Dresses are the perfect answer to summer dressing in so many ways. They don’t take too much planning, are usually cool and easy to wear and cover a multitude of sins – if you pick the right shape. They also don’t need to cost an absolute fortune.
So here is our guide to the kind of dress shapes you might want to wear this summer.
Long & Slim
The slimline silhouette is something we are going to see a lot more of over the coming months. Floaty printed maxi dresses are defiantly over (you know the rule – if you can buy them in the supermarket – steer clear) but the above jersey number from Zara is not only flattering, it’s also really comfy and only costs £15.99. What’s not to like?
Tunic Over Trousers
I have always loved the tunic over trousers look. It’s great for those days when you don’t want to bare your lily white legs, or the weather can’t quite make up its mind up.
I love the neckline on the black one from Cos, and the white broderie angalise one from Whistles in the middle is just lovely over a pair of jeans. Or check out the embroidered tunic from Zara for a monochrome ethnic look.
This is a another look you’re going to see a lot more of. Voluminous, hippy inspired shapes feature shoe string ties and gathered layers and are more or less detail free, apart from maybe some self coloured embroidery. Again stay away from prints.
Denim dresses are so easy to wear and these two are flattering in different ways. The straight up and down one from Zara is still slimline, therefore flattering and the more fitted one from Cos has an almost vintage feel.
Finally this brightly coloured kaftan from Zara looks beautiful, but I’m reserving judgement till I see it. My only complaint with High St shopping is that often the fabrics are a disappointment in real life. But fingers crossed, as I can see myself wafting around in this in a ‘Margot Leadbetter meets Jade Jagger’ kind of way on holiday.