Finding the perfect dress for summer can be tricky. Finding that perfect dress that is a flattering fit; covering the areas we want hidden and accentuating our best features whilst offering timeless style and elegance isn’t an easy task.
There are a lot of gorgeous summer dresses out there so to help you discover the one that is just right for you we’ve compiled our own set of guidelines.
Above all things, a summer dress should be comfortable. Look out for breathable fabrics such as cotton and stay clear of anything containing polyester.
Next, is it versatile? Can you wear it to the beach, BBQ or a picnic during the day and then dress it up with a few well chosen accessories for the evening? Think about the length of the dress too, unless it’s a maxi dress it should always be above your knee but not too skimpy!
Choose a dress that flatters your shape. Don’t opt for a clinging dress as not only will this get uncomfortable on a hot summer’s day but it will be very unforgiving – instead choose a dress that flares slightly and flatters your shape.
If you want to keep your arms covered there are tunic-style dresses and long sleeved shirt dresses, of course, the compromise is that you can rarely find a summer dress that allows you to cover both your arms and legs so you’ll have to decide which bothers you more.
Once you’ve found your perfect summer dress, it’s of equal importance to find the perfect shoes and accessories to show your dress off to its full advantage.
For during the day, sandals are the comfortable and sensible option, however this doesn’t have to mean dowdy – there are plenty of stylish flats and sandals.
For nights out, heels make legs appear longer plus add shape and definition. A few well chosen accessories can change the look of your outfit depending on whether you want a casual day look or a dressed up sophisticated look.