Summer is sorted with High Street Outlet

I am continuing my series of reviews of the great pieces you can pick up online at High Street Outlet by featuring a dress that is a perfect summer holiday dress. The Santiago maxi dress was originally a White Stuff piece, and because of the use of cotton, and the tropical halter neck, it is definitely a piece that I will be folding neatly into my holiday suitcase in a few weeks time.

Ex White Stuff Santiago Maxi Halterneck Ladies Dress Summer White Red £18.50 click to visit High Street Outlet

Ex White Stuff Santiago Maxi Halterneck Ladies Dress Summer White Red £18.50 click to visit High Street Outlet

The picture above is just one of the reasons I chose this dress – just how amazing does it look worn casually with flip flops and hippy style beads? I knew this was a dress that could have a double purpose in my suitcase – taking me easily from daytime sightseeing and lunch at a beachside cafe, to the evening at the bar with a slightly dressier sandal, and clutch bag.

DSCN7307[1]The dress is halter neck, but this is adjustable so, if like me, you like a little more support in that area, this is easy to achieve. The dress has a side zip fastening and is also lined with a thin layer of cotton, which means that although this is a summer dress, it is not see-thru. I love the a-line styling  and the Aztec style print.

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The dress has white, pink, teal and red running through it, which means it would be easy to team this with a host of colours. I wore this with tan sandals from Tods and a pair of Guess sunglasses for this review, and I think this is how I will style it when I wear it on holiday too.

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High Street Outlet currently has a great selection of pieces from White Stuff which they are selling at up to 70% off recommended retail price. (Click here) The Santiago dress is available in all sizes from 10-18, and there is a similar dress if you prefer blue to red. (You can find that dress here.)

Kate and William arrive in the Solomon Islands

Kate and William left Malaysia yesterday to continue there Far Eastern tour with a trip to the Solomon Islands. This meant more changes of clothing for the Duchess, these with a cool tropical feel. As usual, the Duchess looked effortlessly stunning, and also showed that she is not adverse to a wardrobe change at the last minute.

Kate arrived in the Solomon Islands in a dress that was sure to excite fashion fans all over the UK. The choice of Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders was one that Kate watchers had been hoping she would make for some time, a hot designer known for his fabulous use of colour and print. The Evelyn dress combined geometric print in turquoise and green with cool cotton fabric. Kate teamed this with a small, cream coloured hat which was reminiscent of styles worn by The Queen in the 1950s, but I think this was something she could’ve left off – it was not really needed and wasn’t a great match for the dress.

Jonathan Saunders Evelyn cotton dress

Jonathan Saunders Edition at Debenhams

 

Jonathan Saunders/EDITION

Jonathan Saunders/EDITION

Kate’s second look was very impromptu, but non the worse for it. She had been given a beautiful silk batik print dress by her hosts and had loved it, and so had decided to wear it for the evening reception and gala given by the Governor General of the Solomon Islands. The dress was from a local Island store called ‘Print’

I love that Kate wore this dress, just perfect for a tropical evening in a stunning location. Strapless printed dresses are still everywhere on line, and if you are planning an Autumn break, these are perfect for warm evenings under the stars or covering up after a day on the beach.

Get the Look – Strapless floral prints

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Hollie Rose Print Bandeau Maxi Dress £20