More often than not, I throw on a reliable pair of jeans, some sort of blouse-cardigan / slouchy jumper combination, topped off with some sturdy pumps or my favourite pair of converse. This is how I feel comfortable, and when my social engagements have stretched little further than a food run to the vet’s recently, why should I bother getting all prettied up, right?
Well, the other week (when it was summer for a few days) I’d been sitting in front of my laptop for 3 consecutive days, desperately trying to get an essay done on time. Bummed out from missing the glorious sun, when the chance came up to pop out with friends for a bit, I decided to make an out-of-character effort.
On nights out, dresses are my staple outfit. But I’d never really experimented wearing them as day wear. I guess I just figured they’d make me look overdressed, especially if I was only going for a ginger ale at the pub round the corner. But with so many beautiful dresses available on the high street, why should you wait for a ‘dressy’ occasion to step out in one? A wise person once said, never leave your best for best, or you’ll never wear it. We should take every opportunity to wear beautiful clothes that make us look and feel fabulous. And dresses, for me, do just that.
With day wear dresses, it’s worth sticking to the old ‘boobs or legs – never both’ ideology. Shifts and collared dresses are perfect for a sophisticated and subtly sexy look.This pale pink sleeveless shirt dress, £40, from Topshop, definitely fits the bill. And the classic shape of this white pussy-bow dress, £51 by Annie Greenabelle, also at Topshop, ticks all the boxes for a timeless, chic appeal.
Sticking with muted accessories means you can splash out with colours and patterns. The cute heart print of this belted, short sleeved Primark dress, is fun and quirky, while the artistic, delicate flowers on this apricot chiffon dress, £14.99 at H&M, give off a flirty, feminine style. If you’re going for total knockout, however, you can’t go wrong with Monsoon’s wonderful pink shift dress, £55; it will definitely not let you down.
Perfect for transitional months, a good mac should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. This double-breasted trench coat, £29.99, H&M, would go perfectly with these dresses, complimenting not drowning them.
Stay comfortable in pumps or wedges. These turquoise pumps with quilted silver toe caps, £15.99, New Look, are bang on trend and will go with just about any colour dress. If you like something with a little bit of height, wedges like these black peep-toes, £24.99, H&M, will give you a bit of a lift.
Lastly, a new season demands a new bag. OK, it doesn’t, but it’s as good a time as any to splash out on one! I love this faux leather bag, £29.99, H&M. As a vegetarian, it’s difficult to find imitation pieces which are also good quality, and this classic shopper doesn’t disappoint.
So, once my schedule frees up, and the sun decides to come out and stay out, I’ll be wearing these day dress combinations and feeling fabulous. Will you?