Style With Phase Eight and Damsel in a Dress

We believe you should never underestimate the power of the perfect dress. ~Patsy Seddon. Founder of Phase Eight.

Patsy opened the very first Phase Eight boutique in Wandsworth, London in 1979 and now in 2020, there are 107 stores (the latest being Oxford), and 207 concessions in the United Kingdom. They have also opened four stores in Switzerland with a further 128 concessions around the world.

Phase Eight and Damsel in a Dress are the perfect choice for any woman wanting to find her dream outfit. Whether this is a look for a mother of the bride, a trip to the races or a party, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You will discover flattering daytime and evening pieces, with their stunning array of dresses, jumpsuits, and tops with tailored trousers. Something to cover each and every occasion that will become a favourite in your wardrobe. The dresses range from classic maxis, to fun minis and midis, with stunning prints and quality fabrics. They also have a gorgeous selection of jumpsuits with a choice of full length classics, to culotte and cropped styles. All in beautiful, on-trend colours and prints. Another favourite is their amazing selection of tops and blouses, again available in eye catching prints and ideal to style with their figure flattering jeans or tailored trousers.

Studio 8 is also part of these sister labels, it’s sizes 16-26 provide beautiful garments that are accessible to all women with their flattering and feminine silhouettes.

They have something for everyone and perfect for every age group. I’ve had the pleasure of wearing both Phase Eight and Damsel in a Dress and they are one of my favourites by far. Please join me while I show you just a few of my favourite pieces both current and previous designs that are still available.

Firstly, is this Sierra Linear maxi dress from Phase Eight, in a beautiful cobalt blue flower print. The tie waist gives definition and a perfect silhouette. A gorgeous dress for warmer days and relaxed holidays, whilst looking amazing dressed up or down when adding heels, a blazer, or a denim jacket with trainers.

I have to say the Phase Eight maxi dresses are a favourite of mine; they are a perfect length with fabric that flows elegantly. This Willow striped wrap maxi is another favourite this season, with it’s sleeveless, faux wrap design making it a very flattering style. The striped monochrome print and the tortoiseshell buckle that cinches in the waist, makes it the perfect dress up with tortoiseshell accessories. This beauty certainly covers all occasions making it such a cost effective, timeless investment.

Dressing it down.

I wanted to share another SS20 favourite below, this is the show stopping Daryl pleated maxi dress which featured in the OK magazine. The beautiful and vibrant floral print makes this dress perfect for any occasion. The pleated skirt and wrap style bodice gives you an elegant silhouette, flowing as you walk. One that you will bring out every summer for years to come.

Damsel in a Dress is another brand I’d recommend to anyone who loves a beautiful piece for their wardrobe. Amazing styles and prints that are very on trend, appealing to all age groups and without doubt an investment for your wardrobe.

I was delighted to wear this beautiful shirt below with its eye catching abstract print and array of gorgeous colours. It will without doubt be one you can also wear through autumn and winter by adding jeans, black trousers or a skirt along with a favourite coat or jacket. The on-trend balloon sleeves add to the show stopping design and with beautiful gold buttons. Another timeless addition to any fashion lovers wardrobe.

The Kizzie ruffle shirt is another recommendation, still available and now reduced in price. The colour is stunning, with the ruffles and pintucks as well as flaired sleeve cuffs. Another wardrobe investment that will pay for itself in compliments alone.

Damsel in a Dress also have an amazing array of classic, stylish trousers and jeans, Perfect tailoringtailored to go with the Kelis and Kizzie shirts along with many other shirts and tops. A perfect match would be the black Nina city suit trousers. Ideal paired with heels and smart enough for any special occasion, a definite wardrobe staple.

I’d love talk to you about the Damsel dresses, what can I say, they are stunning! I fell head over heels with their Lanie military dress. This style is an outstanding piece that would instantly have you heading to any occasion and have you feeling confident and sophisticated. The textured loops and metallic fastenings are a feature alone. I’m wearing the navy below, but it’s also available in classic black and also with a limited number of orange left and now reduced.

I’d love to mentioned just a handful of my favourites, take a look while I share a few more ‘love at first sight’ styles from Phase Eight and Damsel in a dress.

I’m sure the items I’ve shared with you will have given you an insight into why and clothes are favourites of mine. I’ve given you the links to have a look for yourself as there really are so many beautiful pieces for all. They currently have some fabulous reductions on their Summer items as well as ‘New In’ to have a peruse at your leisure.

I have focused on the current seasons ranges but look out for the autumn and winter ranges. They have beautiful investment pieces for the colder months. Having purchased a camel coat three years ago I can highly recommend an investment piece as it looks as good as it did the day I bought it.

Thank you for reading and I’d love to hear your thoughts on these beautiful sister brands.

Celine xx

The Perfect White Dresses of Summer 2019

White is a colour some people believe they can’t wear, thinking it makes them look bigger, or drains their complexion. On the contrary, everyone can wear it, you just need to play around with it, have fun and be brave! It can be such a chic look. Add layers to give texture to the outfit or a coloured belt to cinch in the waist and a bold jacket and shoes. Be confident in playing around with this non primary colour, be daring and always think out of the box. Find the right style for you and run with it!

Spring and Summer 2019 has seen some amazing seasonal fashion but I for one have loved the number of fabulous white dresses that have been on the high-street. There has been a style for everyone and the ladies of Instagram have certainly confirmed this with so many stunning photos on their grids!

Model – @the_fashionstalker

Model – @justleftmyforties_

This embroidery anglaise dress from Next featured above on myself and Bev @the_fashionstalker is 100% cotton so a great choice for holidays in the sun and is perfect to dress down by day with strappy sandals and then pop on some heels and gorgeous accessories for an evening of fun and cocktails. At £48 it’s a perfect investment for a Summer wardrobe staple and is a dress that will come out of the wardrobe year after year.

Model – @lovestyle40

This beautiful linen dress from Aspiga is again a perfect dress for the Summer and holidays in the sun. With its gorgeously feminine smock style, ruffles and its luxurious linen it’d be a perfect, floaty investment for days when the temperatures are high. Its elasticated neckline makes it the perfect bardot style dress and as seen here on Joanna @lovestyle40 you can see what a beautiful investment this dress is and again is still available.

Model – @the_stylecat

This gorgeous Topshop linen bardot dress is an absolute winner as you can see here on @the_stylecat She looks amazing in it but if this catches your eye you need to be quick. Now in the sale, reduced from £39.00 to £25.00 with limited sizes but it’s so gorgeous it needed to be shared with you. It’s a great length for the taller of you as Emma pictured here is 5ft 10″ and as you can see it’s a perfect midi length on her. I love the belt on this dress with its raffia buckle accentuating the waist before falling to the perfect mid length dress, it’s a must for time in the sun!

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How beautiful is this dress from the fabulous South of the River Boutique, with its beautiful cut and floaty skirt. The adjustable shoulder straps and its lace and sheer polka dot bodice are so flattering and feminine. It also has a dropped layered detail at the back. A perfect investment at £110.00 to bring out of your Summer wardrobe year in year out!

Model – @dressedtothemax

This beautiful cut work embroidery dress from Zara is currently in the sale, only a couple of sizes are available so you need to be quick to snap up this beauty! This 100% cotton dress is perfect for hot days in the sun as seen here on our lovely model Maxine and with its short sleeves and beautifully tiered skirt it’s an all round winner! Zara dresses are always a fabulous addition to your Summer wardrobe.

Model – @thefword.marianna

This dress is such a gorgeous style on most women, with it’s extremely flattering neckline as we can see on our real model Marianna. It’s currently in the sale and most sizes are still available, it’d be a shame to miss out on this little Summer number!

Model – @adelaknox

This stunning white linen dress is available from by_b.o.y via Instagram and with its beautiful style, sleeves, ruffles and piping it’s definitely one to have you standing out in the crowd as you can see on my fabulous model Adela!

Shop – Very

This contrast stitch, denim pencil dress is a gorgeous choice for the Summer, with its slimming shape and marble buttons it’s certainly a fashion statement. This style of dress would look amazing with a t-shirt underneath, bringing colour to the outfit for anyone who feels all white isn’t for them. It’s a perfect midi length pinafore style, feminine and

Model – @fashionable_later

If an all white dress isn’t for you, one with a pattern is a perfect alternative, breaking up the block colour by finding one with another colour to add detail to draw the eye. This Baukjen Mia shirt dress is the perfect example and modelled here by Rachel from @fashionable_later you can see how the beautiful polka dot print adds the perfect amount of colour to break an all white look.

Below is the Marks and Spencers printed shirt dress which is also a perfect example of one with a pattern with its scarf inspired paisley print. Seen here on our real model Rachel @fashionable_later it fits around the waist beautifully and falls at a perfect midi length, a perfect dress for those of you that prefer a pattern to an all white look.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all my beautiful, real models who, you have to admit are perfect in their dresses! Thank you to Bev, Joanna, Emma, Maxine, Marianna, Adela and Rachel for getting involved in bringing you some perfect white dress examples to have in your wardrobes for many Summers to come.

Animal Instinct

I’m sure you’ll all be aware that animal print is having an undeniable moment on the high street for Autumn and Winter 18/19. Having always been a fan I’m loving the styles that are available to us and happy to say there are pieces to suit everyone’s price range.

The great thing about these prints is the variation in zoological preference, so there is something to suit all colouring (cool or warm), taste and style. Leopard, tiger, snake, croc and zebra, there is an animal print for everyone. They are also perfect for print clashing by mixing with florals, metallics and many more.


Leopard print can sometimes be on the orange side and if you are cool colouring (fair skin, blue eyes and blonde/light brunette) a beige shade of leopard will compliment your complexion more unless it’s accessories which are away from your face. This revere animal print coat is available from Next and comes in  a regular and tall and at £75.00 is perfect for this seasons trend.


Animal Print Revere Coat

This long leopard print dress from Zara is a perfect addition to your wardrobe and at £39.99 is perfect through autumn and winter, ideal to wear  with a pair of trainers for a casual look or dressed up with boots or heels and a jacket.


Long Leopard Print Dress

Snakeskin print is a huge favourite of mine although it’s advised to wear in moderation, this classy Zara dress is perfect and ideal worn with plain accessories. Again, another addition to your wardrobe to be dressed up or down.


Zara Snakeskin Print Dress

If you are wanting a minimal amount of print and a fun look, this personalised sweatshirt from Hari and the Gang ticks the box and is the perfect casual wear for autumn and winter.

Hari and the gangBlack & Leopard Print Personalised Sweatshirt

If an animal print is too bold a statement for you to wear why not add it with your accessories, shoes, belt, scarf or handbag.

M&S wrap

Animal Print Wrap

Asos Missguided        575-282s

Missguided heeled ankle boots in snake print

Cylinder Heel Boots


Davie – Leopard Double Zip Handbag

Keep smiling and thanks for popping by lovelies,

C. xx