Deck The Halls - Perfect Partywear With The Tess Tapework Dress from Studio Eight

The hunt to find the perfect party wear is officially in full swing, and whilst there's nothing wrong with dripping in sparkles and glitter, sometimes it's nice to invest in a beautiful dress which will see you through a multitude of occasions. Studio Eight, the plus size sister brand to Phase Eight have very much become one of my go to labels when looking for something which feels both sophisticated and versatile. I absolutely fell in love with the Tess Tapework Dress after seeing it at a previous press day, and straight away could imagine how much of a wardrobe chameleon the style would be.

Available up to a UK 26, the Tess Tapework Dress is made from a beautiful textured fabric which has the appearance of an intricate weave to it. Semi-sheer fluted sleeves fall gently to the side, and it features a dipped v-neck to the front and back. The jade green has festive undertones for the Christmas season, but only with the suggestion of fairy lights and bauble laden trees. Out of context, this dress is perfect for weddings, christenings and could even make it into a work to date wardrobe with a cropped blazer thrown on top. The soft fit and flare cut gives a curvy silhouette, and the stretchy fabric very much allows you to eat as many mince pies as you like without feeling a restrictive pinch!

Necklace: Vintage

I felt so good in this dress - it's one of those which feels special but still manages to fall on the right side of smart to make it suitable for a lot of different occasions. It's certainly going to be worn for some of the upcoming festivities, but it's nice to invest in something which you know you'll get a lot of sartorial mileage out of in the summer seasons too.

* Dress was sent as a gift. All photos, opinions and words are my own.

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x

(All photos (c) Diana Thompson / Fashion Loves Photos unless otherwise stated. Please do not reproduce without written permission.)


  1. This colour looks amazing on you and i love the criss-cross pattern, very unusual

  2. What a fabulous material this is made of! You look glorious in it and it matches your complexion and hair so so well xx


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