What looks can you work with tights, boots and a baggy cardigan? I've done the research!
Everyone gets all hot under the collar worrying about evening wear but when it comes to the day job, we tend to forget that the issue of dresses still needs to be…ad –dress-ed… sorry. Couldn’t resist.
What is more, we know very well that looking for an excellent day dress is very different from searching for the perfect evening gown or piece of party wear. A great day dress needs to be versatile, comfortable, easily machine-washable, stylish and work with anything.
Just re-reading that list now, you can see how difficult it is to find all those qualities wrapped up in one item. For many years (namely and 1970s and 1980s) that dress was all wrapped-up…the wrap, dress, still a favourite now with shoppers who remember those decades. And still a gorgeous look if the fabric is jersey and there aren’t too many dubious additional belts or ties to make a fuss over.
I love this AX Paris heart pring chiffon shift dress, from House of Fraser's range of dresses.
I'm also a big fan of printed shift dresses – an excellent simple shape for working with flats, but also easily spruced up as a stand-alone piece of smartwear. Check out Drew Barrymore here working the look to perfection in a TV appearance in the US last week.
Nothing needs to be added to this. The pattern does the talking, so don’t even think about a belt. A very fine gold chain or a watch is all the accessories necessary – wear with long, loose hair and a surfer-girl attitude….
Finally, one thing we can be thankful for from the 1990s is the t-shirt dress. T shirts of the oversized variety were huge (literally, and in terms of popularity) in the 90s, and they’re back with a more stylish vengeance in 2012.
Think sequined-capped sleeves, cute lace details or simple plain t-shirt styles with leather panels or pockets, it’s an ideal shape for chucking on and working with whatever shoes and cardigans you have going.