Perfect weather needs a perfect dress…

by • July 11, 2013 • FashionComments (0)486

SUMMER heat has finally descended upon us bringing with it the chance to invest in some fabulous summer dresses!

The rising heat means we can at long last invest in a few key pieces to add to our trusted summer wardrobe with the hope of cooling down whilst attempting to achieve that coveted sun-kissed look whilst looking fabulous!

With the temperatures soaring fashion is intensifying – becoming exuberant and playful to match the sunny skies soaking up the atmosphere of the fun-loving summer holidays. So be sure to think cheerful and creative and you will be well on your way to finding that perfect summer dress to compliment your beautiful figure.

‘Summer brights’ is always a key trend for those sought-after sunny days and ensures you will be kept effortlessly in style. Take advantage of the heat while we are lucky to have it and go with a gorgeous, brightly-coloured dress which will ensure you stand out in any crowd!

Be sure to choose a dress that fits your body-shape and style in order to exude confidence and beauty. Stick to the key fashion rules and stick to the dress that will enhance your silhouette the best by creating that enviable hourglass figure, and do not worry if you have to create it with accessories! For example, a waist-cinching belt works wonders to help define the waist and create the impression of curves for ‘apple,’ ‘slender’ and ‘athletic’ shapes.

Whereas ‘top-heavy’ figures can work the summer trends to perfection by avoiding close-fitting tops which will add bulk to the upper torso. Instead an empire line will help define the narrowest point in your figure, pulling you in at your narrowest point, just below the waist.

Meanwhile if you are ‘pear-shaped’ opt for those dresses with wide straps in order to balance out your bottom half, whilst peplum detail on a dress will enhance curves thus creating the impression of an hourglass figure. Plunging necklines are also an excellent way of balancing the frame for the ‘pear-shaped’ body-type – an ideal way to amplify your look for those fun summer nights out.

‘Hourglass’ women look simply gorgeous with a belt around the waist to create a contour line in order to emphasis their best asset. To better show off those tiny waits wear a waist in a contrasting colour to the rest of your outfit. If opting for prints keep it simple and minimalistic by sticking to large-scale prints which best flatter your curves and avoid those dresses with very busy intricate detail which can drown silhouettes in an unflattering way.

Bold graphic prints, oriental styling and playful monochrome are huge trends this season, but the signature jumbo statement stripes and faux flower flowers promise to stay around forever.

Statement stripes, as seen throughout this season’s spring / summer catwalks 2013 are set to be huge this season. Take style inspiration from the chic Paul Smith and opt for playful, vibrant colours to ensure all eyes are on you this season. Meanwhile high-street stores has a glorious selection of summer dresses echoing this trend – with Zara boasting a sumptuous collection of zesty shades and patterns.

However, this season the midi and maxi length continues to reign supreme, and a fabulous way to incorporate two trends made to go together is a striped maxi length dress. Danish fashion-label Only boasts a beautiful striped monochrome maxi dress for just £16.95 – available online or at fashion retailers DV8 stores available throughout Ireland.

Warehouse features a superb collection of maxi dresses, featuring a magnificent, jewel-toned, cascading, blurred splash print maxi for those special occasions – complete with halter-neck and cinched in waist – this show-stopping, exquisite piece really is a must have. A pair of fabulous ear-rings and simple footwear is all you need to compliment this enviable look.

However, the gorgeously simplistic ‘minimalism’ is back in fashion – featuring the clean, simple, well-cut lines and cool colours reminiscent on Calvin Klein and Nicole Farhi. High-street giant Topshop recreates this trend effortlessly, with some simply gorgeous pieces, featuring lots of quirky twists on how to make this look feel personal to you.

Bold shapes and even bolder colour combinations are the signature ingredients for this season’s ‘graphic’ trend. Graphic prints and colour clashing can be upheld as the perfect way to show off your figure in a flattering summer shift. Michael Kors showed the high-street how it’s done with his spring / summer collection 2013 – and online fashion retailer ASOS certainly does not disappoint with its eclectic collection of inspiring summer dresses.  Whilst there check out their fantastic collection of the quintessential floral summer dress – which wows with a tremendous, show-stopping collection of floral print maxi dresses and cutesy above the knee skater floral print dresses.

Simple flat sandals, funky, laid-back espadrilles or a wedge heel will complete any look and remember to accessorize with as much jewellery as you please to make your summer dress feel unique to you!

Kathryn McGowan

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