This summer the polka dot dress is the ideal choice for all sorts of occasions from party dresses to dresses for the races and even casual dresses. Polka dots are striking, they are cute and they are also very retro, another key trend for the summer. Here are a few of our favourites.
Polka Dot V Neck Tunic Rare Fashion
With its large polka dots this pretty dress by Rare is a modern take on the polka dot trend. It is available in a variety of colours which work for casual dresses or party dresses.
Polka Dot 50’s Style Dress – Boohoo
Another cute retro polka dot dress with a modern twist this dress by Boohoo makes an amazingly cheap party dress – you would never know to look at it!
Crochet Collar Polka Dot Dress – Boohoo
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The crochet collar on this adds extra cuteness to the retro polka dots. It is a great choice if you are looking for casual dresses which can double up as smart dresses with the addition of some heels.
Morgan Polka Dot Dress – Very
This style of dress is very fifties and with its slightly longer hem is perfect for more formal occasions perhaps if you are looking for a wedding guest outfit or dresses for the races.
There are so many different styles around this summer, you could find it difficult to make up your mind which polka dot dress to choose. The great thing is that polka dots can look good on everyone, you just need to pick the perfect polka dot dress for you. Here are a few pointers.
Which colour polka dot dress?
Black and white is by far the most common and classic style of polka dot dress but it can also make some complexions look a little drained so look out for some other alternatives. Red and white is a fun and striking choice for smart dresses or casual dresses and pastel colour polka dots are great for dresses for the races or a wedding guest outfits. Navy and white is also always a good alternative to black and white.
How big are the polka dots?
As a general rule larger polka dots work well for wedding guest outfits, raceday outfits and party dresses. Smaller polka dots work well for a smart dress or work wear. If you are petite smaller polka dots will be best for you as they won’t drown you. The bigger the dots the bigger the impact so pick your polka dot dress depending on the look that you would like to achieve.
There are so many different polka dot dresses available that you shouldn’t find it difficult to find one that really compliments your body shape. If you have an hour glass figure, a fitted shift dress style will look amazing and you can also add a belt to highlight your waist. If you have a slim build, a high necked fifties style fit and flare dress will look fabulous, for apple and pear shapes, tea dress styles are perfect.
Summer Party Clothes – The Maxi Skirt
If last years summer party clothes had you searching for maxi dresses online, this year is all about the maxi skirt. From pleated maxi skirts to floral and colour block styles, the maxi skirt is ideal for hot summer weather as it is flowing and loose fitting. It is also an incredibly versatile choice of summer party clothes and can form a key building block for a varity of different looks. The key to looking ultra stylish and picking the right summer party clothes to wear with your maxi dress is choosing fitted tops that will balance out the volume of your maxi skirt. Chunky heels or wedges are also a must for wearing with the summer’s maxi skirt.
Pleated Maxi Skirt
Love Label Pleated Maxi Skirt – Very
A pleated maxi skirt has a real seventies retro feel to it but you can bring the look right up to date with a brightly coloured body suit or vest top. Delicate embroidered tops will also look amazing with this style of skirt. Look for pleated maxi skirts in neutral and muted shades which will avoid your summer party clothes looking too much.
Floral Tiered Maxi Skirt – Boohoo
If you want to add a little boho style to your summer party clothes then a floral maxi skirt is a great way to do so. Try for a folk inspired look opt for dark floral prints. Vest tops and waistcoats look beautiful with floral maxi skirts but you could also try a blouse or shirt buttoned up to the neck for a really on trend outfit.
Oriental Floral Maxi Skirt – Very
If you are looking slightly more dressy party clothes a straight style of maxi skirt is a great choice. This oriental maxi skirt has a thigh high split which not only looks very sophisticated but also makes this style much easier to walk in. This style will look fabulous with a halterneck or corset style top.
Block Colour Maxi Skirt
Orange maxi skirt – Dorothy Perkins
If you want to make an entrance and grab everyones attention with your summer party clothes then a brightly coloured maxi skirt is a great choice. You can combine with top in a bright colour or even a simple white vest top for a stunning party outfit that fits well with this seasons colour block trend. Add a colour block clutch bag in a clashing colour to finish the look off.
Ethnic Print Maxi Skirt
Ethnic Print Maxi Skirt – Dorothy Perkins
For beach parties, pool parties and barbeques, an ethnic print maxi skirt will look great. It also makes a great outfit for summer festivals. The rich colours of this dress look amazing with a strappy black vest top and gladiator sandals for a stylish but slightly more casual look that will work well for the daytime.
Whether you are looking for maxi dresses online or this summer’s must have maxi skirt there are plenty to choose from with some of the best value choices at Boohoo, Missguided, Dorothy Perkins and Very.
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As it will soon be Valentines you might be panicking a little about what’s the best thing to wear on that all important date, no matter at what stage you’re at with your relationship you’ll want to get all dressed up for the occasion so we’ve put together 3 gorgeous Valentines outfits for your benefit?
However, before we can decide on your valentines outfits you need to think what type of date you’ll be going on in the first place. Obviously you need to dress right for the occasion or event that you’re going to… correct? So, do you have an idea of what you might be doing, is it a secret perhaps… Gulp!
If the boy in your life has dropped a few hints however, and you know more or less what type of date you’re going on we’ve that helps enormously, so to help you in this endeavour, we’ve put together a couple of looks courtesy of our friends at Lipsy for you to be inspired, we’ve selected one each for 3 typical valentines dates dependent upon the occasion.
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A sophisticated evening in a swanky cocktail bar one needs to look the part don’t you think and this perfect Lipsy One Shoulder Sculptured Dress will do just nicely.
To round it off you need this little Lipsy Zip Pocket Chain Strap Bag just the right amount of rock chick to go with the glamour…
Then to catch the light and draw a little bit of attention to yourself the subtle additional of a little bling, but understated with this wonderfulLipsy Diamante Heart Charm Necklace
There’s nothing better than a slushy rom-com to put you in the mood, your fella might be hating it, but he’ll do anything for you on Valentines surely?
Get the look right for a night at the movies starting with this wonderful Lipsy Orchid Print Cape T Shirt.
Team up with these fantastic Lipsy Patchwork Skinny Jeans which are bang on trend but with a little design twist to them
The look could be complete without this Lipsy Rouched Charm Bag just a great little touch and perfect for lots of occasions smart or casual
Dinner For Two
maybe your bloke has splashed out on a fancy restaurant, you need to ready with the right look? so we thought to start off this Lipsy One Shoulder Embellished Dress is just the job to look suitable stunning and get his pulse racing
This dainty little Lipsy Diamante Hard Clutch is just perfect clutch bag to store your knick knacks.
And for dessert we finish the look off with this fabulous little Lipsy Handbag Charm Bracelet just beautiful I’m sure you’ll agree
Once you know what you’re doing for valentines date, it should be fairly simple to choose one of the above looks, but hey, if you still don’t know pick them all up and cover all eventualities:
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Over the next couple of weeks you may be looking for some festive party dresses right? Well we’ve teamed up with Misguided the online women’s e-tailer to give you their top 10 suggestions for the Christmas party season.
All the dresses below are just ideal in your search for Christmas party dresses and will have you on-trend and looking gorgeous in a matter of minutes, no matter what look you’re for, we’ll be flabbergasted if there’s not something in the top 10 which will suit you.
take the Saskia Contrast Cut Out Bodycon Dress In Black & White for example this a bodycon style dress but has an unusual mid-riff cut out detail which is sexy without being too revealing.
The Red Dress is the colour of the season and the Dasia Flower Detail One Shoulder Dress In Red is just ideal for a festive party dress not only in colour but in style too. It has several style stamps which are so on-trend such as the asymmetrical one shoulder, the body con styling and the red corsage which gives the dress wonderful feature.
The Crystalia Glitter Drape Dress In Red With Gold Shimmer is another classic party bandeau style but this time with draped detailing and glitter to make sure you turn heads.
The Beryl Strapless Asymmetrical Hem Dress In Black is a classic style with a twist, it has a super sexy sweetheart neck line, but featuring a wonderful asymmetrical hem too.
Again this Evonne One Shoulder Asymmetrical Hem Dress In Cream is a great looking party dress with not one but two asymmetrical features, the fist being the hem the second being the one shoulder. this sassy party dress is sure to create a stir and looks stunning in cream which is a little different to the typical Black dress worn at this time of year.
Now this dress is a real gem, the Sheenah Sequin Detail Bodycon Dress In Mocha is a super sexy body con dress primed for someone who wants to make a splash in all the right ways. Its figure hugging and sequinned which is just perfect for you to step out on the dance floor and attract all the attention.
If you’re looking for sophistication with a little sparkle well the Zena Sequin Maxi Dress In Black is just perfect for your party, the Maxi dress is the dress of the moment, but this is more of an evening dress, with bandeau neckline and just the right amount of sequins to make your Christmas party dress sparkle.
A little different but all the same beautiful, the Sharina Ruffle Dress In Nude With Black Trim is a lovely light shift style party dress with wonderful ruffle wave down the front, Its a fun dress which reflects your fun personality.
Now this is killer party dress if there was ever a one, the Elynn Sequin Bust Flower Applique Dress is a stunner, a beautiful mini dress with a sexy sequinned sweetheart bust, and a glorious flower appliqué detail on the skirt, rock the party with this little number if you dare!
Finally we come to another fabulous Christmas party dress in this years favourite colour to get noticed, the Ivory Sweetheart Neckline Sheer Drape Dress In Red has a wonderful Grecian look with its draping sweeping up over one shoulder. A nice little contrast is the animal print contrasting belt around the middle which again is on-trend, but suitably understated.
We’re sure you’ll agree that there’s something for everyone in this selection and with some wonderful prices too, they’ll be hard to resist.
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Whether you are wearing party or casual dresses this summer, tasseled and fringed accessories are a great way to bring your look right up to date. Tassels and fringed pieces were all over the spring summer 2011 catwalks with Roberta Cavalli, Vera Wang, Lanvin, Ralph Lauren, Ellie Tahari, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Holly Fulton, Mark Fast and Joe all featuring their own fringed dresses and jackets. Fringing can be used to create a number of different looks from vintage flapper girl to wild west or seventies bohemian depending on your mood.
Whilst you may not want to invest lots of money in fringed dress for the summer, fringed accessories are the perfect way to update last years party and casual dresses and keep your look really fresh and on trend. There were also some great tasselled accessories on the Spring summer 2011 catwalks in the form of tasseled bags at Roberto Cavalli, Dior, Diesel and Topshop Unique, belts at Paul and Joe and shoes at Pringle of Scotland.
For a great daytime look accessories a denim or neutral coloured shift dress with a fun tasselled piece. For the evening a black lace dress or black maxi dress would look amazing when worn with a black tasselled accessory. Here are some of our favourites:
Katie Lace + Tassel Poncho – Boohoo
This cape has a touch of vintage glamour about it. Wear it with anything everything including party dresses, casual dresses on the beach and even jeans and a t shirt.
Whipstitch Fringed Belt – Warehouse
A belt is a great way to cinch in loose fitting casual dresses and add a little shape. This tasselled belt would also look great with a black maxi dress for a party dress that moves when you dance.
Fringed Scarf – Very
A scarf is a good way to completely change the look of a party outfit. Add a touch of glamour to even the most basic of little black dresses with this delicate fringed scarf.
Tan Super Fringe Suede Belt – Miss Selfridge
For a much more boho look, super fringe belt would look fabulous with mini dresses or skirts and is an ideal piece for wearing to a festival.
Suede Fringe Bead Bag – Miss Selfridge
Another great choice for festivals (and incredibly practical too) is a fringed across the body bag. This turquoise one will look great with denim casual dresses and also a more elegant black maxi dress.
Coral Fringe Bag – Dorothy Perkins
This coral fringe bag is a great way to add some colour to a cream or nude coloured lace dress. It is also ideal for casual outfits with jeans.
Suede Fringe Sandals – Debenhams
Fringed sandals are the most wanted footwear for summer. They look good with jeans, shorts and dresses and are also super comfy especially in the hot weather.
Fringes and tassels are great fun for summer but be careful not to over do it. One fringed accessory will usually finish an outfit to perfection any more than one could well look too much. If you are wearing a fringed dress then we would recommend more simple accessories.
If you love celeb watching and checking out their celebrity dresses, then you should also check out Lipsy for some amazing celebrity style. Look out for party dresses that match the style of all of your celebrity dresses worn by Kelly Brook to Jennifer Lopez. Whether you have a summer party to go to or you are looking for amazing wedding guest dresses, you can get some great inspiration from the celebrities. Here is the low down on our favourite celebrity style for summer 2011.
Kelly Brook’s Style
Kelly Brook is a regular on the red carpet and always looks immaculate and polished with her long dark hair and amazing figure. She definitely knows how to pick out the best clothes to compliment her curves. She started off her career wearing a barely there pink sparkly dress to the Snatch premier back in 2000, perhaps not that stylish but definitely attention grabbing. Since then her style has evolved into a much more sophisticated look. She is often seen wearing pieces by her favourite designers but she is also not afraid of wearing high street clothes as well. It would be difficult to pin point just one style for Kelly Brook as she is constantly changing from cute retro to glamorous and sophisticated. She loves wearing red, black and greys and always opts for feminine and ladylike dresses. She also often wears bodycon dresses which really flaunt her figure.
Jennifer Lopez’s Style
Jennifer Lopez is another celebrity whose style has evolved over the years from her trademark velour tracksuits and hoop earrings to a much more sophisticated look with plenty of beautiful celebrity dresses. Another celebrity who also knows how to work the red carpet, she is clearly no longer ‘just Jenny from the block’. Jennifer Lopez is famous for her beautiful glow and her choice of nude, cream and white dresses compliment her skin tone perfectly. In recent years she has begun to wear some really beautiful and elegant dresses including the floaty jewel encrusted Zuhair Murad dress that she wore to the Met Ball. You can Jennifer’s style with soft floaty chiffon dresses in nude colours accessorised with perhaps just a little animal print!
Kate Middleton’s Style
One person who is going to be very much in the public eye over the next few weeks and who is also much admired for her style is Princess to be, Kate Middleton. Ever since the announcement of the royal engagement at the end of last year, we have become obsessed by what Kate wears. She has a very simple and elegant style and favours dresses witha classic cut and mid length skirts. Her outfits do however usually have a modern twist to them. One of Kate’s most recognised looks is the blue dress that she wore for the announcement of the engagement. Kate is probably the best celebrity to watch for inspiration for wedding guest dresses as she is often photographed at formal occasions. She often wears beatifully draped pieces like chiffon dresses. You can get her look with this elegant blue dress by Lipsy.
Don’t forget to check out the celebrity dresses and wedding guest dresses at the royal wedding on 29th April for some more great style inspiration.
If you are going to a school or college prom this summer, you will probably be wanting to find the perfect princess prom dress to wear. Most girls dream of being a princess and with all the talk of the royal wedding, Princesses (and Princes) are very much on most peoples mind. For many, a prom is the first occasion that they will have to get really dressed up in an elaborate prom dress and they definitely want to make the most of it. But if you are only really used to wearing jeans and casual clothes, how do you go about finding the perfect princess prom dress?
Midnight Blue Organza Ball Gown – Debut at Debenhams
Pick your colour carefully
One of the most important factors when choosing a prom dress or any other dress is the colour. Whilst a pink tulle gown may be your idea of a princess prom dress, if pink isn’t your colour it won’ t have the desired effect. The perfect princess prom dress doesn’t have to be a really feminine colour, royal blue prom dresses are not only on trend but also look very regal. Look in your wardrobe and work out which colours clothes really look good on you, perhaps one of these colours would be the best choice for prom dress. Celebrity dresses are also a great source of inspiration. Look for a celebrity with a similar hair colour and skin tone to you and see which colours they choose to wear for their red carpet celebrity dresses.
Lace Tutu Ballerina Dress by Rare Opulence
Choose a style that flatters
Whilst in our heads we always picture a prom dress as having a really full skirt, in reality this does not suit everyone. Look for a style that suits you, the best way to work this out is to try on a variety of different styles of dress. Generally speaking if you are quite short try and go for a skirt that is not quite as full. Column style dresses can also look very elegant. If you are unsure whether a short prom dress style will be appropriate check out the photographs for previous years to see what everyone wore and speak to your friends to see what they are wearing.
Pink Taffeta Corsage Dress by Debut at Debehams
Be realistic about price
Unless you happen to have a very lucrative Saturday job, you will probably have to beg, plead and cajole your parents in to buying you a beautiful prom dress. But you should be realistic about the price otherwise you will only end up feeling disappointed. If you are on a budget then try searching on the internet for ‘cheap prom dresses UK’ you may be very plesantly surprised by the range of affordable prom dresses available. You should try looking both for specialist online prom dress shops and also department stores. If you are buying online remember to leave plenty of time to allow you to try on the dress and get alterations if neccessary.
Freya Flower Prom Dress by Boohoo
After months of talk and media coverage, the royal wedding is almost upon us, so not long to decide on those all important wedding guest outfits. You did get an invite didn’t you? no us neither, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of that extra day off work with a right royal party to celebrate Will and Kate’s nuptials in style.
It is of course going to be the wedding of the year and probably the decade and it would seem such a shame to let the occasion go by plus there is no better excuse to get dressed up in your most fab party dresses.
Even though not many people have been invited to the royal wedding, there will no doubt be countless other couples choosing the same weekend as the royal couple, so you may well be needing those wedding guest outfits. Choosing wedding guest outfits can be a task that strikes fear into even the most stylish of girls. It isn’t that difficult though just follow these simple rules. Wedding guest outfits should be smart and look like you have made an effort, they should not however be white, try to over shadow the bride in anyway or be too revealing. Try and choose something that fits with your usual style and that you feel comfortable in. Smart dresses teamed with a pair of heels make perfect wedding guest outfits.
The seasons ladylike trend works so well for wedding guest outfits. Look for mid-length dresses and pretty details. We love this gold rosette front taffeta dress by Ben De Lisi at Debenhams.
This charcoal sheer dress by Phase Eight is incredibly flattering and the wrap style helps to define the waist for a feminine silhouette. It would look great accessorised with a bright orange clutch bag.
For the rest of us, a street party, garden party or house party are all great ways to gather your friends together to celebrate. You can keep an eye on the TV so you don’t miss out on seeing Kate’s all important wedding dress (as if). In the run up to the royal wedding you can also do a bit of people watching and check out the wedding guest outfits for the celebrities. You can choose whether to get really dressed up in your smart dresses of go for something a little more relaxed with casual dressed.
This floral chiffon dress by Rare is a great choice for wedding guest outfits but would also work well for any royal wedding party whether it requires smart dresses or casual dresses. Add some nude heels or tan coloured boots depending on the look that you would like to achieve.
Rare have a range of more casual dresses with really on trend Peter Pan collars which would be ideal for a street or garden party (weather depending). We love this striped Peter Pan dress which again would look great with tan coloured boots.
A maxi dress is a great choice for all sorts of parties. This maxi dress from the H! by Henry Holland collection at Debenhams has a fun print which is sure to get you plenty of compliments.
One of the biggest trends in party dresses for SS11 is the blue dress. It is bold, it is bright and if you wear it to a party you can be sure that you will definitely not go unnoticed. It was a key look at several of the designer fashion shows back in the September fashion weeks and now it is also filling the high street shops and online fashion retailers.
Mesh Tube Dress – Rare Fashions
There are all sorts of blue dress to choose from. You can opt for a simple minimalist style or a more elaborate style with ruffles, frills or laser cut detail, the key to this look is to choose a really bold shade of royal blue.
Unfortunately the blue party dress is not for everyone. Such a strong colour will not look good with every hair colour and skin tone. Generally speaking it will look best on those who have a high degree of contrast between their hair and skin tone and a cool complexion (so undertones of blue, pink and purple). For those who blue is not their colour, there are plenty of other choices of party dresses for SS11.
Cream Calf Length Dress – Miss Selfridge
The cream or white dress is set to be another key look with all sorts of delicate detail including lace, embroidery and applique. These colour looks great on those with brown or black hair and olive skin but it also suits a range of other colourings. They also look great on those with a suntan. One tip when choosing your cream or white dress, if you are going to a disco with lights be sure to test the dress for transparency first and make sure that your under wear is not visible.
Biba Asymmetric one shoulder maxi dress – Biba
Red party dresses are another eyecatching look that will be big in SS11. There is something iconic about a red dress that is captured so well in the classic love song ‘lady in red’ by Chris De Burgh. One shouldered and draped styles of red dress are particularly popular and a very flattering choice. Red dresses look great on those with blond or brown hair but look best on those with warm skin tones (undertones of orange, olive and yellow), there are plenty of different shades of red to choose from so try a few different options to see which suits you best.
Orange Pleated Swing Dress – Miss Selfridge
Orange again is a great colour for those with warm skin tones and works particularly well for those with mid brown hair colours. Bright orange is one of the most popular shades for the summer but if you are unsure of whether you can pull it off, there are a whole range of coral and peach shades which are also really on trend.
If accessorising a bright party dresses leaves you wondering where to start, there are a few easy options. Nude shoes are a great investment as they work with just about any colour and will help to elongate your legs. For the rest of your accessories you can choose to keep it neutral or go for the clash. A bright orange clutch bag with a blue dress or a purple bag with an orange dress will make your party dress look even more eye catching.
Taking a glimpse at the Rare Opulence spring summer ’11 collection reveals some stunning dresses just ripe to pick off the shelves if you’ve got a special occasion to consider during the summer?
We picked those which we listed below, because they are beautiful examples of the collection, and just a coinceidence that three of them are one shoulder dresses not because they’re our favourites, that would be too far of a tougher task, I could still be here for hours and still not make a decision. That to a degree it is a testament to the fact that there are so many fabulous dresses, for all sorts of occasions that its actually difficult to know which one to go for and which one to leave.
Opulence One Shoulder Rosette Dress (£100) is a beautiful one shouldered dress with dramatic rosette detailing. This piece is certainly one to captivate your audience wherever you wear it!
Rare’s One Shoulder Floral Ruch Dress (£40) is a beautiful, layered mesh effect dress. With a single strap from the centre of the sweetheart neckline, featuring vibrantly coloured rosettes, this striking piece is one to wear with statement jewellery to make sure that heads are certain to turn your way.
The Bugle Bead Trim One Sleeve Dress (£42) this fitted dress is a winner in the fashion world! With a beaded neckline and unique neckline and sleeve shape, this is one to be adored by you AND those around you!
Bugle Bead Trim One Sleeve Dress
The Opulence Knotted Top Bandeau Dress (£157) is a stunning dress that will certainly impress this Fashion Week! Be sure to wear it with heels and simple jewellery to show off the fantastic detailing!
Opulence Knotted Top Bandeau Dress
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