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Fashion: Dress up for summer

PUBLISHED: 21:10 17 August 2015 | UPDATED: 21:10 17 August 2015

Des Petits Hauts jersey dress, The Dressing Room, £103

Des Petits Hauts jersey dress, The Dressing Room, £103


Three essential dress styles every woman should have in her summer wardrobe, selected by St Albans Fashion Week director Ellena Ophira

Betty floral print maxi dress, Monsoon, £79Betty floral print maxi dress, Monsoon, £79

T-shirt dress – relaxed

Comfortable and easy to wear the t-shirt dress is a must for your summer wardrobe. Opt for a thicker jersey fabric to keep the shape grown-up and flattering. Breton stripes or a bold print will ensure it remains stylish.

Style with: Flip flops or pretty flat sandals for a perfect daytime look. Throw on a cardi or a little leather jacket for cooler nights. Or even wear it as a cover up at the pool. It’s pretty, versatile and practical, who can argue with that?

Maxi dress - glamorous

Elodie dress, Hobbs, £119Elodie dress, Hobbs, £119

No matter how simple the style of your maxi, the length of this dress will always make you look glamorous. This is a tough garment to get right and it doesn’t suit everyone so try on lots of different styles to find the right one for you. A dropped waist or adding a belt will make it more flattering.

Style with: Flip flops or an espadrille wedge for daytime and smarter wedges or sandals for evening.

Summer dress – chic

It’s worth spending a little more to find a dress that fits perfectly. Choose one made from beautiful fabric and with a good shape, to ensure it lasts for years. Whether you choose a retro pencil shape, an A-line or a classic shift, make sure you just love it!

Style with: A gorgeous summer bag, clutch or giant shopper and the biggest sunglasses you can find.

For more tips and fashion news, see Ellena’s blog at

St Albans Fashion Week takes place October 26-31.


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