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.
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.
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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