Fashion Focus: A dress for the summer

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Shirt dresses can also be dressed up as seen by celebrities such as Victoria Beckham

If like me you are loving the heat wave we are currently enjoying but not loving the thought of baring your pasty flesh and struggling with finding something comfortable but suitable to wear you are not alone.

Although heat waves in Fermanagh are a pretty rare occurrence when they do come we Fermanagh folk do nothing but complain about hot how and uncomfortable we feel in the heat. Don’t get me wrong; if we were all off work or had nice cool air conditioned offices perhaps we wouldn’t complain so much. During the recent heat wave I found it difficult to find something cool to wear each day and found that the most comfortable thing to wear was a light summer dress.

In my opinion dresses are the ultimate wardrobe staple because they can be worn casual or dressy depending on how you accessorise them. The thing I love about dresses is the fact that there are so many different styles now that no matter what your shape or size there will always be something suitable for you.

You don’t have to be a girly girl to enjoy wearing dresses because there are so many different variations you will find that you don’t have to go for a pretty look, you have so many more options. For any tom boys out there you will find lots of variations of the shirt dress, tunic or sporty style dresses.

As well as simple shirt dresses that can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with flat sandals or trainers, athletic style dresses are a hot look for the summer. If neither of these styles float your boat the other key looks of the summer are simple no fuss shift dresses in refreshing pastel colours, again these can be dressed down with flats or styled up with heels and statement jewellery.

As always Bohemian inspired maxi dresses make a welcome appearance in the summer months, I usually like to team a maxi dress with a gladiator sandal or a pair of wedges. I also love a bright statement print dress either in a bold colour, a geometric print or just simple bold stripes. Bright colours just say summer for me and even on a wet summers day bright colours give you a bit of a pick me up.

The other summer dress of the moment is the 1950s style swing dress given a modern twist with graphic prints or just kept simple depending on how you like it. Style wise and depending on where you plan to wear it you could have strapless, boat neck, spaghetti straps or short sleeve. For me a prom dress will always be dressy and just doesn’t look right worn with trainers. If you want to make a swing dress look less formal team it with a pair of flat sandals and minimal accessories.

However you choose to stay cool in the Fermanagh sunshine, and here’s hoping that our heat wave will last or at least come back again soon, a summer dress is always a good choice for work, rest or play.

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