With the Grand National, the biggest social and style day out in the North West, just around the corner, we’re all wondering what to wear. No race day, especially one as stylish as the Grand National, would ever be complete without that all-important fancy frock.

And so, what would the frock of the moment be? Here are three clues:

1. It’s a vintage classic
2. It works well for all body types
3. It creates the perfect hourglass figure

Yes, it’s the ’50s prom dress!

All the major designers from Louis Vuitton to JasperConran had floral prom dresses in their Spring/Summer catwalk shows.

So here are my high street picks for you, ready in time for the Grand National 2011…

Prom dresses are a great look for many reasons and are especially right for the time of year we are in now. The below-the-knee length is flattering for all ages and modest, especially if any unexpected gushes of wind come your way. The high neckline is also flattering and will keep you warm in these still-nippy early spring days, and all you need is a good support bra underneath to keep your assets where they should be.

The prom dress is also perfect to take from day right through to evening and if you don’t want to show your arms, then fret not, prom dresses look great with boleros or short tailored jackets, or if you want to keep it less formal then a pashmina will do the trick.

Main picture above: Miami Print Dress, £110 from Phase Eight.


Look stylish and save money in this floral vintage prom dress by Red Herring at Debenhams: it’s a steal at £35! http://www.debenhams.com/
An alternative to multi-coloured floral prints this poppy coloured burn-out prom dress from Kaliko – comes in at £120.



Navy has been hailed as the new black for SS11, so this navy floral print looks fresh, £120 Kaliko.



Go with an alternative to floral prints for an instantly stylish and quirky look. This white lace prom dress is just £45 from Debenhams’ Red Herring range.



This prom dress is so vibrant it’s like looking through a kaleidoscope! It’s from Monsoon, £65.



Natasha x


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As well as writing fashion articles for Eclipse Magazine, Natasha is also a personal stylist and personal shopper who has successfully styled hundreds of women and men.

She has also worked on various other fashion projects and is currently an online maternity stylist for IMAMA.TV. Other recent work includes styling and presenting ‘The search for Surrey’s ‘next top model’ competition and styling the fashion shoot for The Peacocks Centre Christmas campaign in Surrey.

Natasha believes everyone can look good no matter what their budget and doesn’t believe in throw-away fashion. She instead looks for investment pieces to suit the clients’ personality, lifestyle and budget.

“Fashion has been my life… all of my life, I love clothes and think its amazing how they can lift our mood in an instant.” Natasha

For more information call Natasha now on 07769 588637 or see www.natashafranklinpersonalstylist.co.uk


Allison Graham

Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there's a lot more to learn...

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