Despite not being that big on dresses the rest of the year round, in the spring and summer I find them an easy wear and a good solution for when you want to dress up a little…
With necklines I tend to go for something more open – closed necks make me feel quite formal and proper, but then on some occasions this might feel more appropriate! But I do feel and act much more relaxed with an open neck…
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The Broderie Anglaise Dress
For the closed neck more-dressed-up look I’ve gone for this *broderie anglaise (screams summer parties this fabric!) dress by Amazon’s own brand Find Official. I find the sizing in dresses has been adjusted for us petites over the last few months (this is their 6) and the fit is much better! This is about as dressy as I get! And of course the only way to tone things down is with a good pair of dad sandals. Which are pretty much the obvious go to for any dress at the moment IMHO. This broderie anglaise HM strappy dress is a bit more dressed down and this Ganni dress is all kinds of awesome – on sale, and only one size left!
The Prada velcro ones are currently sold out (but am assuming they will restock as still on the site! Mine are from mytheresa.com) but there are a tone of alternatives like these Tevas (Free People do a good selection), the Suicote (nearly sold out but here in green) and these Arizona Love bandana ones are a fun new take on the style – love the red ones!
As you can see I’m wearing the same *hat with each of these outfits – when I find something I like I tend to stick with it! So I only have one summer hat! In fact, I had this exact hat all last summer and wore it non-stop until I left it on a plane. But luckily The White Company restocked again for this year, however it went on sale and is now sold out! But this Fedora style is a lovely one if you have longer hair than me! Or for something super luxe check out Monpanama…
I don’t feel that the basket bag trend is going anywhere and I’m loving all the luxe takes on this cool style. Wickerwings does beautifully handmade baskets (my one* on sale & the others too on Net-A-Porter!) and the quality is exceptional! I love a string shopping bag too, this one is a Turtle Bag and the leather bag is one of those brilliant small brands, TL-180, that Net-A-Porter is so good at finding!
The Slip Dress
I mean this style is a bit of a contemporary classic at the moment. Topshop last year, it does cling and, in fact I quite like the idea of wearing a short-sleeved shirt over it just to be a little more forgiving…!
Current versions of the slip dress can be found at & Other Stories, and Ganni (this one in on sale with a further 20% off on Farfetch) – but worth trying on or perhaps going up a size, as I bought one recently by mistake which clung just way too tight!
The Beach Dress
This is probably my favourite of all three dresses. The easiest to wear, not at all constricting, no need to worry about a bra (although to be fair I haven’t bothered with a bra in any of these, I just feel more comfortable without tbh!) and I love the easy breezy beach feel and softest cotton. I also love the print! I’m more and more drawn to green these days, I find it quite calming and comfortable to wear.
This dress* is by LA brand Velvet by Graham & Spencer which does a really nice beachy feel wardrobe. Comfort at the forefront, in pleasingly calm colours and relaxed designs. I popped into the lovely little shopping stretch that is St Christopher’s Place, tucked away by Oxford Street for this dress. And there’s a jumpsuit in the same print is, but there was a little too much material for me at the top half – so def for one if you’re taller than 5″2.