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Summer heatwave chic

Wednesday, 11th July, 2018 5:01pm

Sunshine and a summer dress just go hand in hand and for me, once the sun makes an appearance, this becomes my uniform of sorts.

I’m a complete sucker for a flippy little summer dress and it’s my absolute go-to if I’m ever a bit unsure or uninspired with what I should wear. These are dresses that can be worn at a wedding, to the beach or for every day wear, with the key being to change it all up with the use of accessories.

Labels like Realisation, & Other Stories and Reformation lead the way when it comes to print and styles but where they lead the high street follows, coming up with much more purse friendly options. My go to places for the perfect summer dress are New Look, Topshop and Zara which all have super affordable pieces in every sort of style imaginable.

Leading the way with summer dresses this season is New Look who have taken the Realisation aesthetic and ran with it.

Green is the colour of this season and next, and a particular favourite of mine is a vibrant green, ditsy floral print midi dress which just begs to be brought to some rustic French town where you can shop for crusty baguettes and carry around basket bags filled with bottles of wine.

I also purchased a zebra print shirt dress from there recently which is perfect with a lace up nude heel and gold accessories for a chic heatwave workwear look or even thrown over your bikini on a sun holiday. The versatility of these pieces is the beauty of them.

Zara is also a go-to for that Realisation look and I’ve picked up a very similar daisy print wrap dress there recently. It’s a bit shorter than my usual go-to midi length and I generally like to wear a short dress in winter when I can cover the legs with my trusty black opaques but there are ways around this in summer too.

When the weather wasn’t so oven-like, I’ve layered this dress over my straight leg, cropped jeans from Topshop and just added my Converse, straw bag and layers of gold jewellery for a cool, laid back look.

Zara also does a good range of simple wrapover-style dresses in lots of different prints including leopard and polka dot which are so on trend at the moment but realistically, never really go out of style especially when done in that classic, very easy to wear wrap dress style.

If the wrap dress had not been invented, I don’t know what my wardrobe would consist of.

If I want an occasion wear dress that won’t break the bank, I always like to pop into Topshop. They do a printed, midi dress really well and always with a cute little design twist that makes it look more expensive than it is. They had a sell out snakeskin dress this summer which would look great for a wedding with a mint heel but would look equally good with a pair of flat sandals or trainers.

They also do vibrant coloured prints and I have my eye on a yellow floral maxi that is very similar to some options I’ve seen in & Other Stories with lots of wispy layers of chiffon and a frill sleeve.

If you want something a little more low key, and minus the print, I’m loving their range of linen dresses in block neutral colours which feature statement buttons and come in an off the shoulder style or short sleeve. Again these can be dressed up or down with accessories and are another good workwear option for this heatwave we’re having.

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