With the summer fast approaching we know that wedding season will soon be upon us. This can cue a mass panic when it comes to choosing the right outfit, and let’s face it, it won’t just be one, but many. Not to mention all the summer parties and even Graduation ceremonies. Personally I’ve got four wedding invites already! The lovely people at Marks and Spencer have come to my rescue and asked me to choose dresses from their new summer range for those all important summer events.
One of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe is a vintage 1950s prom dress, so I when I spotted this floral print prom dress in the same shape I knew I had to have it. The nipped in waist and high neck halter are so flattering and with the billowing skirt it is such a comfortable and stylish dress. I’m often drawn to dark colours, that just aren’t really suitable for a summer wedding, but the fact that this has a floral print makes it so on trend and perfect for a special summer event. I styled the dress with nude peep toe court shoes as I didn’t want anything to take away from the dress.
This dress was a bit of a gamble for me, it’s a straight cut and I’m petite and curvy but the detail at the back hooked me and I was desperate to give it a try. I like that it’s a formal dress but also fashion forward and not too traditional. I enjoy finding something a little different for formal events and I think this dress fits that brief. It feels so soft and I love that it has pockets – something I think all dresses and skirts should have!
For a summer garden party you cannot go wrong with this kind of dress, it’s comfortable and stylish and the colour is beautiful! It is so versatile and can be dressed up for a more formal party but also teamed with flats for a relaxed beach party. I particularly like the cold shoulder detail and the flattering sleeves that cover the tops of my arms. I can imagine wearing this dress a lot in the summer and I’m really tempted to go and buy it in another colour. For my garden party look I teamed it with M&S gold mules and a straw basket bag. It would look great with a wide brimmed straw hat too.
I was really impressed by the range of summer dresses at M&S, I must admit that I often buy clothes for my children there but rarely for myself. There is so much choice online and it’s so easy to get it delivered to your local store. Top tip – it’s worth trying a few different sizes as I discovered that I needed to size down on all my dresses.
Have you got any summer events that you need to shop for?
What kind of dress do you prefer?
You can see these dresses and those chosen by a few other bloggers over on featured on M&S Dress Moments
Photos by Hannah (Teacups and Pearls)
A huge thanks to Bartle Hall for letting us shoot the dresses in their gorgeous hotel and wedding venue.
This post is written in collaboration with Marks and Spencer