This season’s hottest new dresses
The pick of the new arrivals at top high street retailer
With the spring sunshine beautifully upon us at last, the shops up and down the UK are changing their window displays and letting dreams of summer drift into their stores.
Warehouse has just launched its latest dresses UK collection online – and alongside some exciting experiments with prints and collars in the separates, our eyes are on the new dresses that will be hitting stores this week.
Right at the top of the wishlist is a continuation of the lace love that we’ve been celebrating for the last 6 months. For summer we’re loving the candy yellow lace bodycon dress (pictured) – perfect for partying in the hotter months, with a pair of cork or woven wedges, a tan (if you’re lucky!) and a big straw hat for the daytime heat. There are also some great blazers in the new collection which would work as a wonderful cover-up for the colder hours.
There’s also a truly dreamy white dress with three-quarter length lace sleeves. It’s a lot lighter and more playful than the gothic kind of lace that found itself on panels and chests in the winter. This is more like crochet and broderie anglaise: feminine and delicate without being childish.
There’s also a lot of new colours coming through – and that lovely candy yellow is just one in a resurgence of pastels that seem to be springing up across all retailers on the high street and online.
A peachy front drape dress is a really classic summer day-to-night dress, in our opinion, with a big bounce of colour that’s bright enough for a night or weekend off, but also suitably sunny for the office. Just a question of flats or heels – and how you accessorise (we think it would look lovely with a light spring mac).
Summer is also the excuse for big prints and experiments in patterns. The tropical look is with us with a vengeance, with fronds of palm trees, tropical sunsets and hummingbirds cropping up all over the place.
There’s also a lot of 1970s silk scarf-inspired patterns that we think are really worth experimenting with. Coming as simple, short-hemmed shift dresses, they’re great if you are looking for a bit of throw-on glamour. Colours are pretty forward here – golds and greens and pinks in a hot reworking of psychedelic paisley (for want of a better phrase…). Minimise your accessories and let the print do the talking.
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