Separates for a party outfit – More looks for your money


I was over the moon to be asked to take part in a campaign being run by Pure Collection. I was asked to choose something from the partywear that’s available in-store or online, and explain why I have chosen the item/items.  I knew straight away I would choose separates and why.

don’t get me wrong, there are some beautiful dresses available in beautiful materials on the Pure website, You may remember the event that I attend and fell in love with a gorgeous red dress that I tried on? I’ve had the Pure Collection brand on my radar ever since. There were so many beautiful items at that event and I was very impressed. I love finding brands like this to share with you.


Why I choose separates over a dress




My caption for the campaign is this. “I’ve chosen the Chocolate High Necked Blouse and the Metallic Ankle Length Trousers. With a few festive meetups coming up, I will be able to mix and match these two items and get lots of different looks. Shop savvy!”



The top, A high necked silky number with gorgeous puff sleeves. This is my favourite trend of the year. High necks are so forgiving on my mature neck, and a voluminous sleeve adds so much more glamour to any top.



The Metallic ankle-length trousers are a perfect match, very smartly tailored, fully lined and just the right amount of bling for a night of various occasions, but not too sparkly for daywear either.  My size sits between an eight and a ten and I’m wearing a size eight here. I would have prefered them to be just a little looser, so if you like these ladies maybe size up and check measurements.


Accessories to finish off the look



I teamed the outfit with a leopard print clutch to add contrast. This is from last year but there are so many to choose from in the shops. I’ve edited my favourite in the shop below.



A dainty disc necklace from Baukjen ties in with the gold thread running through the trousers



It goes to show what a hoarder I am. The shoes are from Ted Baker around twelve years ago!



But my idea of choosing this outfit is all about what other outfits I’m going to be able to create by buying separates. I think the top will look great with some leather/pleather trousers for a more rock chick look. Add more glitzy accessories to party in. It would work great with jeans and I have a knitted skirt in mind to pair it with too



The trousers will look great with a cosy sweater for a smart daytime look. Pure collection is famed for its cashmere in all the colours you could wish for.

When I was on way to the event earlier in the year I thought it was all going to be about knitwear but I was gobsmacked at the gorgeous clothing that was available and it really is worth a look. I think I would like to pair these trousers with more hints of gold too. Maybe a gold camisole paired with a jacket?


So This is my reasoning for choosing separates over a dress




I can think of so many different looks that I can create with these two items. If you’re going to a party over the Christmas festivities, what would you choose to wear? Separates? Or do you prefer to wear a dress?

I like to get my money’s worth out of my clothes nowadays and I always think hard about how I can make new items I’m thinking of buying work together with items I already have in my wardrobe, don’t you?



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  1. December 4, 2019 / 8:32 pm

    You always look super stylish, Laurie.

    I love this choice of outfit on you.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say again .. one classy chic πŸ™‚

  2. December 3, 2019 / 9:23 am

    I like your choice, Laurie. This blouse has its all, great colour and cut and looks great with smart pants as well as with black jeans or slacks. I am like you when it comes to shoes, the good ones last for ever and never go out of style

  3. November 23, 2019 / 7:02 pm

    You chose well, Laurie! Shop savvy indeed. I love the slightly Victorian vibe going on in the high-necked blouse and voluminous sleeves are always a winner in my book. The trousers are elegantly edgy and I can envision them being dressed up as well as down! xxx

  4. November 19, 2019 / 10:17 pm

    Such a beautiful, stylish outfit! I love the high neck and full sleeves of the top, gorgeous colour too. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • laurie
      November 23, 2019 / 12:10 am

      Thanks Emma! xx

  5. November 19, 2019 / 10:05 pm

    Wow your outfits is beautiful! I love the separates and the texture of both items. Those pants are totally chic!

    • laurie
      November 23, 2019 / 12:11 am

      Thanks, Ruth. The trousers certainly seem to be a hit with readers. I love that they will work for both day and night xx

  6. November 19, 2019 / 8:38 pm

    Gorgeous trousers, and a cracking outfit, Laurie! You look so elegant, ready for anything! xx

    • laurie
      November 23, 2019 / 12:12 am

      Hi Lisa. Thanks so much. Good to hear from you xx

  7. November 19, 2019 / 1:00 pm

    Looks beautiful. I especially love the trousers.
    Gemma x

  8. November 19, 2019 / 9:23 am

    Oh yes, Laurie, I can see the hours of pleasure you’re going to have with these two wonderful pieces this festive season, and beyond!
    Hugs, Mary x.

    • laurie
      November 23, 2019 / 12:12 am

      I know! Loving my first outfit from Pure Mary xx

  9. November 17, 2019 / 8:16 pm

    What a beautiful and glamours outfit Laurie. Love your trousers and shoes. I keep thinking of treating myself to some trousers like these for Christmas. Thanks for joining us at The Weekly link-up. Hope you can join us tomorrow πŸ™‚

    • laurie
      November 23, 2019 / 12:13 am

      Thanks Claire xx

  10. November 17, 2019 / 8:21 am

    I’m a big fan of separates, particularly for evening occasions, and find I get far more wear out of them than dresses, which somehow don’t see the light of day! You’ve got two versatile and stylish pieces that can be styled in so many ways. Thanks for linking up at #WowOnWednesday!

    • laurie
      November 23, 2019 / 12:13 am

      Thanks Gail. I’m really impressed with these items xx

  11. November 15, 2019 / 2:50 pm

    I love pieces that can be mixed and matched with other pieces in your wardrobe. These are classic and will remain stylish for quite some time. Great choices. Thanks for sharing with #omhgww.

    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:33 pm

      Thanks Clearissa. Glad you like them xx

      • Chell
        December 2, 2019 / 7:47 pm

        I love this outfitπŸ˜‰

  12. November 14, 2019 / 9:40 pm

    Such a classically elegant and sophisticated look, Laurie! And both pieces will certainly prove to be very versatile. I love the touch of metallic in the trousers and the high neck blouse is so feminine and pretty! Great styling. Thanks for linking up with me.


    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:34 pm

      Thanks Shelbee. The top is amazing, even with jeans. I love finding new brands like this xx

  13. November 14, 2019 / 6:43 pm

    This is such a glam look! Love your pretty blouse and those metallic pants are fab!


    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:35 pm

      Thanks, Jill xx

  14. November 14, 2019 / 4:51 pm

    The sleeves sure are glamourous! I think think that choosing articles of clothing with more versatility make sense especially when you are spending more for good quality.

    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:35 pm

      Exsactly Mireille. I’m so pleased with these items xx

  15. November 13, 2019 / 4:19 pm

    These are super trousers Laurie, and would love a pair to wear over Christmas and the festive period. Your shoes are winners too! Thanks for sharing Hun. Jacqui x

    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:36 pm

      Even perfect with a jumper Jacqui. Perfect for the Christmas period xx

  16. November 13, 2019 / 3:52 am

    There are so many more options with separates! I think you made a great choice! Those pants are just gorgeous!

    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:37 pm

      Thanks Laura. I’m so pleased with them xx

  17. November 12, 2019 / 4:45 pm

    If I am at my mother in laws, which I will be, I will probably wear a dress, but if I went out, maybe seperates. Just the reason I bought my plaid suit, to mix and match and have lots of options. Love these two pieces Laurie and I do love a higher neckline too that is showing. Those are very smart pants! I love the sheen to them, making them perfect for the Holdiays! Beautiful!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:39 pm

      I’m loving the high collars Jess. They hide all the wrinkles! xx

  18. jodie filogomo
    November 12, 2019 / 4:29 am

    I can totally see why you chose these Laurie. My mom always said the same thing. I have some pants like these and need to pull them out…they are so pretty!!

    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:39 pm

      I look forward to seeing them Jodie! xx

  19. Mother of 3
    November 11, 2019 / 9:50 pm

    That is a beautiful outfit; I just love everything about that blouse.

    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:40 pm

      Thank you! I made a good choice I think. It really is lovely xx

  20. November 11, 2019 / 7:20 pm

    What a great choice Laurie! I’m enjoying these high necks too this season for the same reasons. I love those trousers and would wear them in a flash. Even though the colours are understated you’re still going to create waves in this ensemble – fab!

    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:41 pm

      Thanks Anna. You would love these trousers! Perfect length for us too xx

    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:42 pm

      Hi! Thanks so much. I hope you pop by for more xx

  21. November 11, 2019 / 10:32 am

    I agree with you on choosing separates over dresses, and I LOVE what you chose. The blouse is exactly the kind of thing that appeals to me, as are the trousers. Gorgeous photos, as always, Laurie!
    Suzy xx

    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:42 pm

      Thanks so much Suzy. I’m just loving the Pure Collection brand. xx

    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:43 pm

      Thanks Karen xx

  22. November 11, 2019 / 6:51 am

    It is great to get value for money and as you say both items can be worn in so many different ways. You are looking fabulous in the outfit. Will now pop over to the website to take a peep.
    Regards – Jill stylishatsixty

    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:44 pm

      Thanks Jill. It’s well worth a look. I was so impressed at quality and detail at the event. A new love label xx

  23. November 10, 2019 / 7:59 pm

    I love getting my money’s worth out of my clothing too, Laurie!! Once again you have nailed a really gorgeous, chic and elegant look and you always do separates so beautifully. You look gorgeous in all the pics and how love the versatility of this little outfit. Thank you for sharing!!
    Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ

    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:45 pm

      Thanks Donna. I’m looking forward to sharing different ways to wear xx

  24. Samantha Dela Cruz
    November 10, 2019 / 2:47 pm

    you are really graceful. I wonder what is the secret of this beauty and your charm.

    • laurie
      November 15, 2019 / 11:46 pm

      57 years of practice!

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