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FIVE SUMMER DRESSES
EVERY WOMAN NEEDS

Never have a wardrobe dilemma again with our round-up of the dresses to see you through the season

The shirt dress

They say every wardrobe needs a good shirt, but we’d add that you can’t go wrong with an excellent shirt dress either. Comfy to wear and amazingly versatile, the shirt dress looks great dressed down with sandals and a denim jacket, or made work-appropriate with a leather belt and accessories. Pick vertical stripes for a classic, flattering look.

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The shift dress

Simple, bold and elegant, a good shift dress will be your best fashion friend. Wear with trainers or heels, a blazer or a biker; the only rule is to pick a colour that will complement your skin tone beautifully. In winter, try wearing your shift dress over a roll neck in a fine knit for extra warmth.

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The holiday dress

A reliable holiday dress is worth its weight in gold – or at least justifies its weight in baggage allowance. You’ll end up slinging the same dress on multiple times during your trip, so look for a dress that works equally well with a bikini and flip flops as it does with statement earrings and a clutch. This gorgeous swing dress definitely ticks all the boxes.

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The occasion dress

Special occasions are a great excuse to give extra attention to your outfit, but don’t assume you need to buy a new dress for every invite. What you need is an occasion dress that can be transformed with your choice of accessories, like this figure-hugging navy number. The mesh detail gives a glimpse of flesh without being too revealing, while the simple shape means you can go wild with your jewellery, shoes and bag.

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The fit-and-flare dress

Everyone looks good in a fit-and-flare shape – it nips you in at the waist, skims flatteringly over the hips and creates a pretty, elegant silhouette. Choose a belted option for extra definition, and a vibrant print to help you stand out for summer.

Available 30 June

Editor: Sophie Hines / Photographer: Paul Farrell / Stylist: Louise Hall / Hair stylist: Ben Cooke
Make-up artist: Kim Jacob / Model: Athena Wilson at Premier Model Management

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