a few years old, my parents announced that we would be going on holiday to Spain: a…

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Women Who Love Polka Dots Too Much

[Dress: handmade by my mum // shoes: Buffalo 'Alisha' c/o Spartoo] The sun came out. And so did the polka dots. Actually, the polka dots come out regardless of whether it’s sunny or not. You all know this. But this…

Schuh 'Garda' red gingham wedges

In Praise of the Midi Dress

[Dress: ASOS // Shoes: Schuh 'Garda' wedges (old)] Hi everyone! It’s time for your regularly scheduled weather/outfit report. Because I just KNOW you all wake up in the mornings and think, “Gosh, I wonder what the weather is like in Scotland…

High Tea at the Grand Floridian

Heart-Shaped Shoes at The Grand Floridian

[Dress: River Island (old) // Shoes: Vivienne Westwood for Melissa c/o Sarenza // Cardigan: H&M (new) // Sunglasses: Gucci c/o Shopbop] I’ve written about high tea at the Grand Floridia (or “Grand Tea at the High Floridian, as I just wrote….)…

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Surf n’ Turf

(Dress: Topshop (old) // Blazer: Zara (new) // shoes: River Island (old) ) Last week, as loyal readers (hi, mum and dad!) may recall, Wednesday was to be the only vaguely sunny day of the week, so we took full…

Disney's Boardwalk

The Accidental Dress

[Dress: Stop Staring 'Boardwalk' dress // Shoes: Paris Hilton (yes, really) via TK Maxx] This dress is Stop Staring’s “Boardwalk” dress. And I wore it to… Walt Disney’s Boardwalk. Yes, I went there, with the matchy-matchy. Yes I did. My…

ASOS gingham pencil dress

One Thousand

[Dress: ASOS (sold out in gingham, but new versions available in block colours here , wallpaper print here, and OMGPOLKADOT here) // Shoes: Carvela 'Assemble'] This is my 1,000th post here at Forever Amber. I thought I would mark the occasion by writing my…

Blue dress and cardigan

What not to wear on a windy day

[Dress: River Island (old) // Cardigan: H&M (new, but couldn't find it on the website) // brooch: New Look (old) // Shoes: Carvela 'Australia' c/o Sarenza] Over the weekend, Terry and I noticed that we were starting to get some…

Stop Staring dress

Polka Dots & Cherries

(Dress, Stop Staring; shoes, Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Lady Dragon ‘Cherries’) On our way back to the apartment after the trip to Tarpon Springs I wrote about in my last post, we stopped in at the little town of Dunedin*,…

Florida sunset

Sand in my shoes

(Dress: Bettie Page ‘Jazmin’ dots; shoes, Zara; sunburnt nose, Amber’s own) Ladies and gentlemen, let’s have a warm Forever Amber welcome for this red belt! It’s a little crooked, it looks like it’s fastened in the wrong hole, and I…

Zara stripe tulip dress

Red, white and blue

(Zara dress; Christian Louboutin shoes; Gucci sunglasses) Today is the 4th of July (Happy 4th, American friends!), and even although that fact has absolutely no relevance for me whatsoever, I figured I’d show you this little red, white and blue…

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The Saga of the Trashy Diva Honey Dress

(Dress and jacket, Trashy Diva; shoes Christian Louboutin; fascinator made by my mum, and handbag stolen from her, accessorized with Trashy Diva bow) Yesterday, our two good friends Lindsay and Steven got married. It was an absolutely amazing day: the…

Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Lady Dragon jelly shoes

As Happy as a Dog With Two Tails

(Dorothy Perkins dress; Vivienne Westwood /Melissa Lady Dragon heart shoes, c/o Sarenza) Unlike me, Rubin isn’t a big fan of the heat. Which I guess is understandable, given that “personal style” for him involves wearing the same, white fur coat…

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Seven Things

( Miss Selfridge via eBay dress; Vivienne Westwood for Melissa shoes; mystery  cardigan, eBay sunglasses) Jenni tagged me to do one of those “Seven Random Things About Me” posts a couple of weeks ago, and I started it, then quickly…

Forever Amber

What’s black and white and red all over?

(Dress, River Island; shoes, Office c/o Idealo; clutch, stolen from my mum) Thanks for all of your comments on my last post, everyone: I’m still feeling pretty craptastic about it all, to be honest, so here are some photos from…

Forever Amber

Fashion Blogger Clichés, Part 2

(Dress, River Island last year; Shoes, TK Maxx, about 6 years ago.) For some reason, sunny weather (Oh, hey, did I mention we’ve been having sunny weather recently? Did I? Because I feel like I haven’t gushed about it quite enough…

Forever Amber

A host of golden daffodils

So picture it: there I am wandering lonely as cloud. You know, like I do. When all of a sudden, what do I see? Only a crowd! A host! Of golden daffodils! That totally matched my outfit! “Quick, Terry,” I…

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Season of Spots

You know how people have Advent calendars, to count down the days to Christmas? I think I want one of those for Spring. I get MUCH more excited about Spring than I ever do about Christmas. Even although there is…

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Photobombs

FASHUN BLOGGING = SO HARD, you guys! Witness:   In other news (which will be totally repeated news if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter: sorry!), yesterday morning we woke up to this: Well, actually we woke up in…

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Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year, everyone! I know I’m a little late to the party with my New Year post, but that’s actually quite fitting, as I was almost late to the ACTUAL party, too, having: a) Managed to use rollers in…

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White Christmas

(Dress, Closet; shoes, Kurt Geiger) Happy Christmas, everyone! War is over! Oh no, wait, wrong song… This year I was dreaming of a White Christmas, and by that I mean “a white dress”. Well, I wouldn’t have been talking about…

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They paved the parking lot, put up paradise

(Dress, Dorothy Perkins (sold out); Shoes, French Connection c/o Spartoo) Last summer, workmen dramatically tore down the old office building I used to work in, and started building a gigantic Primark in its place. It was kind of like the…

polka dot dress and red high heels

The Red Shoes

DRESSEMBER, DAY, 11 Dress, Stop Staring; Shoes, Office, c/o. Idealo.co.uk Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of my first “date” with Terry. Of course, yesterday was also a work day, so we decided to do our celebrating on Sunday instead, with…

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A short rant about hemlines

You see this dress, readers? This dress is from the Topshop Tall collection. Yes, TALL. For women of 5″9 and above. I am not tall. In fact, I’m just a smidge under 5″4 (that “smidge” is important, by the way….

Forever Amber

The Worst Witch

When I was a little girl I was a big fan of The Worst Witch books by Jill Murphy. Anyone else read those? They were about a young girl called Mildred Hubble, who went to a school for witches (which…

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Rock n’ Roll

Well, hello, ’tis I, your  redheaded blogger-friend, who hasn’t actually updated her blog in WEEKS, but who still expects you all to be faithfully reading along, even although you probably unsubscribed weeks ago, and are only here now because I kept tweeting…

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Make that 73 dresses.

So, I already had this dress: And I love it. Love it. It’s a great dress. All swingy, and swirly, and most importantly, mustard, which is my current colour obsession. And in ponte fabric, which I really love, because it…

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72 Dresses (And nothing to wear)

A few weeks ago, Siel asked me how many dresses I have. I didn’t actually know the answer to that offhand, and I couldn’t count them because I was scared of what the answer would be at any given time…

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Goodbye, Norma Jean…

While we were in LA, we found ourselves inadvertently walking in the footsteps of one of my biggest icons, Marilyn Monroe. I mean that literally: (I was all, “I’M Marilyn. No, I am! You be Jane Russell, mum…”) Hollywood Boulevard…

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Flying By Numbers

(Dress, Bettie Page; Shoes, Zara (last season, out of stock) I’m back. And rather than get straight into the OMGDEPRESSION I feel at being back, I’m just going to go right back to the start of my trip, and systematically…

military dress

Pick My Next Little Black Dress

So, waaay the hell back at the start of this year, Shoeperwoman.com won a blog competition, and the prize was a Karen Millen gift card. This was tremendously exciting to me, obviously (in fact, if you heard a faint, but…

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Surprise, surprise!

It was my birthday on Tuesday. I didn’t mention it at the time because, well, I hate birthdays.  And because I was sulking and feeling hard-done-by on account of the fact that, wah, I just got older! But it was my…

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Confessions of a Shopaholic

(Note: this entry has nothing at all to do with the movie of the same name. Sorry, Google searchers, nothing to see here…) I know it’s the shortest month of the year, but seriously, February, are you STILL here? Do…