Another week, another online shopping obsession – this one sparked off by Miss Selfridge‘s Instagram page and a rather lovely dress they posted up. It got me feeling very impatient for the summer and then anxious that we might not get a proper summer (it happens) and then worried that I’d be stuck with loads of inappropriate, unwearable maxi dresses.
But let’s think positively and do some planning ahead; here are some of the prettiest, most flattering maxis for easy summer dressing. Just add oversized sunglasses and a pair of sandals – or, for springtime, cardi and Converse.
My favourite dress? The Mandalay maxi from Hush. I have a fair few of Hush’s floor-skimming numbers and they have been, without fail, my summer staples whether here in the UK or somewhere more exotic. This one, with its pristine white cotton, is so romantic and can be worn with or without straps. £65 here.Then the Emelle dress from Ba&sh, a brand whose name pronunciation completely eludes me. Is it “bash”? Is it “bee-ay-and-ess-haitch”, or, indeed, as it’s French, “bu-a-ay-ess-ash”? Crikey. This dress needs to be seen on to be truly appreciated, so see pics here – I don’t like people appearing in my perfect product images! This has an open back (tres sexual!) and a bit of a seventies vibe. Find it on ASOS here, it’s £135.
The dress that launched a thousand online shopping hours, even though it’s a midi and not a maxi-dress (it looked like one in their Instagram picture, I thought): the Lace Cami Sundress from Miss Selfridge. £39. What an absolute steal. Stick this on with some flat nude or tan sandals and you’re pretty much done. You can find it here.
The Iris georgette dress from Saloni is a lesson in successful colour-blocking; no hard, geometric lines here, it’s all-flowing and a flattering way to wear contrasting tones. It does help that coral and taupe are two of my favourite shades (you’d only have to take a look into my lipstick and nail polish collections to see that) but the cut of this dress is just perfect. It’s £197 (was £395) here.
Another romantic lace one – just make sure you wear a bra! Ha. You’d be scaring the locals in this if you forgot your undies.. The Castaway dress from French Connection has something of a vintage feel, the detailing is incredibly pretty. It’s a shame that it’s not cotton (lining is, outer is viscose) but I’d say it would still keep you nice and cool on a hot day. Find it here – it’s £130.