Ralph Lauren Stretch Twill Utility Dress Navy BlueThe only thing better than a beautiful outfit, is a beautiful setting.  Or is it the other way around? Hmm, can we have both?!  Speaking of which, I've loved hearing over recent months about how many of you recognise some of the historic places and cities featured on A Glass Of Ice.  So, having been sent the most perfect utility dress from Ralph Lauren, I wondered what place could possibly get on a level with the brand's classic beauty?  Having wanted to explore the luxury hotel Cliveden for a while now, it seemed the perfect opportunity to see what all the fuss was about ...
National Trust Cliveden House Hotel in Autumn
UK Fashion Blogger Collaboration with Ralph Lauren
Gant Womens White Rope Belt

Belt - Gant

Entrance White Fountain at Cliveden House UK
Layering Polo Neck Under Casual Dress Autumn Blog Styling
Autumn Sun UK National Trust Cliveden House
Fashion Blog Leather Knee High Boots Styling
While exploring the grounds of the luxury country house hotel, it dawned on me how A Glass Of Ice has over time adopted a definite aesthetic.  By this, I'm talking about a mass of greenery, Italianate architecture, gildings, follies and glasshouses.  It's what I love the most and so I'm not even a tiny bit surprised the above has taken over my blog!  With this in mind, I'm really pleased to be collaborating with Ralph Lauren, because after all, blogging is about surrounding yourself with what you're most enthusiastic about, right? When I think about it, I've explored a lot of places wearing the brand (most recently the streets of Bruges) and so to style a brand I love, in a place I love, is pretty much bliss.
Gilded Gold Clock Tower Cliveden House
UK Fashion Blog Collaboration With Ralph Lauren
White Knotted Rope Womens Belt
UK Romeo and Juliet style balcony with greenery Cliveden HouseAnyone else obsessed with polo necks at the moment?  I feel as though unless they're part of an oversized chunky-knit jumper, the next best option is a very tight fit.  Zara have dropped a load of Polyamide polo necks this season, which are idea for layering underneath short-sleeved dresses now that Autumn has arrived.  This military-inspired utility dress from Ralph Lauren actually has a shift silhouette, and so to break it up a little I've paired a rope belt around the middle.  Though to be honest, any statement belt could work - such as Gucci's GG belt, or perhaps even a leather corset belt.
How to Autumn Style Layer a Shift Dress With Polo neck and Belt
Balconies at 5 Star UK Cliveden House
Fashion Blog Layering Shift Dress For Autumn
National Trust Cliveden House Hotel Grand Driveway Entrance
As always, I'm hugely looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this look!  How do you feel about polo necks?  Is Ralph Lauren also one of your fave brands?

Cliveden House

With love,

Gabrielle x