Three Ways to Wear a Little Black Dress

three ways to wear a little black dress I am over the moon with my little black dress from BA&SH at Monica & Joe! I think it’s really classy! I’ve made a little video of myself wearing it three different ways – a little chic ballet look, a Robert Palmer-esque glam look and a more grungey biker look. I think I’m most comfortable with the third look but I shall be sporting all of them over the Christmas hols!

As I write, I have another tab open at the Monica & Joe checkout with a biker jacket and another dress in my basket – there’s a 50% sale on! This is probably the most dangerous time of year for me, financially, because I can’t resist a bargain. Oh well. I’ll never change..

I’ve listed all of the makeup used for each look below the video pane – I hope you like this type of Style video as I’ll be doing more in the future!

Dress is from Monica & Joe and is by the label BA&SH! It’s on sale at the moment!

Natural Look:

 Ballet Pumps, Office

 Clinique High Lengths Mascara, £15:


 Jouer Tinted Moisturiser, £29:

 Jemma Kidd Cream Blush in Pawpaw, £14 delivered:

 Sue Devitt Shadow in Icelandic Fjord: Fenwicks

 Urban Decay Liplove in ‘Taunt’, £12:

 Biker boots look:

 Biker Boots are from Belstaff

 No7 Tinted Moisturiser, £12:

 YSL Touche Eclat Shade 2: £17.95 delivered at CheapSmells:

 Giorgio Armani Lipstick in Beige 100, £23: 

 YSL Tuxedo Eye Palette: check counter

 YSL Dessin du Regard Black Eye Pencil, £18: or £14.50 delivered at CheapSmells:

 Red Lips Look:

 Base, Jouer as above

 Shiseido Bronzer, shade 2, £32:

 No7 Shadow Pencil, £10.50:

 All For Eve Lipstick, £10.50 with free delivery:

 YSL Dessin du Regard Black Eye Pencil, £18: or £14.50 delivered at CheapSmells:

© 2018 A Model Recommends®: all opinions are my own and any sponsored or paid posts will always be clearly marked as an AD in the title. I accept press samples and receive product and services to review as part of my job. *Outbound links are affiliate links, which means that I receive a very small percentage of any sale made. This does not affect my content in any way and does not cost you anything, but you are most welcome to Google the products on a new page if you prefer. Please see here for full "about" section and disclaimer. A Model Recommends and Ruth Crilly are registered trademarks.



  1. December 21, 2011 / 8:08 am

    You are so gorgeous, Ruth!!! I love all three looks, and your face looks stunning!!

  2. December 21, 2011 / 12:21 pm

    To be fair you’d look gorgeous in a sack, but you do look stunning in your lbd! x

    • Ruth
      December 21, 2011 / 9:22 pm

      @Debbie I shall test that theory – I have a Royal Mail sack downstairs! Twiiiiiiitpiiiiiiiiic! xxx

  3. LEM
    December 21, 2011 / 9:32 pm

    I like this type of style video! x

  4. Rebecca
    December 21, 2011 / 10:56 pm


  5. Sue
    December 22, 2011 / 1:56 pm

    Great looks, and I love the 3rd, with the side parting and 60’s doe eyes… Rock chic? xxx

    • Ruth
      December 22, 2011 / 2:10 pm

      @Sue indeedy! I think that’s the look I wear best – it’s just my normal look!!!! xxxx

  6. December 23, 2011 / 12:21 am

    Thanks for this Ruth! I do love the way you do no makeup makeup :) My favourite is the third outfit too – so great for traipsing around the city all day.

  7. December 23, 2011 / 1:08 am

    I seriously LOVE posts like these! This is fabulous styling!

    Your blog is great, I’d love for you to one day stop by my blog, read my posts and maybe even comment. You’d make my day with doing that!

    On my blog I have did a few days ago a post on some brands (like H&M and Zara) copycatting from huge brands. Is this ok or are H&M and Zara going too far? I’d love to hear your opinion about it!

    Hope to hear soon from you, until then… Merry Christmas!


    Rock ‘n Style

  8. Pragya
    December 31, 2011 / 4:52 am

    Hi, What colour of Jouer tinted moisturizer would you recommend for Indian skin tones? Happy new year in advance

    • Ruth
      January 2, 2012 / 2:31 pm

      @Pragya to be honest, they don’t have a very wide range of shades – they are very sheer and blend out extremely well. It’s more of a ‘hint of tint’! Quite yellow undertones in mine, rather than pink, though – and ‘golden’ and ‘glow’ look as though they would match Indian skintones nicely? x

  9. Nicole
    January 5, 2012 / 2:46 am

    I think you look the best in the 3rd look. You’re beautiful when your hair is down :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.