Transitional Dresses at Simply Be

We are just about to enter the last month of Summer, but it seems like someone forgot to tell the weather. This weekend has felt decidedly Autumnal, and although I for one am hoping that Summer makes a reappearance as August arrives, I have to say I’m not holding my breath. With that in mind, it seems that a post all about transitional dressing becomes a post about dresses you can definitely be wearing right now. Tropical it ain’t!

Simply Be continues to go from strength to strength when it comes to its dress collection. The brand, which stocks dresses in a great range of sizes that covers the plus size spectrum, has a wonderful variety of styles, and includes labels like Scarlett & Jo, Little Mistress, Joe Browns and Glamorous. If you are looking for a new dress, from a floaty maxi style, to a short, flirty skater style, you will be able to find something at Simply Be.

So, when we talk about transitional dresses, what are we talking about? Transitional dresses can still often be in cotton, but the pastel colours often give way to darker shades or block primary colours. Longer sleeves to suit the cooler days are a good idea, and denim dresses are a real great look that work so well with tough looking ankle boot styles. Florals can still work well, with swing style dresses another look that works well when teamed with an ankle boot rather than a sandal. Bardot dresses still show no signs of disappearing, but for an Autumn look you can add a denim jacket or a leather biker style that will give warmth and coverage, without losing any edge of style.

Celebs in Transitional Dresses

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Olivia Palermo

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Selina Gomez

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Alexa Chung

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Nicole Ritchie

Here are some of my fave transitional styles that I think will take you from the end of Summer, and will hopefully work well even if we don’t get an Indian Summer, (Although fingers crossed – eh!)

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LYOCELL DENIM SMOCK DRESS WITH FLUTED SLEEVE LENGTH Click to visit Simply Be

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JOE BROWNS WATERCOLOUR PRINT JERSEY DRESS Click to visit Simply Be

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RED/IVORY FRILL DETAIL DRESS Click to visit Simply Be

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SIMPLY BE TASSEL DETAIL GINGHAM BARDOT DRESS Click to visit Simply Be

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BLACK EMBROIDERED RUCHED SLEEVE DRESS Click to visit Simply Be

 

Nude/Pink Sequin Shell Top from Simply Be

Every wardrobe needs a pretty sparkly top – a going out top so to speak. A top that can be teamed with a pair of jeans and heels for a night at the pub, or worn with a pencil skirt for a more formal occasion. At this time of year, sparkly tops covered in sequins and glitter really come into their own as they can also be worn in the day as you plunge yourself into festive season – sparkles and sequins are definitely not just for Christmas,  but it probably is their favourite time of the year.

I’m a magpie when it comes to shiny, glittery things, so I have feel totally in love with the going out tops selection from Simply Be. In particular, as a lover of all things vintage, I am a little obsessed with the Nude/Pink sequin shell top from the Simply Be own range. It has a boxy shape, an attractive zip fastening on the back, and with the colour, which is almost like it has been dip dyed in coffee, it could’ve come straight from the 192os.

This is a top that is very heavy on the embellishments, but this doesn’t make it heavy to wear. It is semi transparent, so if you choose to wear it in the day you may want to add a camisole underneath. The shape is almost t-shirt like in design, but the collar and cuffs are edged which gives it a slightly formal touch.

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Nude/Pink Sequin Shell Top £35 Click to visit Simply Be

Nude/Pink Sequin Shell Top £35 Click to visit Simply Be

I chose to wear this in two different styles. The first continues the nude feel and is almost my spin on a Christmas fairy, albeit with tights chanelled from Zooey Deschanel and Sarah Jessica Parker. A nude pleated skirt and rose gold shoes completed this outfit, which definitely had the sort of ethereal feel that would make it lovely for Christmas day.

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But this is definitely a top that could also adapt to a more ‘rock chick’ look with the addition of coated skinnies, animal print boots and a darker lip. I think this shows the versatility of the top, which could also be worn layered over a black shift dress.

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Five more fab tops from Simply Be

JOANNA HOPE Lace Top £35 Click to visit Simply Be

JOANNA HOPE Lace Top £35 Click to visit Simply Be

Metallic Boxy Top £22 Click to visit Simply Be

Metallic Boxy Top £22 Click to visit Simply Be

 Simply Be Gold Glitter Scoop Neck Body £18 Click to visit Simply Be


Simply Be Gold Glitter Scoop Neck Body £18 Click to visit Simply Be

Black/Blue Sequin Shell Top £35 Click to visit Simpy Be

Black/Blue Sequin Shell Top £35 Click to visit Simply Be

Lace Sleeve Wrap Top £20 Click to visit Simply Be

Lace Sleeve Wrap Top £20 Click to visit Simply Be

 

Simply Be Plise Ruffle Midi Dress Reviewed

I am a huge fan of Simply Be. They offer great quality clothing that comes in a really good range of sizes, with the sizing actually being true to size (one of my main bugbears of fashion is when a size large is a size 12!). I also love that the website is a one stop shop, you can get everything from holiday fashion to formal wear, you can find a dress for a wedding, a prom, for sightseeing, or to wear for work. The range is vast and varied and I would defy anyone to not find something they liked, whatever their taste.

My current favourite is the Simply Be Plise ruffle midi dress that seems to be my go-to party dress at the moment. As someone who is pretty obsessed with the 1970s, particularly the Studio 54 era, this is a dress that I can well imagine Bianca Jagger or Jerry Hall wearing as they danced the night away with Andy Warhol. The rich emerald green colour is just vibrant and stunning, and yet, for a dress that can only be described as super glamorous, it is also decidedly comfortable to wear – with no zips or fastenings, and in a super stretchy plise fabric.

Simply Be Plisse Ruffle Midi Dress now £22.50 Click to visit Simply Be

Simply Be Plisse Ruffle Midi Dress now £22.50 Click to visit Simply Be

This dress is perfect for holidays, you can easily team it with a glittery sandal and clutch bag, and the easy pull on style and non crease fabric makes it great to throw into the suitcase. That said, the deep green colour and luxurious plise style pleats also give this a very glamorous feel, and I can easily see this dress being a hit at Christmas parties. I wore this recently to a birthday party, teamed with a heeled sandal and it was a dress that I had lots of positive comments.

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I keep mentioning that this dress is really easy to wear because it truly is. The elastication around the bust means that the dress is secure and will not lead to any embarrassing situations, it stays in place. But the elastic is not tight under the arms and does not leave marks – something I have experienced with other elasticated ‘boob tubes’.

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For the ultimate in party dresses, I can’t recommend this one highly enough, just add a pair of chandelier earrings and some mermaid hair and your set to go, Jerry Hall style circa 1975.

Do you have a go to party dress? Have you tried Simply Be?