What to wear for New Year’s Eve 2014

Blue New Years


The boutique has been positively bursting at the seams with customers who are busily organising themselves for their Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties, and we’ve had great fun helping them choose their accessories and dresses for their events.  This blissful little collection is perfect for a New Year’s Eve party and will have you looking classy and sophisticated as you twinkle and dance your way into 2014!

Pastel shades for your perfect prom dress

There is only one way to describe the weather at the moment, and that is yucky. The weather is the most miserable shade of grey, but at Walk in Wardrobe we are optimistically counteracting this by having the most gorgeous pastel coloured dresses in stock. These pastel colours are really giving me a lift and are perfect for this season, giving ladies that whimsical, princess-like grace.

nude pastelOur most popular pastel shades for prom girls are by far the nudes, champagnes and pastel pinks. It is easy to see why they are such a hot favourite amongst the girls as they are gorgeous delicate hues which can be fantastic if you want to accentuate skin tone and eyes.

However, although the pinks and nudes are undeniably spectacular, do not overlook mint green and lemon. Some of the prom girls have commented that the nude champagne colours can make them look washed out. However, I have regularly found that mint greens suit girls who can look washed out in the champagne shades, probably because of the bluey undertone this colour has as opposed to the yellow undertone of a champagne dress.mint pastel

To top off this prom look, you can couple the pastel dresses with sparkly accessories to give them a regal, elegant feel.  After all, it’s not often you get to be a princess!

What are your feelings on the new pastel shades which are donning every catwalk? Make sure you leave a comment below to let us know!

Celebrating 15 years in business at Walk in Wardrobe

On the 13th November the doors of the boutique were opened to our guests for our most exciting and glamorous fashion show to date.  We wanted to make this show extra special with only the most glitzy and chic dresses on the catwalk, the most stunning models and the most sensational hair and makeup!

The evening was a huge success, and we would like to say a huge thank you to: Alex and Willow from Cisco’s Karma in Brighton for doing our model’s sophisticated and trendy hairstyles and also to Ange Watson of Yawoma Makeup and Hair for doing the model’s classy and chic makeup.  Thank you also to Heidi Cotton who picked the winner of our pencil dress competition and to Stuart Butcher for being our fantastic photographer on the evening!


Celebrating 15 years in Business at Walk in Wardrobe

At Walk in Wardrobe, we are celebrating a fantastic 15 years in business with an exclusive Fashion show at the boutique at 31, Western Road, Hove BN3 1AF on Tuesday 13th November 2012 at 6.30pm.

At this event we will be releasing our new collections in a glorious array of glitz and glamour with our new sequined evening wear with gorgeous embellishments.  We will be also be showcasing our new labels and extending our popular line of pencil dresses with even more trendy and edgy designs.  We are lucky enough to be able to work with renowned Makeup Artist Ange Watson of Yawoma Hair and Makeup: www.yawoma.co.uk and professional Hairstylists Steph and Romy on the big night.

We are very excited to be launching our brand new website in the New Year www.walk-in-wardrobe.co.uk.  With this new website we will be able to enhance our high quality service with more detailed images of the dresses and colours available.  The website will also keep you up to date with the latest fashions, style forecasts and our fashion blog.  You will also have the ability to share the products you love on your favourite social media sites.  The new website will make it easier for you to hire online and to know what dates the dresses are available for.  There will also be a separate resale section for customers to resell their pre-loved Walk in Wardrobe items.  Most importantly, there will also be promotional codes for regular and loyal customers to get fantastic discounts!

Katherine Tanswell, Proprietor of Walk in Wardrobe

A few words from Katherine Tanswell, Proprietor of Walk in Wardrobe:  ‘I feel honoured and delighted to have had our work recognised by the Sussex Fashion Awards, who have given us the award for ‘The best place to shop in Sussex’ two years in a row in 2011 and 2012.  I would like to thank all of our customers for their continued support, each and every one of you have made my 15 years in business a genuine pleasure and I truly appreciate the chance to offer you our services.  I look forward to a continued relationship with you and look forward to extending our top quality service to our new customers both at the boutique and online’.

Cause a stir at your James Bond themed party!

A sexy, classy, elegant little number, perfect for a Bond themed party!

Although Daniel Craig was partially responsible for getting my heart racing at the Skyfall Premier this month, I must confess, the main cause of excitement for me was seeing all the ladies at the event looking so glamorous in their gorgeous dresses!  Bond fever seems to have struck the nation and our lovely customers are no exception; over the past few weeks we have witnessed a sudden surge of ladies coming into the boutique to find dresses for Bond themed parties.

When looking for your dress for a Bond themed party, you must look for dresses which are glamorous, sexy, but definitely not tacky.  The other thing to bear in mind is that you must never try to be something that you are not.  The Bond girls are all uniquely different in personality and each have their own wardrobe to reflect this, so all you need to do is pick your favorite Bond girl and steal her style!  At Walk in Wardrobe we can help you achieve both of these very important factors for your Bond party, it’s probably the reason why we are the first port of call for the local ladies attending Bond themed events!

So once you look drop dead gorgeous, all you need to worry about is making sure that the drinks are shaken and not stirred….

Showstopping long dress, great for a Bond girl!

The lace dress is the new little black dress!

Lace for the evening

The winter temperatures seem to be coming at us full steam but that doesn’t mean that you can’t turn up the heat a notch in your wardrobe with one of our hot lacy dresses!  This gorgeous little craze for lace has really hit the fashion scene with our customers at the boutique looking for lovely lacy numbers and celebrities in their droves wearing them on the red carpet, such as Kate Middleton, Jessica Alba and Daisy Lowe.  It’s easy to see why these dresses have taken off in the way they have, they are sexy, sophisticated, elegant, and lets face it, a little bit romantic!

Lace for the day

Akin to the little black dress, the little lacy dress is guaranteed to be drop dead gorgeous at any occasion.  Black on black gives a stunningly chic look, and a light colour such as nude or champagne under black lace looks utterly exquisite, ensuring that you will stand out from the crowd.  Sheer, lacy sleeves have also been popular at the boutique, adding a touch of class and they are also fantastic if you are not so confident about your arms.

These lacy dresses are very easy to accessorise, lending themselves to either silver or gold, adding that little bit of twinkle and making you sparkle and shimmer with nothing but pure glamour!

Walk in Wardrobe Fashion Trend Focus

Available to hire at £85 or buy at £229.99

One of the most exciting autumn/winter trends to me personally is the undeniably dramatic Baroque trend, possibly because of its rebellious attitude towards the concept of less is more in the economic downturn!  It neatly ties in with rich, warm autumnal colours and is a look that simply oozes decadence, exuberance and the height of sophistication.  The very minute the Dolce and Gabanna models glided down the catwalk in Milan in their sumptuous baroque gowns, we knew that this look was going to be HUGE!  At Walk in Wardrobe we have remained bang on trend and have sourced the most gorgeous baroque inspired dresses at unbeatable prices to ensure that you can look every inch the baroque queen when you go to your special occasion!

This look is all about embellishment, shimmer and gold EVERYWHERE, reviving the regal trends of the 17th century, being ornate, intricate and completely utterly gorgeous.  This style largely concentrates on black and gold, and looks amazingly fabulous with matching black and gold accessories from the dramatic chandelier earrings to sparkly bangles and gorgeous clutch bags.  However, although this look is very much about the blacks and golds, don’t be afraid to add some colour to your baroque outfit.  Claret reds, cobalt blue and royal purples can continue to give you that expensive, opulent baroque feel.  Regardless of how you wear your baroque look, there’s only one thing to do now – get shopping and get that look!

Autumn 2012’s hottest fashion trends

This year I seem to have blinked at the crucial moment when summer arrived in the UK.   My circle of friends have been very disappointed with the summer this year, but here at Walk in Wardrobe we believe that there is always a silver lining, this particular silver lining being in the shape of an opportunity to start experimenting with a new line of autumn fashion trends!  There has been so much excitement amongst the fashion circles as this autumn’s fashion promises to be uniquely different from previous autumns of late, being bolder and more blingy!  Here are the key autumnal fashion trends for 2012:

The hottest shade of blue this Autumn! Click on the pic for more details.

Bold colours:  The autumn fashion this year has moved away from traditional autumnal shades of browns and dark greens.  Instead, designers have been picking out the boldest colours in their colour pallet, in particular the most luxurious shades of cobalt blue and royal purple.  One noticeable hot trend on the autumn runway was to mix cobalt blue with black.  This look can be achieved with one of our gorgeous little cobalt blue dresses and accessorising with our sparkly black bangles, fascinators or sparkly alice bands.  Team this look up with a killer pair of black heels and voila!  You’re ready to go!

Gorgeous gold dress with luxurious black lace overlay

Gorgeous gold dress with luxurious black lace overlay. Click on the pic for more details!

Shimmer and lace:  That very classy look of shimmer and lace are in this autumn to give you that elegant and chic evening look.  These lacy accents look gorgeous over the neck and back, and lace overlays have the most stunning, show stopping effect.  These lacy adornments are not only there to glam up a dress, they can also be very flattering for ladies who want to cover problem areas such as their arms.  Lacy sleeves can stop an outfit from looking frumpy and maintain a glamorous look whilst still giving you confidence.

Autumnal Royal Purple Peplum Pencil Dress. Click on the pic for more details!


Cinched-in waists:  This can only mean one thing – the much-favoured peplum is still in!  These flattering dresses have a unique ability to cinch in the waists of all body shapes whilst also elongating the figure and giving you that iconic silhouette!  At the boutique we have the perfect dress in stock which will kill two fashion birds with one stone – the royal purple peplum dress!

Bling:  Sparkly accessories will be all the rage this autumn, cheering up the autumn weather with a bit of glitz and bling!  We have so many twinkling little gems at the boutique at the moment from bangles to hair candy to shoes to complete your autumnal look.

Stunning hair candy to help you twinkle through the autumn! Click the pic for more details!


The Bling-iest shoes on the catwalk! Click on the pic for more details!


Gorgeous bling for your wrists, available in many different colours. Click on the pic for more details!