FINDING a breezy summer dress to throw on should be easy, right?
But while the shops and online stores are filled with hordes of frocks, working out what suits you best can be a minefield.
And this year it’s even harder. Changing rooms are closed and models showcasing online offers have very different figures to most of us.
Fortunately, the Fabulous fashion team is on hand to offer their advice.
From Fifties-style frocks to flattering wrap dresses, our style experts reveal what they’ll be wearing this season – and reveal the style of dress YOU should try for your body shape.
TRACEY LEA-SAYER, 48, fashion director
TRACEY says: “As my style is more laid back and androgynous, I’m not usually a dress wearer.
“The current trends of exaggerated sleeves and whimsical fabrics that look amazing on others are not my tastes, making it hard for me to find my style of frock.
“But thankfully I’ve found The One.
“This neutral number with its simple, minimalist shape hangs well on my straight up and straight down frame.
“It covers the tops of my arms, while its V-neckline is great for those who have a fuller bust and the jersey-style fabric glides over skin – I love it.”
JESS EVANS, 25, junior stylist
JESS says: “When the temperatures rise I always reach for midi or maxi dresses.
“This billowing, tiered shape is great for keeping cool and, if you’re heading to a picnic in the park or a BBQ with friends, there is plenty of breathing room.
“I’ve paired this floral, Asos dress with cool trainers to keep the look casual – but switch sporty soles for high heels and this outfit could be taken from day to evening.
“What’s not to love?”
NANA ACHEMPONG, 33, shopping editor and celebrity stylist
NANA says: “I pretty much live in dresses all year round, and with my busy lifestyle they are my ultimate item for throw-on-and-go dressing.
“I love the green floral print detail of this dress, and the cut is super-flattering on my figure.
“The puffball sleeves are a great added extra that give it a real luxury feel.
“I’ve paired it with white mules to give it the ultimate summer feel, but for cooler days this dress will look great with a pair of knee-high boots and a leather jacket thrown over.”
ABBY McHALE, 25, junior writer and stylist
ABBY says: “As I’m top heavy, a V-neck dress is always my go-to option.
“This one from Next is perfect. The plunging neckline is super-flattering on my bust while the wrap style of the dress cinches in my waist.
“Voluminous sleeves are a huge trend this season and are great for anyone who wants to cover the tops of their arms. I’ve continued the picnic theme from the gingham print by adding a straw bag to bring the whole look together perfectly.”
LYNNE McKENNA, 41, fashion editor
LYNNE says: “For over ten years I have loved Fifties- inspired A-line skirts because they’re great for skimming over my hips and really accentuate my narrow waist.
“This full skirt is so dramatic, I love it.
“I’m all about sustainable fashion and making my clothes stand the test of time, and this show-stopper is a real investment.
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“It’s a big treat for me, but it won’t age.
“I’ve paired it with delicate heeled sandals and jewellery so they don’t distract from the frock, as anything too statement will look too busy.”
- Lilac dress, £129, coastfashion.com
- Earrings, £27.99, pilgrim.net
- Necklace, £15, etsy.com
- Bag, £49.95, Unmade from stitchfix.co.uk
- Shoes, £36, topshop.com
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