Floral dresses are the perfect choice for a summer party. They can take you from daytime to evening with ease. By changing your flat sandals or work boots for a pair of heels and a clutch bag you can be ready to party in no time. With so many floral dresses featuring on the catwalk for SS11 there is no shortage of inspiration from the lady like floral dresses of D & G to the embellished florals at Erdem and the seventies style maxi dresses adorned with flower shapes at Marc Jacobs. Floral party dresses can look girlie and pretty, romantic, colourful and abstract, vintage and sophisticated. What ever look you want to achieve for your summer parties, there will be a floral dress to fit.
Vintage floral dresses
Vintage styles have had such a huge influence over fashions in the last few years, there is bound to be a strong vintage influence on some of the floral dresses for SS11. This beautiful vintage floral frill dress from the Limited Collection at Marks and Spencers has an almost maxi skirt would make a great choice for weddings or special occasions this spring.
Maxi floral dresses
Maxi floral dresses are great for garden parties, beach parties, BBQ’s and even street parties (remember, it is not long until the royal wedding!). The length of a maxi dress is great for showing off a colour floral print to the maximum. As they are such a huge trend, you are bound to find plenty of beautiful floral maxi dresses online. We love this colourful floral maxi dress at Boohoo.com. It would look great with a pair of chunky wooden tower heeled shoes.
Embellished floral dresses
Applique Prom Dress By Debut at Debenhams
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For a special occasion embellished floral dresses including those with applique, embroidery and beading will look amazing. Take inspiration from Erdem and Alexander Wang’s catwalk shows with fresh whites and creams and delicate applique. For the evening applique, embroidery and beading can also look amazing on a black background.
Sequin Floral Dress
Another type of applique that will look incredibly eye catching for a party is a sequin dress with a floral design. This stunning sequin dress by Cutie at Dorothy Perkins is a great way to ensure that you stand out from the crowd.
Romantic floral dresses
Floral prints on a cream or white background and draped chiffon styles in pastel colours are all great ways to wear the romantic floral dress. Also look out for ruffles and frills to keep the look soft. This one sleeve chiffon floral dress By Rare will work equally well for daytime or evening parties when worn with minimal jewellery and nude coloured heels.
The Designer Floral Dress
If you are looking for something really special then this Mimosa floral dress by D&G has to be the ultimate floral dress of the season. It is fresh, bright and very pretty. It would work well for all sort of summer parties including occasions like weddings.
Last week was the Oscars, the highlight of the year for those working in the film industry and a great chance to get some inspiration for ladies evening dresses. The celebrities have their pick of the designer labels and checking out what they are wearing is a great way to get an idea of which party dresses will be on trend for the season ahead. By looking for a celebrity with the same colouring as you, you can also get the benefit of their stylists skill at choosing a celebrity dress in a colour that compliments them perfectly.
Here are some of the most notable celebrity dresses from this years Oscars that are sure to have a big influence on ladies evening dresses this year and some cheap dresses online that are almost as good as the real thing.
Natalie Portman in Rodarte
One of, if not the most outstandingly beautiful ladies evening dresses at this years Oscars was a purple maxi dress by Rodarte. The star of the recent blockbuster film, Black Swan, glowed with her baby bump elegantly draped with an empire line off the shoulder dress.
Scarlett opted for a much more fitted and body con style of dress which was again maxi length and a purple/ burgundy colour. It had an eyecatching cut out back was actually made of lace which was pretty much see through. The dress was designed by Dolce and Gabbana.
Mila also starred in black Swan. She choose to wear an Elie Saab evening dress in a powdery shade of lilac. It draped beautifully and again featured some beautiful lace detailing.
Michelle’s choice was perhaps one of the more classic styles of celebrity dresses at the Oscars and stunnigly beautiful. The white shimmering, beaded Chanel dress was a simple column style with short sleeves and a floor length skirt.
Kate is always know for her unusual choice of ladies evening dresses and this years Oscars was no different. She wore a lavender Givenchy dress with an interesting embellished design , in yellow!
Helena Bonham Carter
Another star who always makes the headlines with her choice of ladies evening dresses for red carpet events, Helena opted for a glamorous gothic dress. The dress which featured long sleeves and a velvet bodice was put together by costume designer Colleen Atwood.
The actress choose a Gucci strapless dress with a feathered skirt and graduating grey colour. It was simply stunning with a metallic finish which just have a hint of shimmer.
Gwyneth also opted for a metallic dress. Her simple cut choice by Calvin Klein had a futuristic feel about it with a deep cut notch at the front of the dress.
Chiffon Colour Block Maxi Dress By Debenhams
Tanya Jersey Knot Back Maxi Dress By Boohoo
Embellished Sequin Bustier Dress by Amanda Wakely at Littlewoods
Teatro Layered Maxi Dress at Littlewoods
One Sleeve Sequin Maxi Dress by Rare Opulence
Alexandria Silk One Shoulder Evening Dress by Anoushka K at House of Fraser
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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
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.
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.
It’s been a busy old week at Boohoo as the new Boohoo Pink range has been launched, full of party dresses and wonderful winter coats for keeping the cold on the way to and from the party.
They’ve also been busy winning awards too, coming top in Reveals magazine brilliant bargain category, and runners up as best online business and amazing accessories categories, so tell us something we didn’t know.
On top of all of that they are still busy selling fabulous clothes which keep people like us very happy. And we’re Even happier knowing that the maxi dresses from £10 and Other dresses from £8 promotion is still in full swing, so there’s still time to grab a bargain.
If you fancy something different from Boohoo, we’ve been able to grab this weeks top 10 from them which highlights the things that people are buying right now.
This fabulous Olivia Chiffon & Lace Shift Dress is a great alternative to a LBD ans is so trendy with the lace look so popular at the mo.
Not necessarily party wear, but you can work these Claire Lace up Worker Boots into the boho look and with thick black tights to give a unique party look.
A real party peice is this India Boohoo Pink One Shoulder Dress, with the asymmetrical one shoulder being a great look for the party season and contrasting block colours looking so good.
Lola Jersey Boyfriend Cardigan
Maybe more suited to a summer party dress, the Rola ethnic print maxi dress is a beautiful floating halter maxi dress with vibrant bright colours and a tie die design, a great summer dress
Sammy Light Wash Cropped Denim Jacket Will Look great with the ethnic print maxi above!
This Jenna Cardigan is a great alternative to a shrug, perhaps for a wedding outfit?
This bright and breezy Kyra Crochet Trim Brushed Knit Floral Dress will blow the autumn away and is totally fun which is again calling on the boho look that’s so popular currently.
A bright eletric blue Emme One Shoulder Dress on trend and will get you noticed
Finally we have a great party dress with the Willow Maxi Dress, will look great at the Christmas Party!
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Christmas party dresses are all about glamour, sparkle and style statements to get you noticed. Christmas is not a time for subtle looks that fade into the background. This Christmas the key trends in party dresses are eye-catching and bold. Here are the top 5 trends in party dresses .
The Sequin Dress
Everyone loves sparkle and if you don’t get the opportunity to wear it for the rest of the year Christmas is the one time that you can. All over sequins are hot news this year with gold and black also both being a really on trend colours when it comes to sequins. The sparkle of a sequin dress is balanced by the relative simple style which could include a t shirt style, vest style or even glamorous maxi dress style. One of the key influences on this trend is the amazing sequin creations by designer Ashish. We love this Toya sequin shift dress at Boohoo.
The Lace Dress
If you are looking for a party dress that is sexy in a very subtle way, then the lace dress is for you. Lace dresses are so huge this winter that there is most definitely a style to suit everyone from feminine fifties style dresses to more directional body con dresses. We love this lace tiered dress by Oasis which is the ultimate in luxury.
The Draped Dress
The draped dress is a trend that has been going strong for quite a few seasons now. This winter there are more draped party dress styles around than ever before with the one shouldered shape been amongst the most popular. The draped dress is probably one of the most flattering styles of party dress around this winter with its loosely fitting drapes concealing lumps and bumps and elongating the body. Lipsy have a great range of draped dresses that are perfect for partying in this Christmas. We love this one shouldered draped dress by Lipsy which definitely has a look for Greek Goddesss about it.
The Red Dress
Forget the Little black dress, this Christmas it is all about the little red dress. Red is such a great colour for Christmas and if you worry about whether red suits you,the red dress is available in a variety of shades to suit most skin tones. A bright red dress already makes a big style statement so one of the best ways to wear this trend is by keeping it simple. We love this Assymetric jersey drape dress by Lipsy.
The Leopard Print Dress
Leopard print is definitely seeing a revival this year and the winter sees it being featured on everything from accessories to coats. A Christmas party is a great time to wear leopard print as it is glamorous, bold and flattering. The leopard dress is such an eyecatching look that you will be sure to get noticed. we love this Janine cage back dress by Motel which combines a leopard ptint top with a slimming black skirt, perfect for dancing the night away.