Last week I promised florals dresses and perhaps even toenails – and I’ve managed to deliver on both!
As we’ve had some beautiful sunny days on and off in the last couple of weeks (temperatures were up and down a bit, but the change in season is definitely happening) I thought I’d feature some of the best summer dresses I’ve seen so far this year.
I’ve picked my five favourite dress styles (all of which I own one or more of), shown you how I’ve styled mine, and suggested ones you can shop that are currently available online. So if you’re a fan of shirt dresses, slip dresses, classic yellow dresses, wrap dresses or gingham dresses then it’s your lucky day! I’ve found so many I love that I now want to go out and add to my already-heaving collection of summer dresses.
That’s not good when a) you live in wet and dreary England, and b) you have an A LOT of summer dresses already. However last year in Blighty we had the longest, most glorious summer ever [by British standards] and I got a lot of wear out of my summer dresses, so you never know: we might have another long, hot summer! And pigs might fly, etc. etc…
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SHOP ALTERNATIVE DRESSES TO THE EDIT ABOVE:
Hopefully this post is a nice antidote to the masculine chic look I featured last week. It’s time to start buffing, and fake tanning, and toenail painting, and waxing and all those other things which occasionally slide over the winter months.
(If you’re one of those people who does all those things all year round – even in the dead of winter – then all I can say is GOOD GRIEF… you’re superhuman!! Kudos to you!)
LET ME KNOW WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE STYLE SUMMER DRESS IN THE COMMENTS…!
1. The shirt dress
The shirt dress is probably the one style dress I’d choose if I could only choose one dress forever and ever. The full skirt is comfy, the collar and buttons give it structure, and it has a touch of the retro about it. I also bought this same SS18 dress in yellow in the sale last year and didn’t get a chance to wear it, so look out for that this summer on the blog. And talking of yellow dresses, wait till you see the next style…
SHIRT DRESSES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
2. The classic yellow dress
If a shirt dress is my favourite style dress, then yellow is my favourite colour for a summer dress. I have several yellow dresses, and every year I find myself looking at what yellow dresses all the shops are selling in their New In sections. I think it stems from my love of the dress Sandy wore to the diner in Grease – my mother made a dress that was almost identical as I loved it so much. I even remember the yellow sundress I owned aged about four – it had a little bear transfer mum ironed onto the front for me… GAWD I loved that dress! Over 40 years later and my love for a yellow sundress is still strong.
CLASSIC YELLOW DRESSES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
3. The wrap dress
I’ll be honest here: I wouldn’t say I’m generally a fan of a wrap dress. But normally “wrap dress” makes me think of a bodycon style, with long tight sleeves and a knee-length, tight skirt… that style looks TERRIBLE on me, and it’s not my style at all (plus dare I say it… it’s a bit old fashioned now?) But last year I bought two Hotsquash cooling fabric wrap dresses (grey is still available in a few sizes, as is pink) and they were a godsend in the heat. With the shorter sleeves and maxi length they were nothing like the cliché wrap dress I mentioned. So I’ve picked more unusual style dresses for this section; wrap dresses yes, just nothing run-of-the-mill.
WRAP DRESSES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
4. The slip dress
The slip dress is a style I thought I’d NEVER wear again, let alone styled the 90s way with a plain white t-shirt underneath. But two years ago I ate my words and got this rainbow ikat-print dress with straps, and wore it with a white tee I did. The style is still going strong for 2019 it seems, and it can be worn alfresco for very hot days or with the white tee I mentioned for a more covered-up look. A belt to cinch in the waist: optional.
SLIP DRESSES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
5. The gingham dress
EVERY year gingham dresses are popular, especially black and white gingham. I honestly don’t think this print will ever really date (Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, anyone?), so a really fabulous B&W gingham check dress is a summer investment in my eyes. My Hobbs gingham dress is about four years old and every year I can always find one that’s almost exactly the same (like this one from Hobbs and this one from Karen Millen). I’ve got my eye on a gingham jumpsuit this year…!
GINGHAM DRESSES (& A COUPLE OF JUMPSUITS) YOU MIGHT LIKE:
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