How to style dresses

With clever styling, quick layering tricks and simple accessory changes, a beautiful dress can be one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe. Whether it's a patterned maxi dress or chic tunic, here's some expert tips that will help you get the most out of your favourite dresses this summer (and make them work for next season too!)

With clever styling, quick layering tricks and simple accessory changes, a beautiful dress can be one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe. Whether it's a patterned maxi dress or chic tunic, here are some expert tips that will help you get the most out of your favourite dresses this summer (and make them work for next season too!)


Button-up styles

Dresses that button up from collar to hemline are some of the most versatile styles as they can be worn in so many ways. Button up for a classic dress, leave open for a light jacket or layer over swimwear as an easy cover up.

Dresses that button up from collar to hemline are some of the most versatile styles as they can be worn in so many ways. Button up for a classic dress, leave open for a light jacket or layer over swimwear as an easy cover up.


Denim cool

A floaty maxi dress provides comfort and coverage on hot sunny days, but if the weather's not on your side just add a trusted denim jacket. As well as being a timeless classic, denim adds structure to dainty dresses giving them a more fitted shape and an extra dose of cool. Later in the year, switch denim for leather and grab a pair of tights to replicate this style in your winter wardrobe.

A floaty maxi dress provides comfort and coverage on hot sunny days, but if the weather's not on your side just add a trusted denim jacket. As well as being a timeless classic, denim adds structure to dainty dresses giving them a more fitted shape and an extra dose of cool. Later in the year, switch denim for leather and grab a pair of tights to replicate this style in your winter wardrobe.

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All about the shoes

Changing your footwear is the easiest way to make dresses work for any occasion.
For city breaks and day trips when you'll be on your feet all day, throw on white trainers for comfort and effortless cool. When a special occasion pops up, your favourite pair of heels will add a touch of glamour, and simple sandals are great for everyday summer wear. Leather boots then make for a full seasonal switch to keep your favourite dresses working for many months to come.

Changing your footwear is the easiest way to make dresses work for any occasion.
For city breaks and day trips when you'll be on your feet all day, throw on white trainers for comfort and effortless cool. When a special occasion pops up, your favourite pair of heels will add a touch of glamour, and simple sandals are great for everyday summer wear. Leather boots then make for a full seasonal switch to keep your favourite dresses working for many months to come.

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Split it up

Create the illusion of a two-piece outfit and turn your favourite dress into a skirt by adding a cropped sweater (a top works well too) and finishing with a belt. To shorten the skirt and turn a maxi into a midi, just tuck a couple of inches up under the sweater and tighten the belt to hold the look in place.

Create the illusion of a two-piece outfit and turn your favourite dress into a skirt by adding a cropped sweater (a top works well too) and finishing with a belt. To shorten the skirt and turn a maxi into a midi, just tuck a couple of inches up under the sweater and tighten the belt to hold the look in place.

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Textured layers

We love putting together a layered look and dresses are no exception. By adding long sleeve tops, leggings and knitwear, you can take a summer dress and make it stand out long after the sun's gone into hiding. Long sleeve tops (we love our gold Hero top for added sparkle) are great base layers under a colourful dress, or a cropped jumper makes it cute and cosy. This look isn't about hiding the layers, so think about exposing sleeves and collars to let the colour and pattern shine through.

We love putting together a layered look and dresses are no exception. By adding long sleeve tops, leggings and knitwear, you can take a summer dress and make it stand out long after the sun's gone into hiding. Long sleeve tops (we love our gold Hero top for added sparkle) are great base layers under a colourful dress, or a cropped jumper makes it cute and cosy. This look isn't about hiding the layers, so think about exposing sleeves and collars to let the colour and pattern shine through.

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Complementary cardi

Whether it's cropped cashmere, longline lambswool or a chunky vintage knit, we think a classic cardigan looks great with almost any dress. If you want to really elevate this style, opt for a cardi in a complementary shade to create a seamless colour palette that pulls the whole outfit together.

Whether it's cropped cashmere, longline lambswool or a chunky vintage knit, we think a classic cardigan looks great with almost any dress. If you want to really elevate this style, opt for a cardi in a complementary shade to create a seamless colour palette that pulls the whole outfit together.

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