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The time has come again when the shops are filled with pretty summer dresses. Getting my summer holiday wardrobe ready is always a highlight of this time of year, yet there’s just something so wasteful about spending money on the perfect summer dress, only to get it out once or twice a season. That’s particularly true if you opt for a dress that’s influenced by the year’s trends, as chances are by the time you go away again next year something else will have caught your eye.
Getting the most from this year’s summer dress is possible even back here in the UK, though, it’s just all in the styling.
Layer with knitwear
Perhaps the most obvious way to style a summer dress in the cooler UK climate is to layer it with knitwear. Think a fine-knit cardigan that can be carried in your handbag and thrown on should it get a little chilly. Cardigans have come a long way since the bold patterns that our grandmothers would knit for us at Christmas – go for a plain and simple style with a little extra detail in the buttons, or opt for super soft cashmere for a pop of luxe sophistication.
The t-shirt and cami dress
This style combination can be seen everywhere at the moment. It may feel wrong to begin with, but it looks so right. T-shirts (long sleeved or short, depending on your preference) can easily be layered underneath a camisole dress for an instantly more casual update. Pair with socks and boots to toughen things up a bit and transform even the most delicate of summer dresses into something that can be worn right through to autumn.
Dresses and jeans
This look works particularly well with shirt dresses and is a trend that seems to come back season after season. The best thing about a shirt dress is that they can even be office appropriate too when styled correctly. There are a great selection of summer dresses from Tu that will look just as good paired with loafers and skinny jeans as your favourite pair of sandals.
Style it up for the evening
Even if you feel like it’s too cold to get your summer dress out during the day, it can quite easily be dressed up for the evening. Style floral dresses with a black blazer and a classic pair of court shoes, or add some wedges to that maxi dress to instantly update it after dark.
Opt for a jumpsuit instead
The perfect summer dress doesn’t necessarily need to be a dress after all. I know, I know… but hear me out on this one. Jumpsuits have lots of benefits and can often be more comfortable to wear than a dress, too. Opt for an oversized style in a floaty fabric and pair with your favourite sandals on holiday, before styling with boots and a leather jacket when you get back home. The addition of trouser legs also makes this much more practical option if you’re looking for something that can be worn all year round
What are your top tips for getting the most for your money with your summer dress?