- Friday, 20 April 2012
- Written by Madeleine McIndoe
The perfect summer party dress is like the perfect cup of tea: hard to find and everyone prefers a certain brand. Luckily, thanks to the wealth of styles doing the high street rounds this summer, there’s a party dress to suit every taste and shape.
Topshop, as usual, is doing a roaring trade in quirky takes on mainstream trends. For example, their fringed dip-dye dress nods to the current obsession with the flappers of the twenties, whilst remaining slightly edgy in a sunset shades. For a more traditional take on Gatsby glamour, look no further than Dorothy Perkins, where cream reigns supreme and lace trimmings make a girl feel like a million dollars.
Cut-away detailing is still huge this summer, and simple shapes are given a sexy edge for night with flashes of flesh, leaving plenty to the imagination. Bold, reflective tropical prints cover bodycon dresses for just the right balance of mysterious and sexy. Leather detailing at Miss Selfridge toughens up ladylike prints in watercolour pinks and purples.
On the sports-chic frontier, River Island has merged mesh and neon to create the head-turning Harley dress. Accessorize with peep-toe wedges and a tan to make it straight to the front of the style race.
A dress to impress for every girl this summer…who said we only wanted one though?
Topshop Multicolour Tassel Dress £65, www.topshop.com
Dorothy Perkins Nude Gatsby Dress £30, www.dorothyperkins.co.uk
Missguided Kaylea Cut Out Waistband Bodycon Dress £24.99, www.missguided.co.uk
Kimichi Blue Structured Cut Out Dress £48, www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk
Monsoon Fusion Lorikeet Dress £65, www.monsoon.co.uk
Lipsy Cut Away Tropical Bodycon Dress £55, www.lovarni.com
Miss Selfridge Multicolour Dress £90, www.missselfridge.co.uk
River Island Harley Neon Aertex Dress, www.riverisland.com
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