It’s Chriiiiissssttttmmmaaaasssss!!

We weren’t going to. We really weren’t.

But a combination of a) Tess in a fab sequinned frock; b) regular DlikeT-er Amanda spending Christmas here at Dress like Tess HQ and c) the glitter “fabric” we made sometime in November meant we had to play along.

Tess looks deliciously glittery; here’s Amanda’s rather beautifully festive dress.

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Meanwhile, we attempted “sleeves”…

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And now we must return to the cheeseboard. Happy Christmas


the final final final

Afternoon all

Well, it’s Sunday and at Dress like Tess HQ we’re feeling a touch delicate. But the kids are home and we’re catching up on the results show. Facebook has already told me who won but my girls don’t know yet and they’re a bit gutted that Sophie and Brendan didn’t get to dance their charleston again. Brendan has been a hit in our house ever since he guest-starred in Sooty.

Right… so first, let’s see our only entrant from last night. It’s from Rosie in West Yorkshire and of course she’s used a sock. Good skills.

Tess is wearing a black frock with an asymmetric top section and a high split.

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Nice… like it.

Now, as you know, here at Dress Like Tess HQ we’re having something of a black fabric crisis. So I’m afraid for the final Tess of the series, we’ve had to use Christmas wrapping paper. I’d like to thank Poundland.

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Thanks so much for all your Tesses during the series. I will start hoarding tights as soon as 2014 begins…





21 December: at last, socks

We were beginning to worry, here at Dress like Tess Towers, that regular Tess-er Rosie from Farsley wasn’t playing tonight. Good grief, what the Dickens could she be doing? Having a night out with Mr Rosie? Enjoying sophisticated conversation?

You’ll be as pleased as we were to discover that she has of course been dressing dolls in socks in a bid to emulate Ms Tess Daly’s frock. Phew.

So here’s Rosie’s Tess. If in doubt, an evening bag will totes be blonde hair.

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Rosie tells us that a sock, a staple and some glitter glue were all she needed. And frankly, if that doesn’t sum up Dress like Tess, we don’t know what does.




21 December main show

OK, here we go. Tess is wearing a shoulder-less white dress with insane amounts of silver mosaic-type embellishment and a long white pleated skirt.

At a record-breaking five to seven, our first Dress like Tess arrived from Marie. Now, Dress like Tess met Marie last month at a Strictly party. She’s aces. Tonight, Marie is in Leeds and she’s Dressing her Tess with Eden, aged six. They used tissue, sparkly thread and (of course) tin foil… and here’s their Tess.

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Oh yes. And here’s “Tess” with Tess.

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Meanwhile, here at Dress like Tess HQ, I covered the sofa in small pieces of tinfoil — something I’d never have sanctioned had my usual team of young Dress like Tess-ers been here…

So it’s white tissue paper, a loo-roll skirt and a heck of a lot of foil. Next week’s Christmas dinner is taking second place to doll-embellishment.

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Anyone else playing tonight?