For as long as I can remember, dresses are the one item of clothing that I really feel utterly, effortlessly myself in. So much so that if I’m out shopping with the gals, or I open an Instagram DM, chances are someone will say ‘omg this dress is SO YOU’. Does that make me predictable? Maybe. But where I really, truly come into my own is with the spring and summer dress – oh yes. Vitamin D makes my heart sing and spring and summer are my favourite seasons, so I feel my styling really ups the ante when temps hit over… ten degrees. The joys of the UK. So when Chi Chi London got in touch asking if I wanted in on their spring collection, with a chance to style up a selection of spring dresses, I really wanted to share these with you all – but I wanted to ensure the dresses I was being gifted were ones that’ll stand the test of the trends cycle.
When buying new, and especially when it comes to dresses where trends-led cuts and patterns can make you hit checkout faster than you can say “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking”, you need to know that the pieces you’re choosing to add to your wardrobe are ones that’ll be here to stay. So, with that in mind, I picked three dresses from Chi Chi that are cut and patterned in a timeless way, and this wee post will share some of the styles I go to for pieces I want to treasure – forever.
I often get asked over on Instagram where my dresses are from, so couldn’t wait to share these beauties with you all.
The wrap dress
Wrap dresses are timeless, and date back to the 1930s when they were first designed by the likes of Elsa Schiaparelli and Claire McCardell. They were popular with women during the Great Depression (how ironic for 2021) and today, you can find a good wrap dress everywhere, from popular sites like Asos, to preloved garms over at Vinted, Depop or in your local charity shop.
I think the wrap dress is such a beautiful, versatile piece to have in your wardrobe for two reasons. Firstly, because you can rewear it in so many different ways, depending on how you literally wrap le ol’ dress. A looser tie for a bougier lewk and to create a classic leg slit, or tied tighter for an effortless shape. And secondly, it’s a dress that works for every single body type, because you can tie it to suit whichever silhouette you prefer.
I picked out this gorgeous floral and polka dot, floaty dream from Chi Chi which I’ve just noticed is currently in the SALE people – and I adore it. The neckline is worthy of an updo, and the ruffles cascading down the dress to the leg slit create a beautiful zigzag shape. I feel very flamenco in this – and can’t wait to wear it with a tan come June and July. Because it’s a dark colour, I really feel you can get away with this in winter with a fur coat, heels and a chic Christmas ‘do.
The floral mini
Florals for spring might not be groundbreaking – but they’re here to stay. When it comes to a mini dress you can wear year after year, florals are a safe bet – and picking out the right dress with a unique touch that livens up an age-old fabric gives it a forward-looking update.
When it comes to mini dresses, I’m usually a smock gal, as I never feel my most comfortable in a bodycon. But the ruching, combined with the flippy skirt at the bottom of this mini from Chi Chi London makes me feel at ease. The ruching can sit tight on the body for a bodycon-esque look or can be ruched up further to give a looser fit. The pop of fuchsia red against the white make this the ultimate spring dress, and I love wearing it.
Polka dots, tiers & a maxi cut = three timeless trends in one
There is a lot going on with this dress, so it might not be to everyone’s tastes – but, you know me, I love some maximalism. This is a spring dress; this is a summer dress; I genuinely think it could also be a winter party dress with the right heels and fur coat combo. Shop this beauty here at Chi Chi London – it’s currently also in the sale.
The incredible thing about this beauty is it can be styled in so many different ways. The left strap is actually a tie, so this can be tucked into the dress and you’ll instead have a powerful one-shoulder lewk – and I’ve also worn a jumper over the top and let the tiers do the talking as a maxi skirt instead. Versatility is key when looking for the right pieces for your wardrobe, because if you can wear the piece in multiple ways and essentially transform it into a whole new garment, you’ll get wear out of it for years and years to come.
So, there we have it! Three spring dresses that’ll never go out of style. I’d love to see your spring dresses collection! Hit me up over on Instagram and tag me in ya posts!
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