While we would all love a new maxi dress for every occasion (Cher from Clueless’ wardrobe being the dream) our budgets can’t always stretch to such an ideal. With this in mind, every girl needs a dress that is versatile enough to be worn from a glamorous cocktail party to a sandy beach, and we have found the perfect one…
The Rosalind from HMH Couture is brilliantly flattering – a plunging neckline, elegant pleats and a knotted waist create an instantly streamlined silhouette, whilst the brand’s signature luxury soft jersey make this dress a dream to wear. And don’t think the hot pink shade is just for the bold; this tried and tested fuchsia makes all skin types glow.
Get your staple maxi dress: HMH Couture Rosalind Dress in Fuchsia Pink, £150
We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait for our summer holidays and are already planning our wardrobes. So of course the first thing on our list is our multi-purpose maxi dress which was simply made for poolside cocktails and palm trees. For a laid-back holiday vibe, wear with a cool pair of flat sandals and remember: when abroad the rule is always the brighter the better, so go wild with a colour-pop clutch and statement jewellery like this Clare Hynes necklace.
Clare Hynes Meizhen Necklace, £165; Moda in Pelle Hollybag Clutch in Coral, £59.95; Bourne Natasha Shoe in Gold, £157
Bringing the look back home, this dress can easily work as well on the high street as it does on the beach (think River Island rather than paradise…). The cropped jacket gives the look an edge and breaks down the block colour, something you can add to with interesting accessories such as strappy heels and tassel earrings. And whether you’re in Sardinia or Slough, you can take a walk on the wild side with an animal print clutch for urban jungle chic.
Bourne Sofia Jacket in White, £192; Clare Hynes Bao Earrings, £45; Moda in Pelle Finnbag Clutch in Tan Leopard Print, £59.95; Bourne Chrissy Shoe in Nude, £159
The classic guise of the maxi dress is of course eveningwear, so for night-time glamour that shouts new season, we think this shocking pink evening dress is just the trick. Rather than piling on any more bold hues, team with metallic accents for a look that is trend-conscience and sophisticated. Pearls also add an easy elegance, so wear yours in subtle jewellery pieces.
Johnny Loves Rosie Pearl Ball Necklace in Silver, £16; The Paula Bolton Collection White Pearl Memory Bracelet, £19.50; Aftershock Casey Clutch Bag in Gold, £56; Moda in Pelle Keleese Shoe in Gold Mocc Snake, £59.95
Spring 2013 is all about being blooming lovely, with graphic floral prints walking down more catwalks than we could list at London Fashion Week. With this in mind, work some flower power into your outfit. The print on these accessories is graphic rather than chintzy so will keep your look 100% contemporary.
James Lakeland Morgan Bolero Jacket, £119; Clare Hynes Da Xia Necklace, £75; Moda in Pelle Missiebag Clutch Bag, £45.95; Moda in Pelle Calleen Shoe in Multi Print, £59.95
While floor length frocks are innately glamorous, your style doesn’t have to be. For this look your style icons are the Olsen twins and Nicole Richie so work their brand of bohemian cool with oodles of accessories such as this funky print scarf and a thin belt. Equally, make the most of the billowing skirts with a pendant necklace and tap into fashion’s enduring love of the seventies.
Scarlett Black London Lips Print Scarf in Blue, £20; Lagom Chrysanthemum Necklace in Pink, £35; Moda in Pelle Daylight Shoe in Patent Navy, £59.95; Lagom Desiree Belt in Blue, £22
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