Maxi dress style – Perfect for Summer

The calendar says that it is Summer, but standing outside today watching Joe play football in biting wind, I’m not so sure. But one thing I am sure of is that it is maxi dress season. Confused, well let me explain.

Maxi dresses have become a real summer staple, one that suit woman of all shapes and sizes, and work for pretty much every occasion. You can buy them in regular, petite and plus size fits, in styles that come from strapless to long sleeved, in heavier jersey to the lightest of cotton. And this is what makes them perfect for English Summer, as well as throwing in that holiday suitcase.

A maxi will work for a wedding, a summer garden party, or thrown over a bikini or swimsuit at the beach. They are perfect for holiday evening wear as they look great with jewelled sandals and a clutch bag, but add a blazer or a lightweight cardigan and they can take you smartly into most work situations too. A stretchy jersey vest style version works for a day at the park with the kids. Wear a stripy version and a straw hat and you are all set for summer in the city. The boho styles loved by everyone from Kate Moss to Rihanna cover all manner of sins with their long sleeves and ethnic prints, and Kylie Minogue shows how well they can work for petite girls too.

Here are some of my favourite maxi styles, along with some suggestions on how to get the look too.

Kylie Minogue

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Get the look

ASOS High Neck Swing Maxi Dress £45.00 Click to visit Asos

ASOS High Neck Swing Maxi Dress £45.00 Click to visit Asos

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ASOS Ruffle Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress in Vintage Floral Print £48.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Ruffle Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress in Vintage Floral Print
£48.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Border Print Bardot Maxi Dress £35.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Border Print Bardot Maxi Dress
£35.00 Click to visit ASOS

Kate Moss

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Only 3/4 Sleeve Boho Maxi Dress RRP £32.00 £28.00 Click to visit ASOS

Only 3/4 Sleeve Boho Maxi Dress RRP £32.00 now £28.00 Click to visit ASOS

Simply Be Paisley Print Maxi Dress now £25 Click to visit Simply Be

Simply Be Paisley Print Maxi Dress now £25 Click to visit Simply Be

Catherine Zeta Jones

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Boohoo Basics Clara Tie Back Maxi Dress £15 Click to visit Boohoo

Boohoo Basics
Clara Tie Back Maxi Dress £15 Click to visit Boohoo

**Dress by Oh My Love £49.00 Click to visit Topshop

**Dress by Oh My Love
£49.00 Click to visit Topshop

Padma Lashkmi

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Darcie Boho Paisley Maxi Skirt £15 Click to visit Boohoo

Darcie Boho Paisley Maxi Skirt £15 Click to visit Boohoo

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 Bardot Long Sleeved Flora Maxi Cut Out Back Dress now £30.50 Click to visit House of Fraser


Bardot Long Sleeved Flora Maxi Cut Out Back Dress
now £30.50 Click to visit House of Fraser

Gestuz Audra Maxi Dress in Floral Print £169.00 Click to visit ASOS

Gestuz Audra Maxi Dress in Floral Print
£169.00 Click to visit ASOS

 

Rihanna

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**Girls On Film Blue Print Maxi Dress Price: £50.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**Girls On Film Blue Print Maxi Dress
Price: £50.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**Hawaii Floral Wrap Dress by Nobody's Child £28.00 Click to visit Topshop

**Hawaii Floral Wrap Dress by Nobody’s Child
£28.00 Click to visit Topshop

Celebrity Get the Look featuring Emma Watson, Jessica Alba and Alison Williams

Today’s Get the Look is more about ideas to get a similar look, rather than finding the identical items wore by the stars. That said, we still have a few actual ‘get the looks’ from The One Show’s Alex Jones, a lady who always seems to spark early evening discussions about ‘where did she get that?’ on Twitter.

Shall we make a start? Let’s begin the sartorial tour through a few sought after looks.

 Alex Jones wears Ted Baker and Wallis

I have to say I’m a huge fan of Alex’s smart, but laid back style. Recently she wore this gorgeous, ruffle sleeved top from Ted Baker on The One Show  (sorry no picture). This is a lovely piece to wear with jeans to add Spring to your wardrobe. In addition, Wallis added a picture to their Instagram feed of Alex wearing one of their leather jackets. Now, the jacket doesn’t seem to be available at present, but Wallis has said that there will be a white version of this in stock sometime this Spring. In the meantime, I have added another couple of jackets from Wallis that are similar to Alex’s look. One is a cheaper ‘pleather’ option, whilst the second is a very covetable suede one in a great stone colour way.

 MYRINE Ruffle sleeve top     £99 click to visit Ted Baker


MYRINE
Ruffle sleeve top
£99
click to visit Ted Baker

 

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Black Biker Jacket     Price: £58.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Biker Jacket
Price: £58.00 click to visit Wallis

Stone Suede Biker Jacket     Price: £195.00 Click to visit Wallis

Stone Suede Biker Jacket
Price: £195.00 Click to visit Wallis

 

Emma Watson in J Mendel

I usually love Emma Watson’s style, but had been seriously underwhelmed by some of her recent choices, particularly, the rather drab dress she wore to the Oscars. But how she redeemed my faith in her with this jumpsuit from J Mendel. Seriously sleek and businesslike, this was more like the fashion forward Emma whose style I love. You can get the look with these separates from Wallis.

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Ivory Crochet Petite Blouse     Price: £32.00 click to visit Wallis

Ivory Crochet Petite Blouse
Price: £32.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Tapered Trousers     Price: £30.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Tapered Trousers
Price: £30.00 click to visit Wallis

Alison Williams

Marnie is not my favourite girls character, that would have to be the irrepressible and outrageous Jessa. But Alison Williams is fast becoming one of my favourite style stars. She is just effortlessly cool and glamorous. This is one of my fave looks from the lady recently, and again, this is a look that can be achieved with pieces from Wallis, including amazing trousers from the latest W collection.

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White Shirt     Price: £27.00 click to visit Wallis

White Shirt
Price: £27.00 click to visit Wallis

Khaki Green Soft Trousers     Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Khaki Green Soft Trousers
Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Kylie on The Voice

The Live shows are well and truly underway, but for week after week, we were treated to Kylie in this Little Black dress.  Trawling through the Dorothy Perkins website this week, I noticed that the Bardot style dress below was a perfect way to get Kylie’s Bardot look on a budget.

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Black Sleeveless Bardot Dress     Price: £27.99 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black Sleeveless Bardot Dress
Price: £27.99 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Kate Middleton Style at Kaliko

Kate Middleton was out and about on Monday, sporting the High Street again in a Hobbs Coat, but I am thinking back a couple of summer’s to the teal Jenny Packham dress that has to be one of my fave Kate looks of all time. Kaliko obviously feel the same and have produced a long and short version of this dress, called ‘The Middleton’ of course.

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 Navy Middleton Pleat Maxi Dress Item No 060/032792/190 / Price £179.00 click to visit Kaliko


Navy Middleton Pleat Maxi Dress
Item No 060/032792/190 /
Price £179.00 click to visit Kaliko

 Lilac Middleton Pleat Dress Item No 060/032795/161 / Price £139.00 click to visit Kaliko


Lilac Middleton Pleat Dress
Item No 060/032795/161 /
Price £139.00 click to visit Kaliko

Jessica Alba style from Zalando

Another lady who I believe is actually incapable of getting it wrong is Jessica Alba. Whether on the red carpet, or out and about, Jessica is the epitome of style. I love her casual take on this season’s jumpsuits, and you can get a similar look from Zalando.

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 Gwynedds CUMBI - Jumpsuit - blue £125 click to visit Zalando

Gwynedds CUMBI – Jumpsuit – blue £125 click to visit Zalando

Kate Moss wears Muubaa

I love Kate Moss, and I love Muubaa, and I will let them explain to you the thinking behind this very special look.

“Kate Moss is wearing a customised studded version of our Gilet in the latest Rimmel campaign, ‘Rockin Curves’. Part of this campaign is the Rimmel LFW Makeover Bus that you might have seen driving around London in the past week. We lent the gilet to stylist Katy England for the shoot and she asked if she could customise it – Kate Moss then loved the gilet so much that she requested to keep it!”

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Muubaa Kate Leather Sleeveless Studded Biker £495 click to visit Muubaa

Muubaa Kate Leather Sleeveless Studded Biker £495 click to visit Muubaa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pyschobitches, Kylie and Jessa – Reasons to Switch to Sky this Summer

I’ve recently switched my internet provider to Sky Broadband. It seemed to make perfect sense to have my satellite TV, telephone calls and internet from one combined source, and Sky was the best option for my family, especially with the Sky+ element, and my husband’s love of HD channels. Although I had always used Freeview in the past, the Broadband bundles currently offered by Sky , which include unlimited Broadband (perfect for a blogger of course),  the Sky TV entertainment package that includes Sky Atlantic, and a free Sky HD box, mean that I have a package that both addresses my working needs in the form of reliable and fast internet access, and my relaxation needs, in the form of some seriously classy television.

I don’t actually get that much opportunity to watch television, hence the real need and love of Sky plus. But there are some programmes that appeal to my love of fashion, art and style, and also to my affection for the ever so slightly surreal. Here are some of the reasons that Sky is definitely the one of life’s little necessities in my household.

Girls (Sky Atlantic)

The anti Sex in the City, ‘Girls’ is, in my humble opinion, one of the most gob-smackingly brilliant series to hit television in years. Writer and lead actress Lena Dunham is so honest in her depiction of Hannah, a girl who has flashes of brilliance but suffers from OCD and times of real self loathing. But as good as she is, it is hard to take your eyes of the beautiful yet neurotic Jessa whenever she is on the screen. As played by the artist Jemima Kirke, English girl Jessa is both strong-willed and yet vulnerable, as stylish as Talitha Pol, and possibly the only girl who could make you hate the always loveable Chris O’ Dowd. Jessa makes Carrie Bradshaw seem average in every way – which is quite an achievement.

Kylie as Edie (Sky Arts)

Kylie Minogue. Edie Sedgwick. Two ladies who I most definitely class as icons of style. So imagine my delight to find that Kylie was going to be playing ‘Bibbi’, an actress playing the role of Edie Segdwick, in a special episode of Sky Arts Playhouse entitled ‘Hey Diddly Dee’. The ageless Kylie looked amazing in Edie’s stock costumes of black opaque tights and long black tunics, along with the 1960s style eyelashes, and the play itself was a delicious black comedy, with Peter Serafinowicz and Matthew Horne also playing roles to great effect.

 

Pyschobitches (Sky Arts)

This is one series I am really looking forward to this Summer. Pyschobitches takes the form of a therapy session for some of the most famous ladies in history. From Eva Peron to Eva Braun, there are some truly interesting ladies taking a seat in that particular office. But the episode I am most looking forward to stars the female legends from ‘Whatever happened to Baby Jane’, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, in full make-up and costumes, with the Joan Crawford role being played be Mark Gatiss, back in feminine garb he wore so memorably in ‘The League of Gentleman’. Frances Barber plays the Bette Davis role with similar relish.

Pyschobitches looks both hilarious and un-missable. With Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe also taking a seat and spilling their souls, I’m already setting the Sky+ for this.