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Whether you’ve already been away for your holiday or like me you have yet to go, there is still at least a month, probably longer, of summer left. It may not currently feel like it but we are a long way off the nights drawing in and scraping ice off the car, even if Grazia has this week urged us to invest in a winter coat.
As I piled up dresses to take away with me, an eclectic mix of maxis, midis and minis, those with patterns and those without, new styles with ruffles and layers, old styles which I don’t part with because year after year they prove so darned useful, I couldn’t help but notice how many of them are similar to those pictured on the autumn winter 2017 catwalk. Sure on the catwalks, there was an oversized mannish coat here and a long cosy cardigan there; wonderful woollies thrown casually over the top and bits of gossamer and cashmere delicately layered underneath punctuated with witchy boots and runkled socks, but the mainstay… well the mainstay seems to be the lovely ladylike dress, the likes of which I’ve become rather attached to.
So since it’s still summer (say it enough and you’ll start believing it) and the sales are making way for the new collections, be on the look out for a statement dress, one that you can wear now with a tan and a glass of rose and then later with a few more layers and probably a cold or cough. There’s just one stipulation – it should be red.
The red dress has sneaked up on us through all the floral and tropical prints and I wouldn’t have realised it was a thing had I not last week been approached to source a red dress for an evening do. It didn’t take me long. In fact I found so many in the space of just one episode of Horrible Histories (it’s OK, I’d seen it before) that I’d stockpiled at least ten within hours of the request being made – and that was just the good ones. So here, lovely readers, for your delectation are the best of the red dresses.
The red dress for the ‘rectangle’ shape…
Lucky you, you can fully embrace the ruffle trend which just won’t go away. A bit of frill or ruching on the bust is flattering for you so go for it. Embrace skirts with a bit of flounce or pleat.
The red dress for the ‘hourglass’ shape…
You’ve got the curves so make sure your dress hugs them. An open neckline is most flattering and make sure your waist (you have a waist!) is defined. Ruffles only in small doses.
The red dress for the ‘triangle’ shape…
Pick a dress with a feature on the top half to show off your slender shoulders or decolletage, you can go for any neckline. Skirts that gently skim the hips are most flattering for you.
The red dress for the ‘circle’ shape…
This is a great season if you’re a circle body type because there’s plenty of loose fitting gorgeous red dresses on the high street currently. Go for something floaty and light and avoid ruffles. You’ve got fab legs so show them off in something a bit shorter.
You could do a lot worse than use the dancing lady emoji as your inspiration – she always looks good – and failing that, if you are over the age of 40, then think Kelly Le Brock. Have a magnificent August everyone, I’m off on my holidays so see you in a couple of weeks and don’t forget if you didn’t take my book on holiday last summer, you can buy it here: