Five Fabulous Fringed Mini Dresses

Summer’s out of the way and it’s time to look ahead to the party season…and what could more epitomise a sense of festive fun than a fringed mini dress? Beloved by the flappers of the 1920s and never out of style since, they’re available in all sorts of lengths and finishes but today we’ve trawled the best online retailers and emerged with our five favourite fringed mini dresses!

ASOS Red Fringe Mesh Strappy Mini Bodycon Dress

Red Fringe Mesh Strappy Mini Bodycon Dress – £38, ASOS

Nothing exudes confidence more than a red dress – especially one as fluid as this bodycon dress by ASOS Collection which moves along with you! It’s fully-lined but made from a semi-sheer mesh finished with all-over fringing. The V-necked dress has thin spaghetti straps that cross over to form a racer back. A real attention-grabber!

V by Very Fringed Embellished Mini Dress
Fringed Embellished Mini Dress – £150, V by Very

If you believe party dresses should shimmer, we’re not about to argue – and this V by Very fringed mini dress does just that. The black body of the dress is embellished all over with heavy long sparkling silver tassels that swing around the simple design which has a plunge neckline and a choker collar. Perfect for the party season!

Cobalt Tassel Detail Bandeau Bodycon Dress

Cobalt Tassel Detail Bandeau Bodycon Dress – £35, Pretty Little Thing

We love the vibrant colour of this cobalt blue bodycon dress from Pretty Little Thing. This figure-hugging mini dress is super-flattering with a bandeau neckline and bands of fringing from the top to the hem. The dress – which dips at the back and fastens with the zip – is also available in black, if you like the style but would prefer it in a different colour.

Sequin Fringed Cold Shoulder Dress by Jaded London

Sequin Fringed Cold Shoulder Dress – £30 (was £75), Jaded London

A rather unorthodox combination of textures now – this sequin fringed mini dress by Jaded London has a stretchy grey jersey base cut in a cold shoulder style. Long fringes – each of them covered in matching sequins in pink, yellow and white – suspend in rows from chest-height to the hem, as well as around the sleeve edges.

Yellow Suedette Fringed Slip Dress

Yellow Suedette Fringed Slip Dress – £5, Everything 5 Pounds

We finish with an astonishing bargain: no, you’re not seeing things, this mustard-coloured suedette fringed slip dress really is available for just a fiver! Made from a polyester-elastane fabric with a suede-type finish, it has a long band of fringing all around the top edge. It’s also available in black, so you can get your hands on one of each for a mere tenner!

Five Fabulous Coatigans

No…we don’t like portmanteau words any more than you do. We still baulk a bit at ‘brunch’ and we’re going nowhere near ‘shacket’! However, we have a small place in our heart for the coatigan since it’s just so…autumnal! Half-coat and half-cardigan, it’s the perfect transitional item and it comes in many different guises as you’ll see today as we pick out our five favourites.

QED London Fluffy Coatigan

Fluffy Blue Coatigan – £35 (was £50), QED London

QED London’s coatigan is fun, funky and puts us in mind of a ’70s pencil case with its fuzzy finish and electric blue hue. Made from super-soft-touch fake fur, this collarless piece fastens at the neckline with a hook and eye fastening and quite brilliantly has a zip all the way around the centre…which means you can enjoy it in two lengths! Versions in grey, black, pink, white and sky and navy blue are available as well as this cobalt version – and all of them are currently on sale at fifteen quid off the original price!

Hobbs Penelope Coatigan in Navy/Grey

Penelope Coatigan in Navy and Grey – £111.20, Hobbs

Travel through autumn in style and don the Hobbs Penelope Coatigan which is made from a soft wool blend. A longline design, it has two generously-sized patch pockets and a simple open neckline. However, what sets it apart from the crowd is the fact it’s been divided into two – below the waist it’s grey and above the waist it’s navy blue, and this extends across the sleeves as well. This one will go just as well with jeans, T-shirt and trainers as it will over a formal frock, so dress it up and down as you please.

Per Una Grey Open Front Fur Coatigan

Per Una Grey Open Front Fur Coatigan – £55, M&S

We can’t resist the large faux fur collar and matching cuffs of M&S’s Per Una coatigan. In a neutral shade of pale grey, this fine piece is made from an acrylic/polyester mix (with a bit of elastane thrown in for added stretch) and is fully lined. With a vertical ribbed texture and an oversized collar and cuffs, this coatigan is a quality garment and has a real sense of glamour about it – it’s another piece that could just as comfortably wear on the way to the office as you could on a night out on the town!

River Island Tie Cuff Coatigan in Pink

Tie Cuff Coatigan in Pink – £60, River Island

If you’re looking for a versatile piece of casual wear that you won’t want to take off this autumn, look no further than River Island’s coatigan which is a loose design in a very muted shade of pink. With two large patch pockets, it has an open front and its hem rests at about thigh height. Its main design feature, though, is to be found on the cuffs, which have long ties on them to create a really distinctive look. The perfect piece to take you through the next couple of months in casual style.

Boucle Navy Blue Coatigan with Side Splits

Boucle Navy Blue Coatigan with Side Splits – £39, JD Williams

Already a bestseller, this bouclé coatigan from JD Williams is a made from a super-soft boucle material and has a simple design with an open front, long sleeves and splits to the sides for comfort and ease of movement. Longer than our other choices, this gorgeous garment falls to about knee length and is a perfect if you’re looking to add layers to an outfit or two. If you love the style but navy blue’s not your thing, this coatigan is also available in a black version – and at less than forty quid we might opt for both!

The Prettiest Smock Dresses

Smocking – an embroidery technique used where a bit of stretch was required – has been used since the Middle Ages, but until recently was associated with decades gone by or maternity wear. Thankfully, people are seeing how great it can look when used wisely – and our five favourite pretty smock dresses today demonstrate just that!

Warehouse Chambray Smock Dress, Light Blue

Chambray Smock Dress, Light Blue – £22 (was £42), Warehouse

We start with a simple take on the trend, the practical yet fabulously feminine Chambray smock from Warehouse. It’s made from a lightweight linen blend, and cut in an oversized smock silhouette, though that basic shape is set off with beautiful voluminous three-quarter length sleeves that are smocked around elbow length so they kick out around the hems. This round neck mini dress fastens at the back with a zip and is currently available at twenty quid off its original price so act now if you fancy adding this pretty frock to your collection!

Miss Selfridge Floral Tiered Smock Dress

Floral Tiered Smock Dress – £39, Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge’s smock dress is super-pretty, made from a lightweight woven fabric printed with a bold flower design in shades of pink, grey, yellow and white. Its bodice has a high neckline with the same narrow frill around it that edges each of the two tiers of the skirt as well as the above the elbows of the long sleeves. This dainty dress  – which has a smock shape but no actual smocking! – fastens at the back with a single button.

V by Very Smock Sheered Bandeau Dress in Coral

Smock Sheered Bandeau Dress in Coral – £14 (was £28), V by Very

It might not seem super-seasonal, but we believe in layers and this bandeau smock dress from V by Very is such a bargain – currently at half-price – that we couldn’t resist bringing it to your attention! With smocking around the bodice and the oversized, fluted sleeves, it has a swing silhouette and is available in this bright coral as well as in a navy blue colour. So layer up or maybe stash it away for the next festival season!

Kenzo Stripe Smock Dress

Stripe Smock Dress – £201 (was £670), Kenzo

Another dress with a smock shape, now, from the designer end of the spectrum – though it’s been reduced fairly substantially with £469 off (though we reckon you might be able to haggle them down to a round £200!) The Kenzo striped smock dress is made from a cotton-rich fabric with a pinstriped metallic finish. It has a pointed collar with long sleeves which, like the waistband and cuffs of this dress, are finished off with eyelet detailing and a metallic trim (which also extends around the hem).

Maison De Nimes Potters Denim Smock Dress

Potters Denim Smock Dress – £59, Maison de Nimes

If you’ve been watching Ghost (or indeed The Great British Pottery Throwdown) one time too many recently – or you just fancy a practical dress with some cute style details – you might find yourself drawn towards this Maison De Nimes Potters smock dress. Made from 100% cotton denim, it this striking shift dress fastens up the front with buttons and has frills around the high neckline (where a pussy bow finishes off the look) and the cuffs.

Five of the Best: Glitter Dresses

Yes, summer’s ended (though was it really ever here?) and skimpy pastel frocks might be making a retreat to the back of the wardrobe but…there is light in the darkness. It’s time to invest in glittery pieces that add sparkle to the winter months ahead. To inspire you, we’ve visited our favourite online retailers and sought out our five favourite glittery dresses, each of which will bring a bit of glitz into the autumnal gloom:
Quiz Grey And Silver Glitter Lace Bardot Frill Dress

Grey And Silver Glitter Lace Bardot Frill Dress – £34.99 (was £44.99), Quiz

We begin with this glitter lace dress from frill, which is abundant in stylish details – starting with the fabulous Bardot neckline, which has a small notched ‘V’ at the centre. This midi-length dress is made from a black fabric (with a slight stretch) with a floral design in silver glitter. The sheer sleeves are finished off with a wide, flattering frill. Reduced by a tenner, it’s the perfect dress to take you all the way to Christmas party season.

Glitter Drop Neck Bodycon Dress

Glitter Drop Neck Bodycon Dress – £5, Everything5Pounds

We don’t know how they do it either, but this gorgeous glittery pink dress is available from Everything5Pounds for a mere fiver! (On reflection, their name was a bit of a clue). This attention-grabbing sleeveless  minidress has a drop collar and is made from a polyester fabric (with elastane for added stretch). Ruching at both sides creates a flattering wrap-over shape.

Gina Bacconi Stretch Glitter Dress, Eau

Stretch Glitter Dress – £100 (was £200), Gina Bacconi

Timeless and chic, this Gina Bacconi dress is cut in a form-flattering shift shape from a stretch glittered silver and white lace. Fully-lined, it has sheer sleeves and is scalloped around the hem and cuffs. Ruched at the left-hand side, it crosses over in a wrap shape to form a V-neck. At half its original price, this dress is a real bargain that will see you through many seasons to come.

ASOS Glitter Bandeau Dress

Glitter Bandeau Dress – £19.50 (was £65), ASOS

Formed from a metallic purple woven fabric with a glitter finish, this dress by ASOS Collection is sure to turn heads. The bandeau dress is gathered at the waistband and has a narrow black contrasting trim around the top of the bodice and the hemline. It’s available in silver as well as in this gorgeous purple, and both dresses are currently on sale at over £45 off, so act now if you want to get your hands on a perfect party dress.

Forever Unique Lola Glitter Dress

Lola Glitter Dress – £110, Forever Unique

The Lola glitter dress from Forever Unique has a really vampish silhouette, with a daring plunge neckline and a split that extends almost to the thigh. Made from a navy polyester/elastane mix, it has ruching around the waistline, which is designed to enhance your shape. Full-length and form-fitting, this stunning dress has long sleeves and padded shoulders.

One Shoulder Mini Dresses

Today we have a selection of dresses that are as diverse as they are asymmetrical! One-shoulder mini dresses come in all sorts of varieties, from the dramatic to the cute, and we cover all the bases today as we present our five favourite examples, sourced from the best online retailers.

ASOS Vinyl One Shoulder Mini Dress

Black Vinyl One Shoulder Mini Dress – £65, ASOS

We begin at the dramatic end of the spectrum – this mini dress by ASOS Collection is not one for the shrinking violets amongst us! Cut in a unique style from a vinyl-style coated fabric, it takes a simple, asymmetric shape and adds a lot of ruching on one shoulder….then applies a long sleeve with a structured shoulder which is full at the top (where it ends in a point) and fitted at the bottom (where it’s finished off with a visible zip!).

Warehouse Yellow Bonded Lace One Shoulder Dress

Bonded Lace One Shoulder Dress, Yellow – £15 (was £59), Warehouse

We move from dramatic to cute now, with Warehouse’s one-shoulder mini dress, which is made from a gorgeous bright yellow lace. The body of the dress is lined, but on top of that, passing from under the left arm to the right shoulder, is a generous draped band that forms a sleeve. If you’re thinking it’s not particularly seasonal, the price tag – with a whopping £44 off its original price – might persuade you to pop it in your suitcase until next year/your next Antipodean excursion!
Keepsake One Shoulder Mini Dress

One Shoulder Mini Dress – £50 (was £170), Keepsake

Effortlessly stylish, this Keepsake one shoulder mini dress is a tulip dress with a wide range of designer flourishes. This shoulderless garment has a sweetheart neckline with a band at the edge, whereas the skirt is cut in a tulip shape, with a large split. A wide band passes from the back of the bodice over the left shoulder then across the bust, finishing at the right-hand side. With £120 off its original price, it’s a perfect time to invest in a timeless piece of quality fashion!

Miss Selfridge Colourblock Curve Hem Dress

Colourblock Curve Hem Dress – £17.50 (was £35), Miss Selfridge

Another distinctive piece of partywear, this colourblock dress by Miss Selfridge is cut in a pencil shape, with a curved asymmetric hem. It’s mainly black, but has a cut-out section above the bust which is edged in an electric blue panel on one side. It has a cinched waist and is cut to show off your curves – even better, it’s been reduced to half its original price in the sale, so don’t let this beauty get away!

Simply Be One Shoulder Ruffle Dress

One Shoulder Ruffle Dress – £29 (was £39), Simply Be

You get several trends in one with this cute swing dress from Simply Be. It’s made from a jersey fabric which features a beautifully feminine floral pattern, with a cut-away shoulder on one side, and a long ruffled sleeve on the other. This mini is also ruffled around the hem, and will work just as well on your travels as it does as a going out dress. It’s selling out fast, with a tenner off its original price, so act now if you want it in your size.

Glowing Gowns: Gold Maxi Dresses

We reckon there’s no reason why glamour can’t be a year-round thing…yet, for most people metallic garments, only come out once a year – the Christmas party. And while we’re willing to admit summer was a bit of a washout, it’s only just drawing to a close and we’re not in a December mood just yet. It’s time to make room for metallics at your next party – to replace the sarong with a shimmering gown. To help you in your quest, we’ve located the five best gold maxi dresses currently available from our favourite online retailers. Add some glow to the autumn gloom!

Damsel in a Dress Adrienne Dress

Adrienne Dress – £114 (was £229), Damsel in a Dress

Beautiful shine and wrapping come together in the elegant Damsel in a Dress’s floor-grazing Adrienne dress simply oozes red carpet glamour. A full length, sleeveless gown, it has a soft V-neck which, though formed from the drape of the fabric, gives the impression of being a wrap. Flattering ruching, pulled in at waist on the left-hand side ensures that this dress will float over your curves. A side slit completes the glamorous garment and adds comfort.

Love Triangle Metallic Lace Dress with Asymmetric Hem

Metallic Lace Dress with Asymmetric Hem – £52, Love Triangle

Not a dress for shrinking violets but – we’ve never understood why anyone would crave invisibility! This maxi dress by Love Triangle is made from an embroidered mesh fabric that’s been embroidered all over in leaf-like shapes of different sizes, formed from thick gold metallic thread. Partially lined to save your modesty, this stunning closely-cut bodycon dress has a daring plunge neckline, thin straps and a split that ends at thigh length.

Adrianna Papell Petite Draped Sequin Dress in Rose Gold

Petite Draped Sequin Dress, Rose Gold – £280, Adrianna Papell

There’s no reason why more diminutive ladies should miss out on fashion at its most dazzling, which is why this Adrianna Papell gown delights us. The floor-length dress is cut in a column shape with sheer cap sleeves, a boat neckline and a plunge back with a cowl finish. It’s fully lined with a heavily embellished tulle overlay, in a gorgeous rose gold shade that has at least some chance of matching your iPhone!

Vicky Pleated Long Sleeve Wrap Maxi Dress

Vicky Pleated Long Sleeve Wrap Maxi Dress – £25,

This next dress takes us right back to the Seventies and has more than a hint of Diane von Furstenburg about it: it’s’s Vicky gold maxi dress. Another floor-skimming number, it’s made from a textured gold fabric with a pleated effect. With long sleeves, a deep V-neckline and a daring split that reaches right to the top of the thigh, this dress is not for the faint-hearted, but is also available in black and rose pink.

Coast Kady Dress in Rose Gold

Kady Dress in Rose Gold – £78 (was £130), Coast

We finish our search with another rose gold gown – the Kady sequin dress by Coast. It’s covered from top to bottom (and it reaches the floor!) with rose gold sequins and has a thigh-high split. The V-fronted dress has think straps and a backless design, and is currently available in the sale with more than fifty quid off…so get in there now if you want to get your hands on a spectacular piece of fashion that will transform you into a starlet of the silver screen!

Put Your Best Foot Forward in Velvet Boots

Ahh…velvet – such a glamorous fabric! When it comes to footwear, velvet tends to be confined to the festive season…which seems odd as it isn’t exactly weather-resistant. Indeed, we reckon the right time to be looking at velvet boots is just about now, when you’ve put your flip-flops away for a year and you’re starting to feel that crisp autumnal nip in the air – but there’s a chance there are a few dry days ahead. With that spirit, we present our five favourite pairs of velvet boots.

Miss Selfridge Pink Velvet Mid Heel Boot

Deep Pink Velvet Mid Heel Boot – £38, Miss Selfridge

You’ll never be asking ‘why, why why?!’ with these beautiful Delilah velvet mid-heel boots from Miss Selfridge. Super-chic and with a luxurious feel, this marvellous boot has a block heel covered in the same lush deep pink fabric that forms the boot itself. Finished off with a zip up the inside, this ankle boot is perfect to take you from day to night, and if you like the design but not the colour, it’s also available in black as well as in a delicate nude pink colour.

DOLCE AND GABBANA 105 Velvet Boots

Black 105 Velvet Boots – £1,100, Dolce and Gabbana

At the designer end of the spectrum we have these stunning 105 velvet boots from Dolce and Gabbana. OK, so the price tag is a little more steep than our other choices, but the designer details are evident – the exquisitely-shaped boots have a twisted cubed heel which is embellished with a series of gems, pearls and silver and goldtone studs. With a zip fastening at the side, this boot is finished with a strap to the front that ‘fastens’ with a button bearing that all-important D&G branding.

Joe Browns Joe Browns Forever Elegant Velvet Bootees

Forever Elegant Velvet Bootees – £55, Joe Browns

These Forever Elegant velvet bootees from Joe Browns are really unique – crafted from a beautiful teal-coloured velvet embossed with an elaborate floral design, they are have a really elegant shape and have eight eyelets which fasten up with broad matching ribbon laces. The stiletto-type pointed heel is covered in the same ornate fabric and is 3′ (8cm) high so you’ll stand head and shoulders above the competition!

Hudson London Garnett Liberty Velvet Mid Ankle Boots

Garnett Liberty Velvet Mid Ankle Boots – £115.50 (was £165), Hudson London

We wouldn’t normally associate Liberty’s world-famous fabrics with the world of boots or cutting edge fashion…but these boots by Hudson London change all that. They’re made from a printed velvet fabric in gorgeous jewel-like colours and are finished off with a mid-height wooden block heel. These fabulous square-toed boots are currently available in the sale with almost fifty quid off, so act quickly if you want to get your hands on (and your feet in!) this striking bit of footwear.

Head Over Heels Pippaa Cleated Velvet Ankle Boots

Pippaa Cleated Velvet Ankle Boots – £60, Head Over Heels

We end with these fabulously chunky grey Pippaa velvet boots from Head Over Heels, which are a mid-grey to the front but have a darker grey section at the back which goes all the way up the boot to the loop that finishes them off and is embellished with a silvertone heart. With a chunky, mid-height block heel, these round-toed boots have a visible goldtone zip on their outer edges. If you like the boots but prefer a more practical colour, then they’re also available in black.

Embellished Cold Shoulder Dresses

Cold shoulder dresses are a real godsend to those of us not too keen on our upper arm area – and beads and sequins add visual interest that distracts from lumps and bumps…so these dresses are guaranteed not just to epitomise glamour but also to be super-flattering! Join us as we share our five favourite currently-available embellished cold shoulder dresses!Three Floor Cold Shoulder Dress

Black Cold Shoulder Dress – £380, Three Floor

We start with sheer glamour – the Three Floor cold shoulder dress, which has a high velvet neckline above the ‘missing’ shoulder area and long sheer arms (finished with generously-sized sequinned cuffs) below it. The black floral textured lace on the dress body and cuffs is embellished with square sequins arranged in the shape of diamonds and the fitted waist is enhanced by a velvet band that matches the neck.

TFNC High Neck Sequin Mini Dress With Cold Shoulder

High Neck Sequin Mini Dress with Cold Shoulder – £22 (was £55), TFNC

TFNC’s sequinned cold shoulder mini dress is a good deal cheaper but has no less impact. Covered all over with sequins in an animal print pattern, it has a high neckline and the sleeves below the cold shoulder rest at below-elbow length. In a close-cut bodycon fit, the dress has a button keyhole at the back and is currently available in the sale at less than half price, so act now if you want to get your hands on this stunner!

Lace and Beads Maxi Dress With Cold Shoulder

Maxi Dress With Cold Shoulder – £120, Lace and Beads

You wanted glamour, and here it is: the Lace and Beads maxi dress with cold shoulder. The crew-necked bodice and long sleeves of this dramatic navy blue gown are embellished with an ornate floral and foliage pattern edged in silver bugle beads and filled in with navy blue beads. With a floor-grazing and full skirt (made from a plain navy blue polyester), this dress would make a great addition to your occasionwear collection.

Adrianna Papell Cold Shoulder Jewelled Neck Dress, Black Cherry

Cold Shoulder Jewelled Neck Dress – £140, John Lewis

You can still enjoy a trend without wearing it all over, as this cold shoulder dress by Adrianna Papell proves. Above the cold shoulder areas is a halterneck embellished with faux pearls in the black cherry shade of the rest of the dress. The fully-lined, textured crepe dress comprises two layers – the main shift shape and a generous drape that extends from the neckline and shoulder area to the waist, forming elbow length ‘sleeves’.

Plus Millie Embellished Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress

Plus Millie Embellished Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress – £25.60 (was £32),

We can rely on to offer bargain takes on all of the current fashion trends and this Millie cold shoulder maxi dress doesn’t let us down. In a pretty, almost salmon-pink colour, the ankle-length dress is embellished on the high bodice with a series of bugle beads and sequins that form a diamond pattern. This dress is part of the company’s plus size range and is available in sizes 18 to 22 – and in black or ivory in addition to this rose pink version.

Colourful Elegance: Multi Lace Dresses

Lace is commonly associated with formal wear and wedding attire – but we think that lace is lovely – and that every day is deserving of your best outfit! With this in mind, we’ve searched the very best online retailers for our five favourite multi-coloured lace dresses and share them with you now:

Michael Kors Multi Lace Dress

Multi Lace Dress – £240, Michael Kors

Beginning at the designer end of the spectrum, we bring you this multi lace dress by Michael at Michael Kors. This indulgent piece has a nude-coloured underlay, on top of which is set a  polyester lace adorned with large roses and daisies in various shades of blue – pale, navy and duck-egg and white. The multi-tonal lace detailing adds visual interest to the simple shift style of the sleeveless dress, which has a rounded neckline and fastens at the back with a button.

Paper Dolls Multi Printed Crochet Lace Dress

Paper Dolls Multi Printed Crochet Lace Dress – £65, Paper Dolls

We love the watercolour effect on the fabric of this lace dress by Paper Dolls. Formed from a crochet-style polyester lace, it features a dreamy pattern of blooms in shades of pink, lilac, purple and yellow on top of a white backdrop, and the overlay of the dress – which has short sleeves and irregular hems in the style of rows of daisies – sits on top of a white slip dress to protect your modesty! This fine frock is cut to a bodycon fit, has a round neckline and fastens up the rear with a zip.

James Lakeland Multi Lace Dress

Multi Lace Dress – £49.50 (was £99), James Lakeland

Just because a garment involves lace doesn’t mean it has to be floral, as this dazzling multi-coloured lace party dress from James Lakeland proves. It’s made from a mainly black lace with a zig zag pattern in acid colours of yellow, turquoise, lilac and pink and has a semi-sheer hem and sleeves. Designed especially for the summer collection, it will look fabulous at any time of year – so we’d definitely recommend you snap it up in the sale, where it’s currently available for half price!

Precis Petite Jeff Banks Lace Dress, Blue/Multi

Blue Multi Lace Dress – £42 (was £149), Jeff Banks for Precis Petite

There’s no question that Jeff Banks knows his stuff when it comes to timeless style, so it’s great that he continues (in addition to developing his interior design empire) to produce fabulous frocks such as this gorgeous blue floral lace dress which has been designed for ladies more diminutive in stature. With a sleeveless shift shape, the knee-length dress has a round neckline and a slightly fitted bodice and it fastens up the back with a zip. Even better, it’s been massively reduced in the sale!

Joanna Hope Printed Lace Dress

Blue Printed Floral Lace Dress – £95, Joanna Hope

We’ve long come to associate Joanna Hope with pretty and feminine clothing with a retro twist, and so we welcome the brand’s take on the multi lace trend with this floral shift dress, which is exclusive to Simply Be. Fully-lined, the dress is made from white polyester lace in a delicate flower pattern which has printed ‘splashes’ of pale and dark blue all over it. This short-sleeved number has a round neckline and fastens at the back with a zip.

Made For Walking: Chukka Boots

To be honest, we have trouble distinguishing some of them from desert boots, but chukka boots  – which are thought to have derived their name from the game of polo – are ankle-high suede or leather boots with open lacing with two or three pairs of eyelets. So…a bit like desert boots! Still, we’re happy to take them as described by their manufacturers and, in that spirit – here are our five favourite currently-available pairs of chukka boots:

Jeffery West Yardbird Chukka Boots

Yardbird Chukka Boots – £220, Jeffery West

Okay, so this is definitely not a desert boot… We’re happy to present the Yardbird chukka boot from Jeffery West. Men’s footwear can be so boring so it’s really refreshing to see a pair of boots that can really put the sense of occasion into occasion wear! From a company that prides itself on providing daring footwear for the modern dandy, these beautiful boots have a pointed toe, a traditional lace-up fastening and feature classic brogue detailing to the front on a contrasting toe section (matching the back) that contrasts with the darker brown shiny leather of the main boot.

Dune Murray Blue Two Toned Lace Chukka Boots

Murray Two Toned Lace Chukka Boots – £66 (was £110), Dune

Dune’s Murray chukka boot is slightly more formal, but expresses itself in its laces, which are multicoloured to give a two-tone effect. These suede lace-up boots – which have a pull-up tab and a square toe – have rubber soles and are also available in shades of tan, brown or black, in addition to the navy blue colour featured. Best of all the navy blue and tan options have been reduced to almost half price in the sale, so you can get twice the boots for your money!

Timberland Bradstreet Brown Pt Chukka Boot

Bradstreet Brown Chukka Boot – £120, Timberland

Unpretentious yet supremely smart, Timberland’s Bradstreet brown chukka boots are at the more casual and street style end of the spectrum. Made from smooth brown leather with a marbled effect, these rubber-soled beauties are among Timberland’s best-selling boots for a good reason – they’re extremely comfortable in addition to possessing good looks. This style is also available in a rust-coloured suede version (with black laces) as well as in a brown version with two rows of seven eyelets.

Rockport Dressports Mid-Chukka Boots, Black

Dressports Mid-Chukka Boots, Black – £115, Rockport

From a company that has become renowned for comfortable dress shoes and boots, Rockport’s black Dressports mid-chukka boots have a traditional lace-up fastening and a smart sole, with the signature logo at the top of the tongue. Part of a Dressports range that’s meant to look as modern and stylish in the office as it does on a night out, this quality rubber-soled boot certainly lives up to its billing.

D-Struct Pale Grey Chukka Boots
Grey Chukka Boots – £30 (was £50), D-Struct

We finish with a real bargain and another statement shoe. Pale grey is a colour not often seen in men’s footwear, so we’re delighted to see it represented at last in these faux suede Chukka boots by D-Struct. With a chunky, textured sole and a round toe, these lace-up shoes were already an extraordinary bargain but have just been reduced in the sale to the tune of twenty quid, whereas a brown version is a startling £14 – so snap these up in your size now!