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INSTAGRAM SUMMER STYLE:
DRESSES FOR EVERY OCCASION

There’s still plenty of summer to enjoy. Here’s what to wear for every occasion in your diary, as demonstrated by the Marks & Spencer Insiders

The floral smock dress for summer parties

When it comes to effortless summer style, it’s hard to beat the throw-on-and-go appeal of a floral smock dress. We’re particularly taken with this cotton floral-print midaxi smock dress by Y.A.S, seen here on @marksandspencer_nicola. With its square neckline, wide straps and frill detailing, it’s got ‘best dressed guest’ written all over it. Just add gold gladiator sandals, a gold necklace and a swipe of pink lip colour for a gorgeous summer party look.

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HOW TO STYLE THE FLORAL SMOCK DRESS

Floral midaxi smock dress
Take your pick from summer’s floral dresses
£65
Leather knot gladiator sandals
Add a pair of gold gladiator sandals
£45
Gold chain necklace
And an on-trend chain link necklace
£15
MatteLast Liquid Lip in Pink
Finish with a bold pink lip
£16

The T-shirt dress for off-duty days

The T-shirt dress trend emerged during lockdown when we craved comfort above all else and it’s still going strong for summer 2021. While we love minimal monochrome midi T-shirt dress styles, we can’t get enough of this zebra-print T-shirt mini dress, as seen here on @marksandspencer_sam, who called out its “funky animal print, superbly soft feel, simple round neck and relaxed fit”. Just add strappy sandals, a cute carry-all tote bag and statement shades for a comfy but chic off-duty outfit.

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HOW TO STYLE A ZEBRA-PRINT T-SHIRT DRESS

Black and white zebra-print mini T-shirt dress
Higher hemlines are trending
£25
Black leather ankle-strap sandals
Pair with simple black leather sandals
£39.50
Black straw tote bag
Grab a roomy tote bag
£39.50
Square preppy sunglasses
Our Insiders love these statement shades
£15

The heatwave-ready striped linen slip dress

The chic simplicity of a linen sundress proves that sometimes less is best. This blue and cream striped linen maxi slip dress is the perfect summer staycation dress: throw it on over a bikini, add flip flops and a roomy tote and you’re ready for the beach. Team it with chunky black sandals and a cross-body straw bag and you’re ready for dinner, then simply chuck a denim jacket over the top when the temperature drops. If the weather’s not good enough to wear it out and about, just wear it around the house like @marksandspencer_robyn.

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HOW TO STYLE THE LINEN STRIPED SLIP DRESS

Linen striped V-neck midaxi slip dress
Stripes are always in style
£49.50
Black leather strappy flat sandals
Contrast with chunky black sandals
£45
Straw cross-body bag
Go hands free with a cross-body bag
£15
Medium indigo denim jacket
Be prepared for chilly evenings
£35

The back-to-the-office animal-print midaxi

At this point it’s safe to say that animal print will never be out of style, but bright and bold versions of the ever-popular print are the freshest way to wear it right now. We’ve fallen hard for this vibrant green animal-print midaxi dress, seen here on @marksandspencer_sophie. And we’re not the only ones – it’s already sold out once so, if you love it, don’t hang around. Wear with a faux leather biker jacket and shiny black ankle boots for a cool back-to-work look.

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HOW TO STYLE THE ANIMAL-PRINT MIDAXI

Green animal-print midaxi dress
Try an animal print with oomph
£39.50
Black faux-leather biker jacket
Throw on a faux-leather jacket
£45
Lace-up ankle boots
Step out in vegan-friendly ankle boots
£45
Mini gold hoop earrings
Mini gold hoops go with everything
£7.50

Words: Sophie Hines

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