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Monday, 21 April 2014

Spring/Summer Essential: Striped Dresses

Over the Easter break we have been organising our summer holiday and it reminded me how much I lived in my stripey midi dress from Whistles last year. From soft and subtle, to a big and bold pattern, stripes seem to signal warmer weather and they always feel fresh. I will be wearing my Whistles dress lots this summer, but I would quite like another one for every day, maybe in a T-Shirt or tunic style. Here are my favourites:

The first dress is by Kate Spade and is probably the most similar in length and style to my Whistles one. It is more than I would want to spend on a casual dress ($180), but it's perfect for a spring or summer day and is made of a comfortable cotton linen blend. I love it dressed down with sandals but would also wear it with pointy flats and an envelope clutch to dress it up:

Kate Spade Saturday Side Snap Dress 

And look at the back - gorgeous!

For a shorter style, I adore this classic black and white striped dress from Hush which also ticks the box for the monochrome trend. I am very tempted to get this one for my holiday!

Hush Catherine Dress £45

I also love this one from Hush - so effortless, yet stylish - I would wear this to death with sneakers for a dressed down look, sandals on the beach or dressed up with heels and jewellery:

Hush New Scoop Hem Dress £45

This easy T-shirt style from Jigsaw is also perfect for every day and is so versatile:

Jigsaw Cotton Stripe T-Dress £49

And if you a prefer a sleeve and a longer length, this Vila dress is a great price:

Vila 3/4 Sleeve Striped Dress £25

The next one from Jaegar is an expensive option but so elegant and flattering, it is the height of nautical chic and I love the unusual print. This would be great for work with courts and a coloured tote.

Jaegar Placement Stripe Dress £180

This striped T-shirt dress from Hobbs is so flattering on and fits beautifully without being too clingy:

Hobbs Striped Imelda Dress £99

This simple, yet classic style from Great Plains is a perfect spring dress and such fantastic quality for the price:

Great Plains Stripe Pocket Dress £50

If you are looking for a sleeveless version, then this stripey dress from Boden can be dressed up or down and could be worn now with a little cardi and on its own in the summer:

Boden Easy T-Shirt Dress £49

Another sleeveless stripey dress by Kaliko, in the sale, this would be a smart option for work:

Kaliko Stripe Double Layer Dress £79.20 from £99

And I love the unusual design of this silk dress by Wishbone, with the block of lime green at the bottom and the curved hemline:

Wishbone Sophie stripe Dress £120

Back to a more casual look, this timeless dress from Joules has a lovely summery feel and I love the cute chambray trims and button detail:

Joules Jersey Dress £49.95

Another great every day dress that would be perfect to take on holiday is this one from White Stuff with draped boat neck:

White Stuff My Easy Stripe Dress £55

Also from White Stuff, I love this midi dress with a twisted textured knot at the front. It isn't too figure hugging and looks good on its own or with a cardigan or jacket:

White Stuff Go Crazy Midi Dress £45

The next one looks better in real life than in the picture, and is a great option if you like a shift dress:

Marks & Spencer Autograph Pure Cotton Woven Striped Dress £50

I love the bold stripes on this satin dress from H&M  - it would look fabulous with a pop of colour from some shoes or a clutch bag:

H&M Satin Dress £29

And lastly a couple of stripey dresses for the beach! This one from Marks & Spencer is such a great price:

Marks & Spencer Cowl Neck Stripe Beach Dress £17.50

And this one from ASOS would make a perfect beach cover up and could be dressed up in the evening:

ASOS T-Shirt Dress in Stripe £25

And finishing with a picture of me today, Easter Monday, out for brunch with my sister and family before they head home. 

American Vintage Sweatshirt at Yard - current season
Gap chambray shirt - current season
True Religion boyfriend jeans
Victoria Pumps
Oakley sunglasses

Hope everyone has had a fantastic Easter weekend!

Abbi x


  1. I adore striped dresses,bought one similar to the Vila dress above last summer:) I love your casual outfit! Great sweatshirt! Have a good week:)
    ~Anne xx

    1. They are so useful aren't they? Have a great week too
      Abbi x

  2. I do love anything stripey dress or top wise! I bought a petit bateau one recently, the quality is fab! xx

    1. Thanks for reminding me about Petit Bateau, I love the quality of their stuff but it has gone off my radar a bit since I now live in the country!
      Abbi x

  3. I like stripes. I have been pondering over the Hush catherine. I love your' sweatshirt today. H xx

  4. You cannot beat a stripy dress - love love love them

  5. The Hush dress for me. I would have ordered but the sleeve length has put me off as it will be too warm for my hols xx

    1. Yes I see what you mean, you need a sleeveless or T--shirt one!
      Abbi x

  6. I was eyeing up the Great Plains dress last week.....then I reminded myself that I have already bought 2 striped dresses so far this year! Another style staple.....but then I love anything striped! xx

  7. Some lovely dresses here, so hard to choose a favourite but I think the longer Hush one ticks all the boxes for me. xx

  8. That one is probably my favourite as well!
    A x

  9. You can't go wrong with a stripy dress! I have a couple that I dig out every Summer (weather permitting!). Love the Jigsaw one & the (shorter) Hush one...gorgeous! x

  10. I love a good striped dress, such a great spring/summer option. The Vila one is a total bargain.

  11. I bought a striped sweater dress from Gap recently, but I am now lusting after that Jaeger one, it's so smart! Super selection. P x

  12. My favourite one for a casual occasion is the Hush Catherine dress, my favourite for evening wear is the H&M one. I also love the Joules one and I think it could work day or night! I have a striped monochrome dress from Matalan which works well dressed up or down. xxx
    The Jolly Fashionista

  13. I saw a fab tshirt style one in Topshop a few years ago & I wished I had bought it! I love the ASOS one as its so similar to the one I saw! Ax