June 14, 2012 09:00
| Shopping and Sales
People talk about winter being the party season, and with office Christmas parties, family celebrations and New Year’s it is safe to say it is good time to party. However, summer has long balmy evenings and bright weekends that are just made for barbecues, al fresco cocktail parties and balls. Sunshine and warm weather do put us all in an upbeat, party mood so it makes sense that this should also be a season to get dressed up and enjoy ourselves. Here are three occasion dresses to do just that in, all are available from online fashion retailer Next.
Tropical, floral print dresses are the hottest dresses of the summer. Bright colours, vivid prints and striking contrasts will show off a tan and help you make a real impact. Miss N Jade Floral Ruffle Dress (pictured), £49, is a truly stunning prom dress from Next. There are no puffballs and overly cute sweetheart necklines in sight with this prom dress. The round neck, wide shoulder straps, ruffled front, tied waist and mid-thigh length add up to pure sophistication. Add some embellished heels, a black clutch and flowing sun-kissed hair to make this prom dress outfit one to remember.
There was a real mermaid feel to many of spring/summer catwalks; shimmery, slinky, silky materials in colours that would make Ariel proud are used to capture summer’s light. Next has a beautiful occasion dress that slots nicely into this look. Its Sequin Shift Dress, £58, comes in coral or mint and is covered in small, light reflecting sequins. The cut is elegant, the material classy and the entire look is refined. Add some nude sling back heels and keep hair and make up perfect but understated.
As soon as summer begins the floodgates are opened for weddings. If you’ve been invited to a summer wedding you want something chic, colourful but not too over-the-top to upstage the bride or mother of the bride. The Berry Lace Pencil Dress, £65, is simple – just one berry colour and elegant pencil shift shape – but the lace overlay gives it depth and class. Check out these celebrities wearing lace dresses on FabSugar.com.