Just back from a completely fabulous short city break in Bordeaux, I was reminded again about the winder of The Dress. Summer Holiday Dresses in particular.
I rather fell out of love with dresses in my teens – skirts were okay at a need-to-dress-up push, but dresses? No way.
The trouble is I’m an odd shape – 6′ tall, but with ‘normal’ legs and a lo-o-oong back, which means a dress never ever sits right.
And then, somewhere in my 30’s I caught on to the maxi dress thing.
Oh, the joy. The revelation!
Dresses are amazing, right? You choose ONE item from your wardrobe, and that’s it. You’re done!
And a maxi dress means my height is simply not an issue – no way-too-short knee-length dresses, or waistlines up under my bust. Nope, they just… fit.
And once my love of the dress was rekindled, I discovered that there ARE places that make dresses for tall girls, and now dresses are simply my summer wardrobe staple.
It’s perfect – and particularly on holiday. Make wise choices when you’re buying, and they’re simple to wear, look good all day, take up little room in your suitcase, and they’re so much cooler in hot weather.
And lookety look – I just stumbled over the fact that JD Williams have a bit of a sale on in their Holiday Dresses department – time to stock up, ladies! here’s my top five picks…
This fabulous vibrant dress from Joanna Hope makes a real summer statement. In shades of blue, this dress features a wrap bodice and front split detail. In soft, silky, jersey fabric, this dress is both comfortable and flattering – and won’t crease in the case either.
Joanna Hope Maxi Print dress is £60, in sizes 10-32.
(sorry, not in the sale, but I couldn’t resist it!)
Indulge in warm summer florals this season with this Nightingales angel sleeve dress. Fashioned with a mock wrap design to the front for a flattering fit, this stunning floor-length gown features an all-over floral print for an exotic hint. Cute short sleeves offer stylish arm coverage, whilst an embellished waistband adds that extra touch of glamour.
Nightingales Angel Sleeve ITY Dress 50% off – reduced from £65 to £32.50
Bursting with on-trend fluorescents, this statement sleeveless dress comes in a straight fit and is sure to get you noticed wherever you head this season. Rock it at the beach with flip-flops and sunnies, or glam it up for a day trip in town with some metallic sandals.
Multi-Coloured Strip Shift Dress reduced from £35 to £28
Gorgeous, gorgeous. Never fade into the background – make your wardrobe as warm, bold and beautiful as you are with this stunning jersey dress. Gorgeous print and mock-wrap style will keep you colourful, comfortable and confident.
Joe Browns Multi Print Wrap Dress reduced from £45 to £22.50
Inspired by the classic Bardot trend, this strapless maxi dress is one to add to your holiday wardrobe wish list. This effortless dress features a layered bust for a mod look, whilst the boho floral print adds a vintage feel. Style it with tan sandals and a tasselled bag for an authentic fashion flashback.