Behind The Blue Door

Statement Dining | March 1, 2016 |

Relaxed dressing for indulgent evenings



Dressing for dinner needn’t be tortuous and if you’re hosting at home, that’s even more reason to opt for relaxed elegance.

Forget uncomfortable outfits and towering heels and take inspiration from our edit of a more effortless style – plus the dinner services to accompany your choice.

Reclaim the embellished cardigan


If you thought sparkly cardies were the preserve of festive grandmothers, Saint Laurent’s studded mohair blend cardigan (Net-a-porter, £1,330) may be a gamechanger.

Its relaxed, oversized fit offers elegant warmth, while the sprinkling of polished silver studs elevates it for a evening look. Wear over a simple black dress, such as this Popper shift dress (Topshop, £39).

The real secret of effortless dressing, of course, is in the shoes. These neoprene flats (Aldo, £35) are a stylish solution.

To serve: Wedgwood’s Palladian range complements this look with its simple lines and metallic accents.

Take a cue from Abigail’s party


The 70s marked the zenith of dinner party style. Whether your evening is captured by Mike Leigh or not, inspiration from the decade remains on point for 2016.

Team this gently-flared dress (H&M, £19.99) with Joseph’s fluid crepe new jagger trouser (Joseph, £275) for an updated nod to the era of the prawn cocktail.

To serve: Match your own floral inspiration with Wedgwood’s Hibiscus range.

Opt for pared-back elegance


Helmut Lang is the master of luxe minimalism – and this flared-cuff silk-crepe dress (Selfridges, £485) is a versatile example. Finish with a simple pendant, such as this handmade rose gold bumblebee necklace (Alex Monroe, £150)

Team with these sparkling Roger Vivier gold leather ballerina flats (Selfridges, £575). Comfortable and relaxed, they’re embellished enough to ensure no-one will mistake them for your house slippers.

To serve: Make sure your table is equally chic with Wedgwood’s Arris range.


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The Jasper Conran Tisbury collection offers a plethora of informal tableware and home accessories that allow you to mix the collection into your everyday living. The tailored shapes with renowned Jasper Conran precision combine with a resilient porcelain, glass and wood to withstand wear and tear of everyday use. Natural colour styles contribute to an effortless look and feel.

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