No longer do we have to hide ourselves under endless layers to keep warm. We can finally put away those chunky knits and Uggs as summer has arrived. The weather forecasters are predicting a scorching summer this year (touch wood), but even if the British climate doesn’t hit Caribbean temperatures you can still look hot for those summer nights out. Whether you are off on a date, catching up with the girls at a bar or clubbing in Ibiza, these are 5 dresses that you have to have.
When Cheryl Cole stepped out in her Mathew Williamson bandeau dress on the X Factor, everyone wanted it!
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Lipsy have paid homage to Mr Williamson with this more affordable bandeau. This shape is great to show off your pins. By elongating the legs, petites girls like Cheryl can look as leggy as Gisele. The jewelled pockets add extra glamour and is completes this outfit.
Style Tip: To add a little rock chick chic, team up your dress with some studded platforms.
The one shoulder look has been around for the last year or so and is still very fashionable. It is a favourite for celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss. It doesn’t matter if you are 15 or 50, this trend isn’t off limits to anyone. Younger women can get away with any hem length. If you are little bit more mature, a maxi length is brilliant for a Hollywood glamour look. A good asymmetric dress is great for girls with smaller busts. French Connection is a cute little asymmetric mini that comes in various colour and has been seen on the red carpets by many TV stars.
This shape is all over the high street this season. The Peplum dress is ideal for the pear shape body. It nips you in at the waist and the added layer slims down bigger hips sending all the attention to your legs. This blue Dorothy Perkins dress with belt is sophisticated yet fun. It is better not to go for crazy prints and it can look too fussy and highlight the areas you are hiding instead of what you want to show off. Sticking to a block colour is a bug summer trend.
£40, Dorothy Perkins
This is the ultimate 80’s dress updated for 2009. The Body-Con is figure hugging without the lumps and bumps. We have all seen the celebs like Victoria Beckham, Rachel Bilson and Lindsay Lohan wearing the designer Herve Leger Body-Con.
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Now you can also look like a super model in the ASOS woven dress. It doesn’t matter if you are as curvy as Maria Carey or as slim as Misha Barton, this dress will flatter your body as it works for you!
STYLE TIP: Add a boyfriend blazer and lots of bangles for the ultimate 80’s look.
The Shift dress is a classic that will never go out of fashion. It is excellent at flattering your body and can be worn day or night. This zebra print Oasis dress is youthful, fun and flirty. Animal prints never seem to disappear from the high street but the style will change. Oasis has teamed up the zebra print with the on-trend exposed zip updating a modern classic.
WORDS: Linh Ly