Summer is all about dresses: floaty gorgeous summer styling that’s all about garden parties and stylish receptions. Too much to choose from so we created an edit just for you.
The ultimate dress is one you know you can throw on and will look fabulous no matter what. The aim is to find that dress and have you party-ready in no time, and without it costing the earth. So if you have an outfit dilemma look no further; we are here to help.
Since the lockdown online shopping is the new normal for most of us. Gone are the days when you could peruse the rails on your day off. Shopping in-store is no-longer stress-free: limited access means queues and no changing rooms. So why not shop from the comfort of your own home?
Multicoloured Puff Sleeve Frill Midi Dress (£20.00)
Our favourite floral dress is from Topshop: this green floral number is stunning, mid-length drawing the attention to the bottom of the leg and ankle; perfect if you’re a pear shape and cute puff sleeves balance out a small bust. The slight downside is pretty but impractical back detailing, open at the back from a little tie at the neck to above the waistband. Green floral shouts classic: so if you can deal with the no bra situation, this dress is a winner.
Pink Check Organza Shirt Midi Dress (£25.00)
We love this pink checked organza shirt dress. Again Topshop has recreated last year’s sell-out black and white spot Zara dress, but in a check, and it’s a better dress all round. Check out the sleeves (pun intended)! Topshop has gone the extra mile with this dress: exquisite detailing, and we love the fact it’s sheer. So if you usually wouldn’t choose a midi dress, it appears mini as it’s see-through, and the mini slip that you can see is part of the outfit. Result!
Fresh and classy, the checked dress will suit all body shapes. So it’s a win-win.
Red Ditsy Print Pintuck Midi Dress (£39.00)
Miss Selfridge has come up with this season’s classic: sexy but shy at the same time, not an easy task. This red floral midi dress has it all, a sweetheart neckline with a wrap-effect and sleeves that hit the right part of the upper arm to frame the elbow and lower arm beautifully.
Black Ditsy Floral Print Sweetheart Mini Dress (£29.99)
The mini version comes with a black background and pink flowers, or red background with white flowers. Both versions are lovely and again classic – nothing too high fashion – this dress will see you well into the season and still be fresh next summer.
Red 80’s Floral Print Poplin Puffball Mini Dress (£39.00)
Who remembers the puffball dress the first time around? Well, if you do, this dress is not for you. We’re sorry but here’s our advice – if you wore it the first time around you should allow the next generation to wear it this time. Keep it, classy ladies, no-one wants to look like they’re wearing their grandaughter’s clothes. Sidetracked – Miss Selfridge has designed out the cutest party dress: floral poplin puffball for those lucky enough to have great legs.
Pleated Leopard Print Dress (£70.00)
The ultimate summer party dress belongs to Karen Millen. Millen designs for grown-ups; beautifully tailor-made to fit a real woman. Leopard print, do I need to say more? Midi black and red leopard print wrap with a frill, gorgeous with a capital G. There isn’t a body shape this dress will not suit, in fact, the bigger you are, the better. This dress is the Spanish dancing emoji woman right there.
Snake Print Shirt Dress (£59.40)
Keeping with the animal theme Karen Millen has a sexy snake print shirt dress; undeniably elegant designed to be versatile and will take you from high summer to autumn easily and what’s more, nearly half price in the sale. Take this dress into winter with a turtleneck sweater under it. If we ever go back to the office, this is your first day back dress. You’re welcome!
Silk Tie Waist V-Neck Short Dress (£101.40)
No summer wardrobe would be complete without an Azure blue silk number. We love a silk dress; cool in summer and warm in winter with a little jacket, your ultimate wedding, birthday or anniversary dress. Thank Karen Millen for this sexy number and us at thetropicaldutchess.com for the inspiration. We love photos, so please feel free to send us some pics.
Bring on the summer party dressing!