Dressing Up: 3 Key Dresses For Spring / Summer

Unless you have a house the size of the Beckham’s and a budget to match then you need to get a little creative with a few basic staples in your wardrobe.  With spring nipping at our toes and summer only a few (ok quite a few) months away, it’s time to think about the dress.

Some girls refuse to wear dresses, and that ok, however with the various styles, shapes and cuts there really is a dress for every woman.  It’s all about how you wear it that makes it look girly cute or bang on fashion siren.  Let’s take a look at three dresses you should have in your wardrobe.

Denim Dresses

One of the best crossover dresses which can be worn throughout the seasons is the Denim Dress.  Whilst denim has been at the heart of fashion since the 1950’s and most of us will have our favourite pair of jeans, fewer will own a dress made from this fantastically versatile fabric.

Best worn with lots of chunky statement accessories, you can mix it up with tribal style or opt for a more Beyonce charm by sticking to large gold pieces.  Depending on what you are dressing for you can go bare legged with a pair of brown wedges, or you could play it down with some leggings thrown under it and a pair of cute ballet pumps.  You can also get really wild by super glamming your makeup and throwing on some thigh high boots.  Don’t shy away from this little super power.  Embrace the attitude of denim!

Skater Dresses

Spring is a great time to bust out your florals and the most flattering of all is the skater back dress. One of my personal favourites!  Shorter at the front with a long, almost fishtail back, the flattering style works really well on it’s own or layered up with jeans and a ¾ length basic tee.  For elegant day wear opt for a mid height heel and your hair in a loose bun.  Then to vamp it up in the evening chuck on a leather jacket, a pair of jeans and ramp up your heel height.  You don’t have to stick to florals, go for a solid black for real effortless chic or get up to date with your colour blocking and choose a neon bright.  



Classic White Shirt Dress

The ultimate spring to summer dress has to be the loose white shirt.  Whilst a little bit of a nightmare to keep clean, white is the perfect shade to mix with other styles.  She looks stunning thrown over a lightly tanned bare leg, with a pair of dark brown biker boots and should be on your summer essentials list. Go bold with your accessories but opt for a chic look with golds and silvers.  Strip your makeup back to minimum and try topping the look off with a fedora or cowboy hat.  

With a variety of jackets from denim, to leather you can shake up or rock down any of the dresses mentioned above.  Each can be re worked to go from morning until night and restyled to give a completely different look so can be worn multiple times.

Get creative and get your legs out! Embrace the seasons!

Always Do These Things To Find The Perfect Bra

Let’s face it girls, finding the perfect bra that is comfortable and makes our assets feel properly looked after is a real pain in the neck. Selecting a comfy bra calls for more than finding the “prettiest” one or finding your favourite colour. It is more about finding one that won’t predispose any health complications and one that allows you to be comfortable. Prettiness is important, but not the most important thing. 

A small bra that offers too little support and doesn’t fit well can cause displacement of breast tissues, thrusting it under the arm or flattening it on the chest cavity. Too big bras that leave large spaces don’t provide adequate support and can make the breast tissues stretch causing them to drop and sag.

Many health practitioners and fashion gurus emphasise the need to know your “size,” but this is just the beginning. You need to find the right style, right brand and right support for your body. Let’s look at a few tips that can help you get the perfect bra:

1. Bra Size

It is important to find a bra size that is comfortable and supportive. The easiest way to find the right size is by trying out various bras of different sizes and styles. You can rest assured you’ll end up with a bra that offers the right support and one that provides utmost comfort. However, having an idea about your bust measurement can help you speed up the process as it gives you a hint of where to start. Bra sizes are denoted by a number and a letter. The number is the size of the back strap, and the latter represents the cup size. For example, 34B denotes a bra with size 34 back straps and a B cup size. When you want to know your Back Strap Measurement, have someone put the tape measure around your bust below the breast. Ensure that during the measurement, the tape measure is lying flat against your body and assumes a straight line across your back. When it comes to Cup Size Measurement, have someone place the tape measure around your chest, this time on top of your breast. Once you get this measurement, you can use the difference between the two to get a rough estimate of your cup size. You can also look at ‘sister’ sizes, which means you might go up a cup size but down a strap size, or vice versa.

2. Always Try It On Before Purchasing

Don’t walk into a clothing store and pick a bra that you think fits you correctly, try it out first.  Try out different brands and styles. Some bras brands have variations, and some will fit better than others. Try the bra in front of a mirror and check out for any wrinkling on the cups or pinching and bulging to be sure that the size is perfect.

Know that bras are like breasts, and they change over time. If you want to the get the most life out of it, buy one that is a little snug and one that you don’t have to put on the tightest setting.



3. Be Practical

Avoid being caught up in colours. While embroidery and lace may look pretty, they have a tendency of peeking through most fabrics. Sometimes, making sure people don’t see your bra is important. You don’t want to ruin your outfit! When going shopping for bras, take a few tops that you often wear such as a blouse, T-shirt or a favourite dress and judge the bra by the look and feel when you are in each of favourite garments.

4. Get Out of your Rut

Even if you have a bra type that you like, it is important to be diverse and open minded to new brands and styles. Women tend to be wedded to one bra from a specific brand. Try new things.

5. Wear and Care

Make sure you take care of your bra when you’ve found the right one for you. You should wash it after every couple of wears, following care instructions on the label. Be aware that most bras are only made for around 300 days of wear. Yours might still be fine after that, but knowing when to replace them is important!

Happy shopping!