First Date Fashion by Sian Miller – The Theatre Date

As you all know (and will have seen from the recent photo shoot and TV appearance!) my wardrobe is made up almost exclusively of polka dot fifties dresses and florals!  Which is why I have resident Sian Miller on hand to answer all your first date styling dilemmas!  This week she has some quick fixes for a date at the theatre – a must do date this season in London, what with all the Hollywood stars treading the boards of the West End!

Ooh – and thanks to everyone who voted for Sian in the Virgin Cruises design competition, we’re very proud to announce that she won!  Well done Sian 🙂

Miss Twenty-Nine xxx

Theatre Date – Look Number One


This dress caught my eye immediately. The print is gorgeous and it’s a great shape, smart cut and a comfortable fit for sitting down in a theatre in. I like it when statement dresses have 3/4 length sleeves like this because it means it’s still summery but the sleeves just keep away the evening chill without you having to cover the dress with a jacket.  A dress like this should not be hidden away under a jacket!

The theatre is a nice opportunity to glam up, so I’ve picked this bag as I love the sparkle and the colour is really unusual.  It goes really well with the dress. Now, I know my usual rule is to let a statement dress do the talking and not overload with necklaces, but in this instance I’m going against that. Sometimes even a bold printed dress can benefit from a necklace to lift it and this necklace is perfect for the job. The dress is gorgeous and the colours are really striking, but the necklace just adds a touch of evening glamour without overdoing it.  The colour goes perfectly with both the dress and the bag, so it still looks coordinated and finishes off the look beautifully. With all that colour it’s best to keep the shoes neutral – these are perfect because the colour is subtle but still picks out those nude tones in the dress, and the bronze detail of the heel and straps keeps them nice and dressy for a date at the theatre!

Theatre Date – Look Number Two


As we all know – every woman should own a little black dress.  They’re classy, sexy and the perfect base for an outfit. They’re also a fail safe if you’re unsure about what to wear because you can pretty much wear any colour or print with them! When I think of the theatre I always think of it being a classy, glamorous affair so what better than an LBD?

This is a really nice one because it’s a great length, has a lovely feminine fit and the high neck means it’s just begging for a statement necklace! Which is why I chose this gorgeous pearl, yellowy bronze one.  It’s a really lovely necklace and I love these colours on the black dress. Nude and bronze tones really complement a black dress and look clean and elegant for a sophisticated look. I have these shoes myself and I’m really pleased I bought them – they’re a nice height and the top front section actually comes across the foot in an angled straight line which is a nice touch.

With two pale elements against the black dress I didn’t want to pick a nude clutch as I think that would have been too much.  This bag is a lovely accompaniment to the look and the beading adds a pretty but subtle touch.

Sian xx

Sian Miller is a freelance fashion stylist and personal stylist specialising in live events and editorial styling. She’s worked on events for various shopping centres around the country, styling catwalk models and dancers, as well as styling for a number of national magazines. Sian’s blog focuses on showing you how to create different looks, how to style trends to suit everyone and how to make the most out of your wardrobe. You can also contact her at for any enquiries, be it work or fashion advice!

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