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
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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.
Filed Under – Maxi Skirt
A lace dress is a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe. Lace dresses are pretty and and depending on how you wear them can also look glamorous and sophisticated. They can work in so many different ways from a ladies day dresses to wedding guest outfits. You can create so many different looks with a lace dress depending on the colour and style that you choose.
This summer there is a lace dress to suit anyone whether you prefer mini dresses or tea length dresses and whether you want black, white nude or brightly coloured lace. Many of the styles of lace dress have a vintage feel to them and you can find a style of lace dress to fit with the fifties, sixties and seventies trends that are so popular at the moment.
Nude Lace Dress
Cream Lace Panel Dress
Nude lace has been a huge trend for party dresses and is the perfect choice for an elegant party dress with a vintage feel. This cream lace panel dress has a fifties silhouette that is incredibly popular at the moment. It is feminine and pretty and could be worn with with either nude or contrasting black shoes and accessories. This style of dress would make great ladies day outfits when worn with a hat or fascinator.
Bodycon Lace Dress
Bodycon Lace Dress – Net-a-porter
If you want to wear lace but not look too girly, a bodycon lace dress is a great option. As this dress is fairly simple, you can easily add a statement necklace and a tailored jacket or blazer. A pair of sky high heels would be the finishing touch to this outfit.
Lace Maxi Dress
Lace Maxi Dress – Miss Selfridge
The seventies are really on trend for the summer and a lace maxi dress is a great way to follow this trend. We love the colour and intricate pattern on the lace of this beautiful maxi dress.
Sixties Style Lace Dress
Emeline Lace dress – Coast
There are plenty of lace dresses with a sixties influence around at the moment from the simple mini shift dresses to the longer sleeved peterpan collar dresses. This very simple mini shift dress is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to look sophisticated and elegant.
Pink Lace Dress – Drama Queen at Very
Red Lace Baby Doll Dress – Dorothy Perkins
A coloured lace dress is a bold choice and probably one of the most up to date looks of the season. Look out for red, pink and orange lace dresses. All of these dresses are designed to get you noticed and not for those who like to fade into the background.
Black Nude Floral Lace Dress – Dorothy Perkins
Black lace is one of the most timeless ways to wear lace. A little black lace will never go out of fashion but for summer 2011, a black lace dress with a nude lining is very on trend. If you are looking for wedding guest outfits, white lace is a bit of a no no but this black dress would be perfect.
Tiered Lace Shift Dress – Lipsy
Finally if you don’t want to wear all over lace, a dress with lace trim also makes a big style statement. This tiered lace shift dress uses contrasting lace to create a eye catching vintage inspired look.
Summer festivals are a bit like one big long party and they definitely need a very specific type of party clothes. If you are lucky enough to have tickets to any of the big festivals (or smaller more intimate ones) this summer, then you should put in some careful thought about what you will be wearing. With the Coachella festival in the US already over, you can always check out the street style pictures for inspiration and to see which festival fashion is going to be big news this year.
And with this weekend marking the start of the summer festival season with the fist event of the summer BBC radio one’s big weekend in Carlisle, its a great introduction to what people are wearing this for summer festival fashion especially as its going GaGA crazy this year, you can see the whole event live streamed here.
If you are going to a festival, despite being all excited about the whole adventure, you will need to consider the practicalities of festival going, mainly the weather. If it is hot you will need to dress to keep cool and keep the sun off you, but if it is wet you will need to be prepared for a lot of mud. Festivals are a great place to show off your individuality and pretty much anything goes as long as you will feel comfortable wearing it.
Whatever you choose to wear to a festival, it should not be something that you would be really upset about ruining. Save your expensive designer clothes for another day and consider investing in jumpsuits, cheap maxi dresses or beach dresses that can be worn with either boots or sandals depending on the weather. Denim shorts are also a good choice for festivals if the weather is hot but are also a practical choice with a pair of hunter wellies if the ground is particularly muddy.
At Coachella this year some of the key looks included seventies inspired floral maxi dresses worn with floppy hats, the lace dress (spotted on Katy Perry, Alexa Chung and Whitney Port), asymmetrical hemmed dresses and loose fitting or cropped t shirts. Although some of these looks seem quite casual, they can be coverted to festival party clothes with just a few simple accessories. Bold and bright prints were also popular with anything from a leopard print dress to abstract tribal print or tie dye fitting the bill perfectly.
Hair flowers, tribal jewellery, hats, headbands, belts, socks and fringed bags were everywhere. Just one or two carefully chosen accessories can transform cheap maxi dresses into something amazing or a beach dresses into a fabulous festival outfit. Sun hats are also particularly useful for protecting yourself from the sun. Don’t forget some shades to complete the rock and roll look and keep the sun out of your eyes so that you can see your favourite band.
Here are some of my picks of the best festival fashion out there from cheap maxi dresses to beach dresses and fabulous fun accessories.
Peacock Print Seventies Sun Dress – Warehouse
Gwyneth Floral Print Playsuit in Black – Missguided
Straw Cowboy Hat – Boohoo
Tassel T Shirt – Boohoo
Printed Border Maxi Dress – Oasis
G Star Raw Arc Denim Shorts – Very
Superdry Vintage Lotte Dress – Very
Head Over Heels New Tide Sandals by Dune – Very
Leopard Print Beach Dress – Dorothy Perkins